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Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea (Mo Li Yin Zhen)
Elegant delicate, nice and mild jasmine taste
Elegant delicate, nice and mild jasmine taste
Tea from Panxi, Fuding, Fujian Province, China;
Jasmine from Hengxian, Guangxi Province, China
April 30, 2018
Straight, evenly-shaped fat buds,
covered with abundant white “hairs”
Strong jasmine fragrance
Light yellow, bright and clear
A blend of strong sweet jasmine and refreshing white tea
Nanguang Tea Garden
Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated
The Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea is scented several times with fresh jasmine flowers. Highly recommend to tea lovers fond of white tea’s delicate freshness and the sweet fragrance of jasmine, which are both prominent in this tea.
The jasmine used to scent this Silver Needle tea is produced in Hengxian, Guangxi Province, China, which is the most famous jasmine-producing area. This Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea is a refreshing tea which will appeal to fans of jasmine’s fragrance.
Chinese Gongfu Method
|Teacup: 8.5oz / 250ml||Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml|
|185℉ / 85℃||185℉ / 85℃|
|2 Teaspoons / 2g Tea||5g Tea|
|Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins||6 steeps: rinse, 40s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 120s, 140s|
Scenting makes use of the ability of tea leaves to absorb and release aromas. The tea leaves absorb the fragrant smell of the jasmine, creating a layered flavor blending the tastes of white tea and jasmine.
The process of scenting has several steps: Combining tea and jasmine flowers, Piling, Baking, Cooling, and Binning.
Piling is the most important step in scenting. Temperature control is very important. If it is too cold, the tea leaves cannot completely absorb the fragrance of the jasmine; if it is too hot, the tea leaves will be burned.
This scenting process is repeated with fresh jasmine flowers a total of 5 to 6 times. Each time requires adding around 1 kg of fresh flowers. Each scenting process takes 6 to 7 hours. This highly-involved process requires around 3.5 kg of fresh Silver Needle tea leaves and 6 kg of jasmine flowers to produce 1kg of Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea.
The Nanguang Tea Garden is located in the west of Taimu Mountain with elevation between 600-900 metres, and is 80% covered by forest.
Nanguang Tea Garden in Panxi, Fujian
The weather here is warm and humid, with abundant rainfall. The tea plantation is surrounded by fog which creates the perfect conditions for tea bushes, resulting in a rich array of micro-minerals and organic nutrients accumulating in the tea leaves. The tea plants growing here are mainly of the Fuding Dabaihao varieties.
Lin Jian, who was born in Fuding in Fujian Province, grew up surrounded by tea. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all tea farmers. When he was in elementary school, he helped pick tea after school during the tea-picking season when there were not enough people to help with the harvesting. That’s when his dream of entering the tea business was born.
Mr Lin says: “My original idea was simply to make a good life for my family through my tea-growing business. But in 1993, when my tea business had gradually developed, I changed my mind. I want to create a long-term Organic Tea business.” Talking to Mr Lin, our impression was of a man with a very frank manner who speaks quickly, walks quickly and works quickly.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Lin Jian is the founding father of Chinese white tea in the modern day. He owns nearly 2800 acres of high-grade tea gardens in Fuding, including 500 acre organic tea garden - the first organic tea garden in Fujian that has earned organic certification in the USA, Europe and Japan. He also owns a 200 acre jasmine tea garden in Guangxi Province. In 2008, his Silver Needle White Tea won the gold medal at the annual Chinese White Tea festival in Beijing.
This Silver Needle Tea is produced in Panxi, Fuding which is a famous tea-producing area located in the northeast of Fujian Province.
Fuding belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate, characteristic of coastal areas. The average annual sunshine lasts 1840 hours; the average annual temperature is 18.5°C and the average annual precipitation is 1661.6 mm.
Produced in Guangxi Province, China, the jasmine used to scent this Silver Needle tea has earned nationwide recognition. The most outstanding production area is Hengxian, Guangxi Province, which is known as “the city of Chinese jasmine”, since it has a large planting area and can produce high-yield, high-quality jasmine. Located in the southeast of Guangxi Province, Hengxian is between 108°48’ and 109°37’ east longitude and between 22°08’and 23°30’ north latitude, with a total area of 3464 km2.
This Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea is made from the leaves of the Fuding Dabaihao tea plant, also called “Dahao” for short. It propogates asexually and is shaped like a small tree.
In 1985 it was certified as a national tea plant variety with the number GS13002-1985. It can grow up to 2.8 m high and has an obvious trunk. Spring tea, which contains 1.8% amino acid and 28.2% tea polyphenols, is a high-quality tea used to make Silver Needle White Tea and White Peony Tea.
White tea was originally grown in the area around the city of Fuding, in Fujian Province. It later spread to the areas around the cities of Shuiji, then Zhenghe. The first type of white tea produced was Silver Needle tea, in the area around Taimu Mountain near Fuding.
Originally, Silver Needle tea was made from the buds of the Xiaobai variety of tea bush. This variety is smaller and slower growing, and so Silver Needle tea was expensive and rare. However, around 1857, farmers around the town of Shuiji began using the Dabaihao tea bush varieties. They have larger buds and - more importantly - produce better quality tea, with more white “hairs” on the buds and a stronger fragrance and taste. From that time on, white tea has been made using the Dabaihao tea plants.