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Organic Silver Needle White Tea

Smooth texture, sweet & soymilk taste with pekoe aroma

$3.50
Organic Silver Needle White Tea

Smooth texture, sweet & soymilk taste with pekoe aroma

Summary
Origin:

Mt. Tiangong (天宫山), Juexi Town, Yibin City, Sichuan Province, China

Harvest Time:

March 15, 2017

Plucking Standard:

Single bud or few one bud with one unopened leaf

Dry leaf:

Straight and evenly shaped buds, covered with abundant white hair, silvery-white appearance and glossy in color

Aroma: 

Rich pekoe fragrance and a faint aroma of flower

Liquor: 

Bright apricot yellow color

Taste: 

Mellow texture accompanied with slight soymilk taste, it has a sweet and smooth mouthfeel that can endure multiple infusions.

Tea Bush:

Fuding Dabaihao

Tea Garden:

Mt. Tiangong Organic Tea Garden (about 900m to 1350m above sea level)

Caffeine:

Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated

Shelf Life:

The aged the better

Angel's Comment:

It’s an organic high mountain tea that features with rich pekoe fragrance and delicate floral scent.

 

This version of Organic Bai Hao Yin Zhen is grown in Sichuan province and each fresh tea leaf is handpicked from the mountain area of 900-1350 meters above sea level before Qing Ming. After brewing with the water, the tea leaves begin to stretch slowly and the pekoe fragrance appears richer. The tea liquor is soft and smooth with slight soymilk notes, entrance with sweet taste, and then becomes mouth-watering afterwards, which make us very comfortable. After drinking, the elegant pekoe fragrance is still lingering in our mouth.

 

In addition, its pekoe fragrance blending with flower aroma, carries an enduring flavor. In leisure time, it is also a pleasure to quietly watch the tea leaves standing gracefully or fluttering in glass tea cups.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
185℉ / 85℃ 185℉ / 85℃
4g Tea 5g Tea
Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins 5 steeps: 40s, 60s, 80s, 120s, 150s
Tea Garden

Mt. Tiangong Organic Tea Garden is located in the town of Juexi, Yibin City. The average height of this tea garden is about 900-1350 meters, which is nearly 100 kilometers from the city. Its forest cover area is over 80%, and its soil has abundant organic matters. The clouds and mist drift through the mountains all the year round; temperature and humidity are suitable, which also provide natural conditions for the growth of tea plants and the formation of inclusions. In addition, the Tiangong Mountain Organic Tea Garden has been awarded the international and domestic organic certificates for 11 consecutive years and is also the largest mountain tea base in Sichuan.

Busy picking season of Mt. Tiangong Organic Tea Garden
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

 

Tian Gong Shan Tea Garden

 

Tian Gong Shan Tea Garden

Origin

Yibin City is located at the intersection of Jinsha River, Minjiang River and Yangtse River. Since ancient times, it is the transportation hub between the southwest and the mainland, and is also an important port for Sichuan tea to Jiangnan region. Yibin has humid climate, abundant rainfall and fertile soil, which are very suitable for the growth of tea trees. In 1950s, thousands of wild tea plants were discovered in Tiangong Mountain Organic Tea Garden and other areas. Identified by Sichuan Tea Institute, those wild tea trees are as old as Yunnan wild tea trees. Therefore, it is also confirmed that Yibin is one of the hometown of tea.

Map of Yibin

Tea Bush

This Silver Needle white tea is made from the leaves of the Fuding Dabaihao plant, also called Dahao for short. It propagates asexually and takes the form of a small tree. In 1985 it was certified as a national tea plant variety, and can grow up to 2.8m high with a thick trunk. The spring tea from this bush contains 1.8% amino acids and 28.2% tea polyphenols, marking it as a high-quality base for making Silver Needle teas.

Fu Ding Da Bai Hao Bush

History

Yibin City, located in the mid-south part of Sichuan Province, has the title of "the First City on the Great Yangtze River ". The history of tea production in Yibin can be traced back to more than 3000 years ago. It is not only one of the main tea production areas in Sichuan, but also the hometown of early tea in China.

According to historical records, during prosperous Tang and Song dynasties, for its special geographical location, the "Tea-Horse Trade" was particularly prosperous. The tea industries in Yibin were developed and the tea could be used to exchange for horse, salt and other daily necessities, which formed a special “Horse Trade Market” or “Tea-Horse Trade Market”. The varieties of tea were gradually increased, such as Junlian's yellow buds tea and other Yibin teas enjoyed a high reputation in the market. Among those teas, the Long Ya from Tiangong Mountain became the tribute tea for its high-quality. As an important post station in “Tea-Horse Road”, Yibin tea also conquered many tea friends with its unique charm.

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