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Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen)

High-end, refreshing and sweet taste

$3.00
Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen)

High-end, refreshing and sweet taste

Rating:
86% of 100
Categories:
White
Summary
Origin:

Fuding City, Fujian Province, China

Season:

Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

Mar 28, 2017

Dry Leaf:  

Straight and evenly shaped fat buds,

covered with abundant white hair

Aroma: 

Fresh with tender pekoe flavour

Liquor: 

Bright light yellow color

Taste: 

Fresh and sweet, with slight soymilk taste,

fragrance mouth feel and long-lasting lingering sweet aftertaste

Tea Bush:

Fuding Dabaihao

Tea Garden:

Nanguang Tea Garden

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 is great to brew Silver Needle White Tea by glass tea cup to enjoy its lively dancing moment and standing straight in the cup.

Certification:

Eurofins Certification

The Silver Needle White Tea owns a beautiful name, Bai Hao Yin Zhen. Silver (Bai Hao) prefers to the white pekoe; while Needle (Yin Zhen) describes the appearance of the thick and straight tea buds, which have tips as straight and sharp as needles. When you brew this tea, the heat of water arouses the delicate fragrance of the tea. The nutritious substance spreads into the light yellow tea liquid. Take a sip, and you will feel the smooth tea liquid carrying a strong fragrance companioned with slight soymilk scent travelling down to your throat. Aftertaste comes quick, and will leave a long-lasting tender aroma in your mouth.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
176℉ / 80℃ 176℉ / 80℃
3 Teaspoons / 3g Tea 4g Tea
Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins 6 steeps: rinse, 45s, 60s, 90s, 105s, 140s, 180s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds
Tea Garden

The Nanguang Tea Garden is located in the west of Taimu Mountain with elevation between 600-900 metres, and is 80% covered by forest. 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.

Nanguang Tea Garden

Nanguang Tea Garden in Panxi, Fujian

Tea Farmer
Tea farmer Mr. Lin

Mr Lin, 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.

 
Origin

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. This tropical mountainous coastal area is perfect for growing Pekoe. It has abundant rainfall and temperatures that are neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter. The mountains around the farms are more than 80% forested, ensuring the soil has a high natural fertility and organic content, removing the need to use fertilizers.

Map of Fuding, Fujian

Tea Bush

This Silver Needle White Tea is made from the leaves of the Fuding Dabaihao tea plant, also called “Dahao” for short. It propagates 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.

Fuding Da Hao Tea Tree

 
History

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.

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