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Superfine Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen)
Fuding City, Fujian Province, China
March 30, 2023
The tea buds are fat, silver green in color, and covered with plenty of white pekoe
Fresh with tender pekoe fragrance, flowery
Bright and clear light yellow
Sweet and refreshing, full of floral scent, sips come in soft silky and smooth taste with hint of soymilk flavor
Wenyang Tea Garden
Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated
The aged the better
The plantation of this tea is very close to the organic tea garden. It has great pekoe aroma and very infusion enduring.
Silver Needle White Tea is one with a beautiful name, Bai Hao Yin Zhen. Bai Hao, or ‘silver’, refers to the downy white pekoe growing along the buds, while Yin Zhen, ‘needle’, describes the appearance of the thick, straight buds, with tips as fine and sharp as needles.
TeaVivre’s Superfine Silver Needle White Tea was harvested before Qingming in 2022. The raw materials are all carefully selected by hand. Usually, 2000g-2500g fresh leaves can make only 500g of tea. After withering, the tea buds are plump and densely covered with white pekoe. The new white tea has a strong pekoe aroma and floral fragrance. When brewed them in a glass tea cup, you can see that the buds slowly absorb water and become larger, and stand upright in the water, which is pleasing. Take a sip, and you will feel the smooth liquid carrying that strong fragrance accompanied by a slight soymilk scent, and long-lasting tender aftertaste in your mouth afterwards.
Chinese Gongfu Method
|Teacup: 12oz / 355ml
|Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
|185℉ / 85℃
|185℉ / 85℃
|2.5 Teaspoons / 2g Tea
|Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins
|8 steeps: 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 85s, 105s, 125s, 150s
The Wenyang Tea Garden is located in Guanlin Town, Fuding City, between an elevation of 500 and 800 meters.
The weather here is warm and humid with abundant rainfall, and this combined with an almost constant fog provides perfect conditions for tea bushes, allowing a rich array of micro-minerals and organic nutrients to accumulate in the leaves.
The tea plants growing here are mainly of the Fuding Dahao and Fuding Dabai varieties.
Mr. Lin was born in Fuding, Fujian, and has been living in a tea-filled environment all his life. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather are all tea farmers; when in elementary school, Mr. Lin helped pick the tea when there were not enough workers. This led to his dream of becoming further engaged in the tea business.He said: “My original idea was to establish a good life for my family by running a tea business. But when I got to that point in 1993, I changed my mind: Fuding is one of the best places for growing tea. So I wanted to create a long-term organic tea business.”
Mr. Lin is now one of the first founders of Chinese white tea, owning almost 2800 acres of high-quality Fuding tea gardens, including the only organic tea garden in Fujian that has passed all the European, American, and Japanese certifications. This organic garden has also become the national agricultural standard.
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, a famous tea production area located in the northeast part of Fujian Province. Fuding experiences the subtropical monsoon climate characteristic of coastal areas, and has an average annual sunshine of about 1840 hours, and average temperature right around 18.5°C with rainfall of about 1661.6mm. This tropical mountainous coastal area is perfect for growing pekoe tea, with its abundant rainfall and comfortable temperatures neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter. The mountains around the farms here are about 80% forested, ensuring the soil retains a high natural fertility and with abundant content, in turn eliminating the need to use fertilizers.
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 and White Peony teas.
White tea was originally produced in the area around the city of Fuding in Fujian Province, and later spread to the areas around the cities of Shuiji and Zhenghe. The first type of white tea produced was Silver Needle tea, in the area around Taimu Mountain near Fuding.
Originally this tea was made from the buds of the Xiaobai variety of tea bush, smaller and slower-growing, which meant that the tea was rarer and more expensive. Around 1857, though, farmers of Shuiji began using the Dabaihao variety instead, with larger buds and the ability to produce better quality tea overall, with more white hairs on the buds and a stronger fragrance and taste. From then on, most kinds of white tea are made from the Dabaihao tea plants.