One warm summer evening, after long meditation, a young monk said dreamingly:
— Ah, how I would love to have something warm yet refreshing, with a sweet taste and a light scent of soy milk.
— This wish is easy to make happen, – answered the wise tea master Lao Cha. – Drink some Bai Hao Yin Zhen – Silver Needle White Tea.
Silver Needle White Tea in Chinese is called "Bai Hao Yin Zhen". "Silver Hair" (Bai Hao) refers to the white fuzz on the tea leaves, while Needle (Yin Zhen) describes the appearance of the thick and straight tea buds, which have tips that are straight and sharp like needles.
The first white teas were produced in Fuding, Fujian province. Silver Needle was the first loose leaf white tea produced in the early 1800s.
Only the buds and tips are plucked for this pure tea, resulting in a gentle and light brew. That makes it the highest grade of white tea on the market. It is also the least processed among all six tea types. After picking, farmers spread out the fresh and delicate tea buds to wither. It helps to reduce the excessive tea moisture before the last processing stage - drying. The result is a tea with subtle flavor, a smooth mouthfeel, and a subtly fruity or sweet finish.
What makes our "Silver Needle" Bai Hao Yin Zhen White Tea unique? It's the painstaking, time-consuming picking process and the picking standard. The farmers pick by hand only the unopened buds, leaving out all other leaves. It takes thousands of tea buds to make a single pound of Silver Needle White Tea. The buds are the freshest and purest part of the tea plant. Thus, they hold the highest amount of the plant's inner substances. That makes Silver Needle the one with the highest concentration of caffeine, theanine, and polyphenols — all the good stuff — among other white teas.
Hot water arouses the delicate soy milk fragrance of the tea. Take a sip. The sweet aftertaste comes quickly and leaves a long-lasting tender aroma on the palate. Our "Silver Needle" Bai Hao Yin Zhen White Tea holds almost no bitterness. It is also more forgiving on brewing times and water temperature than other teas.
It would be good to brew this Chinese white tea in a porcelain gaiwan or perhaps a glass teapot to watch the buds dancing in the water and notice the pale brew.
Our "Silver Needle" Bai Hao Yin Zhen White Tea comes from the core production area of Fuding. Its history with tea dates back to the Song dynasty, more than a thousand years ago. As of 2004, the Fuding White tea has been declared a product of PDO (protected designation of origin).
185℉ / 85℃
8g per 500ml 5-7min
7g per 120ml 10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion