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Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle White Tea)



Brief Introduction to
Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle White Tea)

Bai Hao Yin Zhen (literally as Silver Needle White Tea) is only produced in Southeast China’s Fujian Province and no where else in the world. Silver Needle White tea is recognized as the finest one among all teas and consists of the very most tender leaf buds. These buds are hand plucked in the fields right after they begin to develop, but before they have had any time to open into leaves.

It is actually the origin of modern white teas in China. Most Baihao Yinzhen is produced in two counties in Fujian Province: Fuding and Zhenghe. They pioneered the production of Baihao Yinzhen in the mid 19th century and have remained the sole producers of this special tea.

The name Baihao Yinzhen means ‘white fur, silver needle’. It vividly encapsulates the appearance of the tea. The tea leaves are thin like a needle with a layer of white coat on them. There is a special silver sheen to the leaves, thus ‘silver needle’. Each tea leaf is about 3cm long. When brewed, the leaves all stand up vertically like hundreds of needles, constructing a unique visual experience. There is also a layer of fine white coat floating on top of the cup, almost like fog.

But the appearance and taste of Baihao Yinzhen vary depending on whether it is from Fuding or Zhenghe. Fuding is famous for tea with a thick layer of white coat, which tastes young and refreshing. Zhenghe on the other hand produces tea with a thinner layer of white coat, which tastes warm, smooth and very fragrant.

The harvesting of Baihao Yinzhen is a painstaking process. Tea cannot be picked on rainy days or early morning when there is still dew on the leaves. The leaves which have experienced any kind of damage are discarded. Only the finest, healthiest tea buds are picked.

make the perfect cup of
Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle White Tea)

    • Teaware
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    • 12 OZ. Tall Glass Teacup, Gaiwan (Bowl), Porcelain Pot
    • Leaves
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    • 1 ½ TBS
    • Water
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    • Filtered (Spring) Water
    • Fire
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    • 85°C | 185°F
    • Time
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    • 2-3 min for 1st infusion
    • Infusion
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    • 5-6 infusions

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