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Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle)
Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle)

Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle)

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A premium tea that has exquisite haunting hints of peach whit a fresh lingering finish. This is one of China’s best white teas.
Country of Origin: China
Region: Fujian Province
Grade: Silver Tips
Altitude: 2500’ – 4000’ ft. above sea level
Manufacture Type: White Tea – naturally withered
Cup Characteristics: A premium tea that has exquisite haunting hints of peach whit a fresh lingering finish. This is one of China’s best white teas
Infusion: Shimmering with light yellow notes

The Silver Needle is your perfect escape tea with its gentle notes, and the dominant finish of juicy peach that lingers long after you have finished your cup. The exquisite taste of this premium tea is only topped by its health benefits - white teas have less caffeine and higher anti-oxidant levels than black, green or oolong teas.

Ingredients: Luxury white tea

Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly (à la chinoise) – about 1-2 times. The secret is to use water that is about 75-80ºC. Place 1-2 teaspoons of leaves in your cup and let the tea steep for 3-6 minutes. Then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment – do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low – add more water, and so on – until the tea flavor is exhausted. Milk or sugar will mask the delicate characters of this tea and are not recommended. Look at the pattern of the leaves – they foretell life.

Iced tea-brewing method: It is not customary to make iced tea from white tea, nevertheless if you wish to do so we would recommend the following method: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]

For the world’s top tea collectors, Fujian’s Fuding County holds a special place as the home of the world’s finest white teas. Each has its own special characteristics resulting from the unique soil conditions, rain, sunlight, tea genus, production method and story. That’s right…story. Were they better known, Fuding County’s many “tea legends” would make the region a required stop for the world’s top storytellers. From one end of Fuding to the other stories abound describing the way certain teas were discovered and how they got their names. One of the lesser known of these tales has to do with Silver Needle , a fabulously delicate “buds only” white tea plucked from a Fujian genus known as Fuding Da Hao.

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