2013 Fuding Silver Needles White Tea Bai Hao Yin Zhen 白毫银针
Silver Needles is one of the most famous teas from China, the king of white tea. This is top grade Silver Needle, hand picked, sun dried from its true origin of Fuding, Fujian province. There is Chinese saying regarding the aging benefits of Fuding white tea: "Year one of tea, year three of medicine, year eight of treasure". After 5 years age, this tea is delightfully aromatic, fruity, mellow and sweet, not only producing a deeply satisfying cup, but also providing great health benefits.
Most interior silver needles on the US market are not Fuding white tea, some are from other parts of China, some are even from other countries. At Meimei Fine Teas, we only offer high quality teas from the true origin as terrior plays very important role in tea taste and sensory experience.
Silver Needles is one of the most famous teas in China, the king of white tea. This is top grade white tea from its true origin, Fuding county, Fujian province. Fuding is the oldest and original areas for cultivation and production of white tea. Its early production dates back to the early nineteenth century, and since the cultivation of Da Bai varietal in 1880s, Silver Needles has quickly gained worldwide fame and popularity. White tea is now made in some other regions of China. Different terroirs will produce a different quality and flavor, but white tea produced in Fuding still remains the most sought after white tea. Fuding has unique terroir with 90% hilly land, and is credited as the "Home of Chinese White Tea".
Silver Needles has a very distinctive appearance, its silvery down-covered tea buds are usually plucked in the spring, and sun-dried without any firing process. Silver Needles is very reliant on the weather conditions, as the sun-drying process produces a sweeter taste. Because of the light oxidation process (about 5-10% of oxidation), unlike green tea, this tea has no astringency or sharpness. It will not get bitter, even with high temperature water and longer steeping time. This is a great refreshing tea with excellent benefits, suitable for all levels of tea drinkers.
Origin: Dian Tou, Fuding, Fujian, China
Harvest time: April 2013
Fresh citrus and pear notes delight your taste buds, and a hint of sweet dates lingers into a naturally smooth and light finish. Full bodied, creamy, no astringency or sharpness, even with high temperature water and longer steeping.
185-195oF, 4 grams (2 tbsp) for 8oz of filtered/purified water, adjust to taste, 1-2 minutes, 3-4 steepings.