Fuding Silver Needles (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) 2017
We are pleased to offer this super grade Silver Needle from its true origin of Fuding, Fujian province. This is first flush silver needle, plucked in late March pre-ming, and completed sun-dried. We have been trying to source this kind of high grade silver needles in the past, and this year we got our luck. It is delightfully fresh and floral, mellow and sweet, with notes of straw and dates, produces a deeply satisfying cup.
White tea was once considered to be a medicinal tea in China. Chinese folk tradition indicates that white tea has medicinal benefits, especially for boosting the immune system and helping to cure cold and fever.
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This is the highest 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 then gained world 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 and Zhenghe still remain the most sought after white tea. Fuding has unique terroir with 90% of hilly land, and is credited as the "Home of Chinese White Tea".
Silver Needles is considered the king of white teas. Silver Needle has a very distinctive appearance. Its silvery down-covered tea buds are usually plucked in the spring and sun-dried without any firing process. However, the production of 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. It is a great refreshing tea with great health benefit, suitable for all levels of tea drinkers.
Origin: Fuding, Fujian, China
Harvest time: First flush, March 2017
- Helps to boost immune system
- Rich in antioxidants, helps to reduce radiation
- Helps to reduce the effects of aging
- Helps to reduce blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol
- Helps to detox the body
Fresh citrus and pear notes delight your taste buds, and a hint of sweet dates lingers into a naturally smooth and light finish.
185oF, 4 grams (2 heaping tbsp) for 8 ounces of filtered/purified water, adjust to taste, 1-2 minutes, 3-4 steeps.
This is a fluffy loose leaf tea and prone to broken leaves, so be gentle when scooping the tea out of the pouch and always handle with care.