About Silver Needles:
Also known as “Yin Zhen,” Silver Needles is a famous organic white tea with a rich history.
Known as “Bai Cha” in Chinese, white teas are made only from the newly sprouted buds of the tea plant. The young buds are best in spring. These buds have a silvery white down that provides a honey texture to the brew. The buds are heat braised in covered pans or dried in direct sun with minimal or no oxidation.
Original White teas are native to areas of China’s Fujian province. Recently, more areas in China, such as Hunan and other tea countries, have started to process white tea, each region with a distinct flavor profile.
Hunan is located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting (hence its name meaning ‘South of the lake’). Silver Needles is grown on the southern mountain of Nán Yuè Héng Shan, known locally as Nán Yuè (Southern Mountain) or Héng Shan, one of the five sacred peaks (symbolizing the four directions and the center) of Taoism. It was believed that these peaks were supernatural channels connecting heaven and earth. For Taoists, mountains were the sites where qì (cosmic energy) was at its most refined.
Ingredients: 100% Organic White Tea Leaves.
Roasted chestnut and wild honey aroma with a delicate, lingering honeysuckle sweetness.
Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.
|Water Temp °F (°C)||Steep Time (minutes)||Number of Infusions||Quantity of Leaf (tsp / 8oz water)|