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In the northeastern corner of the Fujian Province of China, is the coastal city of Fuding. This the hometown of white tea. It was here that white tea was commercialized. In the hills outside of Fuding, the fields are full of the special tea cultivar called Da Bei or Big White. The name is apt. These tea plants form fat buds, thickly coated with down. After the buds are painstakingly plucked by hand, most teamakers put the buds in a barn and let them slowly dry out. This subtly sweet tea can be appreciated in a cup or you can drink it like the Chinese and float a spoonful into a clear glass of hot water. Watch the buds slowly sink in the water; it can be very therapeutic.
Dry Leaves There are no dry leaves in this tea, but rather the buds of the tea plant. The plant stockpiles goodness into the bud, for it is the plant's future. Inside the tiny silver needle is extra sugars, antioxidants, and even extra caffeine. The downy fuzz is made up of tricomes which help the immature bud to survive this cold cruel world.
Liquor Since there are no leaves, the liquor is a very pale yellow green, with sometimes a rose cast to it. The color may darken if the needle spent some extra time before it dried out. There might be a bit of oxidation occurring.
Aroma The aromas are light and might be overlooked. However, one can smell light sweetness mixed subtle vegetal notes, like wet sweet hay or cotton candy. There are also light floral notes of honeysuckle.
Caffeine Level Caffeinated
Body Silver Needle may have more body than other whites, but it is quite thin in comparison to most green or black teas.
Flavors If you are not paying attention, you might think you are drinking water. However, a bit of concentration brings out the light subtle sweetness, dulled with gentle vegetal flavors of steamed bok choy.
Brewing Time 2 to 3 minutes
Brewing Temperature 175° F

Chinese Silver Needle

Chinese Silver Needle (Yin Zhen) is widely considered the best white tea in the world. It is a beauty to regard with the fuzzy buds. The light brew is a subtle and slightly sweet delight.
Chinese Silver Needle (Yin Zhen) is widely considered the best white tea in the world. It is a beauty to regard with the fuzzy buds. The light brew is a subtle and slightly sweet delight.
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Chinese Silver Needle - loose tea sample
SKU: 49008-015
$2.00
Chinese Silver Needle - loose 2 oz tin
SKU: 44355
$15.00
Chinese Silver Needle - loose 1 lb bag
SKU: 41806
$101.00

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Chinese Silver Needle (Yin Zhen) is widely considered the best white tea in the world. It is a beauty to regard with the fuzzy buds. The light brew is a subtle and slightly sweet delight.

Customer Reviews

Snowdrift

5/1/15

Simply amazing
Average Review:

I got a sample of this because I am a bit unfamiliar with white teas. The first time I brewed it, I could taste it and thought it was good, but I didn't love it. About an hour or so later I brewed it a second time and it brought out even more flavor. Unlike most teas I've tried, brewing a second time will result in less flavor and more bitterness. I got no bitterness whatsoever. I get wonderful vegetal flavors along with a marvelous light peach notes. Will definately order again.

tealover

12/19/13

great tea
Average Review:

very fragrant, tastes almost slightly sweet. i love it. i think it's got more caffeine than i expected because it definitely gave me a boost of energy! very high quality tea.

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