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Silver Needle -Yin Zhen


Yin Zhen is a variety of remarkable and ethereal Chinese teas made with an exacting skill in processing. 

In its pure form, YinZhen or Silver Needle, is made of tender unopened bud sets from varietals cultivated in Fujian Province. The lot we selected for this year was grown in Zhenghe County, in Fuding, an area famous and widely recognized for producing the finest of China’s white teas.  A pre-Qing Ming pick, the buds are a light greenish color and covered with tender, downy hair that gives them a velvety appearance. The buds are simply withered and carefully dried.  The liquor is delicate and sweet with a savory mouth feel. The first lots are picked late in March into the first days of April and only with ideal weather conditions.  These early lots tend to be smaller in size and a little more to the green-side in coloration.  It takes a skilled "pluck" to harvest these buds and thousands are needed to create a single kilogram of tea. The result is in the cup - there is simply no comparable tea.  Harvest date: April 2017.

We think this lot captures the essence of the spring harvest. Yin Zhen is one of China's famous teas, a tea that should be regularly tasted by lovers of tea.

Why we selected this lot. The buds are consistent and shapely, with fresh enticing colors. Plucked from the high-grade Zhenghe Da Bai tea varietal, they offer a very pleasing aroma.  The consistent size of the leaves and their delicate soft "hairs", indicate masterful work in preserving the natural attributes thus creating a delightful flavor.  In tasting, we were reminded again of the wonderful flavor characteristics of this exceptional tea.

Interesting facts about our selection. Bai Hao Yin Zhen is made from the Da Bai varietal using only select bud sets.  Our lot is pre-Qing Ming harvest, plucked and processed by April 2nd.  It is grown at an elevation of approximately 700 meters in an area that arguably produces some of the world's finest white teas.  This lot was grown on a farm specializing in Yin Zhen and Bai Mu Dan, in the Guanyang township, in Fujian Province.  Processing the buds entails simple withering and careful drying. 

Taste profile. The cup color is pale light yellow-green.  The liquor has a fresh & delicately sweet taste. Enjoy savory flavors of fresh apricots and honey as they coat the tongue. The liquor is silky and smooth.   

Brewing suggestions. For 8-12 ounces of water, use 3- 4 grams (a well-rounded teaspoon) of leaf.  Optimum water temperature is between 175 to 195° F. The higher the temperature, the quicker the flavors will release from the leaves. We recommend a brief steeping of 2 minutes to enjoy this tea's subtle qualities.  Tea will not become bitter with a long infusion. Between infusions, drain all the water off the leaves to preserve flavors and provide additional steeps. The leaves typically yield 3 steeps.


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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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  1. Good high strength white 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th May 2018

    This stuff is great for mornings when you are beat it is like rocket fuel (high caffeine). Amazing flavor. You have to be careful not to drink too much depending on your tolerance.

  2. Excellent Tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Aug 2017

    Very nice flavor. I mix 1:1 with the Monkey Picked Tieguanyin and use it as the liquid in 1/2tsp of Matcha. Delicious!!

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

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