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Silver Needle - "YinZhen"


A traditional white tea, often called "Flowery White Pekoe", the young buds are a light greenish color and covered with tender, downy hair that gives them a velvety appearance. the liquor is delicate and sweet with a savory mouth feel. The finest 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, perhaps a little more to the soft 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.  Grown in Fuding County, Fujian Province.

Why we selected this particular lot:
As this lot was presented, one could see the buds were shapely, consistent in size and length and their color fresh and enticing. Plucked from the high-grade Zhenghe Da Bai tea varietal, these buds are a fresh green color with a pleasing aroma.  The consistency and coloration of the leaves and the sight of the delicate soft "hairs" of the leaf, indicates the lot was masterfully worked preserving these natural attributes and shape a delightful flavor.  Then we tasted and were reminded again of the wonderful flavor characteristics of this tea.

Interesting facts about our selection:
Bai Hao Yin Zhen is made with only select bud sets.  Plucked from the Da Bai varietal.  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.The weather shifted in the course of a few days from quite cold to warming trends, bringing out a clean, distinct taste profile in the tea.

Taste profile:
The light golden liquor has a fresh, delicate sweet taste with a savory finish. Enjoy flavors of fresh apricots, peaches 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 of leaf.   We recommend a brief steeping, 1.5 - 2 minutes to enjoy this tea's subtle qualities.  Optimum water temperature is between 175 to 195°.   The leaves will 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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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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