Silver Needle - Yin Zhen

Silky smooth, flavors of apricot & honeysuckle
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Item Number:
Yín zhēn
Caffeine Level:
Low - medium
Main Flavor Profile:
Loose Leaf

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

In its pure form and most traditional form, YinZhen or Silver Needle, is made of tender spring buds from a cultivar historic to Fujian Province. Plucked in late March into early April, the buds are a light yellow-green color and covered with tender, downy hair giving them a velvety appearance. The liquor is delicate and sweet with a savory mouth feel. The result is in the cup - there is simply no comparable tea. 

Lot Notes. This lot is a traditional style of Fujianese Yin Zhen. Buds are large and light yellow-green in appearance. Plucked from the high-grade Zhenghe Da Bai tea cultivar, the buds offer a very pleasing aroma. The consistent size and delicate soft "hairs", indicate masterful work in preserving the tea's natural attributes & creating a delightful flavor. In tasting, we were reminded again of the wonderful flavor characteristics of this exceptional tea. Harvest date is April 2023. Lot #28.

Tea Facts. Bai Hao Yin Zhen is made from the Da Bai cultivar using only select buds (Baiyacha). It is grown at an elevation of approximately 600 meters in an area that arguably produces some of the world's finest white teas. This lot was grown on a farm in Guanyang township, in Fujian Province.

Tasting Notes. Taste is fresh, light & savory to delicately. In tasting you will enjoy flavors of fresh apricots and honeysuckle as they coat the tongue. Liquor is silky and smooth.  

Brewing Suggestions. For 6 ounces of water, use 3 grams (a well-rounded teaspoon to tablespoon) of leaf. Optimum water temperature is between 175 & 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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