Silver Needle - Yinzhen

Enjoy flavors of fresh apricots and honey.

Yin Zhen is a variety of remarkable and ethereal Chinese teas made with an exacting skill in handling and processing.  Considered a delicacy, it is made from a harvest of fine plucking in which only the buds are taken.

By tradition, YinZhen or Silver Needle, is made only of tender spring buds from a varietal cultivated in Fujian Province. In time, this Famous Tea is now cultivated in a number of provinces.  Yet, no varietal or region matches the delicate, sweet notes of the Fuding Da Bai (Big White) Silver Needle varietal. This year we ventured to a new area within Fuding, called Fu'An, to source this tea. Fu'An is well known for the quality of its white teas. This lot was grown on a small farm and plucked April 3rd. The buds are slender, a light yellow-green color and covered with tender, downy hair giving them a traditional velvety appearance. The buds are sun withered, carefully dried. The liquor is delicate and sweet with a savory mouth feel. 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: Pre-Qing Ming, April 3, 2019.

Lot Notes
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. This lot is made from Varietal #6, the notable cultivar of the Fu'An area.  Our lot is the first pluck of the season as the farm is located at an elevation of approximately 1600 meters. Processing of the buds entails warm-air withering and careful drying.

Tasting Notes
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. Offers a long, gentle vegetal and vanilla finish. Tea is smooth and fluid!

Brewing Suggestions
Use a well-rounded tablespoon or 3-5 grams of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 165-185 degrees F.  A lower temperature will preserve this tea's softer notes but will also soften the flavor of the tea. Steep for 2 minutes and taste. This tea can be steeped quite a bit longer to strengthen taste and it will remain sweet. Leaves offer multiple steeps.

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  • 5
    A treat!

    Posted by Trayce on 17th Jul 2019

    Yay! This felt like a gamble and I’m so glad I took a chance on this. Smooth, sweet, and delicious - a joy to drink. Brews to a very light color, then darkens quickly. Resteeps well.

  • 5
    A Soothing & Flavorful Cup

    Posted by Hunter Kimble on 16th May 2019

    I just brewed my first pot of these remarkably fragrant Silver Needles and could not be more pleased!

    The description given by the SRT proprietors is 100% on-point, although many other scents/flavors beyond apricot and honey come through while sipping. Don't be fooled by the very light/pale color of the liquor - these leaves yield much flavor, many layers and dimensions of taste, and multiple steeps.

    A great find, well-worth the price!