Bai Hao Yin Zhen (white tea)
Translation: Silver needles. The words bai hao, ("white down") indicate the superior grade of Yin Zhen.
Alternative names: Yin Zhen, Silver Needles.
Region: Fujian Province (Fuding, Zhenghe, Jianyang).
Harvest season: Late March to early April.
Cultivar: Da Bai or Da Hao.
The production of this tea, as we know it today, dates from the early Jia Qing period of the Qing dynasty (1796). This tea was grown exclusively as a tribute paid to the emperor. At the time, wild tea buds were picked in the Fuding region. After 1885, these were replaced by the buds of the Da Bai tea tree. Considered a great delicacy, this tea is made from a harvest of fine picking in which only the buds are taken.
Name origin and its picking
White Pekoe Silver Needle is called silver needle or white tip for short. The finished product is famous for being white like silver and straight like a needle. The picking is under the "10 No Picking": not in rainy day, no dew, no thin bud, no purple bud, no wind- damaged, no human-damaged, no insect-damaged, no open bud, no hollow bud and no sick bud.
White Pekoe Silver Needle (Bai Hao Yin Zhen)
White Pekoe Silver Needle is renowned as Beauty among teas because of its unparallel elegant shape and silver white, shinning appearance. It is sun-withered or dried without stir fixation or rolling, so White Pekoe Silver Needle is more primitive, more natural and healthier than any other kind of tea. While appreciating its unique appearance, color and quality, you'll be indulged in enjoying its taste.
The top grade is silver white and shinning with fat bud and the gray tea with thin and small bud comes secondary. The tea leaves slowly fall down while mixing with water, standing upright and interlacing. What a splendid sight.
White Beauty in Taimu Mountain
The origin of place of White Pekoe Silver Needle is Taimu Mountain in Fujian, mild and rainy all year round. There are north silver needle and west silver needle by area and tea bush. The former is, produced in Fuding, Fujian, known as Fujian white tea with strong bud, thick fuzz, and luster. And the latter is, originated in Zhenghe, Fujian, famous for Zhenghe white tea and characterized by robust shape, long bud, slightly thicker fuzz, and less bright luster.