- White tea
- Fujian Province, China
- Air-dried, slightly oxidized
- Extra-large spear-shaped buds
- Sweet, full-bodied, lush flavor
- Fresh ‘black tea’ aroma
- Pale liquor tinged silver
Use 1.25 Tablespoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each.
Water temperature should be 160° - 170° F
We are quite happy with this year's 2013 pre-Qing Ming Yin Zhen. It has the precise, concentrated flavor that we like to taste in a white tea. As we do when we taste a new wine, we can make an educated guess regarding the future flavor of this tea. We are as sure as can be that these buds will develop incredible flavor over time (the next 12 to 24 months) as they mellow into a deep and flavorful Yin Zhen.
Bob prefers to drink his Yin Zhen in the Chinese-style after it has 'rested' and matured for several months (or even years); while Mary Lou enjoys Yin Zhen in its youth, because she likes the vibrancy and bright, vegetal flavor of a recently-harvested Yin Zhen.
However and whenever you choose to drink this delicious 2013 manufacture, Yin Zhen will make you smile. You can drink it soon, and enjoy its simple, bright flavor notes; or if you choose to wait a few months before drinking this season's Yin Zhen ( so that it has some resting under its belt ) we believe you will find that the richness and mellowness of this tea will develop and become quite complex.
One of the highlights of our trip to Fujian Province several years ago was seeing White tea production and tasting the special grades from that year’s harvest. This tea brings those memories right back into the forefront of our mind's eye.
Silver Needles is the name given to traditional, authentic, artisanal white tea. Yin Zhen should be manufactured only from the Big Sprout or Big White sub-varieties of Camellia sinensis sinensis ( China bush ) and made only in Fujian Province, China. Yin Zhen is a magnificent tea, a tea of history and reputation. This tea is able to be made only for a short period every spring, and the success of its harvest is weather and bud-yield dependent.
Yin Zhen is distinctive in taste and appearance. No other tea looks or tastes the same as authentic Fujian Province Yin Zhen. Consisting of only the unopened buds of the first flush of tea in the spring, these buds have a characteristic silver hue and white down.
Steep with cool water and infuse the buds several times for a short amount of time.
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