Silver needle tea is also known as baihao yinzhen tea, it is a type of white tea that is made of 100% tea buds. The tea is covered with downy white hairs, and shaped like needle, so it is called baihao yinzhen (white hair silver needle). There are two types of silver needle tea, one is from Jinggu, Yunnan Province, which is also called Jinggu Da Baihao or Yunnan Silver needle tea, ther other is from Fuding, Fujian province which is also called Fuding silver needle tea or Fujian Baihao Yinzhen.
Yunnan silver needle tea comes from the ecological tea garden in Jinggu, Yunnan province, at an elevation of between 1500 and 2000 meters. This region is known worldwide for its convenient natural conditions and rich resources, with teas produced from this land being of the highest quality and processed under the careful management of the locally experienced Jinggu tea crafters. Yunnan silver needle tea is made from large-leaf tea tree species, this species can grown up to several meters tall and has bold green leaves much larger than common varieties, and buds that are yellowish-green and coated with fuzz.
Fuding silver needle tea is from the ecological tea garden in Taimu Mountain area in Fuding, Fujian Province, at an elevation of between 600 and 900 meters, this area is 80% covered by natural forests. The weather here is warm and humid with abundant rainfall, and the tea plantation itself is always surrounded by a thin fog, which together create the perfect conditions for tea bushes to accumulate a wide array of microminerals and other organic nutrients
Silver Needle Tea Benefits:
Silver needle tea has great health benefits. It is white tea type, so there is a small amount of caffeine present in silver needle tea, making it a popular substitute for people who want to eliminate coffee from their diet.
Silver Needle tea contains antioxidants which are a naturally occurring chemical compounds that target and kill free radicals.
Antioxidants found in silver needle tea also promote heart health and strength by lowering bad cholesterol levels and strengthening blood vessels.
Silver needle tea is high in the amino acid Theanine, which is a natural supplement that reduces stress and anxiety levels enabling you to have a perfect night’s sleep.
Silver needle tea is also helpful for weight loss because it increases the metabolism and encourages the body to burn more fat.
How to brew Silver Needle Tea:
To bew the silver needle tea, a porcelain gaiwan or a glass cup is suggested to be used.
Brew in Chinese Gongfu Method:
Serving Size: 3g
Water: 150ml with temperature of around 85℃
6 steeps: rinse, 45s, 60s, 90s, 105s, 140s, 180s
Rinse time is around 5 seconds.