Harvest: Spring, 2012
Varietal: Da Bai Hao
Growing Region: Fuding County, Ningde Pref., Fujian
Our Bai Hao Yin Zhen hails from the historical center of White tea cultivation, Fuding County in Northern Fujian Province. It is comprised entirely of hand picked, young first harvest buds from the “Da Bai Hao” (Large White Fur/Hair) tea cultivar indigenous to Fuding.
Bai Hao Yin Zhen literally translates to “white fur/hair silver needle,” in reference to the striking amount of silvery-white fuzzy hairs that cover the surface of the delicate, needle-shaped tea buds. When wet, the leaf buds reveal themselves to be a beautiful & healthy light green, which is a wonderful and striking visual contrast to the fuzzy, almost “dusty” white appearance of the buds when dry.
Appearance, Flavor & Aroma:
The processing of white tea is quite straightforward. It is simply picked, carefully withered in the sun and/or indoors in a climate controlled environment and then dried. This very simple processing creates a very mild but distinctive finished product that, when steeped, allows the subtle but distinctive vegetal/floral aroma and flavor elements unique to the Da Bai Hao tea cultivar to take center stage in the cup. The infused liquor is a lovely pale yellow that feels fairly light bodied in the mouth. It delivers a lovely subtly sweet flavor with hints of super-fresh green vegetables and mild floral elements. The aftertaste is surprisingly mouth-coating, sweet & long lasting for such a mild, sweet tea.
This tea is quite is difficult to make unpleasant when steeping. It works beautifully steeped Gong Fu style in a gaiwan, equally beautifully “Grandpa Style” just loose in a tall glass with hot water, or it responds well to a longer western style treatment in a larger teapot with a longer steeping time. If you are not comfortable steeping tea using a Gaiwan or small Gong Fu type teapot, just use a heaping tablespoon of leaves per cup in your favorite teapot, and steep in 175F water for 5-6 minutes before serving.