Native Name: Nan Yue Yin Zhen
Origin: Nan Yue Heng Shan, Hunnan Province, China
Plucking Season: Early Summer
Introduction: Also known as “Yin Zhen,” Silver Needles is an organic, famous white tea with a rich history.
Known as “Bai Cha” in Chinese, white teas are made ony from the newly sprouted buds of the tea plant. These buds have a silvery white down that provides a honey texture to the brew. The buds are heat braised in covered pans or dried in direct sun with minimal or no oxidation.
Varietal & Technique
Original White teas are native to areas of China’s Fujian province. Recently, more areas in China and in other tea countries have started to process white tea and each has its distinct flavor profile.
Hunan is located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting (hence, its name meaning ‘South of the lake’). The well-known attractions in Hunan include Changsha – main city, Dongting – a famous lake, Yueyang – historical tower and Mt. Hengshan and Taohua Yuan – nature reserve. Hunan is also famous for its spicy food. Silver Needles is grown on the southern mountain of Nán Yuè Héng Shan – known locally as Nán Yuè (Southern Mountain) or Héng Shan, one of the five sacred peaks (symbolizing the four directions and the center) of Daoism. It was believed that these peaks were supernatural channels connecting heaven and earth. For Daoists, mountains were the sites where qì (cosmic energy) was at its most refined; herbs and minerals – the ingredients of health and longevity elixirs – were found on mountains.
Although Silver Needles can be made at several times in the year, the young buds are best in spring. If stored well (airtight in dark low humidity), the buds retain flavor over time.
Flavor Profile: Roasted chestnut and wild honey aroma with a delicate, lingering honeysuckle sweetness.
Ingredients: 100% Organic White Tea Leaves.
Certified Organic by: Quality Assurance International (QAI)
°F (°C) Quality of Water Quantity of Leaf
(tsp / 8oz water) Steep Time 2-3 (minutes) Infusions