Baihao Yinzhen (White Hair Silver Needle)

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180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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Baihao Yinzhen, which when translated means “White Hair Silver needles, is the most expensive variety and the most prized amongst white teas, as only top buds (leaf shoots) are used to produce the tea.

Steeping (1 cup): 1-2 teaspoon, 70-80C water, 1-2 minutes

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A review of Baihao Yinzhen (White Hair Silver Needle) Chinese White Tea by Zen Tea

Company: Zen Tea
Tea Name: Baihao Yinzhen (White Hair Silver Needle) Chinese White Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: White
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light amber with 1st steep/ darker amber/ orange base with later steeps
Leaf Characteristics: very thinly silver colored tips when steeps looks like thinly sliced cut green beans.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 170 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

I decided to try this tea today for no particular reason other than I am trying to go through this tea package that I received from Zen Tea a while back. This is a most prize tea (only top buds) are used to produce this tea.

I take a teaspoon of the tea leaves and put them in tea mug and pour in the hot water with a steep time of two minutes. Tea color lightens straight away to light yellow color; tea’s aroma is mildly floral with a slight astringent. I sip it slowly to just take in the tea and taking in the aroma as well which is nice.

This tea makes me think of an oolong tea and not so much white tea, as it is unlike the Bai Mu Dan Peony Tea I had earlier this year. This is more floral and sweetly.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

The second steep the tea is dark amber in color with an orange base to it and this is very much like an oolong tea to me; it is smoothly with a slight drying after taste. I would say overall this tea impression is to leave smoothness with no after taste yet there is slight dryness when swallowed.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Really not sure how I feel about silver needle so far. This is the second one I’ve tried and it was alright. First time, I tried doing normal gongfu, but the leaves just weren’t opening up at all, and my best brews were among the last, when I got up to steep times of a minute or more. My second session, I did a sort of reverse gongfu, with steeps of 1m, 45s, 30s, 20s, 20s, 30s, 45s, etc. It did work a lot better, as I got some decent flavor in the early and later steeps.

Very light tasting tea, with floral and straw notes. Also picked up on some grassy taste. Late in the first session and midway through the second, I got a kind of sweetness I’ve only tasted in silver needle that I can best describe as “fluffy.” Like marshmallows maybe, but not so overwhelmingly sugary. Also got a bit of a milky and creamy mouth feel during those steeps. I have one or two more silver needle samples, so if anybody has any brewing advice for them, I would welcome it.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Grass, Straw, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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