Yin Zhen (Silver Needle)

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Calculated from 13 Ratings
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White Tea
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Typical Preparation
Use 17 oz / 500 ml of water
Set water temperature to 175 °F / 79 °C
Use 5 g of tea
Steep for 2 min, 45 sec
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“I decided to add more leaf to the pot this time – about 50% more than I usually do – and really liked the outcome! It was much more buttery, and had something approaching a starchy flavor which...” Read full tasting note
“This weeks Canton Tea Clubs tea is Silver Needle (Yin Zhen). It’s strange but I have been craving a lot of white tea the moment so it’s very fitting. The leaves whilst raw smell slightly sweet and...” Read full tasting note
“Silver Needles are beginning to bore me… It’s almost like the new Earl Grey – everyone seems to have one, ya know!? BUT… Canton has a LOVELY Silver Needle! Very crisp and clean and YUMMY! Makes...” Read full tasting note
“After a long run of flavored teas, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to get back to basics a bit. Ahhh… yes, this is good. I love to poor white tea out into a little glass bowl and marvel...” Read full tasting note


This high grade Fuding Silver Needle is entirely made up of soft, plump young ‘needles’ or immature leaf buds that are densely covered in tiny silvery hairs. Very high in antioxidants, the buds are hand- picked at dawn and scattered in the sun to dry. The liquor is the colour of champagne and has a light creamy, delicate taste with sweet notes of melon. Try nibbling on a bud of this top Silver Needle after infusion: it will be sweet and delicious, unlike lower quality Silver Needle which can be bitter and woody.

Our Buyer’s notes
“This very good quality tea comes from Fuding, Fujian province. The farmer won the gold medal for Yin Zhen at this year’s international tea competition in Las Vegas.”

About Canton Tea Co

Canton Tea Co is a London-based tea company trading in high grade, whole leaf Chinese tea. We have exclusive access to some of the best jasmine, white, green, oolong, black and authentic puerh teas available. In our first year, we scooped Six Golds at the 2009 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. Our Jasmine Pearls won the top three star gold award, endorsing it as the best available in the UK.

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