Bai Hao Yin Zhen (白毫银针) literally translated from Chinese as “silver needles with white fur”. Indeed, if you take a closer look at this tea, you’ll see that its leaves look exactly like needles and they really are covered with white furs.
Bai Hao Yin Zhen is considered the most elegant, the most delicate, and the most refined white tea. The tea is produced using only the top bud. Without leaves. The same bud that is covered with soft white furs, thousands of tiny fibres. This tea is made using only these buds. That’s why it looks like this. And that is why it is incredibly labour-intensive to produce. When we try to imagine the amount of man-hours required to manufacture a pound of this tea, we understand where the price comes from. (Ten kilos (about 25 pounds) of manually collected tea material produces mere 0.5 kilos (about 17.64 oz.) of tea buds. 0.5 kilos of raw tea buds after processing shrink down to only 100 grams (3.52 oz.) of Bai Hao Yin Zhen.)
This tea is incredibly delicate. It is completely limpid. It’s aroma is almost imperceptible. And slightly sweet aftertaste. It’s all “a little-almost-slightly-just”. It is an ephemeral and totally zephyrous tea.
And a bit more about white teas in general and Bai Hao Yin Zhen in particular. The concept of white teas is to convey to a person the fullness of tea bouquet and aroma without mechanical stress on the tea leaves. White teas are not treated. At all. The leaves are not twisted, panned, kneaded. Bai Hao Yin Zhen tea buds are picked from the shrubs and dried in the open air. That’s it. In a few days, this tea can be brewed and consumed. That is why the white teas retain maximum useful properties. All the vitamins, minerals, elements — all this remains inside. For the same reason, white teas are considered the most deceptive. Transparent and easy to look at, they carry so a powerful charge that — yoo-hoo! Be ready.
|Place of origin||Fujian Province|
|Harvest year||spring 2016|
|Steeping temperature||80-90 ˚C — 176-194 ˚F|