Imperial Fuding Silver Needle Tea Introduction
Imperial Fuding Silver Needle (also known as White Hair Silver Needle or Baihao Yinzhen) is the most expensive, highest grade and most prized white tea in the world. It originated from Fuding and Zhenghe counties in China and has been enjoyed by tea enthusiasts ever since. The best Silver Needle white teas are picked in the early morning and are laid in shallow baskets under the sun.
Taste and Smell Profile
• Flavor: Fresh, sweet, light, and grassy
• Color: Yellowish
• Smell: Fresh morning hay and spring grass
Imperial Fuding Silver Needle Tea Profile
• Before Brewing: Soft, banana-like shape, grayish green with a silver coating
• After Brewing: After Brewing: Soft, bigger in size and dark
About AiryTea Imperial Fuding Silver Needle Tea Package
• Tea Type: Imperial Fuding Silver Needle Tea
• Weight: 70g
• Shelf Life: 18 months
• Tea Storage Recommendation: Store it in a cool and dry place away from sunlight.
The History of Imperial Fuding Silver Needle Tea
Let’s start our journey with the history of this prized white tea. Although it is only a couple of centuries old, there are many different stories about the origin of Silver Needle tea, as well as some fascinating myths. It is believed that the original Silver Needle tea bush can still be found in the Tai Mu Mountain and many tourists go to see it. However, there are also some myths surrounding Silver Needle tea, like most Chinese teas.
Folklore stories are very important in the Chinese culture and tradition and provide some insight into how cherished these teas actually were. In most legends, the tea has magic powers like healing and it usually comes from some divine being. Well, Silver Needle is no different. The story speaks about a small village in Fuding County being struck by measles. Most people in the village were very sick, including children, and there was simply no cure. One night, a strange divine creature came into the dream of young girl.
Her parents and friends were very ill and she asked for help.
The divine told her something very mysterious – the cure for the villagers was to be found in a cave in the mountains. As soon as she woke up, the young girl headed to the mountains in search of this miraculous cure. In the cave she found a tea plant so she picked some leaves and made tea. The kind girl offered the tea to her parents and other villagers and soon after they were all magically cured. Because of the small needles on the leaves, the tea was named Silver Needle tea and was consumed ever since. It is no wonder that the legend about this white tea talks about it being a miracle cure because it is actually very healthy and good for you. You can read more about the influence of Silver Needle tea on your health below.
How is Imperial Fuding Silver Needle Tea Made?
Many criteria has to be met in order to make genuine Fuding Silver Needle tea. First of all, the plants has to come from either Fuding or Zhenghe Counties in China. Some farmers are transplanting the tea bushes and growing them elsewhere and although the results might be similar, that is not considered to be the highest quality Silver Needle. Another thing that makes this tea special and distinguishes it from all others is that only very young, still unopened buds are picked.
That means no leaves are picked, only the buds. Because the buds are so young, there are many fuzzy sliver hairs covering it and that’s how this tea got its name. The delicate buds are carefully placed in baskets and left to wither in the sun for three days. This tea is not oxidized so drying occurs immediately after withering. The buds are baked in a low temperature and that’s what gives them even more flavor. Although this process might seem very simple and straightforward, every single thing must be done just right otherwise the tea won’t taste as good. So don’t be fooled by the seemingly easy production process because a lot of work goes into it.
Imperial Fuding Silver Needle Tea Features
Now that we have covered the history and production of this high end white tea, let’s move on to the most important aspects of it – the tasting. The experience of drinking Silver Needle white tea starts before the tea is even brewed. The visual aspect of this tea is very captivating. The leaves have a gorgeous silver green color because of all the fur that’s covering it. It is very fun to touch it. After brewing, the leaves get bigger and darker while releasing all the wonderful flavor. When you take the first sip, you’ll notice that Silver Needle white tea is very refreshing and has a light as sweet flavor with grassy undertones. The reason why this tea is so popular because its flavor is not so intense or unusual which makes it appealing to almost everyone. You don’t have to be a tea expert to appreciate this tea, so make sure to try it, even if you’re still at the beginning of your tea journey.
Health Benefits of Imperial Fuding Silver Needle Tea
If you’re looking to get a healthy substitute for coffee, silver needle tea should be your first choice. It has a much greater caffeine content than many other teas and will give you that jolt of pure energy. However, unlike coffee your energy levels won’t come crushing down later, but you will slowly and gently get back to a normal pace. Not to mention tea is simply a much healthier beverage than coffee.
You can also drink Silver Needle tea to improve your oral health. A couple of cups a day will keep plaque away while keeping your breath nice and fresh. Your teeth will be stronger and less prone to bacteria and inflammation. High levels of antioxidants will keep your immune system in check which will result in feeling much stronger and being less susceptible to different illnesses. Silver Needle tea can also be used as a weight loss aid, but keep in mind that you should still eat healthy and exercise as much as you can.
To learn about white tea benefits, see this page.
How To Brew White Tea?
- Bring water close to boiling point, but before it boils. The ideal water temperature for white tea is 170 - 180*F (75-82 C*).
- Add 2 teaspoons of leaves for a single cup of tea and pour water.
- Let it rest for 5 minutes and taste. In case it is too weak, keep tasting every 1-2 minutes till you find the perfect taste for you.
- Drink it slowly and enjoy.
White Tea Shipping Times
We are proud to offer two great shipping methods that will suit everyone’s needs.
Flat Rate Shipping
- Great for people who are not in a hurry and want to save on even more for white tea. This method will take around 10 to 30 days to arrive.
- For everyone who wants to try our white tea as soon as possible, pick this method and get your tea in just 1 to 5 business days.
Please note: this excludes handling time, which is usually less than 24 hours. However, if there are certain situations beyond our control (such as the post office being closed) it may take up to 72 hours for your package to be shipped.
If you have changed your mind regarding the tea, you can return the unopened package to us and we will be more than happy to give you a refund. Please contact us (with your order number) to proceed with the request.
- Best tea to replace coffee Review by Alexander Great.
The smell is sweet and grassy, almost like the morning hay back on the farm, and it’s got a very mellow body that goes down easy even without any honey or sugar. I like mine sweet, but this one help me cut back on my sugar intake too. Very nice! (Posted on 9/23/2015)
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- There is a reason why this tea is very popular Review by Aiden