White teas are as close as most of us come to simply steeping a freshly plucked tea leaf in our cups, and Bai Hao Yin Zhen has earned our adoration as both an exceedingly pleasant drink, and the original white tea born of China’s Fujian province. Produced from only furled leaf buds and plucked over a short period in Spring, “White Hair Silver Needle” is a prized and truly artisanal tea the world over.
When it comes to Bai Hao Yin Zhen, there are few teas like it. Tightly wrapped buds form the downy spires that earn this tea its name. A clean fragrance carrying floral scents accompanies the leaf, strong and clear for an otherwise delicate tea. It steeps to a pale golden liquor, that tastes uniquely sweet and silky without being overly subtle. What we love most about this tea, however, is the texture of the cuppa – buttery, smooth, and possessing a satisfying viscosity we often associate with richer teas. All in all, this brews an elegant cuppa that lives up to its reputation.
- Pairs well with delicate charcuterie plates, sunrise, and appreciating all on its own
- Steep Time: 160°-170° for 2-3 minutes (multiple infusions)
- White tea