Yin Zhen Jasmine Silver Needle white tea (茉莉银针) is a jasmine scented white tea from our producer in Fuding, Fujian Province. It is grown in a fully organic tea garden at an altitude of 800-900m. Picked in April 2021, it was then scented with fresh jasmine blossom from Guangxi Province.
This Yin Zhen Jasmine Silver Needle is made from a well-known white tea cultivar Fuding Da Bai (福鼎大白 – Fuding Large White). This cultivar is one of the main two cultivars that is used to produce top grade Chinese Silver Needle white teas. This tea utilises only the buds or the tips of the tea plant. The scenting takes place using fresh jasmine blossom, which imparts a lovely jasmine scent to this delicate tea. After scenting the jasmine blossom is removed so as not to add any bitterness to the brewed tea.
The silver needles of this white tea have a lovely heady jasmine scent. The liquor is a pale golden colour with a pronounced jasmine aroma. This Yin Zhen Jasmine Silver Needle white tea has a beautifully light and crisp character with a clean and refreshing taste. The jasmine aroma is not too overpowering and does not take away from the delicateness of the white tea. The taste is balanced, with clean floral notes and a slight citrus aftertaste.
We suggest brewing at 80°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste. Yin Zhen Jasmine Silver Needle white tea can be brewed 3 or more times depending on your taste preferences. As with all white teas, you can experiment with brewing times. Try either brewing this at a lower temperature (70°C) for 4-5 minutes or alternatively at 90°C for 60-90 seconds. Different brewing parameters produce quite different results so experimenting with the water temperature and steeping time is the best way of finding the brewing method that works best for you.
This Yin Zhen Jasmine Silver Needle white tea was first featured in our December 2016 Curious Tea Subscription Boxes.