Tasting Notes: Light, rosy liquor with a sweet and fruity florality balanced by a peppery accent.
Also known as Silver Needle Tea, Jingning Yin Zhen is a beautiful Chinese white tea. Difficult to harvest and prized for its composition of downy, silver-needle-like buds, Jingning Yin Zhen is a gorgeous example of one of China's best and most revered white teas.
In contrast to white teas like our Bai Mu Dan Wang (White Peony Tea), which contains a mixture of buds and new leaves, Jingning Yin Zhen is comprised solely of the fuzzy new-growth buds harvested early in the spring. Both timing and skill are essential in harvesting Silver Needle White Tea, and Mr. He'a expertise shines through in this beautiful infusion.
Our Jingning Yin Zhen has a rounded fruity and floral infusion. Earthy tones of oats quickly bloom into delightful notes of ripe fruits and flowers balanced by a hint of pepper. This harmonious natural sweetness makes Jingning Yin Zhen perfect for welcoming spring.
Thanks to the fuzzy coating on the buds meant to protect them from late frosts, Jingning Yin Zhen can also withstand higher temperature water than you might think. For those brewing in a Western-style teapot, we recommend playing around with your steeps to decide if you prefer your Silver Needle tea at 195 degrees F for about 1 minute or 165 degrees F for 5-7 minutes! Don't forget you may re-steep your Jingning Yin Zhen several times!
White Tea is best brewed between 170-185 degrees for 3 - 4 minutes. The tea may be brewed multiple times for longer time intervals, as the buds will open more with each steep and release more wonderful surprises and new experiences.
What is White Tea?
White Tea is the closest tea to nature as it undergoes the almost no processing or handling. After a winter of dormancy the tea plant awakens and begins to use its stored energy for new shoot growth and beautiful buds are formed. To make white tea, the downy buds, and sometimes the very youngest leaves, are picked early in the spring, before the buds have opened. The buds and leaves are laid to wither and dry slowly. The result will be a tea with delicate, natural springtime sweetness.
Health Benefits of White Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices play a role in the antioxidant and caffeine levels of your cup. Although white tea is considered to have lower caffeine than other tea types, this is not necessarily true and we encourage you to read your body's response to each tea, as caffeine levels in any category can vary from tea to tea. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.