White Pekoe Silver Needle is renowned as Beauty among teas because of its unparallel elegant shape and silver white, shinning appearance. It is sun-withered or dried without stir fixation or rolling, so White Pekoe Silver Needle is more primitive, more natural and healthier than any other kind of tea. While appreciating its unique appearance, color and quality, you’ll be indulged in enjoying its taste.
Brewing difficulty: General difficulty.
Best season to taste: Summer
Origin: Fuding and Zhenghe in Fujian Province
Shape: stout bud, white and bright flowery fuzz.
Liquid: apricot or faint yellow, clear.
Aroma: delicate fragrance.
Taste: Refreshing and mellow.
Brewed tea leaves: evenly yellow and green for fresh tea, slightly reddish-brown for old tea.
The top grade is silver white and shinning with fat bud and the gray tea with thin and small bud comes secondary. The tea leaves slowly fall down while mixing with water, standing upright and interlacing. What a splendid sight.
Water: fine natural spring water or stream water is the best, and purified water is good.
Tea sets: transparent glass tea set for better sight, and covered bowl for keeping fragrant aroma.
Infusion: 4-5 times, the second and third infusions are optimal.
Infusing time: the first infusion lasts 3 minutes. When it turns yellow, you can drink the tea. 5 minutes are ok for the second infusion and more times for the following infusions.
Name origin and its picking
White Pekoe Silver Needle is called silver needle or white tip for short. The finished product is famous for being white like silver and straight like a needle. The picking is under the “10 No Picking”: not in rainy day, no dew, no thin bud, no purple bud, no wind-damaged, no human-damaged, no insect-damaged, no open bud, no hollow bud and no sick bud.
White Beauty in Taimu Mountain
The origin of place of White Pekoe Silver Needle is Taimu Mountain in Fujian, mild and rainy all year round. There are north silver needle and west silver needle by area and tea bush. The former is, produced in Fuding, Fujian, known as Fujian white tea with strong bud, thick fuzz, and luster. And the latter is, originated in Zhenghe, Fujian, famous for Zhenghe white tea and characterized by robust shape, long bud, slightly thicker fuzz, and less bright luster.