Silver Needle or Bai Hao Yin Zhen is the most expensive and most prized type of white tea.  Only the top buds of the camellia sinensis plant are picked from the Dai Bai cultivar.  There are other green teas that can look similar, but they taste different and have a different biochemical potency than genuine unique taste of white tea Silver Needle.


Unlike the picking of green tea, the ideal time and weather for picking white tea is a sunny morning when the sun is high enough to have dried any moisture on the buds.  The buds are then laid in shallow baskets to wilt under the sun for an extended period before they are bake dried at a low temperature.


Two regions, Zhenghe and Fuding, spanning the north to north-eastern parts of the Fujian province are the original producers of this tea.  The two cultivars employed by these regions are Fuding Da Bai and Zhenghe Da Bai.  These differences are important to distinguish the two styles of Silver Needles.  The Zhenghe style and the Fuding style.  The former is usually a lot darker due to time spent piled up to oxidize more, yielding a tea with fuller body than the latter style, which is generally lighter with shorter oxidation.  The character of the tea tree leaves of the former allows for the extended piled-up time without turning bad.  Silver Needle is commonly included among China's most famous teas.


  • Ingredients:  White Tea
  • Packaging: Luxury Tea Tins, 18g/30g, Resealable Tea Pouch, 60g
  • Origin:  Fuding, Fujian Province, China
  • Cultivar:  Fuding Da Bai
  • Elevation:  2,000 ft
  • Picking Date:  April 2019
  • Picking Style:  buds only
  • Dry Leaves Appearance:  fuzzy white buds with pekoe
  • Wet Leaves Aroma: floral, mineral, honey
  • Liquor Appearance:  pale yellow, clear
  • Liquor Aroma:  floral, wet stone
  • Taste:  floral, honey, cream
  • Mouthfeel: thick texture, juicy finish
  • Caffeine Level:  Moderate

Fuding Silver Needle

  • Gong Fu Brewing of Fuding Silver Needle:

    • 4g per 100ml
    • 185°F / 85°C
    • 20 seconds
    • 6 infusions


    Western Brewing of Fuding Silver Needle:

    • 1.5 tsp per 8oz
    • 185°F / 85°C
    • 120 seconds
    • 3 infusions


    For complete tea brewing guide click here.