Did you know Silver Needle Tea (also known as White Hair Silver Needle and Bai Hao Yin Zhen 白毫银针) is only harvested two days of the year and contains only the buds and youngest leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant?
The most expensive and prized of all the white teas, harvesting normally occurs on a sunny morning (so that all morning dew has evaporated) around March to April which is when the buds will flush.
There are two main types of Silver Needle White Tea, which are based on their region of origin - Zhenghe and Fujian, with ours being from the latter, A grade, and known to be lighter with less oxidation.
A sweet and delicate taste that should be brewed correctly - so please view our brewing instructions below!
White Silver Needle Tea Benefits
White tea, like other types of tea, is said to be rich in antioxidants that may be at the source of its many health benefits. Below are just a few:-
Boost Your Immune System
Silver Needle tea contains antioxidants that help boost your immune system and build your defenses. The high amount of catechins and flavonoids may prove essential to help prevent the onset of disease. Whites teas such as this one are rich in polyphenols that will keep bacteria and viruses way. So this is a good mild tea once you start to feel the first symptoms of the flu.
Antioxidants present in this tea may also help to promote heart health by lowering bad cholesterol levels and strengthening your blood vessels. This tea may aid in preventing blood clots that are responsible for heart attacks and strokes, protecting heart tissue from potential damage.
Light and mellow, this is a mild tea that is perfect to improve your digestion when you feel stomach cramps or nausea. With no sweeteners needed, this tea helps to relieve stomach acidity and to detoxify your digestive system. If you are suffering from indigestion or heartburn, then don’t eat heavily seasoned foods. Pair a cup of this tea with a mild steamed dish and relax.
Promotes Body Fat Loss
This tea may help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism. This not only means that you will digest your healthy food better, but it may also help your body get rid of unwanted waste materials. At the same time, Silver Needle tea is likely to give you the energy you need to perform the physical exercise you need to get into shape. This tea is rich in caffeine helping you to keep motivated.
Silver Needle is best steeped for around 5 minutes at 75ºC - 80ºC.
Not recommended to add anything else to this tea, it's perfect by itself!