Jinggu Bai Hao Silver Needle


$ 4.00




This tea is a wonderful example of using a unique, local cultivar and processing it in a way that mimics a famous tea from another province, in this case the valuable and rare Yin Zhen Silver Needle teas of Fu Ding in Fujian Province. 

Provenance:

  • Origin: Yang Ta Village, Jinggu area, Pu’erh Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China           
  • Grower/Teamaster: Mr. Yang
  • Elevation: 1400-1500 meters
  • Harvest Date: March 2016
  • Cultivar: Da Bai Hao (Camellia Taliensis)
  • Cultivation: Natural, no pesticides or fertilizers
  • Plucking Standard: Bud Pluck, Imperial Grade
  • Processing Notes:  Light wilt, pan-fired, dried naturally
  • Nickname: Bai Hao Yin Zhen
  • History/Pedigree: Grown and processed in the same style as famous Fuding Bai Hai Yin Zhen.

Brewing Suggestions1:

  • Water: 170-180˚F
  • Tea: 2g per 4oz of water (about a level 1 TB2)
    • Infusion
      • (Western-style): 2 minutes for 2-3 infusions
        • (Eastern-style; Gong Fu): Short infusions, adding about 50% more time for each infusion up to about 1 minute. I do 10 seconds, 15, 20, 30, 45s, and then 60s until the tea stop yielding flavor.3

      Tasting Notes:

      • Classic white tea taste with sweet and fruity tasting notes and aroma.

      1 Brewing suggestions are just that. Try it the suggested way then experiment. Some tea drinkers like to use slightly hotter and longer times for each subsequent infusion. Also, try it Eastern Gong Fu style: 180˚-190˚F dosed at 1g/oz of water and infused for short times like 10 seconds, 15s, 20s, 30s, 45s, and then 60 seconds until leaves are spent.

      2 Weighing your tea is always the best way to control your dosage. I provide approximate volume measures for convenience but they can be problematic due to the variance in tea leaf shape and size. It’s best to use the single appropriate volume measure for the tea, i.e., don’t try to measure 1.5TB using two spoons meant to measure 1 TB and a ½ TB. Use an actual 1.5 TB measuring spoon. Yes, they make them! I like the oblong ones to handle longer leaf styles.

      3 Gong Fu, or Eastern infusion methods, also invite experimentation to get each tea how you prefer it. Most people dose the infusions higher, up to 1g tea per ounce of water. Since the infusions are short, the tea might respond to higher temperature water. Some brew more for a certain color of tea liquor instead of being precise about infusion time.


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