Our Masters Collection White Downy Silver Needle, or Bai Hao Yin Zhen, is made with fine silvery down bearing buds from carefully reared tea bushes in the Fuding area of Fujian, China. Hand picked, this precious white tea shows the care and skill of the proud farmers. In the cup, these extra fine Silver Needle buds offer a buttery-creamy mouthfeel and wonderfully sweet, subtle but perfectly balanced honeydew melon notes with a creamy cucumber lingering finish.
Fujian province is one of China's most prolific tea producing areas. These teas account for one-fifth of China's total tea output, and the consistently high quality keeps them in demand. A coastal province (Taiwan lies just to the east, across the Taiwan Strait), Fujian benefits from an excellent climate, combining mild temperatures, abundant rainfall and very mountainous terrain. The misty mountain scenery is a mainstay of traditional Chinese art. In fact, the traditional description of Fujian is '8 parts mountain, 1 part water and 1 part farmland.' Fujian has a long history of cultivating tea: over 1,000 years.