Cultivar: Da Huang Ya "Big Yellow Bud"
Harvest: March 10-20, 2020
This is a rare single-cultivar Silver Needles produced exclusively from the Da Huang Ya, or "Big Yellow Buds," cultivar in Jinggu county, Yunnan. Da Huang Ya yields large, plump buds that provide a long-lasting sweetness and unique amino acid profile. The infusion is imbued with the most radiant yellow-gold tints. This year's vintage has subtly sweet notes of muskmelon, clover honey, and taro in the finish.
We worked with partners to revitalize a garden of 30-40 year old tea plants that had passed their prime, by cutting them down nearly to the stumps and grafting Da Huang Ya cultivar plants onto the rootstock. The use of grafting in the cultivation of this tea illustrates the close parallels between tea and wine.
Muskmelon, clover honey, taro .
Organic White Tea
Add 6g tea per 350-400ml (11-12oz) to a glass teapot, like our Ming Cha Teapot
or Simple Brew.
Use water cooled to 185°F
Add water and infuse for 3-4 minutes.
Repeat for another 3+ infusions. Increase the steeping time by 30 seconds with each additional infusion.