Origin: Fuding town, Fujian province, China
Harvest Date: Mingqian harvest, March 20 - April 5, 2017
Cultivar: Fuding Da Hao
Elevation: 500 - 700m
Our Garden Direct collection features seasonal micro-lots of single-origin teas we source and import directly from artisan tea farmers. Available for a limited time, these handcrafted teas were selected through real time micro-lot tea cuppings during our 2017 origin travels.
While many teas are best enjoyed fresh and soon after harvest, white teas are among a small set that have the capacity to develop complexity as they age, transforming to express more mature, rounded flavor profiles. Our 2017 Fuding Silver Needles has settled gracefully in our climate controlled warehouse, becoming enriched with a layered honeyed sweetness as the tea ripens. Taste side-by-side with our fresh 2018 crop offering to compare the profile of new season tea with vintage tea.
This is the highest class of Silver Needles from the coastal town of Fuding, one of the earliest producing areas for white tea. Picked during the Mingqian period in early spring, this tea is made from the first tea buds that sprout in the new harvest season. The Mingqian buds are thickly coated in a sweet white downy coat of trichomes, and are highly concentrated in amino acids and other nutrients that were stored in the roots during winter. The result is a sublime and elegant balance of oceanic umami and floral sweetness with the patience to infuse at least six or seven times.
Elegant and smooth with a honey-like richness and sweet, subtle fruity aromas
Organic White Tea
4 grams | 1 tbsp
Add 1 tbsp (3g) tea per 8 ounces water
Use 185°F water
Infuse for 2-3 minutes
For subsequent infusions:
2nd: 2-3 minutes | 3+: 3-4 minutes