Type: White Tea
Origin: Fuding County, Zhenghe County of Fujian Province
Description: Fleshy bright colored and covered with tiny white hairs. The flavor and fragrance should be delicate, light, fresh, and sweet.
Baihao Yinzhen or White Hair Silver Needle is a kind of white tea grown in Fuding and Zhenghe County of Fujian Province.
Amongst all the white teas, Baihao Yinzhen is the most expensive one as it only use the top buds to produce the tea. The best production of the tea is from the first flushes from late March to early April. Pluck the first new buds before it opens. The best time to pluck the white tea is on sunny morning. The buds are laid in shallow basket and under the sun for a long period. Then, the softened buds will be piled for requiring enzyme oxidation before they going through a low temperature bake-dry of the later process.
There are 2 regions--- Zhenghe and Fuding make this tea. The Zhenghe style is usually much darker than the Fuding style, because its oxidation time is much longer. As the tastes of the 2 styles are different, both of them have their own fans.