What is Baihao Silver Needle White Tea And How to Identify The Quality
Baihao silver needle belongs to white tea, micro fermented tea, named after its plump buds, covered with white hair, like hidden snow.
Origin: Fuxi, Toutou, Taimu mountain, Zhenghe, etc.
Process: withering, drying, and picking.
It is white and thick in color.
Aroma: pure and fragrant.
Soup color: light apricot yellow, clear and bright
Taste: fresh, mellow, and full of flavor.
Leaf bottom: fat, soft and bright.
Baihao Yinzhen belongs to one of the 6 tea categories, micro fermented tea, mainly produced in Fuding, Zhenghe, and other places in Fujian Province.
According to the standard GB / T22291-2017 white tea, it is defined as follows:
Baihao Yinzhen is a kind of white tea product made from a single bud of Dabai tea or narcissus tea by withering, drying, and picking.
The production of Baihao silver needle requires about 20000 tea buds per catty, which is very precious. The finished tea bud has a fat head, and a heavy body, and is covered with pekoe, like hidden snow. Therefore, it is a famous beauty in tea.
Grade of Baihao silver needle
Baihao silver needle can be divided into two levels: super grade and first grade
The bud needle is plump, smooth, and clean; The color is silvery white and full of luster; The fragrance is pure and fragrant; The taste is fresh, mellow, and full of flavor; The soup is light apricot yellow, clear and bright; The leaf bottom is fat, soft and bright.
2. Level 1
The bud needle is long, the antler hair is slightly thin, uniform and clean; Silver gray color; The fragrance is pure and fragrant; The taste is fresh and mellow, and the taste is clear; Soup color apricot yellow, clear, and bright; The leaf bottom is tender and bright.
How to identify the quality of Baihao silver needle
Generally, it can be identified from dry tea, soup color, aroma, taste, and leaf bottom.
1. Dry tea
High-quality white hair silver needle, bud head fat, silver hair obvious;
If it is the first round of Baihao silver needle, sharp edge seedlings, the second round of picking is relatively thin and long; Before the Ming Dynasty, the bud head of silver needle was more compact.
In addition, the good Baihao silver needle's new tea color is fresh, if the withering is not enough, the color will be green; If withering excessively, will appear the color dark, and not fresh enough.
Of course, it is also necessary to keep the blades even and clean.
The reason why the Baihao silver needle has the reputation of perfume in tea is related to the rich hair of the tea itself.
This layer of hair contains rich amino acids. Whether it is brewed or dried, it has an elegant and tender fragrance, and the aroma is pure and non-miscellaneous.
If properly aged, the fragrance will be more obvious, and some will appear with a slight aroma of almonds, cocoa, and so on.
3. Soup color
High-quality Baihao silver needle soup color must be clear and transparent, white hair in the cup has a clear history, and there will never be turbid soup color, not a transparent phenomenon.
With the extension of aging time, the soup color of the Baihao silver needle appears light yellow, apricot yellow, and dark yellow in turn.
The taste is smooth and mellow.
The stored silver needle has both fragrance and honey, and a slight cocoa fragrance will appear. After 10 bubbles, it will be sweet.
If withering is not enough, there will be green grass in the taste, bitter taste, and even the bean flavor of green tea.
And withered excessive Baihao silver needle will be accompanied by a different flavor, and taste coarse light, not resistant to brewing.
5. Leaf base
After absorbing water, the leaf bottom of the Baihao silver needle is plump and straight, the appearance is even, and the touch is soft and elastic. The color of the new tea is green and yellowish, and the old tea is dark yellow and brownish.
If the overall red, black phenomenon, belongs to the production process defects.
How to store white tea
The best way to store white tea is three-layer carton packaging, three-layer packaging of the carton, aluminum bag, and plastic bag.
It is suitable to use shading cartons with five layers of corrugated paper thickness, plus sealed aluminum bags and plastic bags.
After fastening the aluminum bags and plastic bags respectively, put them into the cartons and seal the cartons with adhesive tape.
Finally, the cardboard box partition wall is placed off the ground, and the three-layer packaging is finished.
The three-layer packaging method of white tea is mainly three-layer packaging, which needs to be sealed respectively. In the long-term storage process, it is also necessary to reduce the disturbance of unpacking white tea.
In this way, white tea can be transformed quietly in a comfortable environment.