Bai Hao Yin Zhen 2012
A light and clean white tea, evoking spring and new growth.
Its aroma is sweet, reminding of honeydew melon and wildflowers. The liquid itself first starts out mild with taste of sage and cucumber, which transitions to wildflower and finishes out with apricots and honey aftertaste. It is a tea you will want to drink on warm days, reminding you of the beginning of spring.
This tea is an excellent introduction to high end Yin Zhen, for it will give you an experience of the pure taste white teas offer.
- ORIGIN: Guan Yang, Fuding, Ningde, Fujian, China
- MEANING: Silver needles (yin zhen)
- HARVEST TIME: Spring 2012
- TASTE: Pure, clean, light
Among the six tea classes, white tea is the easiest to described, but not the least difficult to produce. The fresh leaves are withered outdoor in the shadow and indoor in rooms with good air circulation. The leaves usually air-dry naturally, although sometimes baking is required to completely remove the moisture. Especially in the Yunnan province, some white teas are sun-dried instead.
Green tea is different than white tea. Green tea is scalded right after the harvest to prevent oxidation. White tea oxidizes during withering and is not heat-treated to stop oxidation. The different processing of white tea results in a delicate liquor, with none of the astringency and grassy undertones typical of green tea.