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Silver Needle White Tea Now Produced In India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nepal, Malawi, and Tanzania
A high grade of white tea
Silver needle white tea, called bai hao yinzhen in Chinese, is a high grade of white tea consisting exclusively of tips or leaf buds. The tea tends to have a mellow, sweet flavor, and an aroma suggestive of melon, and a high caffeine content among teas.
Limited supply, higher price
Silver needle often sells for a retail price between $80 and $150 a pound, reflecting its limited supply and solid demand. This white tea is usually sold as-is rather than blended or flavored, although in China it is sometimes scented with Jasmine blossoms. Like other artisan teas, the higher price provides an economic benefit for the producers of the tea, as the skill in production resides with the producer rather than blenders and flavoring companies in the West.
Distinct qualities of tea from different regions
The flavor, aroma, color, and other characteristics of the finished tea leaf and brewed cup of tea can be profoundly influenced by the local conditions under which it is grown. Soil, climate, and even interactions with other species in the surrounding ecosystem, can all influence the qualities of the tea.
Teas produced in the style of silver needle outside of the historic regions of white tea production in Fujian province thus have unique characteristics that can offer a change of pace or welcome variation for tea connoisseurs.
Locating silver needle teas from different countries
RateTea, an online community where anyone can rate and review teas, maintains a database of teas classified by brand, style, and region. This database offers a unique tool which can be used to locate and browse offerings of silver needle teas produced in different regions and sold by different companies, in a single site.
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