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Silver Needle

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Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

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About Silver Needle

Large, silvery, fuzzy leaves
Silver Needle
from Adagio Teas
Silver needle tea, also known as bai hao yinzhen(白毫银针) or sometimes just yinzhen, is a style of white tea. It is produced mostly in Fujian, China, with small amounts of production in other regions. Silver needle tends to be among the most expensive of white teas. It is made exclusively of leaf buds at the tips of the tea plant's branches, and contains no fully-formed leaves. On RateTea, we classify white teas produced in the style of silver needle in this category, regardless of whether or not they are labelled as such, or are of Fujian or Chinese origin.

Yellowish, silvery, fuzzy leaves
Silver Needle
from Shanti Tea
This tea is usually light in color, its aroma is subtle, and it can be quite thin. Tea drinkers preferring stronger teas can be disappointed by its delicate flavor.

As buds are highest in caffeine among the parts of the tea plant, this tea tends to be high in caffeine. Some retailers mistakenly claim that this tea is low in caffeine because it is a white tea. White teas are not necessarily lower in caffeine and no generalizations can be made about caffeine content of a tea based on whether it is green, white, or black.

Another tea, Junshan yinzhen, is also referred to as "silver needle". Junshan yinzhen is a yellow tea that is similar in many respects to bai hao yinzhen.

References:

1. The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea, Penguin Press, 2008, p. 20-22.

Best Silver Needle

The notion of the "best" Silver Needle is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

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Organic Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen)

Brand:TeaVivre
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
68
4 Ratings
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White Whisper Tea

Brand:Royal Tea of Kenya
Region:Kenya
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
54
3 Ratings
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Organic Silver Needle White Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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2 Doves Silver Needle

Brand:Imperial Tea Garden
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Silver Yin Zhen Pearls

Brand:Teavana
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings

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Organic Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen)

Brand:TeaVivre
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
68
4 Ratings
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White Whisper Tea

Brand:Royal Tea of Kenya
Region:Kenya
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
54
3 Ratings

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