Brew with water at a temperature between 75 and 80 degrees and leave to infuse for 1 to 3 minutes
Ying Zhen Silver Needle is a type of White Tea from the Fujian province of China. Considered one of the finest quality infusions available, it has much to offer casual drinkers and connoisseurs alike. It consists of young, unfurled buds from the Camellia sinensis plant - picked in the early spring. When brewed, it has a refreshingly mellow flavour with a slightly smoky aftertaste.
If White Tea worked on a strict grading system, our Ying Zhen Silver Needle would be at the top. The same is true when it comes to its health benefits, with scientists noting its ability to improve skin health and reduce diabetes risks. Furthermore, according to some studies, Ying Zhen Silver Needle can promote weight loss by boosting the metabolism of fat cells. What’s not to like?
About Ying Zhen Silver Needle
Any infusion considered a “genuine” Ying Zhen Silver Needle Tea must be a White Tea, meaning it undergoes only minimal oxidation. However, some producers have, in the past, tried to make this variety as a Green Tea.
Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we opt for authenticity. Our Ying Zhen Silver Needle is, unmistakably, true to its origins.
It’s also worth noting that the “best” Ying Zhen Silver Needle is one harvested during the first flush period. This generally takes place between late March and early April.
Again, we’re proud to say that our Ying Zhen Silver Needle is picked within this time frame. What’s more, and perhaps more importantly, we pack it fresh to order, ensuring not only quality but also consistency.
Type of Tea: White Tea.
Origin: Fujian Province, China.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 75 and 80°C. Infuse for 1 to 3 minutes.
How to Serve: Best served without additions.
Tasting Notes: Enjoy smooth, delicate, grassy flavours with every sip.
Colour in Cup: Peachy-yellow liquor, light in tone.
Ying Zhen Silver Needle Tea Benefits
The antioxidants in Ying Zhen Silver Needle, particularly Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), can afford protection against a variety of skin disorders. This is according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association of Dermatology in the year 2000.
Additionally, it contains anti-inflammatory properties capable of reducing skin swelling. Although not yet proven, there is even the possibility that it might protect against sun damage.
But that’s not all. It also contains large quantities of L-theanine, an amino acid capable of reducing anxiety by increasing the production of Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin and dopamine.
According to research published in the Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, L-theanine helped with anxiety in 104 participants experiencing stressful situations.