老树银针: The product showcases a special edition of Baihao Silver Needle cake from Master Mei Xiangjing using 2018 Maocha as its base. Baihao Silver Needle, also known as Pekoe, derives its name from the appearance of its dry leaves – remarkably white like silver and exceptionally slender akin to a needle. Pekoe tea has long been regarded as the best of the pure white tea varieties, even earning the honor of being presented as a tribute to the royal family throughout various dynasties.
The finished tea buds of Yinzhen are thick and strong, covered with white hairs. They exhibit a radiant, glistening white hue, and their sharp tips of the long and straight buds are akin to needles. The resulting tea liquor exhibits a crystal-clear and lustrous apricot-yellow hue. As you savor this tea, a delicate aroma wafts from your cup, and the flavor is extremely refreshing. While not as immediately apparent as lower-grade teas like Gong Mei, Yinzhen possesses a remarkable potential for elegance and endurance. Its profile boasts a harmonious blend of fruity, floral, herbal, grassy, and hay-like notes, encompassing a delicate yet substantial texture that offers a smooth, revitalizing mouthfeel. With an aging period exceeding five years, Yinzhen undergoes a captivating transformation, evolving from its initial coolness to a captivating medley of date, herbal, and Zongye aromas, culminating in a rich licorice-infused tea soup.
Master Mei Xiangjing is the representative inheritor of the national intangible cultural heritage project “Fuding White Tea Making Skills”. He is the grandson of Mei Bozhen, a famous tea merchant in the late Qing Dynasty. The creation of fine white tea involves a meticulous process, including drying, roasting, withering, and braised roasting, with a focus on seven-point drying and three-point roasting. The traditional craftsmanship of Fuding white tea is simple and subtle. Master Mei Xiangjing has inherited the family’s ancestral business, preserving and advancing these time-honored techniques with the pure and devoted spirit of a true craftsman. The mellow taste of white tea, which has haunted his palate since childhood, has given Master Mei Xiangjing the unchanging “first heart for a tea leaf” for more than half a century.
Tea farm: Fuding, Fujian
Tea Master: Mei Xiangjing 梅相靖