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This tea got its name from the shape of the processed leaves which are twisted into a thin needle shape covered with white hairs. This is the rarest and most expensive type of White Tea because only the new buds are used in the production of the tea. Bai Hao Yin Zhen is grown in four counties in the Fujian Province: Fuding, Zhen He, Jian Yang, and Song Xi.
Legends says that during China’s Yao Dynasty there was a woman who was extremely kind and always helped people. Because of her kindness people called her Mother Lan. One year, a terrible disease came to her village and many people were sick and dying. Mother Lan worked tirelessly to help them. One night a celestial being came down and told her that heaven had chosen her to stop the disease and save countless lives. She had to climb Tai Lao Mountain and find a tea tree hidden amongst the clouds and fog, then brew a tea from this tree and administer it to the affected people.
Authentic Jun Shan Yin Zhen is amongst the rarest of China’s famous teas. It is rumored that this tea was the favorite of Chairman Mao Zedong. In 2006 this rare and precious yellow tea was sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin as China's National Gift.
Its name translates as “Gentleman Mountain Silver Needle Tea”. It is often confused with Bai Hao Yinzhen (Silver Needle), but it is a different variety. The name comes from the processed leaves, which look like small needles.