White tea has been enjoyed by Chinese people for over a thousand years (Ming Dynasty). For the most part, white tea comes from Fujian Province, and gets its name from the fine silvery white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant. What makes white tea so different from other teas? Simply put, white
tea is the least processed form of tea. White tea is made of beautiful silver buds
and select leaves which have been simply steamed and dried. Due to the
minimal processing, white tea retains the nutrition and flavor of the tea
leaves as much as possible. It has a light, delicate, slightly sweet silky
flavor that sharpens the senses without overwhelming the tongue. White tea
can be stored for a long time. The longer the storage time, the greater the
fragrance and the higher the quality.
The process for producing white is the simplest of all. It is simply picked, sundried, and packaged. Due to the absence of human-induced production complexities, it retains maximum nutrition. Throughout Chinese history, great medicinal value has been placed on white tea and its antibiotic qualities, its ability to inhibit free radical development, and its anti-cancer qualities. And white tea contains enzymes which help to balance blood glucose levels.
As with our Pu-Erh teas, our white tea is sourced from only select high quality tea trees. These trees are organically sustained by our partner caretakers in Fujian province. And, of course, we apply only traditional processes, to ensure the greatest possible nutrition and flavor.
We sell 3 types of white tea:
1) Silver Needle (Baihao Yinzhen): The finest white tea, made only of silvery white buds. Beautiful to behold and delightful to drink. It is the most famous white tea, with a delicate, light, and slightly sweet flavor. It is our personal favorite
2) White Peony (Bai Mudan): Next highest in quality, White Peony consists of buds and leaves. The best White Peony has both bud and leaf covered in silvery white hair. It tends to have a stronger taste and darker color than Silver Needle.
3) Long Life Eyebrow (Shou Mei): A lower rank white tea, Long Life Eyebrow is made from leaves left over after the Silver Needle and White Peony harvest.
It gets name due to a resemblence to eyebrows in the final dry stat