From wild tea trees in the Nan Mei valley in the Lincang region, this carefully plucked tea is charged with great complexity. We particularly love the tropical fruit and honeyed notes combined with a citrusy zest and mild pepper. Slightly different than other traditional teas, we recommend a longer steep time of 5-7 minutes. Also of note, this is a very voluminous tea and calls for an extra teaspoon per cup.
A rarity in the camellia family, this white tea is naturally caffeine-free!
White Tea is best brewed between 170-185 degrees for 3 - 4 minutes. The tea may be brewed multiple times for longer time intervals, as the buds will open more with each steep and release more wonderful surprises and new experiences.
What is White Tea?
White Tea is the closest tea to nature as it undergoes the almost no processing or handling. After a winter of dormancy the tea plant awakens and begins to use its stored energy for new shoot growth and beautiful buds are formed. To make white tea, the downy buds, and sometimes the very youngest leaves, are picked early in the spring, before the buds have opened. The buds and leaves are laid to wither and dry slowly. The result will be a tea with delicate, natural springtime sweetness.
Health Benefits of White Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices play a role in the antioxidant and caffeine levels of your cup. Although white tea is considered to have lower caffeine than other tea types, this is not necessarily true and we encourage you to read your body's response to each tea, as caffeine levels in any category can vary from tea to tea. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.