Tasting Notes: Clear, blonde liquor with zesty notes of honeyed citrus and pepper.
From wild tea trees in the Nan Mei valley in the Lincang region, this carefully plucked tea is charged with great complexity. A rarity in the camellia family, this white tea is naturally caffeine-free but with enough flavorful zing to act as an excellent afternoon pick-me-up.
We particularly love how notes of tropical fruit and honey combine with a citrusy zest and mild pepper in this lively white tea whose flavor profile is as untamed as the wild tea tree itself.
Slightly different than other traditional white teas, we recommend a longer steep time of 5-7 minutes in hot water (195F should be just about perfect). Also of note, this is a very voluminous tea, so it calls for an extra teaspoon per cup!
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.