White Tea 白茶

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White tea is the rarest and most delicate of the tea classes. The buds used are the highly-prized first flush of spring, when the weather is coolest. The tender young budsets are quickly prepared to preserve their flavors, and the resulting tea is lightly colored, but extremely clean and smooth, with delicate but distinct aromas and flavors tending towards the floral and fragrant. White tea is valued for its excellent clean finish and extremely smooth character.


BáimŭdānBáimŭdān (白牡丹)

(China) Báimŭdān (formerly spelled Bai Mudan, Bai Mu Dan, or Pai Mu Tan) means “white peony” in Chinese, and this beloved white tea has been prized by generations of tea-drinkers for its uniquely warm and toasty rich flavor, with delicate floral aroma and exceptional finish. A remarkably special and enjoyable white tea, with soothing fragrance and warm satisfying flavor – highly valued and deservedly so, one of the finest teas I have to offer.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 180°F Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (3 tbsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (4½ tbsp) tea
Time 3 minutes

MoonlightMoonlight

(China) Unlike most white tea, Moonlight is dried in darkness to create an unusual black-and-white color on the leaves, and create a warm smoothness that is quite remarkable. The tea presents mild sweet floral flavors and aromas, and is incredibly clean and smooth, with a beautiful refreshing finish. Well-flavored with an excellent texture and body, a really wonderful and interesting white tea – one of my personal favorites.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 180°F Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tbsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3 tbsp) tea
Time 3 minutes

Shou MeiShou Mei (壽眉)

(China) A classic full-flavored and relatively robust white tea, Shou Mei is one of China’s most popular. The name means “Longevity Eyebrows”, for the leave’s shape. Shou Mei is considered to resemble oolongs in depth and complexity in flavor. This is bold for a white tea, presenting robust flavors with moderate floral aroma, and full color and body. Very satisfying and interesting, with many layers to its character.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 175°F Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tbsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3 tbsp) tea
Time 2½ minutes