White Tea

One of the big differences between green and white tea is how the tea is processed. To make white tea the pickers pick the bud and the leaf together and then separate them into the four general grades creating the three types of white tea -- Bai Hao Yin Shen (Silver Needle), Bai Mu Dan (White Peony), Shou Mei, and Gong Mei.

Unlike green tea production which is exposed to relatively high temperatures to remove moisture, white tea is dried naturally using sunlight or lower temperatures in doors helping to preserve tea polyphenols. The preferred method is drying by the sun which occurs very quickly. It is not often however that there is enough sunshine to provide this function. Conversely, it takes about forty hours of careful monitoring to dry at low temperatures in doors. The tea, after being withered in covered open sheds, is placed on bamboo racks inside of rooms that are radiator heated at about 40 C.

It is important to note the care that Bai Hao Yin Zhen is given when laying the buds on the racks, as if they were solders in formation, neatly lined and properly spaced. The room is well ventilated to remove the humidity with fans. During this natural drying white tea will naturally oxidize very slightly. A master’s skill is shown in temperature control though the drying process. The master makes considerations for ambient temperatures during this slow process and pays meticulous attention to how thick the leaves are piled on the bamboo drying trays. The final stage is a slight roasting, in past times this was done by charcoal, but most tea is now roasted using electrical heating elements.  Read more...

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Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle) Organic White Tea 2013

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The fragrance is light, akin to freshly bloomed flowers. The flavor is more juicy than dry, filling the mouth with a smooth and lingering sweetness.


Our price: $9.33
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Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle) Organic White Tea 2014

The fragrance is light, akin to freshly bloomed flowers. The flavor is more juicy than dry, filling the mouth with a smooth and lingering sweetness.


Our price: $13.85

Bai Mu Dan (White Peony) Organic White Tea 2012

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This tea offers apricot colored infusions with a rich flavor that is noticeably fruity.


Our price: $7.39

Bai Mu Dan (White Peony) Organic White Tea 2013

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This tea offers apricot colored infusions with a rich flavor that is noticeably fruity.


Our price: $10.18

Shou Mei Organic White Tea 2013

High grade Shou Mei pairs a fresh and fruity aroma with a richer character than Bai Mu Dan and Silver Needle.


Our price: $12.86

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