Highest grade, bud-only premium white tea
Caffeine Level: LowItem # 0019
WHAT IT IS This top-of-the-line white tea is extremely precious, as it consists exclusively of the youngest buds that sprout on the tea plant in early spring. They are picked only a few days in the year – and are carefully dried with zero processing. They are naturally dried to preserve the wealth of nutrients packed in each little bud – called a “silver needle” because of its shape and color.
Few people realize it, but, actually, white, green and black tea all come from the same tea plant; the only difference is the degree of oxidation, or treatment that the leaves undergo before they are completely dried.
Whereas Green tea and Black tea have varying degrees of oxidation, White tea has no oxidation at all. It is the most natural form of tea that there is. It has three times the amount of healthy nutrients and antioxidants with less than half the amount of caffeine that is present in green or black tea.
Experts say that the altitude at which tea is grown is a very important factor in the quality of white tea; the higher the altitude, the better the quality. This Silver Needle White Tea comes from the mountains of Fuding in the Fujian province of southern China. It is grown at the altitude of more than 500 meters above sea level.
FLAVOR NOTES Silver Needle White Tea consists exclusively of hand-selected, unopened leaf buds, bursting with fresh, sweet flavor and powerful nutrients.
If this is your first time brewing white tea, you may notice its very light color – and how subtle the flavor of white tea is, as compared to green or black tea. This is because white tea has no oxidation – it is literally just the tea leaves, dried right after they were picked from the plant. So the tea is packed full of nutrients, but does not have very much color (which comes from oxidation). In time, you will notice that slightly longer brewing time will yield stronger flavors; also, the flavor will be more pronounced once the tea cools down a little.
Another wonderful way to enjoy white tea is as a cold beverage – at cooler temperatures, the flavor becomes slightly sweeter. Many say that cold white tea is an excellent way to quench your thirst.
BACKGROUND This highest-quality white tea has been enjoyed for centuries by the Chinese Imperial Family. It was considered not only a delicious beverage, but also an elixir of health. This Silver Needle White Tea comes from the mountains of Fujian province in Southern China, known the world over for its highest-quality white tea.