Endorsed by doctors and TV personalities, white tea, like green tea, is a beneficial source of healthy ingredients.
White tea leaves are not steamed or pan-fired. The leaves are naturally withered and dried in the sun. The result is a tea that is full of the original healthy ingredients.
The unprocessed teas offer a pale yellow color and a sweet vegetal scent. It is said in China that White Teas are like young people, the younger the better.
Remember however that these teas have a short shelf life - so don't be fooled with supermarket white teas that may have been months in transit and warehouse.
Silver Needles (Bai Hao Yin Zhen)
Superior White Tea - one of the ten famous teas of China
Delicate aroma/flavor, with very pale yellow liquor. Silver buds plucked at dawn in Fujian Province during just a couple of days per year make this special selection an excellent choice for those that want the health benefits and the delicate, refreshing taste of White Tea.
100 Monkeys, a rare White Mao Feng tea from Hunan is no exception. In certain villages of that province, a pot of this tea is purported to ward off evil spirits.
The name comes from an old legend of a farmer who got rid of monkeys stealing his tea crop by preparing a 100 lbs of this recipe given to him by a shaman and offering it to the monkeys.
Pai Mu Tan or White Peony
A grade down from Silver Needles. This tea has a delicate flavor and is best enjoyed without milk.
Pai Mu Tan leaves are plucked from a special varietal tea bush called Narcissus or chaicha bushes. Secondly the leaves are not steamed or pan-fired (the process used in green teas). The leaves are naturally withered and dried in the sun. Best steeped at about 80-85C for 3-4 mins