2021 White Teas are here! Picked, sun wilted, and charcoal baked, these clean fresh teas made in late March and early April are now available and will be immediately shipped worldwide.
Silver needle is harvested before mingqian dates for green tea (April 4th), as the tea comprised almost exclusively thick furry tea buds. White peony has three main grades: King Peony (picked a few days after silver needle season ends), Exceptional Peony (consisting primarily of one bud and one to two small leaves), and White Peony (any production thereafter until harvest ends in May). Shoumei is usually an Autumn production and since it is typically used for aging, it is often produced to look a little brown, our Shoumei however has been properly produced and still appears green.
In the set:
30g Silver Needle 2021 Spring
30g Exceptional White Peony 2021 Spring
30g Green Shoumei 2020 Autumn
While almost any tea can be processed as a white tea, it is only tea produced from this Fujian varietal (Dabaihao) that is officially recognized as white tea.
Note: As of 2018, gongmei is no longer a recognized variety of white tea by the Fujian government, this there are now 3 main types of white tea produced in Fujian: Silver Needle, White Peony (Baimudan), and Shoumei
Recommended brewing is 6-7 grams of tea in a 3-4 ounce gaiwan with water right off the boil, though we also suggest experimenting with cooler temperatures to bring out more texture in the mouthfeel of these white teas.
We are very excited to share this tea tasting opportunity, as comparison brewing is one of the few ways to really understand the complexities of certain types of teas.