This sample set is intended as an exploration of how white tea changes over time. White tea is often aged in China, and many people place great value on aged white teas. There is a common saying in Chinese about white tea: White tea starts as tea, after three years it becomes medicine, after seven years it becomes gold.
In this box, you will find spring harvested White Peony (baumudan) from a beautiful plot near the Taimushan nature reserve in Fujian, China. White Peony is only harvested in the spring (between March and May), and 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.
In the set:
40g White Peony 2020 Spring
40g White Peony 2014 Spring
All the teas were made and curated in the Spring of 2020, when we visited the farm and met with the producer in Fujian. We are very impressed with the quality of his fields and his production methods.
Recommended brewing is 6-7 grams of tea in a 100-120ml gaiwan with water right off the boil (though also experiment with cooler temperatures)
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.