2020 Fuding White Teas
One River Tea
This sample set is an overview of some of the cleanest white teas we have found in 2020. As of 2018, gongmei is no longer a recognized variety of white tea by the Fujian government, this there are 3 main types of white tea produced in Fujian: Silver Needle, White Peony (Baimudan), and Shoumei.
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 exclusively an Autumn production and since it is usually used for aging, it is often produced to look a little brown, out Shoumei however has been properly produced and still appears green.
n the set:
- 30g Silver Needle 2020 Spring
- 30g Exceptional White Peony 2020 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.
All the teas were made and curated in the Autumn of 2020, when we visited the farm and met with the producer in Fujian. We were very impressed with the quality of his fields and his production methods.
Recommended brewing is 6-7 grams of tea in a 3-4 ounce gaiwan with water right off the boil.
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.