Chinese white tea, bai cha 白茶 is a light fermented tea variety (5-7% fermentation). White tea has started to be produced during the Qing Dynasty in the Taimushan Mountains (太姥山), the North-West of Fujian province. This territory is surrounded by mountains in the North and green valleys in the South that go down to the seaside. The tea bushes grow on the beautiful slopes among the bizarre rocks and huge stones, verdant forests, warmed by the sunshine and laden with rains and fogs. According to the current Chinese standard, only Fuding white tea is a "genuine white tea".
Bai Hao Yin Zhen白毫银针 White Hairy Silver Needles is considered to be the best white tea. It is produced from large hairy buds of Da Bai Cha tea bush. The raw material is harvested in the sunny mornings starting from the middle of March till the beginning of April. This is the earliest and the most valuable tea that is produced in a very limited quantity. And certainly it is very expensive.
Bai Mu Dan 白牡丹 White Peony is produced from the buds with two leaves. It is also called “two petals tea”. This tea type is a bit less expensive than Bai Hao Yin Zhen. And actually it is produced from the raw material selected after taking all the buds for Yin Zhen producing. Nevertheless the leaves and buds must be beautiful, springy and covered with white hair. Those buds that have the purple tint, are hollow, too long or too short, damaged by hands or insects are rejected. Also the tea leaves are not plucked when they are covered with dew, in dull or rainy weather.
The leaves rejected for Silver Needles or White Peony are used to produce Shou Mei寿眉, Eyebrows of Longevity. The leaves for these teas are harvested from late April till June by hand or slightly mechanically. The leaves of different quality are blended to produce this type of tea. Gong Mei供眉Eyebrows Offerings is produced from the buds and leaves harvested from Da Bai Cha, (大白茶, Large White Tea Bush) or Shui Xiang (水仙, Water Spirit Tea Bush).
The white tea is produced during one day. The buds are plucked early in the morning, then they are put on mesh sieves in a thin layer for withering during several hours and then dried in an oven at low temperature (45 ° C). It results in a tea having the maximum nutrients.
Chinese white tea has a lot of health benefits according to the medical research made in different countries in recent years. It boosts immunity, strengthens the walls of blood vessels and makes them more elastic, normalizes blood sugar level, reduces the level of "bad" cholesterol and slows the aging process.
You can buy high quality white tea in our shop. This tea is made by hand in small farms located in a nature reserves.