White Tea & Yellow Tea

White tea is the most natural of all tea categories: the plucked leaves are laid out to wither, dry naturally under monitored conditions with air circulation, and then dried again to remove moisture.

Yellow tea undergoes a longer drying period than green tea, resulting in a brew with less "grassiness". After withering and de-enzyming, leaves are covered by a clean cloth for a brief time. The heat captured after the de-enzyming not only gives the leaves a slight yellow cast, but more importantly, coaxes out more fragrance from the leaves. Sometimes subsumed under the Green Tea category.

White Tea

Item # Name Description
5511 Flowery White Pekoe (Silver Needles) Comprised entirely of buds with silvery white hair. Also known as Yin Zhen (Silver Needles).
5511A Organic White Flowery Pekoe (Silver Needles) A long, worthwhile wait for this organic White Yin Zhen; robust silver buds and sweet-tasting. A perfect match for those who seek out this tea with a passion.
5611 White Mutan, Special Grade Long silvery buds mingled with both light and dark green leaves. Gold brew with a slight toasty flavor.
5611A Organic White Mutan, Special Silver tips nestled among classic white "Peony" green and tan-colored leaves. Soft, delicate flavor.
5621 White Mutan, 1st Grade
5621A Organic White Mutan, 1st Grade
5840 Shoumei White, Special Some people prefer a Shoumei over a Mutan white because the slight degree of oxidation in Shoumei makes for a more flavorful cup, imparting a characteristic toasty or nutty flavor. This grade brews a robust cup with an orange liquor.
5862 Elderflower Mutan White Popular in cocktails, elderflower makes a wonderful pairing with white tea; taste is soft and subtle.

Yellow Tea

Item # Name Description
5411A Organic Huo Mountain Yellow Sprouting Bright green bud-sets; gentle, sweet finish.
5417 Sichuan Snow Buds The tips plucked for Sichuan Snow Buds are already sorted during plucking, since only buds are nipped off. Two people working one day pick about a kilo, and the fruits of their labor are gathered in a small fabric bag, not in the large baskets that one usually sees. The buds are sorted once more before they are de-enzymed and again after the drying process.