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.
|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.|
|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.|