White tea is "unprocessed" tea, as after plucking, it is simply dried naturally under the sun or air-dried, depending on the weather or the producer’s preference. The making of white tea involves just three steps: picking, withering, and drying; the least processed of all teas. Since no firing or steaming process is involved (as with green tea), it is only slightly oxidized, about 5-10%. The name is derived from the fine white hairs on the tea buds.
Our white teas are from their true origin of Fuding, Fujian province. Fuding is the original area for cultivation and production of white tea, dating back to the early eighteenth century. The legend says that there was an elder grandma living in the high mountain who was very kind and used the leaves from a green snow buds tree to cure measles and saved a lot of children’s lives. Later locals named the mountain as the Elder Grandma Mountain. In early eighteens century, a villager migrated the old ancient tea tree into his farms and cultivated the tea, known today as white tea.
Fuding has a unique terroir with 88% hilly land with average attitude of 800-1000 meters. The climate and soil is ideal to grow the Fuding Big White varietal, it became know as the "Village of Chinese White Tea". Due to the discovery of its tremendous health benefits, white tea has increasingly become popular in recent decades and has been grown in other parts of China and in India and Nepal. However, the quality and flavor vary significantly. Still, white tea produced in Fuding remain the most sought after white tea. To find out how many types of white tea please read our next blog How Many Types of White Tea.
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February 18, 2016
- This Month
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- The Perfect Tea Gift Guide: Eight Exceptional Gift Ideas for the Tea Lover in Your Life
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- Five Must Have Pu’erh Teas for the Collector
- Ranking the Top Three Teas to Help Keep you Warm
- How to Measure Your Loose Leaf Tea
- Tea Spotlight: Award Winning Floral Shui Xian Oolong Tea
- MeiMei Fine Teas in Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort
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- How to Make the Switch from Coffee to Tea
- What is Purple Tea?
- Ancient Advice: A Guide to Grandpa Style Tea
- The Secret to a Good Cup of Tea
- 3 Fun Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Pu’erh Tea
- What Is Pu’erh Tea and Why Is It So Captivating? (Part II)
- What Is Pu’erh Tea and Why Is It So Captivating? (Part I)
- The History of Tea Bags
- The World of Natural Flavored and Scented Teas
- Flavored and Scented Teas - What You Need to Know
- New Harvest Spring White and Black Teas
- What’s New? A Glance at New Harvest Spring Green Teas
- The Importance of Sustainability in Tea Farming
- The Importance of Ethically Sourced Tea
- What is Oxidation in Tea?
- The Truth about Long Jing Dragonwell Green Tea
- Celebrate Summer: How to Throw a Tea Party
- Some Ideas to Pair Your Favorite Food with Tea
- Why Jasmine Tea is Perfect for Relaxation
- Victoria's Tea Travels (2017) - Chaozhou City
- What is Dark Tea?
- Victoria's Tea Travels (2017) - Wudong Mountain, Pt. II
- Victoria's Tea Travels (2017) - Wudong Mountain
- Victoria's Tea Travels (2017) - Fengqing, Yunnan Pt. II
- How to Clean Your Teaware
- Victoria's Tea Travels (2017) - Fengqing, Yunnan
- A Look at the Emerging Trend of Tea and Food Pairing
- Victoria's Tea Travels (2017) - Mengding Mountain
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