2008 Aged Fuding White Peony (Lao Bai Cha)
From its true origin, Fuding, Fujian province of China, this tea is wild grown, refreshing, mellow and smooth. A great everyday tea with excellent health benefits, especially rich in antioxidants. It is an excellent choice for pairing with a variety of food.
White tea was once considered to be a medicinal tea in China. There is a Chinese saying about Fuding white tea: year one a tea, year three a medicine, and year seven a treasure. So the more aged the white tea, the more precious it becomes. Chinese folk tradition indicates that white tea has medicinal benefits, especially for boosting the immune system and helping to cure cold and fever.
This exquisite tea is from its true origin, Fuding county of Fujian province. It gained its beautiful name as the white downy bud and the dry leaves resembles the peony flowers. Fuding is the original area for cultivation and production of white tea dates back to the early nineteenth century. Fuding has a unique terroir with 90% hilly land, and is credited as the "Home of Chinese White Tea". White Tea has gained its popularity in recent decades and has been grown in other parts of China and some other countries in the world, but the quality and flavor vary significantly. Although white teas from other countries maybe more widely available, the quality and flavor vary significantly. However, Fuding white tea remains the most sought after white tea in China.
The standard plucking is one bud and one to two leaves, from the Fu Ding Da Bai varietal, the same varietal as Silver Needles. 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. It has a fuller and bolder flavor than Silver Needles.
This tea has been aged for 8 years. Due to its aging, it has become smoother and sweeter, with well-balanced taste. A great one to try for those new to white tea, or for those looking for a pure exotic tea with a similar mild and fruity taste. This tea has little astringency.
There is an old Chinese saying about Fuding white tea: year one a tea, year three a medicine, year seven a treasure. So the more aged the white tea, the more precious it becomes. Chinese folk tradition indicates that white tea has medicinal benefits, especially for boosting the immune system and helping to cure cold and fever, as well as helping digestion. It serves well with most food.
Origin: Fuding, Fujian province, China
Harvest Time: April 2008
Bush Varietal: Fuding Bai Hao
Caffeine level: Low
- Helps to boost immune system, helps to fight cold and fever
- Helps to prevent radiation and cancer
- Helps to reduce the effects of aging
- Helps to reduce blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol
- Helps to detox the body
Fruity aroma, full bodied, very refresh, has notes of dates, melon and a vanilla sweetness.
185oF, 4 grams (2 heaping tbsp) for 6-8 oz of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 1-2 minutes, 3-4 steeps. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.
This is a fluffy loose leaf tea and prone to broken leaves, so be gentle when scooping the tea out of the pouch and always handle with care.