Handpicked silver needles make this Chinese white tea a special treat. It has been scented multiple times with jasmine flowers. One must taste this tea to appreciate the amount of work required to enhance the flavor of the tea with the aroma of freshly plucked jasmine blooms. The tips of thousands of tea plants are needed to make a single pound of this exceptional tea.
Insider Tip: White teas have traditionally only been grown in China, but in recent years they have been grown and developed in other places, such as India. Try one for yourself and compare the character and flavor! See our selection here.
Caffeine Level: Low.
White tea was originally only grown in China, but is now grown in India and elsewhere. Named to reference the tiny white hairs on the new buds and leaves, there are two main styles of white tea - Bai Mu Dan (White Peony) and Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle). Silver needle teas are comprised of the closed buds only and it can take more than 10,000 buds to produce a kilo of tea. All handpicked, the rarity, intense labor, and skill required to produce this fine tea makes it highly-prized and more expensive than Bai Mu Dan.
White teas are produced by withering and drying, allowing minimal oxidation (black teas are fully oxidized). While often thought to be low in caffeine, the caffeine content of white teas greatly depends on the growing conditions and the varietal. However, lower steeping temperatures and times generally yield lower caffeine than black or green teas.
White tea is best enjoyed alone to appreciate its delicate flavor. Save the milk and sugar for black teas!
Ingredients: White tea from China, jasmine blossoms