A rare white tea produced from old tea trees grown at natural farming garden located at high mountain in spring. The tea garden is totally sustainable, not using any pesticide or fertilizer. It is a well-balanced ecology and the tea trees grow naturally and it is not trimmed, and not removing the weeds from the ground. Tea tree takes a much longer period of time to grow, and so it accumulated high content of tea substances and natural minerals from the ground too. And this is clearly reflected on its deep extent of aftertaste.
Tea has a smooth and soft-drinking sensation with long-lasting aftertaste travels down the throat. It has a sweet floral note with a hint of sweet grassy aroma and a mild sweet undertone like honey.
Tea cake will mature faster than loose tea form. This is because of the compression process, the tea cake is steamed and then formed the disc shape, and dried naturally spending a few days. During this process, the secondary fermentation takes place and tea will then mature faster than the loose tea form. You will be enjoying sweetish dried fruity note or sweet floral note after the tea cake is aged for some time.
Some people might find it's difficult to deal with a tea cake, perhaps there is no proper utensil to cut the tea cake into smaller pieces. No worry, do feel free to send us a message if you wish us to cut the tea cake into smaller pieces. It will be vacuum-sealed in the aluminum zipper bag with deoxidizer.
Ancient Tree White is made from tea collected from ancient tea garden located at 2100 - 2200m in Zhenkang county of Lincang, Yunnan. The garden was owned by the manufacturer who are closely working with us every year. We have particularly selected fresh tea leaves from old tea trees. The tea trees in that garden are huge; the size of tree trunk was as bold as the waist of an adult man. Most importantly, the tea garden is completely sustainable without any fertilizer or pesticide. Because of the high-altitude, sustainability and ancient tea tree, the tea of that garden grows very slowly. When other gardens are ready for plucking in April, the tea trees in his garden only had very tiny sprout. The first flush of spring tea from this garden was only ready in May. As tea trees spent a long time to grow, tea is very rich in poly phenols and minerals. Ancient Tree White gives a very complex, thick and long-lasting taste thanks to rich content of tea constituents.
Rich in flavors
We choose one bud and two leaves instead of one bud and one leaf to make this white tea. The single bud or one bud one leaf Bai Mu Dan contains higher ratio of amino acid and it enhances the creamy drinking sensation on palate. On the other hand, one bud and two leaves tea contains more poly phenols and taste becomes complex and rich in flavor.
It is also suitable for aging
Tea with high content of poly phenol is very suitable for aging. It is just like wine. In particular, the aged white tea without oxygen develops very sweet flavor that reminds us of fresh honey. With further aging, it also develops muscatel flavor.
White tea contains live enzymes
Unlike to other types of tea, white tea contains live enzymes. It is because in making white tea, there is no heating process. Traditionally, after tea plucking, the fresh tea leaves are spread on bamboo mat and gradually dehydrated. It is called withering process. During withering process, tea undergoes moderate oxidation and it develops floral flavor. For making oolong tea or black tea, tea leaves have to undergo pan-frying process in order to inactivate enzymes. As for white tea, the withering and drying process takes place at the same time and tea has never heated during the whole process. That is why white tea contains live enzymes.
It gives excellent result in cold water brewing
As white tea contains live enzyme, it catalyses moderate oxidation when tea is brewed in hot water. You may observe some changes of leaf color from green to beige during brewing with hot water. The flavor of white tea brewed in hot water is relatively fruitier. Besides, cold water brewed tea contains less caffeine. It has no bitterness in taste.
If you wish to maintain the fresh green color of tea leaf and would like to enjoy very fresh floral flavor, please try brewing white tea in cold water. Usually, we use 5g of tea leaf in 1.5 to 2 Liters of water. You will get a better result in flavor if you use the water that is boiled once and cooled down. All you have to do is to steep tea leaf in cold water and leave it in a refrigerator for more than half a day. Usually, children also love to drink cold water brewed white tea.