Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Shang Tea
Our wild white tea has been harvested from the untamed hillsides on the edge of our farm in the Tai Mu Mountains. Untouched by human hands for years, these white tea plants developed a robust character with earthy undertones but a silky finish typical of fine white teas. Quantities limited of this extremely rare tea.
This is a wonderful white tea. While it might look like a typical Bai Mu Dan, It has stronger presence. It is unusual for me to call a white tea “robust” (in fact, I can’t recall ever referring to a white tea as robust before this evening) – but this one qualifies for such a description.
Don’t get me wrong. This is not a rugged tea like a black Assam. But for a white tea, this Wild White Tea has a lot of gusto. It has an earthy characteristic. It is as though I can taste the “wild” in this one. It tastes a bit untamed, a bit undomesticated, and I really appreciate the differences that this white tea offers. And while it does have that untamed quality to it, it also finishes very clean and fresh like I’d expect from a white tea.
I steeped this in my gaiwan, using short steeps (first steep was just 1 minute, adding 15 seconds to each subsequent steep). This produced a beautiful flavor, and allowed for many steeps from the same measurement of leaves.
Truly a memorable white tea.