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White tea is the most delicate and freshest tea available as it is minimally processed.
New, young tea leaves and buds from the Camellia senensis plant are harvested for only a few weeks each spring. This happens only in the Northern District of Fujian, China and can only be labeled white tea if it comes from the Fujian Province.
“Camellia sinensis is a species of evergreen shrub or small tree whose leaves and leaf buds
are used to produce tea. It is of the genus Camellia (Chinese: 茶花; pinyin: Cháhuā, literally: “tea flower”)
of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. -wikipedia”
The leaves are typically picked mid-March to early April and only during the right conditions. The leaves cannot be picked if it is rainy or humid.
White tea is named for the silvery type down that covers the leaves and unopened buds. This is known as “Hao”.
As the flavor is so delicate, common flavor profile descriptions include:
- Tea does not go bad, but it can go stale. If cared for properly your tea will remain fabulous for up to a year.
- Store tea in a cool, dark place and away from oxygen and moisture.
- Never store tea in the refrigerator.
- Your tea will last longer if stored in an opaque, airtight container.
- Coffee and spices can spread their flavor on to your tea, so it should be stored in a different cupboard or pantry.
How to brew the perfect pot of tea
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