(Very Rare White Tea)
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Region: Nuwara Elya
Grade: Silver Dove Tips
Altitude: 7800' - 8200' ft. above sea level
Manufacture Type: Handmade Orthodox
Infusion: Shimmering with light yellow notes.
Cup Characteristics: Delicate, very light liquor with notes of Pine and Honey.
Ingredients: Luxury white tea
White teas are very rare and good quality specimens such as this are seldom found outside China. The little buds that form on the plant are covered with silver hairs that give the young leaves a white appearance. They are carefully picked by hand, sun dried (some white teas are gently steamed in a pan to evaporate the water content) and then packed in air-tight containers.
When brewed white teas give hardly any colour and infuse a very delicate flavour into the water.
Near Adams Peak the cloud kissed and mist blown slopes are blessed with some of the finest teas on earth. The white teas are especially rare as only 30Kg are made on a weekly basis. The reason for the limited production is that only the best, fresh shoots are selected and then withered and sun dried. The tips are silvery and have fresh fuzz similar to that on a peach. The heady aroma is unlike that of any other tea and is somewhat piney. The subtle taste may only be fully appreciated with an experienced palate, and tea lovers are encouraged to try this rare gem.
Adams Peak is one of the most sacred mountains the world. Buddhists believe the footprint on the summit is that of Buddha; Hindus hold it to be the mark of Shiva; Muslims are convinced that it is that of Adam who wept after the loss of Eden (from which the mountain is named) and some Christians believe the indentations were caused when St Thomas, Christ's apostle who came East, prayed at the peak.
In testing by a cancer institute in Massachusetts (Woman and Cancer fund) this particular tea has been found to be very high in Polyphenols - the antioxidants found in tea. Antioxidants have been shown to act as inhibitors in the growth of cancer cells.
Note: White teas are amazingly healthy and typically have more caffeine and higher anti-oxidant levels than black, green or oolong teas.
Hot tea brewing method:
When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly (à la chinoise) - 3 or 4 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180ºF or 90ºC. Place 1-2 teaspoons of leaves in your cup and let the tea steep for 3 minutes. Then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on - until the tea flavour is exhausted.
Milk or sugar will mask the delicate characters of this tea and are not recommended. Look at the pattern of the leaves - they foretell life.
Iced tea-brewing method:
It is not customary to make iced tea from white tea
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