Peony White Needle (Very Rare China White Tea) in Assorted Packs

Peony White Needle (Very Rare China White Tea) in Assorted Packs

RRP: £7.15
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This delicate white tea has a clean taste faintly reminiscent of fresh apples.
A shimmering clear infusion.
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Peony White Needle
Very Rare China White Tea
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Country of Origin: China.
Region: Fujian Province.
Altitude: 2500 4000 ft above sea level.
Grade: Bashan Silver Tip.
Manufacture Type: White tea - naturally withered.
Cup Characteristics: This delicate white tea has a clean taste faintly reminiscent of fresh apples. Refreshing with a lovely, lingering flavor.
Infusion: A shimmering clear infusion.
Ingredients: Luxury white tea.
Antioxidant Level: Ultra High.
Caffeine Content: Low.

The production of white tea is very different to green tea. Firstly the leaves come from a special varietal tea bush called Narcissus or chaicha bushes. Secondly the leaves are not steamed or pan-fired, as is the case in green tea. These leaves are withered and dried naturally under semi-controlled conditions. If mechanical drying is required the leaves are baked (not fired) at temperatures less that 40°C. Thirdly only special leaves are selected. These leaves must show a very light green almost gray white color and be covered with velvet peach fuzz down. The ideal is a leaf or two being wrapped around a newly developing shoot. These shoots are plucked and segregated from the rest of the leaf being plucked. These leaves are then naturally withered and the painstaking process manual sorting to select the long furry white tip occurs.

Peony White Needle Tea is the top grade available and very rare - hence its high cost. You will see the long white needles covered with furry down and a very uniform appearance hallmarks of very rare white tea. These are the rules for picking Peony White Tea:

- Only picked between March 15 and April 10.

- Not picked on days that may be raining

- Not picked if the dew has not dried or if there is frost on the ground

- No purple buds allowed and the stems must not be too long or too short.

- Leaves damaged by wind, handling, insects or partially open are rejected and put into a lower grade.

The western cosmetic industry has recently discovered the benefits of white tea. White tea is especially potent in that it is has three times as many antioxidant poly-phenols as green or black tea and has been shown to be 100% more effective in mopping up free radicals that cause skin to sag. Some of the worlds top cosmetic companies are becoming very interested in white tea for skin creams and the result is that high grade white tea is becoming even more rare than before.

Hot Tea Brewing Method

Heat water to 180°F or 80°C. Place about 10 to 15 silver tips, or 1 teaspoon of tea per cup into your teapot, and add 1 for the pot (for a more intense flavour, add a bit more tea). Pour the water into the pot and let it steep for about 3 minutes. Pour into your cup and enjoy.

Alternatively, put the tea in a tea infuser and brew right in your cup. When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times.

Some like to brew this straight in the cup without an infuser, but be careful not to drink the leaves at the bottom of your cup. The pattern of the leaves is said to tell your fortune.


Iced Tea Brewing Method

Make as for hot, but add extra tea - a rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the amount of tea used per cup. When the tea has cooled a little, pour over ice. It is important to make it a little stronger as the ice will water it down.

Alternatively, you can cold brew the tea by placing the tea leaves in a jug and adding cold water. Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge) strain and enjoy. Cold brewing will give a smoother taste.

To make 1 litre of iced tea: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant jug. Pour half a pint (275ml) of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving jug with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving jug while straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the jug with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.


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