“White like the clouds, green like a dream, pure like snow, and as aromatic as an orchid.
This is how ancient Chinese poets described white tea during the Imperial Dynasty. Throughout this time period tea drinking was its own culture; a significant part of this culture was Chinese citizens paying a yearly tribute to the emperor known as the imperial tea.
White tea gets its name from the little white hairs still on the young tea leaves that are harvested before they have fully opened. Theses young leaves are then dried quickly to keep oxidation at a minimum, which results in delicate, fresh, tea. White tea tends to be more expensive than other teas and has a delicate, floral or fruity, aroma. It is also lower in caffeine than green and black teas.
The most popular varieties of white tea are:
Check out our tea catalog to learn more about the white teas we carry or stop by the shop to drink the tea of the ancient Chinese emperors!
Rachel Eisenfeld is the owner of Elden Street Tea Shop. She is a fan of Pu'er (poo-air) teas, refreshing and subtle white teas, and any tea mixed with bourbon. Rachel has been to many tea houses on the East Coast, Ireland, and San Franscico. She enjoys learning about the chemical process of making tea and international tea culture. During good times and bad, tea warms the soul.