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Meet Our Old Tree Silver Needle

Meet Our Old Tree Silver Needle Tea Today I finish introducing you to our white teas. I’ve saved the best one for last, Our Old Tree Silver Needle White Tea. Silver needle white tea is considered by many tea connoisseurs as the ultimate of the commonly available teas. This tea (in it’s modern form) was first developed during the Ming dynasty and is called Silver Needle White Down. (In the West we typically shorten the name to just “Sliver Needle”) “Silver needle” refers to the...

Meet Our White Peony Tea

White Peony Tea (Chinese name: Bai Mudan) First, let’s get the most frequent confusion out of the way. There are no flowers in white peony tea. It is pure white tea. It is called “white peony” because the dried leaves resemble somewhat the petals of a white peony flower. OK, whew! Got that out of the way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve answered that question. White peony tea was first created in 1922 in Fujian, so it can’t really be called a...

What is White Tea?

Despite tea production and consumption being an art that may date back as many as 2000 years, there are remarkably few standard definitions in tea production. For centuries the specifics of tea processing were carefully kept secrets. Consequently, new entrants into the field had to replicate the results of their predecessors using trial and error. They often developed different techniques to achieve similar seeming results. Consequently, there are no hard and fast definitions of the different categories of tea. In general, producers agree that white...

What is a"Trichome"?

What’s a trichome? First let me say, I know the word trichome is going to result in many people interested in marijuana visiting this post. So let me say upfront, I’m not referring to that kind of trichome and we don’t sell that particular “herb” on our site J But I wish you all the best in your searching. Ok, got that out of the way. So what is a trichome and why should you care? The word trichome reminds me of the name of...

The Different Kinds of Teas

Everywhere I turn lately it seems someone is talking about how great tea is for you, and they're right. The different kinds of teas become confusing for a lot of people. Especially when they start talking about green tea vs. black tea vs. white etc. Today, let's just focus on some definitions and we'll jump into the, "which tea is better for you" debate in a future post. White Tea: White tea is made from only the new shoots or leaf buds of the tea...