How to Get the Freshest White Teas

The challenge for many tea lovers when it comes to get the freshest white teas of the new growing season is one of time. White teas are best enjoyed as soon after processing as possible, yet most tea growers and processors are over there and you, the would-be white tea enjoyer, are over here. An ocean lies between you and them. Actually, even more than an ocean. Getting those fresh white teas all that way tends to be rather challenging, therefore.

Imperial Organic Fuding Silver Needle White tea – this is what fresh looks like!

The solution for this dilemma is simple, and one that we are implementing for several white tea productions. Pre-ordering is the key. It lets the processor know what the demand is and assures that your order is speeded up, shipping directly to you, saving further delay. You order with us, we handle the payment processing and pass along the order to the processor. When the teas have been harvested and processed, the shipments are prepared and sent directly to you. The result: the freshest versions of these white teas that you can get without traveling to the tea fields.

For the 2014 growing season, we have selected these fine white teas for pre-ordering (see our store site for details on each tea):

  • 2014 Spring Old Tree White Moon Light Jinggu Tea – 100 grams and 200 grams
  • 2014 Spring Organic-certified Imperial Shou Mei White Tea – 100 grams and 200 grams
  • 2014 Spring Organic-certified Imperial Yunnan Silver Needle White tea – 50 grams and 100 grams
  • 2014 Imperial Organic Fuding Silver Needle White tea – 50 grams and 100 grams
  • 2014 Spring Organic-certified Imperial Organic White Peony – 100 grams and 200 grams
  • 2014 Imperial Spring Organic-certified Jasmine Silver Needle White tea – 50 grams and 100 grams

Why Fresh Is Best

Getting the freshest white tea possible may not seem like a big deal. We live in an age of instant gratification, which tends to get us used to burgers that have been sitting cooked and waiting to be heated, etc. But when it comes to something as delicately flavored and nuanced and many white teas are, the freshness makes a difference. The leaves are harvested at particular times, usually very early in the growing season and in the time of day (often while there is still dew on them). Then they are withered heavily to get out as much moisture as possible and keep them from oxidizing (instead of applying heat as in the processing of green teas).

Many white teas are composed entirely of “buds” (tightly closed young tender shoots covered with downy hairs that give them a silvery-gray appearance). While these teas can be stored for some time in the freezer to preserve freshness, the sooner you get them, the sooner you can enjoy them and get their full range of flavors. One reason, I suspect, that some people claim that white teas have no flavor is that they haven’t tasted the fresh kind. Once you do, you will see the difference and be spoiled forever, demanding only the freshest from that moment on.

About Janice and Stephen Shelton

Purveyors of Premium Teas
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