Introducing a very special white tea from Yunnan province in southern China, the birthplace of tea. Tea was first cultivated in this region thousands of years ago and it still makes some pretty amazing teas. This traditional tea-growing region is not known for white tea production. Deep in the heart of Southern Yunnan there exist tea trees unlike any other on Earth. The jungles of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture and the districts of Simao and Lincang are home to the oldest tea trees in the world. In these regions grow tea trees that range in age from several centuries to over a millennium and our white tea is made from their leaves.
In comparison to our other Chinese white tea from Fujian province, the flavor and aroma of Yunnan white are much more pronounced and long-lasting, as it is made from more mature tea leaves which are harvested from a higher altitude. This high-quality white tea is grown at an altitude of between 1300 - 2000 meters, an ideal position that results in a deliciously complex tea you would not get under different growing conditions.
Jade Needle is processed using a method that is a cross between white and green teas. Note the elegant, smaller side leaf. It becomes a pale green once brewed, a full-bodied and rich white Tea. This unique white tea is made from delicate leaves with a bold aroma and flavor than most white teas.
This high mountain tea brews with aromas of sweet grasses, fresh hay, and mountain sunshine! The flavor is gently bitter with a sweet aftertaste, a refreshing and mouthwatering wash of warm fluids, and a nice lingering sweetness.
Brewing Guide: Use 1 tablespoon per 6 oz cup. Heat water until steaming (170º F). Let steep 3-4 minutes. Good for multiple infusions.