on Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:07:00 PM
Aged White Tea is a staff favorite, but is a tea that
we do not talk about as much as some of our other teas. Today we wanted to
explore how this tea is made and why it is one of our favorite teas to enjoy.
First let’s talk a little bit about how this tea is
made. After allowing freshly produced white tea to mature for 6-12 months, the
tea leaves are lightly steamed to make them pliable. The leaves are then
pressed into a cake that can be a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Finally,
the cakes are carefully wrapping with tea paper and stored in a special tea room to help naturally age the
tea to give it a unique and interesting flavor.
Similar to a fine wine, well produced and properly
stored tea cakes can continue to develop better flavor and better complexities
over time. Currently our brick aged white tea is around 7 years aged and
continues to develop new intricacies every day. In general you can expect this
tea to have an earthier and woodsier quality to it then what you would find in
our regular selection of white teas such as White Peony King, Silver Needle King, and Wild White Tea.
Compressed teas such as our Brick Aged Tea, have a
long history in Chinese culture. Originally teas were compressed and pressed
into bricks to help preserve the quality of the tea leaves over long periods of
time and long distances. Without the modern convenience of foil bags for flavor
preservation and to help with space restrictions when traveling, loose leaves
would quickly lose flavor. The compressed tea bricks helped preserve the flavor
and even enhance the flavor over time as we mentioned previously.
Today tea bricks offer a great way to both enjoy the
history of tea and to enjoy a unique flavor experience that is not found from
the production of traditional white, green, wu-long, and black tea. We offer
our brick aged white tea in both 1 and 2 oz sizes as well as in a full brick
form. In the 1 and 2 oz bags, we have already broken apart the full brick and
packaged it in a loose leaf form for easy consumption. The brick on the other
hand is still a fully intact 12-13 oz rectangular cake that you can continue to
age if you would like.