1 Oz (29g) makes 30+ cups, 30 cents per cup
Ingredients: 100% Organic White Tea leaves
Name: Wild White Tea (Ye Bai Cha)
Cultivar: Da Bai, Da Hao
Our wild white tea has been harvested from the untamed hillsides in
the Tai Mu Mountains. Untouched by human hands for years, these white
tea plants developed a robust character with earthy undertones, and a
silky finish typical of fine white teas.
- Highly prized for its' wonderful aroma.
- Notes of Cocoa when hot and cinnamon as it cools.
- Full aroma of squash and fallen leaves.
- Stout body.
The Wild White Tea comes from an uncultivated portion of land on the white tea mountain. Wild teas are very rare since they are often low-yield and difficult to harvest.
From early September to early October the robust, apricot-gold wild tea is harvested every few days. The bud and a few leaves are plucked carefully. By this time in the season, the tea plants have what is called “autumn golden sun energy." They have enjoyed spring and summer rains, bright sunshine, mist, mountain dew and the large leaves possess a rich and mature aroma. Teas from this harvest season are referred to as having gao xiang, “high fragrance."
The wild tea leaves are sun-dried on a bamboo rack for one or two days. As the tea leaves begin to silver, the tea is gently rotated to ensure consistency. Since day-to-day weather changes during the harvest can affect the tea’s condition, harvests are dried separately and combined later based on their individual qualities. The Wild White Tea comes from the premium batch.
The Wild White Tea is finished over fir and fruit tree charcoal at a low temperature. This slow process maintains the integrity of the wild leaves, while the nearly odorless flames from the sweet woods impart a clean aroma.
Shang Tea is the one of the few producers left in the region that still uses a traditional charcoal oven to cure teas. Most farmers have switched to coal-powered processing factories to save time and money, though many will finish small batches for their own collections over charcoal. For Shang Tea, the clean taste of the tea and the sustainable management of the land are worth the expense.