Presented in an elegant tea canister that makes for a great gift. Each tea canister contains a heat-sealed aluminium foil bag filled with Silver Tip White tea.
Silver Tip White tea is harvested in spring 2019 from the pristine high elevation mountains in Jinggu, Yunnan. It is the most exquisite and highest grade of white tea, Yin Zhen (meaning silver needle) and is made up entirely of newly sprouted leaf buds.
The leaf bud is covered in dense silvery white downy hairs, called trichomes, which serve to protect the young shoot from insects and to conserve heat and moisture essential in its early stage growth. In fact, trichomes are present in abundance on all tea leaf buds. However, they are usually shedded during tea processing, especially when tea leaves are vigorously rolled and turned over repeatedly, causing trichomes to break and fall off.
In contrast, white tea processing involves only withering and drying, which are so gentle that trichomes are mostly preserved on the leaf buds. You will notice some trichome shedding, appearing as tiny hairs, inside the packaging bag or floating on the brewed tea. The tiny hairs are edible and rich in essential oils, imparting a smoother texture to the tea and contributing to the unique aroma of white tea known as “trichome fragrance”.
This delicate tea was once presented as a tribute tea to the king as the elegant silvery leaf bud resembles a dragon's white whiskers. Today, it is produced in limited quantity every year, making it one of the most sought-after tea.
Silver Tip White is best enjoyed hot but also highly enjoyable as a cold brew. Simply put some tea leaves into a water bottle and fill it with room temperature water. Keep the bottle in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and you will be surprised by the refreshing taste of your Silver Tip White cold brew (See White Tea Research Studies to find out more about the benefits of cold brew white tea).