Chinese Whites

Once only reserved for the Emperor, White Teas are only steamed and dried, never withered, rolled or oxidized, offering not only the healthiest brew, but also the lowest amount of caffeine. Depending on the tea, White Tea is either primarily or entirely composed of tea buds as opposed to leaves. The minimal processing gives us a chance to view the closest approximation of the tea in its raw state. Due to their extremely delicate character, White Teas should only be savored on their own so that the finest and faintest of their flavors can be fully enjoyed. Their whispering nature is considered the perfect tone of subtlety for meditation. Sipping on a pot of White Tea is an activity to calm the spirit and clear the mind.

Imperial White – A high elevation tea with a full-bodied chestnut aroma and a hint of smokiness. It is a golden brew with a mellow lingering nutty vegetal flavor. This tea can be enjoyed morning, noon or night, but is always best relished on its own.

Pot or Gaiwan: 8     Large Cup: 4.50/ Small (to-go only): 4.25     Loose: 6/oz

Silver Needle * – Among the most revered of Chinese teas, produced in the Fuding and Zhenhe districts of its Fujian province. Gathered only for a few days in early spring, a dedication to perfection is evident in the pale, ivory colored sugar sweetness. Refreshing texture that is soft and airy on the palate.

Pot or Gaiwan: 8.50     Large Cup: 4.75/ Small (to-go only): 4.50     Loose: 7.75/oz

Bodhidharma’s Eyelids * – A very special house blend of Organic Pai Mu Tan (White Peony White Tea) and Cha Hua (Tea Flowers). Our Cha Hua hail from Jing Mai Mountain in Southern Yunnan, where the tea trees range from 800 – 1,200 years old. Every fall the tea trees blossom just before producing seeds and going into winter hibernation. Cha Hua have a floral and fruity flavor, recalling apricot or honeydew on the nose, with a subtle sweet flavor hinting of fig. Delicious and soothing with only trace amounts of caffeine. The addition of Pai Mu Tan to these tea flowers adds body, balance and a nutty character. Enjoy this harmonious pairing any time of day or night.

Pot or Gaiwan: 8     Large Cup: 4.50/ Small (to-go only): 4.25     Loose 6/oz

 

( * = Certified Organic )