Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Shang Tea
Our wild white tea has been harvested from the untamed hillsides on the edge of our farm in the Tai Mu Mountains. Untouched by human hands for years, these white tea plants developed a robust character with earthy undertones but a silky finish typical of fine white teas. Quantities limited of this extremely rare tea.
This is a wonderful white tea. While it might look like a typical Bai Mu Dan, It has stronger presence. It is unusual for me to call a white tea “robust” (in fact, I can’t recall ever referring to a white tea as robust before this evening) – but this one qualifies for such a description.
Don’t get me wrong. This is not a rugged tea like a black Assam. But for a white tea, this Wild White Tea has a lot of gusto. It has an earthy characteristic. It is as though I can taste the “wild” in this one. It tastes a bit untamed, a bit undomesticated, and I really appreciate the differences that this white tea offers. And while it does have that untamed quality to it, it also finishes very clean and fresh like I’d expect from a white tea.
I steeped this in my gaiwan, using short steeps (first steep was just 1 minute, adding 15 seconds to each subsequent steep). This produced a beautiful flavor, and allowed for many steeps from the same measurement of leaves.
Truly a memorable white tea.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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