Green Tea Profiles

(Silver Tip - White Tea)

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka  
Region:        Nuwara Eliya 
Shipping Port: Colombo
Grade:        Silver Tip White Tea
Altitude:   7800 - 8200 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Hand rolled Orthodox
Cup Characteristics:  Delicate, very light liquoring with notes of pine & honey.
Infusion:   Golden coppery



White teas are very rare and good quality specimens such as this are seldom found outside of China. The little buds that form on the plant are covered with silver hairs that give the young leaves a white appearance. They are carefully picked by hand, sun dried (some white teas are gently steamed in a pan to evaporate the water content) and then packed in air-tight containers. When brewed, white teas give hardly any color and infuse a very delicate flavor into the water.

Near Adamís Peak, the cloud kissed and mist blown slopes are blessed with some of the finest teas on Earth.  This white tea is especially rare as only 30 kilos are made on a weekly basis.  The reason for limited production is that only the best fresh shoots are selected and then withered and sun dried.  The tips are silvery and have a fresh fuzz similar to that on a peach.  The heady aroma is unlike that of any other tea and is somewhat piney. The subtle taste may only be appreciated with an experienced palate, and we encourage tea lovers to initiate themselves to a rare gem.

Adamís Peak is one the most sacred mountains in the world.  Buddhists believe the footprint on the summit is that of Buddha; Hindus hold it to be the mark of Shiva; Muslims are convinced it is that of Adam, who wept after the loss of Eden (whereby the mountain got its name); and some Christians believe the indentations were caused when St.Thomas, Christís Apostle who came East, prayed at the peak..

Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180íF or 80íC. Place about 1-1 1/2 teaspoons in your cup, let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look at the pattern of the leaves in the brew - they foretell life.

Alternatively as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost most of its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (virtually all the leaves will sink), pour into your cup but do not add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed Ďstraight-upí.

Iced tea brewing method:  (to make 1 liter/quart) :  Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves.  Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]