White tea dates back as far as the T’ang Dynasty (618-907 AD) and soon became the choice of royal courts. White tea did not undergo much change until 1885 when specific varietals of tea bushes were selected to make Silver Needle and other specialty white teas. Chinese exportation of these fine teas began in 1891. Recent studies reveal that white teas have moreantioxidant or cancer fighting benefits (polyphenols) than green tea. Rare, striking in appearance, and pleasant tasting, white tea gets its name from the fine silvery white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant. The highest quality white tea, Silver Needle, consists only of these buds and is beautiful to behold.
Featured Blend: Himalayan White