Saturday Morning Tea

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A storm blew through last night with vivid lightning and crashing thunder. The drumming rain washed the world clean and bright with fresh cool breezes that speak of the coming of fall. As the first half of August turns over into the second half, I can feel a shift in the air, signaling cooler days.

This Saturday morning’s cup of tea is Fuding White Treasure, a China white tea. The dry leaf is full and silvery but look at how the color of the leaf changes after a 3-minute steep.

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The leaves open up and turn a paler green, whispering gently of the springtime when the leaf was plucked. So, just as we are beginning to feel a transformation starting as we move from one season to the next, my little tea leaves have experienced their own transformation as they have infused my water with their lovely flavor and color. The aroma, flavor and color are all very delicate with hints of vegetal and toasty nuttiness. The tea liquor slides like silk over your tongue it is that smooth.

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Because of the unoxidized polyphenols in the leaf, white tea is reputed to have health benefits. So, not only does it taste wonderful, it is good for you, too!

What are your experiences with white tea?

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3 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. Amanda says:

    I like the pictures 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend…

  2. Sandy says:

    I don’t think I have seen a white tea (or any other tea for that matter) with such pale leaf color after steeping. Did you use a flash for that picture or is that natural light?

    I love white tea. I very much enjoy the beauty of the delicate hand picked buds as well as the delicate aromas and flavors.

    Our tea community just did an online tasting with a very unique organic white silver needle tea from Kashanganj, India. Although I have always been partial to the “true” China white teas from Fuding and Zheng He, I was extremely impressed with this special edition white tea from India. It has the delicate beauty and look of Bai Hao Yinzhen, with a deliciously robust aroma and taste that has great staying power through multiple steepings. It has caused me to completely revise my biased thinking about China white vs. white tea from anywhere else. A very important lesson about closing ones mind to teas from other areas, as well as an important lesson in life.

    Thanks for your efforts at sharing your love of tea with others.

  3. artandtea says:

    Thanks Amanda, I’m glad you like the tea pictures!

    Hi Sandy, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and your white tea experiences. All 3 of my photos were taken in natural light next to my window. I agree with you about white teas from other countries than China. I have enjoyed Arya estate White Pearl from the Darjeeling district in India and also a Silver Needle tea from the Kirkoswald estate in Sri Lanka. I find these white teas to have more of a fruitiness to them which I enjoy very much. With all of the teas we have arriving at my work on a regular basis, I try to keep open to tasting new teas. There are so many different kinds, it’s amazing. Yes, an important life lesson.

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