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Tea Craft: Growing the Tea Bush

Tea cultivation is a modern science - new bushes are propagated from the best tea bushes, creating ‘clonals’ - cultivated variants or cultivars for short. The parent bushes may have been chosen for natural drought or pest resistance, helping farmers economically.

The new plants go to nursery for up to 2 years, and are then planted into a small segregated area of the tea garden, where they be left unpicked for a further 2 years until they reach roughly the height of a picker.

From then, regularly pruned down to a metre in height, the bushes will start to grow sideways and become the familiar sea of bright green leaves.

In 3 to 5 years of pruning, the tea plants are ready for their journey to the cup.

Find out more about when tea is picked.

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Golden Tips White Tea Pouch 100g

Net Weight: 100g

A rare experience indeed. This white tea is hand cut with scissors and allowed to dry naturally on a velvet cloth. Hints of honey and pine create a lingering sweetness. One of our finest, simply exquisite.

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The Golden Tips themselves come from a red-leaved variety of the Chinese Camellia Sinensis tea plant. White tea of course referes to the buds of the tea plant, so named for the fine white or silvery downy hairs on the buds.

To collect this very rare tea, scissors are used by expert pickers to claim the buds early in the morning before they start to unfurl in the heat of the sun. As with all white teas, processing is to the minimum. Even this is special for this tea though - the long buds are dried carefully on a velvet cloth to avoid damage, and then heated to stop any oxidation.

Find out more about white tea in the Stories section below.
The long tea buds are a gorgeous light brown, golden tan colour.

The colour of the liquor in cup is a delicate, almost Champagne-like pale yellow.

Fragrant aromas and a long, complex flavour profile on the palate.

Prized amongst tea lovers and for many, this is the ultimate tea in our range.
The long tea buds are a gorgeous light brown, golden tan colour.

The colour of the liquor in cup is a delicate, almost Champagne-like pale yellow.

Fragrant aromas and a long, complex flavour profile on the palate.

Prized amongst tea lovers and for many, this is the ultimate tea in our range.
Quantity

1 GRAM OF TEA LEAVES PER CUP

Temperature

210ML OF WATER AT 85ºC

Brewing Time

8 MINS BREWING TIME

Ingredients

100% White Tea

Storage

Store in a cool, dry place avoiding direct sunlight and strong odours.

Stories

White Whiskers, White Tea

It doesn’t get much more simple that processing white tea.

White tea is named after the tiny white or silver hairs that cover the new bud on a tea plant - it is the bud which will soon unfurl to become the next young leaf.

On our White Tea product pages, if you zoom in on the tea picture, you will easily see these little whiskers. When looked at collectively, it creates a silver white sheen to the bud, hence the name.

So it is just the unopened buds or occasionally the bud and one or two of the very youngest leaves too that are picked and brought back to tea factory.
Very carefully handled to retain the integrity of the bud, they are simple dried in the sun or a drying room.

White teas are not fired like other teas, so they tend to retain a higher moisture content [therefore have a shorter shelf life]. There doesn’t seem to be a hard and fast rule about antioxidant or caffeine levels v green or black teas – whilst the white bud itself often carries a little more of both, the resulting brew tends to use cooler water for a shorter time than black, so the cup can often contain less.

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  • FAQ

    Does white tea include caffeine and is there more or less than green or black tea and coffee?
    Yes it does, and it varies. All tea leaves, just like coffee, contain caffeine. Tea usually has a lower level of caffeine than coffee, which averages around 95mg for a normal cup of coffee. But it is impossible to give a precise answer, because there are so many variables at play - the length of brew time, the amount of tea used, the age of the leaf, the provenance of the leaf. Even the temperature of the water. Our best advice is to treat all tea and coffee similarly if you need to manage your caffeine intake.

    I’ve heard that tea contains theanine. What is it and what does it do?
    Tea does indeed contain theanine, which is an amino acid [the building blocks of proteins]. Tea is one of only a few sources of theanine. It represents about 1% of dry weight and is at its highest concentrate in shade-grown teas like matcha and gyokuro. Whilst not yet proven in scientific studies that would permit specific health claims to be made, it is believed by many to be able to reduce mental and physical stress, promote relaxation and a sense of well-being. But not only that, it is more recently being thought to aid cognitive function. It’s one explanation for tea’s famous ability to create calm in a crisis [the Great British solution to all problems – ‘putting the kettle on’] and to stimulate when a little boost is required.

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