Wild White 2015 Reserve
A transportive and soothing aged white tea for times of introspection and contemplation.
An insanely beautiful and delicious white tea from one of our favorite wild tea craftsman: Mr. Fan, nickname Hunter.
The leaves for this stunning mini cake are wild foraged in the pristine old growth forest in the mountains of Zhenghe. Hunter accidentally discovered the mountain full of wild and abandoned tea trees in 2009 while hunting for wild boars that were wreaking havoc for local farmers.
The wild and indigenous varietal of white tea plants grew from seeds that were washed downstream from the river that runs in the middle of the forest. These tea trees stand at around 10 feet tall and require tall ladders that must be carried into the forests during harvest season. The roots of these wild tea plants extend extremely deep into the ground, absorbing minerals and nutrients from the deep rocky soils. The trees are harvested only once a year, thus all of its energy are concentrated in this tea.
White tea is the most “natural” tea - no direct heat is applied to the fresh tea leaves during processing, thus preserving as much of the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and living compounds in the tea leaves as possible. As white tea ages, its medicinal benefits increases; as the saying goes in the old days, “three years a medicine, seven years a treasure”.
This is the sweetest white tea we have tasted in recent memory. It has an exceptional clarity and purity to its earthiness. It is extraordinarily long-lasting, giving 20 infusions easily. To bring out more of the medicinal benefits of this aged white tea, you can boil it on the stove top with 1 cup of water after infusing it for 10-15 minutes.