Month of Tea Brewing 2017  –   Day #10

Forest White Tea

From Hawaii, USA

Hawaiian-tea-packages

Hawaiian teas are rarely found in a retail location. The price point is still very high because of the rarity; limited production. It is likely that you will have to order directly from one of the growers on The Island.

All Hawaiian growers are small, independent gardens. The environment is lush and tea gardens tend to be naturally shaded by the surrounding forests and landscaped with beautiful flowers.

Beginner Brewing Note:

White tea is, like all true teas, comes from Camellia sinensis. This is the same species from which we create black, green, oolong and dark teas. What is unique about white tea is that nothing is done to the leaves to preserve a green color or to encourage/discourage oxidation. With minimal human interference, the leaves are plucked (not picked). They are allowed to wither and then dry naturally. In most cases there is control of temperature and humidity. But that’s about it!

Enjoy a sip today . . . Babette

Glass Teapot

 

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This small glass teapot only brews about 2 ounces at a time and makes your brewing experience a very intimate and delicate one if your are sharing it with another person. Or it’s a beautiful, elegant moment for solo brewing.

The glass allows you to watch the leaves unfurl and the color mature in the liquor. A small wire coil keeps the leaves from exiting the spout without the need for an additional strainer – preserving the serenity of the moment without a lot of extra equipment.

 

Pinterest- White Tea Sommelier

“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?”

D. T. Suzuki

Author, "Zen and Japanese Culture"