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Things you should know about in White Teas

White teas in Fujian are classified into 4 main categories according to the size of the leaves:

  • Silver Needles - only tips and buds, hand-harvested 

  • White Peony - a mix of leaf and buds, hand-harvested  
  • Gong Mei - young leaves, hand-harvested 

  • Shou Mei - courser leaves, machine-harvested

While Silver Needles have long been regarded as the creme de la creme of white teas from Fujian, the younger generation favour the slightly lower mixed leaf grades of White Peony or Gong Mei for its deeper flavours versus the light delicacy of Silver Needles, as do we here at Plantation.

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