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Weak Teas which have a thin liquor.

Weathery Describes a soft, unpleasant characteristic, which is occasionally evident in the liquors of teas processed during very wet weather.

Well twisted A tea leaf which is tightly rolled or twisted, indicative of good withering.

White Tea Background: To date, “genuine” white tea is considered to be derived from the first flush buds of the tea bush and grown exclusively in the Fujian Province of China. The name of ‘white tea’ refers to the silver-colored (white) hairs on the picked tea bud. White tea is the least processed of all teas. It isn’t rolled first but is immediately fired. White tea has a strong health association for consumers, but has never been studied exclusively according to public knowledge. Availability is limited and cost high as a result of the limitations of both the plucking standard and its geographical availability. Based on current demands for white tea, a new geographic standard has been proposed.

Proposed New Definition:
The Tea Association of the USA has proposed a new definition. In order for White Tea to be so termed it should be:
  • Processed in accordance with the strict harvesting and processing guidelines originally established in Fujian Province, China
  • Made from finely plucked tender shoots (buds) of Camellia sinensis, which are fired or steamed and then dried.
  • There should be no withering, fermentation (oxidation) or rolling of the buds.
  • The liquor of White Tea is very pale yellow in color, and mild tasting in the cup.
  • White Tea can be made by any tea producing country providing manufacture conforms to the above harvesting and processing steps.

  • Whole Leaf Chinese Pai Mu Tan is commonly called White Tea. It contains both fine whole buds and coarse unfermented and non-graded green leaves. Value depends on proportion of buds, leaf appearance as well as liquor quality and color (the paler, the better). Fannings Grade - For tea bag usage, green fannings that exhibit a high content of tip may be included as White Tea. The presence of tip must be clear and confirmed by a tea expert.

    Wiry Another term which means well twisted.

    Woody A characteristic reminiscent of freshly-cut timber. This trait is usually associated with teas processed very late in the season


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