2010 Spring Snow Dragon - Hand Crafted Yunnan White Tea
Snow Dragon is a lovely white tea composed of hand-picked and hand-shaped tender young Yunnan large leaf varietal tea buds grown in Simao County of Yunnan province. The beautifully hand shaped young buds are covered in the downy white hairs typical of pure bud white tea.
After picking, these tea buds were allowed to wilt slightly to allow some moisture to escape from the leaves, which makes them less brittle and easier to handle. After wilting, the buds were individually twisted by hand into these beautiful little Snow Dragon curls before being dried completely.
White tea is the least processed tea style, in that it is simply picked and dried. White teas also have the reputation of having the highest amount of antioxidants of all styles of tea because of their unprocessed nature. Additionally, folk wisdom in China says that white tea has a cooling effect on the body, so it is considered ideal for hot weather. They are typically steeped at a lower temperature than other tea types, so the general perception among tea drinkers is that white tea releases lower amounts of caffeine in the infused liquor than other tea types. Whether these health and caffeine level claims are true or not is up to the scientific community, but it is definitely true that it tastes delicious.
When steeped, Snow Dragon produces a very light colored liquor with a subtly fruity and grassy-sweet taste. The aroma is very lightly sweet & vegetal. We highly recommend steeping it in a glass teapot or highball style drinking glass so you can watch the leaves unfurl as it steeps. To steep Snow Dragion, treat it like you would treat any other white tea…use low temperature (160 F) and longer steeping times (6-10 minutes).