Native Name: Song Yang Yin Hao
Origin: Zhejiang Province, China
Plucking Season: Late Spring
Introduction: Known as ‘Bai Cha’ in Chinese, white teas are made from the newly sprouted ‘buds’ of the tea plant. These buds have silvery white hair ‘down’ that provide a honey texture to the brew. In making white tea, the buds are ‘heat braised’ in covered pans or dried in direct sun. As a result there is little or no oxidization of the buds which results in very low caffeine content.
Original White teas are native to areas of China’s Fujian province. Recently, more areas such as Zhejiang have started to process white tea with each having a distinct flavor.
White Dragon is grown in Songyang county of ‘Lishui’ district in southern Zhejiang province. Surrounded by coastal mountains, the residents of Songyang are mainly of ‘Han’ nationality and seven other ethnic groups.
The area is well suited for growing tea as the climate is warm, humid and the mountainous region is crisscrossed by many water streams.
Famous Tea Market
Songyang is also home to the Southern Zhejiang Tea Market, historical relics including Yanqing Temple tower (Song Dynasty), Maoshan (famous Taoist mountain), Yanliaojian forest and Wanshou mountain.
Best in Season
The young leaves of White Dragon are best in early summer. If stored well (airtight, dark, low humidity), the leaves retain flavor well.
Flavor Profile: Light yellow color brew with nutty and slightly toasty taste.