Pai Mu Tan is a naturally whithered luxury white tea with a clear slightly pale cup with a fresh aroma and a smooth velvety flavor. Delicate jammy notes reminiscent of Keemun or a mild Bordeaux.
Antioxidant Level: Very High / Caffeine Level: Low / small pouch $5.50 - Medium $10.45
This is the highest grade of white tea available before one enters the stratosphere in pricing for white teas such as Peony White Needle Tea. Pai Mu Tan leaves are plucked from a special varietal tea bush called Narcissus or chaicha bushes. Secondly, the leaves are not steamed or pan-fired (the process used in green teas). The leaves are naturally withered and dried in the sun. Thirdly only special leaves are selected. The leaves must show a very light green almost gray white color and be covered with velvet peach fuzz down.
*FYI - The western cosmetic industry has recently discovered the benefits of white tea. In addition to its anticancer properties, tea has a calming effect detoxifying effect on the skin. White tea is especially potent in that it has three times as many antioxidants polyphenols as green or black tea and has been shown to be 100% more effective in mopping up free radicals that cause skin to sag. Some of the world's top cosmetic companies are becoming very interested in white tea for skin creams and the result is that high grade white tea is becoming even more rare than before.