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Big White


Big White is an exceptional, handmade "fresh" white tea grown on a small, high-elevation farm in Fujian Province. Using traditional farming methods (organically farmed but not certified), the tea maker used the Mei Zhan varietal to craft this white, creating a tea with unusual strength in aroma and complexity in flavor.  Lot # W-9 

Why we selected this lot. The tea maker is a craftsman specializing in the Mei Zhan varietal. Each year, we look forward to having the opportunity to taste his latest offerings. This tea impressed us for the strength and complexity of its flavors. It is classed as a white tea but as it is made to local custom it has a depth of taste that is uncharacteristic of a white. It brings much personality to palate.

Taste profile. As this varietal is slow growing, the leaf is potent and, with skillful processing, the result is a rich mouth feel and leaves that yield multiple steeps. (We recommend brief steeps for best taste.)   One will note rich herbaceous flavors, some stone fruit notes and a mineral-like aftertaste that is very pleasing.  Clearly, the "round" mouth feel and lingering sweet notes lovers of white teas appreciate and are characteristic of the white class are evident but the tea maker has pushed them further using the native strength of the varietal to create a bigger and richer white-tea taste.  This year's "Big White" offering is a one-of-a-kind taste experience. 

Brewing suggestions. Leaf is large, use one rounded tablespoon for 8-12 ounces of water. Water temperature is best at between 185-195 degrees F. Steep for 1.5 to 2 minutes and taste. These leaves are strong, they will steep multiple times.


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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Supporting adults with disabilities

Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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  1. A "great white" 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Jan 2018

    Nearly whole leaves, which steep twice, complex flavors with notes of honey. Easily one of the best whites available in the USA.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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