We are thrilled to have this delicious white tea back again. Due to overwhelming popularity a year or two ago, this tea quickly became a customer favorite, then disappeared.
The leaf and the liquor are quite oolong-like in color and taste, a surprise to the eye and the palate as this is white tea. We encourage white tea drinkers (and fans of lightly oxidized oolong teas such as our Nepal High Himalaya Jade Oolong and Bai Hao from Taiwan, too) and light black teas to give this unusual and delicious tea a try.
This tea is made from fresh buds and leaf plucked from tea bushes located in a formerly “abandoned” tea garden in the mountains of far northern Fujian Province, in Fuding County where some of China’s finest white teas are made.
This spectacular white tea has large, slightly curled and twisted leaves and buds that create a majestic appearance. The size of the leaves gives away the fact that this tea has been hand-made. The tea is still covered with early spring ‘down’ – the result of knowledgeable handwork that did not overwork the leaf. Careful sun-drying also helps to maintain the size of the leaf in the finished tea.
Wild Curly Leaf is plucked from Fuding Ba Bai Hao varietal tea bushes, and the tea has a style that satisfies on several levels – its body is mouth-filling and rich; it has a honey-like flavor that lingers pleasantly on the palate; and it is un-complicated to prepare. The tea has virtually no astringency which adds to the loveliness of the sweetness.
This tea is difficult to classify on taste alone, although the manufacture pegs it as a white tea. It has more oxidation than most white teas which is responsible for the darker color. We love this tea as it has a certain something which appeals to tea drinkers of all stripes.