This bundle includes three 25g offerings of white tea and one 100g cake for 175g total (35 sessions).
The Wu Family has been growing tea for generations, with bushes scattered across the mountainside between groves of bamboo and evergreens. With white tea’s recent surge in popularity, the family is rediscovering groves planted generations ago left for years untended, and picking them without introducing pruning or intervention.
The Wu Family's white tea craft is all about non-intervention. There is no firing process, no heat applied at any stage. The fresh buds are rushed into a special drying room with continuous circulation to lock in the fresh vegetal floral complexity you'd get tasting a fresh leaf picked in the field. Mr. Wu combines this commitment to non-intervention with a meticulous background in engineering, crafting special fans to control air circulation and get the freshest most aromatic tea without heat or sun exposure.
Taste Wu Family White Tea:
Wild Bai Mu Dan (25g)
The Wu Family's oldest prized tea bushes growing among wild trees, flowers and bamboo are picked once in the extreme early spring for a bud-only harvest, and then allowed to build up nutrients until they are picked a second time when delicate leaves begin to unfurl. This second harvest of buds and leaves is what makes their fine Bai Mudan- full of the complexity that later season sunlight brings but the sweetness and texture of the early cold-weather buds.
2018 Shou Mei + Mandarin Peel Dragon Pearls (5 x 5g)
This new project from the Wu Family incorporates local mandarin orange citrus peel, grown wild on the hillsides around the village of Wuyangcun, with the family’s sweet, flavorful and spice-forward Shou Mei white tea before pressing both together into convenient 5g Dragon Pearls. The 2018 Shou Mei leaf material already displays depth and sweetness from aging made even more apparent blended with the mandarin peel.
This thin wafer pressing from the Wu Family has been beautifully aged to bring out the deep rich spice that fine Shou Mei develops over time. The tea is pressed into single-steeping wafers. The thin wafer helps all of the tea steep more evenly, while also protecting it for long term aging. The Wu Family’s commitment to biodiversity and allowing their tea bushes to grow more wild and natural without trimming or other intervention really shows in the complexity of the aroma and texture.
Mr. Wu selected these wild arbor leaves and buds for a special club pressing to show off the natural terroir of his family’s mountain slopes. The Wu Family has been growing tea for generations, with bushes scattered across the mountainside between groves of bamboo and evergreens. With white tea’s recent surge in popularity, the family is rediscovering groves planted generations ago left for years untended, and picking them without introducing pruning or intervention. The result is this wild arbor tea, full of deep tingling cooling aftersensation and complex rich aromatics.