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‘Drinkable Antique’ aged white tea

By Li Liandi | Updated : Dec 08, 2021
In Zhangjiajie, aged white tea is called “drinkable antique” by local residents, which has high collection value. It belongs to fermented tea, and is one of China’s six major tea categories.

White tea is processed directly after withering and slow fire drying without fixation or rolling. Its finished tea is mostly tea buds covered with fine white hairs, which why it is called white tea.  

The raw materials and production process of white tea at different grades and categories are slightly different. But the longer they’re stored, the higher their medicinal value is.

Aged white tea tastes better. After a certain period of storage, the color of the tea water becomes bright, and the taste is mellow and smooth. The tea shows a special aging aroma because the tea polyphenol increases. Therefore, white tea, like Pu’er Tea and Dark Tea, has high collection value.  

Moreover, scientific research also found that the aged white tea preserved for more than ten years has high medicinal value. Its main components are tea polypheonol, amino acids, soluble sugar and so on, so it’s good for human body.

During storage, because of the slow oxidation of tea in the air, its chemicals also undergo subtle changes. According to historical records, aged white tea was widely used in the treatment of measles before the emergence of modern medicine.
White tea has its own reputation, and the aged white tea in Zhangjiajie is more precious because of its favorable location.

Located in the hinterland of Wuling Mountains between 28 and 30 degrees north latitude, Zhangjiajie is recognized as the best area to grow tea plants in the world. Tea trees grow in the tea gardens with an altitude of 800 to 1,200 meters, which are surrounded by clouds all year round. 

And the soil is rich in trace elements such as iron, zinc and selenium, so it’s real organic tea. In recent years, Zhangjiajie white tea has won many honorary titles.

Edited by Li Ling 

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