Many people believe these laboriously hand tied star shaped tea buds symbolize the communist star on the Chinese flag. However, hundreds of years before the birth of Mao Tse-Tung, Vladimir Lenin, or even Karl Marx, the tea factories of Fuding had already begun manufacturing Star of China artisan white tea.
Fuding, located in the North-Eastern portion of Fujian province of China is considered to be the epicenter of hand-made tea production. The town also has an international reputation for producing some of the world's finest Jasmine and green teas, but it is the quality of the hand-made white teas that really set the region apart. Star of China is an excellent example of this high quality. The tea is manufactured using a grade that translates into English as, Fuding Big White Tea Buds. Imperial Tea Garden® sources Star of China made come from the Rui Yun Tea Base, one of the finest gardens in the region. Once the select leaves have been steamed and are still damp, they are hand-stitched into the distinctive 5-pointed star shape. The tea workers who stitch the tea are respected specialists, and many of their families have been making this tea for generations.
We're confident that when you brew this tea, you will appreciate its delicate complexities. Like many white teas, the Star of China can be brewed multiple times. With each infusion, notice the subtle shifts in its pale yellowy green color and delicate flavor. Star of China artisan white tea truly deserves its long-standing reputation as one of the world's most complex teas.
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