A map means a lot to an adventure, a map with direction leading sometimes is more valuable than a map with all details. Above map was made in 1963 by Zhang Tianfu, this map shows three most important white tea production areas: Fuding, Zheng He and Jian Yang.
Theoretically “white” is just about processing craft, all tea varieties can be made into White, just like all people can sing doesn’t mean everyone can be a singer.
Do you know who is the the No.1 tea variety in China? It’s Fuding Da Bai. Who is No. 2? It’s Fuding Da Hao. You see how important of Fuding to white tea, so let’s dig from Fuding.
Fuding has many USDA/EU certified organic teas, many of them locate in Bailin Industrial Zone (tell your driver it’s in front of Bailin Tunnel), like Ba Min Tea Cardiff.
Other organic certified companies include (part):
I suggest you landing Fuding as your first stop for white tea, there are 3 reasons to back my suggestion:
When you’re in Fuding, except the downtown, there are 3 towns you can visit:
Zheng He exported a lot to Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, its varietal Zheng He Da Bai is a very good plant for making white tea & black tea, but Fu An Da Bai beats it by output and long picking time, so the most widely planted varietal in Zheng He is Fu An Da Bai.
Zheng He has a different processing craft from Fuding, normally it doesn’t need sun drying, they build a very special house for in-house drying, the result is more rich & mellow taste while less freshness than Fuding.
There are three major companies you can visit:
Jian Yang is the source of white peony and used to be No. 1 outputs. Although right now most of teas made here is rock tea, it still make two very special white tea:
Jing Gu county in Yunnan has very beautiful Moon Light White tea aka Yue Guang Bai, there are lots of possibilities to produce new and great white tea here because of its abundant resources.
So don’t hesitate, call and take a tea tour, you will discover more surprises.