Tianmu Lake white tea also known as Tian Mu Hu white tea or Tian Mu Hu Bai Cha, is not a white tea but a kind of green tea, produced in the mountains around Tianmu Lake in Liyang City of Jiangsu Province, China.
Like Anji Bai Cha, Tianmu Lake white tea is also produced from the green-white tea leaves of a kind of albino tea tree, which contains more amino acid.
Tianmu Lake white tea is a specialty of Jiangsu Province and is China’s national geographical indication product.
1. History of Tianmu Lake white tea
Liyang City, the origin of Tianmu Lake white tea, has a long history of tea planting.
According to historical records, as early as the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), there were some poems describing the planting and producing of tea in Liyang City.
In 1978, the Liyang government took the tea industry as an important part of the development of the rural economy, which promoted the sustainable development of local tea production. And Liyang City became a key tea-producing city in Jiangsu Province.
In the 1990s, the tea industry in Liyang City entered a new stage of development. The local tea enterprises introduced variant albino tea species and established their own tea brand “Tianmu Lake white tea”.
In 2006, Tianmu Lake white tea was rated as a famous brand product in Jiangsu Province.
In 2009, Tianmu Lake white tea was selected as the designated tea for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo in China and became one of the top 10 famous teas of the World Expo in China.
2. Characteristics of Tianmu Lake white tea
Tianmu Lake white tea grows in hills and mountains near Tianmu Lake, where has four distinct seasons, abundant sunshine and rainfall.
From the perspective of agriculture climate, the light, temperature, and water cooperate well. This superior natural environment is very conducive to the growth of Tianmu Lake white tea.
Tianmu Lake white tea is a precious variety of green tea. Ordinary green tea can be picked many times a year according to the season, but Tianmu Lake white tea is only picked once a year and its output is very low. It is only picked in spring. Spring tea is the best tea among all the year.
The shape of dried Tianmu Lake white tea is flat and thin; the color of it is green with yellow. After brewing, the tea soup is clear and light yellow and has a strong fragrance. It tastes fresh and mellow.
Due to the lack of historical precipitation, many people do not know Tianmu Lake white tea, but it is indeed a very valuable tea.
3. Health benefits of Tianmu Lake white tea
Due to the tea tree species, the amino acid content of Tianmu Lake white tea is 6.26-9%, which is more than 2 times higher than that of ordinary green tea, and the content of tea polyphenol is 10.7%.
In addition, Tianmu Lake white tea also contains a variety of vitamins, proteins, trace elements, and other nutrients, which have many pharmacological effects on the human body.
Here are the main benefits of Tianmu Lake white tea:
- Beautifying and skincare
- Inhibiting cardiovascular disease
- Reducing blood sugar and blood lipid