During one of my searches for different tea I came across this granite ground white tea
It looks interesting. Has anybody had that or something similar from some other place?
Here's the description from their page.
"powdered tea was the way tea was consumed back in 11th century china during the song dynasty. we are taking the first step in north america to re-introduce this innovative way of drinking tea. we use a granite grinding wheel to grind the fujian white tea down slowly into an ultra soft powder which holds 10 to 15 times the nutrients of a steeped white tea. taste is smooth and grassy.
whisk 2 bamboo tea scoops (1/2 tsp) of white tea with 60 ml (2 oz) of hot water (80°C/176ºF) using a bamboo whisk. proportions may be adjusted to taste.
100% fujian white tea."
I agree with you about white powdered tea, and you are right. In earlier Chinese tea drinking, tea was ground and made tea into powder.
Today, we have also white tea fannings in China domestic market. White tea have four different grade: Silver Needle is special white tea, just tea buds, the rest is Pai Mu Dan ( White Peony), Pai Mu Tan has four grades, Pai Mu Tan 6900, Pai Mu Dan 6901 1st grade, Pai Mu Dan 6902, Pai Mu Dan 6903.
White tea is the earliest tea for available in China. Usually tea factory pick buds to make Silver Needle. When tea leaves grow big, they will make Pan Mu Dan with one bud one leaf. and then when tea leaves grows more big, tea factory will make them into tea fannings, and tea dust. That is a regular process way.
Of course, I can make silver needle into powder, if I like powdered silver needle