White Tea

Content and Benefits:

The least processed and the least caffeinated of teas, white tea is made from silver leaves and has a mild flavor. White tea is more scarce than the other traditional teas and quite a bit more expensive. It is similar to green tea in that it has undergone very little processing and no fermentation but there is a noticeable difference in taste. The flavor is light and sweet. White tea contains more anti cancerous components than green tea. It’s health benefits are worth their weight in gold. White tea is not as researched as green tea and since it is more expensive it’s not a good business choice for manufacturer’s to process. You do find it more available today than in the past but it’s still hard to find whole leaves.

Varieties:

White tea is also known as Mutant White, White Peony tea, and Pai Mu Tan. White tea is made from big white tea leaves and is sometimes mixed with White Peony buds. The buds have a silver tip and are covered in down. They look beautiful as they stand upright in the teapot, producing a pale orange-yellow infusion. Varieties include Silver Needle, White Peony, and Noble Beauty.

Make It Right:

Use 1 ½ – 2 teaspoons of white tea to 8 ounces of water. Heat the water until just before it boils and pour over leaves. Cover. Steep the leaves from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. White tea is steeped to taste. It should be light and fruity. Very few varieties of white tea will be steeped longer than 1 minute. Water Temperature: 160-175 degrees.

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