White Tea Info
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White tea is the most delicate tea. Like other tea types, it comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, yet only the youngest tea leaves and delicate leaf buds are selected for this variety.
White tea brews to a light color and carries a gentle flavor. Loose white teas are appreciated for their subtlety, complexity, natural sweetness and delicacy.
Benefits of White Tea
White tea is the least processed of all teas. While black or oolong teas are roasted to develop their flavor, white teas are only steamed and dried. As a result, many of the beneficial components of tea are left intact, making white tea likely the healthiest of all teas and a delightful source of antioxidants.
Continuous consumption of white tea promotes detoxification and body hydration. In addition, white tea may support healthy skin and a healthy complexion.
The minimal treatment also leaves white tea nearly caffeine free. A cup of white tea contains only about 1% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee, and may be enjoyed at any time of day.
History of White Tea
White tea was the preferred drink of royalty as far back as the Tang Dynasty in China (618-907 A.D). Prized for its mild and delicate taste, white tea was known as the Emperor’s Drink and the general population could not partake. Around the nineteenth century, there became more variety in white teas from tea bushes that were cultivated to make the well-known Silver Needle tea and other types of white teas.
The Best White Teas
The rarest and best white tea is Silver Needle tea. Silver Needle white tea comes from handpicked tea buds that are harvested only two days out of the year. This rare white tea can be re-infused two or more times. It can be added to a bath for luxurious all-over skin treatment or ground into powder to be mixed with honey for a facial mask that rejuvenates skin. Silver Needle is the best white tea for mixing with flavored or scented teas so you get all the wonderful white tea health benefits without disrupting the overall taste.
Snow Geisha White Tea is a favorite flavored white tea that contains top quality white tea buds and sumptuous cherry pieces. It has an amazing aroma and appearance and makes a delicious treat anytime of the day. Queen of Babylon White Tea is another popular loose tea with bountiful citrus flavor and aroma from its pomegranate seeds, pineapples and apples. These fruits boost the antioxidant levels of this white tea even higher, as well as add a healthy dose of vitamin C. Also, for a relaxing cup of white tea, try Lavender Dreams White Tea. Beautiful lavender flowers and crystallized violet chunks mixed with white tea buds provide a healthy way to reduce stress.
Also, all our Blooming Teas are white teas. Once steeped, they bloom up into a beautiful flower inside your teapot. They are a wonderful choice for the body, mind and all senses. View all Teavana White Teas.
White Tea Preparation Instructions
Generally, brewing white tea requires hot water at 175º (simply add two ice cubes for every 8 oz of boiling water to achieve this temperature). Use 1.5 tsp of loose tea per 8 oz of water and steep for 4-5 minutes if using unflavored white tea and 1 minute for flavored white teas. Each of Teavana’s loose white teas will come with specific preparation instructions, including the amount of tea to use per 8 oz. of water, at what temperature the water should be, and how long the tea must steep before it is ready. Please refer to the individual tea package for the exact instructions on how to make the perfect cup of white tea.