What is white tea?
No, white tea is not just a weak cup of English Breakfast, despite what the name may suggest. White tea is a pure and noble expression of Camellia sinensis plant, sometimes referred to as “Scholars Tea”. It is steeped in traditional history, once prized as the privileged sip of Chinese royalty. Whit tea has a history of promoting wakefulness and focus.
Where does white tea come from?
Unlike other types of tea, white teas are neither fired nor rolled during the processing. Instead, they are picked early in the spring season and simply left to air dry. The minimally processed white tea has a mild flavour, moderate amount of caffeine, high amino acid content and mild tannin. This creates a refined, gently stimulating energy that feels natural at any time of the day.
White tea is picked only during the first weeks of the spring harvest – this is when the tender leaves have not yet opened and contain the energy and sugars of new growth. These young leaves are coated in a soft, downy hair known to botanists at trichomes, which protect the tender shoots from pests and bright, harmful UV rays. Known in Chinese at bai hao (“white hair”), trichomes give the young buds a silvery-white tea – hence, the name “white tea”.
Our organic white tea range can be brewed either hot or cold and can even be re-brewed to further draw out the flavours. White Noise tea is a great white tea for beginners, although most types of white tea tend to be mild and free from any hint of bitterness. White Peony tea is slightly fuller-bodied and delivers a bolder flavour profile. Fruity, floral and yet still remaining delicate, white tea is charming for its special subtlety. For best results, follow our brewing guide:
- Use at least 2 tablespoons of tea leaves for every 250mL water – this tea has a light, delicate flavour, so be generous with your leaves
- Brew your water to 80°C, just under boiling
- Steep the leaves for 5-8 minutes, depending on how strong you prefer your tea
- White tea is best enjoyed plain
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