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Wonderful White Tea – is it hiding its light under a bushel?
What are white teas?
Perhaps the lesser-known member of the tea family behind its more extroverted cousins, white tea is minimally processed and is the least oxidised tea made from the freshest leaves and unopened buds of the camellia sinensis plant.
With white tea, less is definitely more. White tea has a pure, unsullied essence, a raw and natural beauty. Because it is picked so young and fresh and undergoes the least processing of black, green, pu-erh and oolong teas, white tea’s claim to fame is its smooth, delicate flavour and natural goodness.
Does white tea have caffeine?
All types of tea derived from the camellia sinensis plant have caffeine contents of varying amounts. Black tea, pu-erh tea, oolong tea and green tea have naturally higher levels than the caffeine in white tea, making this a great loose leaf tea for tea-drinkers aiming to reduce their caffeine intake.
How to make white tea?
In keeping with its shy personality, white tea isn’t as comfortable diving into boiling water as black tea. The ideal brewing temperature for a cup of luscious white tea is 80°C where it won’t brood but happily brew for about five minutes.
What is white tea good for?
As gentle as a wafting feather on a sea breeze, white tea flutters by and delivers a surprising number of tealicious health benefits to boost your immune system:
- The polyphenols in white tea boost your metabolism, helping you to lose weight in the tastiest way possible!
- While relaxing with a delicious cup of white tea may make your heart sing with happiness, studies suggest the humble cuppa is also boosting heart health! The benefits of white tea include helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels.
- While drinking white tea, inflammatory conditions are being poked and prodded by powerful polyphenols and attacked by antioxidants until that root of all evils, inflammation, is booted out of sight.
- Those abundant antioxidants also do wonders in the fight to reduce the risk of cancer! It is believed that the high levels of antioxidants in a humble cuppa may protect against cell damage caused by free radicals.
What does white tea taste like?
Offering sippers a true ‘aaahhhh’ moment, beautifully balanced and elegant white tea leaves post lightly lingering floral notes gently infused with a touch of down-to-earthy qualities.
Try the subtle yet sophisticated Pai Mu Tan, sweetly-scented White Rose, delicate and so-not-prickly White Needles, creamy White White Cocoa with a coconut twist, and the aromatic White Jasmine to enjoy elegant floral notes with soft, smooth finishes.
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