Cured Leaves Tea Co Unveils the Hidden Delights of White Tea!
You’ve likely heard of black tea and green tea, but have you ever heard of white tea? For the uninitiated, white tea is one of the least processed and delicate teas you’ll find. Its light, sweet flavor is perfect for those who want more nuance and subtlety, but it’s also one of the healthiest teas with more antioxidants than other types. Because white tea is criminally underrated (and under-drank!), we thought it’d be a good idea to put together this brief guide to help you get to know this delectable drinkable delicacy.
What is White Tea?
Like black, green, and oolong teas, white tea comes from the Camellia sinensis. The key difference is that the tea leaves and buds are picked early before they have fully opened and then quickly steamed or dried to prevent oxidation. This minimal processing preserves the tea’s delicate flavor and high concentration of antioxidant compounds like polyphenols and catechins. White tea is also lower in caffeine than black and green teas, making them ideal for an evening repose when you want to unwind after a stressful day.
History of White Tea
White tea isn't quite as ancient as green or black tea, but it does have a long, rich history. It’s first recorded use dates back to China’s Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AC), where tea drinkers gathered early buds and leaves from freshly sprouting tea plants in the Spring. In fact, that’s where one of the most well-known varieties of white got its name: the plants looked like “silver needles” in their earlier stages of growth. White tea didn't gain widespread popularity in the west until the early 2000s, and its popularity still pales in comparison to black and green teas. Nonetheless, white tea is still prized for its sweet taste and high level of antioxidants.
Health Benefits of White Tea
Due to its minimal processing, white tea maintains higher levels of antioxidants and antimicrobials, and therefore can provide a variety of potential health benefits. Studies have shown that the antioxidants in white tea, like those found in green teas, may help reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol.
Compounds in white tea may also play a role in cancer prevention, promote oral health, bone density retention, and even weight loss. Of course, we’re still beginning to understand the full impact drinking white tea can have on health, and more research still needs to be done.
How to Brew the Perfect Cup of White Tea
Because of its delicate flavor, white tea is usually best enjoyed by steeping it at lower temperatures for shorter times. If you brew it too hot or too long (or both), the tea will often lose its nuanced flavors and may end up tasting too bitter. Brew white tea with water between 160-185°F for 1-3 minutes. We recommend using about 1-2 teaspoons of loose leaf or 1 tea bag per 8 oz cup. If you prefer a stronger flavor, use more tea rather than steeping for longer. Enjoy your white tea plain or add in a bit of honey or lemon if desired.
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