What is White Tea: This tisane is the least processed of the tea leaves. It gets its name from the silvery white hairs and appearance of the new, curled-up buds that are plucked before they are open. The buds are then withered and dried. Most of these types of leaves come from China and Japan, where an early spring produces the best harvest. A high quality white infusion is rare and therefore more expensive. The mildness of this light brew lends itself well to blending of other leaves, flowers and oils.
Caffeine: The caffeine content is the lowest, (except decaffeinated) with an average of about 15 mg. per cup. You can also buy decaffeinated or decaffeinate your own.
Brewing: Water should be at a temperature of between 158 and 203F (70-95C) – right before boiling. Check specific recommendations on purchased products. Steep 2-3 minutes.
Milk, sugar, Lemon: It's best not to use milk as it spoils the flavor. Sweeten very lightly and add lemon if desired.
White Varieties: Some examples include Noble, Tribute Eyebrow, Light Peony, and Silver Needle (lowest to highest grade).
Food Pairings: Savor a cup after a meal or at teatime for the best enjoyment.
Health Benefits: The benefits of tea drinking have long been touted as
being excellent and studies show that white infusions are especially high in antioxidants, as well as beneficial in many health related issues. Read more about the benefits of white tea.
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