White tea is gaining a following because of its high levels of antioxidants and typically low level of caffeine. It typically has a delicate, nuanced flavor.
Unlike other tea processing methods, white tea processing is minimal. It is plucked from the buds, and in the case of White Peony, the buds and leaves. The buds are plucked before they are opened and withered, and are carefully air-dried, sun-dried and/or oven-dried at low temperatures. The result is a tea with a mild flavour and natural sweetness.
Health Benefits of White Tea
Studies have shown that consuming white tea can give your immune system a real boost.
White tea may be able to help protect you against colon cancer.
The polyphenols in most white teas are known to aid in lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol.
How to Brew a Cup of White Tea
Producing the perfect cup of white tea is a tricky process. If not handled properly, those same polyphenols that provide health benefits can ruin the flavor, making the tea taste "grassy." It's particularly important not to over-brew white tea. Here are some general instructions:
Use 2 to 4 grams of tea per cup.
Set water temperature to 180*F or fill a kettle with cold water and bring to a boil.
After turning off the kettle, allow the water to stand for up to 5 minutes.
Pour the heated water over the loose leaves and allow them to steep for up to 2 minutes.