Why Buy White Tea?
White tea is the least processed form of tea. While other tea varieties use a number of different processes to change the flavor profile, white tea traditionally uses younger buds that are not oxidized, leading to a lighter and more floral flavor profile. One of the biggest benefits of white tea not being oxidized is that it is naturally lower in caffeine, occasionally being referred to as "naturally decaffeinated". Because of this, white teas are perfect for a relaxing evening beverage or to help curb the effects of a caffeine dependency.
White teas are often plucked from the camellia sinensis plant at a young age and early in the season, and usually only consist of the very top stems and leaves of the plant. After the plant is picked it immediately starts to oxidize (similar to how an apple browns after it's cut open). Where other teas usually have this process accelerated (a process known as withering) many white teas are left to oxidize naturally, with some blends only oxidizing as the tea is transported from the tea farm to the processing facility. Next, the tea leaves are either dried, or sometimes steamed and then dried, which preserves the leaves' natural floral flavors and makes the tea shelf-stable. Finally, the tea is blended with other ingredients if needed. When paired with the right ingredients (like blueberries), white tea can become an antioxidant powerhouse!
Want to know how to brew white tea? It's simple! Start by measuring out your loose-leaf tea. You're looking for about one teaspoon of tea leaves for every 8oz of tea you'd like to drink. If you prefer a stronger cup of tea, try increasing the amount of tea you use! Next, heat up your water. As white tea tends to be more delicate than a robust black tea, you'll want to keep your hot water on the cooler side, somewhere around 195 degrees Fahrenheit. The easiest way to achieve this is to use an electric kettle with a temperature setting, however if you've got an old-school kettle don't worry! Boil your water and then let it sit for about five minutes while it cools down. When it comes time to brew the tea, let it sit in the water for 3-4 minutes. (Make sure to remove the tea from the water after this time! Leaving your tea in water for longer won't make it stronger or taste better, but will make the flavor more bitter or burnt.)
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