White Tea, a delicious tea that is perfect for any time, is a cup full of awesomeness whenever I make one. Silver Needle is one of my favourite White Tea. You might see such a scene when you brew the tea – all the tea leaves are up-side-down floating in the water in the tea cup like needles showing their respect to you! So what is White Tea? For those of you who are wondering, follow me along!
What Is White Tea
White Tea Shop owner Daniel says it the best.
White Tea is one of China’s special treasures, made from the youngest and most tender hand-picked leaf tips and buds. These give a fresh and delicate flavour and a snowy/silver coloured brew from which White Tea gets its name. Because of the laborious and detail-oriented process, it’s also one of the most expensive teas produced.
White Tea is mainly produced in the Jianyang, Fuding and Songxi counties in Fujian Province. These hilly territories with their red and yellow mountain soils, year round mild climate and abundant rainfall, contribute to White Tea’s unique character. Taiwan also produces a small amount of White Tea.
In fact, there are several types of White Tea – this special treasure of China.
Types Of White Tea
Let’s take a tour with the White Tea expert as he reveals the different types of White Tea.
Noble, Long Life Eyebrow (Shou Mei) – This variety of white tea is made from a different kind of tea plant than the three types of tea mentioned below. It has a stronger flavor, comparable to Oolong tea.
Tribute Eyebrow (Gong Mei) – This type of white tea consists of what is left after the higher qualities White Peony and Silver Needle have been harvested. It contains a few buds, but mainly young leaves.
Snowbud – This very light tea is a great and affordable introduction to the world of white tea. It really lets you enjoy the subtlety and delicacy of this airy variety.
Song Yang – This is a white tea variety that is hand made in the Song Yang region of the Zhejiang province. Three thousand tea leaves are meticulously harvested and processed by hand to make one pound of this exclusive white tea.
White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) – The bud is harvested with two leaves. This is the second highest quality of white tea, and it comes from the same kind of tea plant as the Silver Needle.
Silver Needle (Yin Zhen) – This is the highest quality of white tea from China. It is hand-picked during a short period in early spring, before the buds develop into leaves. Only undamaged, unopened buds are chosen, and it is prohibited to pick them if it is raining or too cold. The buds are of uniform length and thickness. They are springy and fleshy to the touch and covered with fine, white hairs. There are no leaves or stems in Silver Needle tea.
All these types of White Teas are delicious. And each one has its own character. If you have the opportunity to try them all, go for it! And yes, you can enjoy all the health benefits when you drink White Tea!
Health Benefits Of White Tea
The White Tea lover from the White Tea Guide illustrates that the tea has the following health benefits.
White Tea Antioxidants
Antioxidants are nutrients that protect the body from damage by free radicals. Free radicals are nasty things that go around wreaking havoc on your body, damaging DNA and accelerating aging. Antioxidants scoop them up and neutralize them. White tea is loaded with these protective nutrients.
Lower Blood Pressure
It helps lower high blood pressure and maintains a healthy one. By promoting strong and healthy blood vessels, white tea guards against the ravages of stroke.
By thinning the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol, white tea protects the heart and the entire circulatory system.
Antibacterial & Antiviral
White tea is a natural killer of bacteria and viruses. The antioxidants so abundant in white tea tone the entire immune system, providing protection against a variety of invaders and a wide range of diseases.
With all the above benefits you can obtain from drinking White Tea, you can say that a cup of White Tea everyday keeps the doctor away!
Interested in knowing how to brew this tea? Watch this information white tea video from the Tea Smith to learn even more:
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Let’s read how to brew a tasty cup of white tea:
How To Brew A Perfect Cup Of White Tea
Rhonda, the White Tea lover will show you how to make an awesome cup of White Tea!
Use Fresh Cold Water:
Don’t use stale water that has been sitting in the kettle.
Don’t Use Boiling Water:
Boiling water can ruin the delicate flavor of white tea. Most experts agree that the ideal water temperature for white tea is between 170 – 185 degrees Fahrenheit (76 to 85 degrees Celsius). For best results, bring the water to a rolling boil and let it sit for up to one minute, then pour the water over the leaves.
Be Generous When Adding Tea Leaves:
White tea leaves are much less dense and compact than other types, which mean that you’ll probably want to increase the amount of tea leaves that you normally use. Start by using 2 teaspoons of white tea leaves for every cup (8 ounces) of water. Do a taste test and then add or subtract more leaves as desired.
When It Comes to Steeping Times, More is Better:
Specific times can vary depending on the brand of white tea you are using. However, 5 to 8 minutes for the first steeping is generally recommended, with another 2 to 3 minutes for each additional cup. Purveyors of specialty brands such as Silver Needles frequently recommend steeping the tea for up to 15 minutes.
For Green Tea, Black Tea or other teas, you can use a Teapot to brew the tea. But if you want to enjoy the awesome view of the White Tea leaves “dancing” in the water, use a tall glass to brew White Tea!