White Teas

White tea is the least processed variety of tea known for its delicate texture and floral flavors.

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Guranse Exotic Spring White Tea

Guranse Exotic Spring White Tea

749
50 g 20 cups
Sweet Melody Tea

Sweet Melody Tea

1,999
100 g 40 cups
Guranse Special Summer White Tea

Guranse Special Summer White Tea

1,299
100 g 40 cups
Darjeeling Special Autumn Silver Needle White Tea

Darjeeling Special Autumn Silver Needle White Tea

1,449
100 g 40 cups
Billimalai Special Winter Frost White Tea

Billimalai Special Winter Frost White Tea

849 594 30% off
50 g 20 cups
Blossom Earl Grey Tea

Blossom Earl Grey Tea

1,199
50 g 20 cups
Ivory Blossom Tea

Ivory Blossom Tea

3,999 2,799 30% off
100 g 40 cups
Kesar Delight

Kesar Delight

2,249
100 g 40 cups
Castleton Moonlight Spring White Tea

Castleton Moonlight Spring White Tea

2,249
50 g 20 cups
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Like almost all other teas, the leaves for white tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant. The name ‘white tea’ comes from the fine, silvery‐white hairs that cover the unopened buds of the plant. However, when brewed, the liquid tea is not white or transparent but rather a pale, light yellow. Although there exists no consensus on how white tea should be processed, there are two commonly accepted methods. The first involves minimal processing, where the leaves are withered for a long time before they are dried, and in the second, the leaves are first steamed or fired in order to deactivate polyphenol oxidase, and then dried. The best white tea is made from young buds that are plucked early in a harvest season, at an elevation of 5000 ft and higher. Here, the air is cold and the flavors have ample opportunity to mature and intensify. The tea buds are plucked and laid out in the open where they are withered for a long time before being dried and packed. White teas are an antioxidant powerhouse. Antioxidants are the body’s protective agents against free radicals, chronic disease, and inflammation.

How to select a white tea?

In the Indian subcontinent, white teas are predominantly produced in Darjeeling, Nepal and the Nilgiris. Each of these regions produce a white with inherent characteristics. While Darjeeling whites are crisp and floral, the white teas from the Nilgiris have a velvety texture and tropical fruit notes. Nepal’s white teas are similar to Darjeeling, less complex but more mellow.
If you’re looking to buy white tea, you may want to consider our White Tea Collection, which contains samples of all our whites, from estates including Castleton, Namring, and Margaret’s Hope in Darjeeling, Bilimalai and Glendale in Nilgiris, Guranse and Mai‐Ilam in Nepal.