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What is White Tea?
Like almost all other teas, the white tea leaves come from the same 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 loose leaves are withered for a long time before they are dried, and in the second, the loose 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. The Silver Needle tea is the best example of the finest white tea.
White tea and health
Fresh white teas are an antioxidant powerhouse. Antioxidants are the body’s protective agents against free radicals, chronic disease, and inflammation. Organic white tea has high antioxidant value, which makes it an excellent ally for natural weight loss. That apart, white tea is a zero-calorie drink which is pleasant and refreshing, as well as a much healthier alternative to sugary drinks. Reasons weight watchers and dieters will especially want to note.
How to select the best white tea?
In the Indian subcontinent, the best 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. Our white tea bags are also a great place to start a rare experience.