Most people are familiar with green tea or black tea. However, when it comes to white tea, people still wonder: “White tea? Is it white in colour?”
No, white tea is not white in colour. In fact, it comes from the same tea plant as all other types of tea, the Camellia Sinensis. Different processing methods in turn lead to 6 different types of tea - white tea, yellow tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea and pu-er tea.
White tea is the least processed and the most natural tea among the different types of tea, with only 2 simple steps – withering and drying. As a result, silvery white downy hairs/trichomes remain visibly present on the leaf buds, which gives the tea its name.
Being minimally processed, white tea retains to the greatest extent the beneficial compounds originally present in fresh tea leaves. Most notably, white tea contains a high concentration of polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that promotes health, prevents diseases and strengthens the body’s immune system. White tea extract is also being used as an active ingredient in beauty and skin care products. Furthermore, aged white tea is highly valued for its medicinal properties. As the old Chinese saying goes, white tea is deemed a tea after 1 year, a medicine after 3 years, and a treasure after 7 years.
WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WHITE TEA?
At White Tea Time, you will find different types of white tea presented in their original natural form. You might ask - why are there different types of white tea, and what makes them different? There are many factors, such as the country of origin, the region where the tea is grown, the cultivar of the tea, the terroir, the cultivated tea plant or wild growth tea trees, the elevation of the tea plantation, the season in which the tea is harvested, the extent of natural fermentation of the leaves, as well as the parts of the tea plant used. They all affect the taste of the tea, thereby resulting in different types of white tea.
WHAT DOES WHITE TEA TASTE LIKE?
White tea tastes lighter and more refreshing than other types of tea, and is amazingly devoid of the bitterness that tends to surface after prolonged steeping time. For this reason, white tea is very easy to brew, both hot and cold, and very pleasant on the palate. White tea can be drank all day long, in the morning as your breakfast tea too. Have your moonlight white tea brewed in your cup and simply enjoy!
DOES WHITE TEA CONTAIN CAFFEINE?
Contrary to popular claims that white tea contains the lowest caffeine among all teas, this issue is still highly controversial and we prefer to hold a more balanced view. Leaf buds contain a higher concentration of caffeine, this acts as the nature's natural "insecticide" that protects the tender leaf buds against pests. Furthermore, the caffeine content of white tea is subject to many variables, such as the tea's cultivar, grade, brewing time and temperature. While caffeine sensitivity varies greatly among individuals, one can reduce caffeine intake with a lighter brew by using a lesser amount of tea leaves and infusing with cooler water for a shorter time.