White tea is made from the youngest and most tender leaf tips and buds that are hand picked shortly before the buds have fully opened.This gives the tea a delicate flavour.
The tea takes its name from the silver fuzz that still covers the buds, which then turn white when the tea is dried.
The first flush is generally picked anywhere between late March to early April. Because of the laborious and detailed picking, it is also one of the most expensive teas produced.
Some producers have been known to take the plants indoors so as not to damage the tender leaves through high winds and rain during the delicate picking process.
The exact proportion of buds to leaves varies depending on the variety of white tea. For example, White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves, while While Silver Needles, the most exotic of white teas, is made entirely from downy buds picked within a two day period.
White tea contains the same antioxidants as green tea, however as White Tea is less processed it retains its antioxidants in much greater quantities.
All tea comes from the same plant, the Camellia Sinensis however it is the processing that will determine whether it will end up as a white, green or black tea.
There are many health benefits which can be gained from drinking white tea.
Health benefits can be traced all the way back to the Ming Dynasty. Some benefits claimed are boosting your immune system, preventing cancer causing cells, prevention of tooth decay and dangerous infection causing bacteria.
With all that being said, you can’t go wrong by enjoying this increasingly popular beverage. It’s pleasant to the palate and most importantly, good for you.