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This healing beverage benefits the mind, body and soul. Though a relative unknown outside of China, its popularity in the West has steadily increased in recent years. Its name alone evokes images of all things delicate, and when brewed, these qualities transcend in one’s cup.
White Tea is the least-processed Tea in the world, even over Green Tea. Contrary to popular belief, it does not get its name from the light liquor it produces; rather the silvery pekoe (hairs or dust) that grow on the unopened buds of the Tea leaves. It is produced in Spring of every year, and the leaves are dried but no other techniques are applied.
The most common types are Yinzhen (“Silver Needle”), Bai Mu Dan (“White Peony Tea”) and Shou Mei. Though these Teas do not work on a grading system per se, it is arguably the best way of examining their quality levels. Silver Needle Tea, for example, could be considered the highest grade. Bai Mu Dan, on the other hand, could be recognised as a middle-grade Tea. Finally, Shou Mei is typically low grade. Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we deal only with “high” and “middle” grade varieties.
Like much of the history of Tea, it has mysterious origins. It was first developed in the Fuding prefecture of the Fujian province, China, though when exactly is uncertain. Some believe it was during the Song dynasty (906-1127 CE), with it first mentioned in a publication entitled “Treatise on Tea” written by Emperor Huizong. Despite this, earlier records indicate that an almost “prototype” form of Tea, one with slightly different processing methods, was developed during the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE). We’ll likely never know for sure.
What we do know, however, is that the frequent consumption of this type of tea can improve one’s everyday way of life. In fact, owing to its processing (or lack of), it retains the vast majority of its antioxidants, more so than Green Tea, and as such, is arguably the best choice of Tea for those who are health-conscious. According to the latest scientific studies, it contains an abundance of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenolic antioxidant capable of improving cardiovascular health, boosting the metabolism and reducing the risks of type-2 diabetes.
Ultimately, there is nothing not to like with this type of Tea. One day, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee predict its popularity soaring as high as Green Tea and Black Tea. For now, however, be part of something special with our expansive selection of White Teas, discovering for yourself the wonderful taste and incredible health benefits of this remarkable brew.