Kenya Pai Mu Tan Lelsa Estate
Brew with water at a temperature between 75 and 80 degrees and leave to infuse for 1 to 3 minutes
When one thinks of White Tea they often think of China, but not with our Kenya Pai Mu Tan Lelsa Estate Tea, a beverage native to East Africa. The Kenyan Lelsa Tea Estate has been producing tea for over 60 years and is situated in the Kericho district, east of the rift valley at an altitude of over 5,500 feet. it’s soil is rich and fertile. Lelsa produces some of the best quality teas in Africa but is especially famous for its White Teas.
Kenya Pai Mu Tan Lelsa Estate Tea is delicate and grassy like any of its Chinese counterparts. And when consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, there are also remarkable benefits to be had from frequently consuming this brew. Looking to lose a few extra pounds in time for summer? Kenya Pai Mu Tan Lelsa Estate Tea might be the choice for you.
In fact, any White Tea, including Kenya Pai Mu Tan Lelsa Estate Tea, can boost the metabolism and in turn, help your body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently. Furthermore, this tea is an equally great choice if you’re looking to cut down your caffeine intake. If you, like many, are particularly sensitive to caffeine, then choosing Kenya Pai Mu Tan Lelsa Estate Tea, an infusion that on average contains no more than 20 mg of caffeine per cup, is very sensible! But being sensible with your caffeine intake is second to embracing the delightful tasting notes of this wonderfully fragrant and unique brew.
The history of tea growing in Kenya is a relatively recent one. It began in 1903 although at first, planting was only for ornamental purposes! Then, in 1910, things began to change when a Scotsman called Arnold Butler McDonell purchased 350 acres of land from the British government, moving to Kenya to establish his own farm called Kiambethu, 20 miles from Nairobi.
After years of failed crops, McDonell managed to grow tea from an Indian variety of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis var assamica, in 1918. A Kenyan Tea Industry was born from his hard work. Today, the McDonnell family still runs the Kiambethu Tea Estate and over the course of time, it has inspired countless other estates including, of course, the Lelsa Tea Estate.
But when it comes to White Tea, one must turn their eyes to China. First developed in the Fuding prefecture of the Fujian Province, White Tea owes its origins to the Song Dynasty (906-1127 CE). It was first mentioned in a publication called “Treatise on Tea” written by Emperor Huizong himself. However, the west only really experienced White Tea in the 1800’s, some 750 years after its creation.
In fact, the first reference to White Tea in the English language was not until 1876 and even then, it was originally categorised as a “Black Tea” because it was not steamed the same way as a Green Tea! Historians believe that the reason that White Tea took so long to reach English-speaking ears is likely due to the immense difficulty of transporting White Tea. Then, in 1968, new transportation techniques were adopted in order to improve the arduous process of exportation. Now, White Tea is bigger and better than ever.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf White Tea.
Origin: The Lelsa Estate, Kenya, East Africa.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees. Following this, infuse for 2 to 3 minutes.
How to Serve: This brew is best served without any accompaniments.
Tasting Notes: Kenya Pai Mu Tan Lelsa Estate Tea is everything you’d expect from a White Tea and more. It offers an earthy, almost toasty aroma with scrumptious woody and grassy flavours.
Colour in Cup: Pale yellow liquor with peachy highlights, light in tone.
Health Benefits: It’s no secret that Green Tea has the limelight at the moment but is that entirely fair? Let’s examine further the main qualities of both Green Tea and White Tea and compare them:
Both Green Tea and White Tea are renowned for not being overly processed which, in turn, allows them to retain most of their beneficial antioxidants. But White Tea is even less processed than Green Tea and as a result, retains an even high level of antioxidants; 1 point to White Tea.
But then, it’s also important to note that caffeine is not all bad and can, in fact, have health benefits of its own. Green Tea has more caffeine than White Tea; that’s 1 point to Green Tea.
And then there is the fact that Green Tea has been subjected to extensive studies, more so than White Tea; let’s call that ½ a point to Green Tea as it doesn’t necessarily mean its any healthier.
There was a change when a particular study on White Tea, one that tips the balance in its favour. The study was published in the “Journal of Nutrition and Cancer” and researched the effects of Green Tea and White Tea on the liver and lungs of mice with induced oxidative stress and DNA damage. Although both White Tea and Green Tea were effective in fighting oxidative stress and DNA damage, researchers noted that White Tea “was found to be more protective” than Green Tea.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Detox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon