Brew with water at a temperature between 75 and 80 degrees and leave to infuse for 1 to 3 minutes
White Tea is harmony in a cup. We consider it the most 'spiritual' of all our Teas. It boasts a mild, delicate, sweet flavour with light, grassy notes. One can enjoy it 50 times over with our White Tea Bags, each packed fresh to order here in our Kent-based factory.
What is White Tea?
White Tea comes from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant, just like any other "real" Tea. But unlike these other Teas, workers harvest the leaves before they have fully unfurled, and also while the buds are still very young. This is crucial for making White Tea.
Contrary to popular belief, White Tea does not get its name from the light liquor it creates. Instead, the name come from the silvery pekoe (hairs or dust) that grow on these unopened buds. When it comes to processing, the leaves undergo only minimal oxidation. In fact, White Tea is the least-processed Tea of all the types.
History of White Tea
White Tea originates from the Fuding prefecture of the Fujian province, China. According to some records, it dates back to the Song Dynasty (906-1127 CE), with it first mentioned in a publication entitled "Treatise on Tea", written by the Emperor Huizong himself.
However, some historians have theorised that a sort of 'prototype' White Tea, one that used slightly different processing methods, existed during the earlier Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE). This remains an area of considerable debate.
In the west, few people knew of White Tea until the 19th Century. The first written reference to the beverage surfaced in 1876, when it was, in fact, categorised as a Black Tea! Difficulty transporting White Tea outside of China was the main reason for its late arrival in Europe.
Only in 1968 did new transportation methods ensure the popularisation of White Tea in the west. And even then, it's still a relative unknown. Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we think it's time that changed!
Type of Tea: White Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 75 and 80 C. Infuse for 1 to 3 minutes.
How to Serve: This Tea tastes best without any accompaniments. However, some may choose to add lemon as an optional extra.
Tasting Notes: Enjoy this smooth, grassy infusion with earthy undertones throughout the day. Experience its delicate but flavoursome character and its refreshing aftertaste no matter the hour.
Colour in Cup: Golden liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Drinking White Tea
White Tea contains a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Gallic acid
The fluoride found in White Tea has a high bioavailability, which can prevent cavities. It's important to note, however, that research published in the "Dental Research Journal" has suggested that only 34% of fluoride in White Tea remains after brewing. It may not sound like a lot, but it could be enough to avoid a trip to the dentist!
Furthermore, White Tea may help to decrease blood pressure. This is according to a 2001 study published in the "American Journal of Epidemiology", which indicated that components such as catechins help to dilate blood vessels. This, in turn, allows for reductions in blood pressure and better flow throughout the body.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Hydration, Immune System, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon