White Tea | Shanti Tea Canada

By: Shanti Tea  09-12-2011
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White tea is the un-oxidized Camellia Sinensis leaf freshly plucked and dried. White teas usually do not undergo any processing whatsoever, and apart from being dried, are the closest one usually gets to steeping the leaves right off the tea plant. Until recently, white teas were reserved for the social elite. In the past they were only consumed by the royal families of China, as white tea is only harvested for 2 to 3 weeks during the year and the supply was always limited. Today, Chinese white tea is exported throughout the world, and is available in several grades.

White tea helps to boost the body’s immune system, and is known to help fight off bacterial infections. White tea can also help prevent the build-up of dental plaque, and is shown to contain as many beneficial antioxidants as green tea. Keep in mind that we can match other teas, and create signature blends for you.

White teas are best steeped at around 80ºC  to 85ºC.  Water at higher temperatures will burn the tea and result in a bitter infusion.  White teas yield the lightest infusion of any tea amd are preferred by those who enjoy a very delicate cup. Steeping times for white tea should not exceed 3:30 minutes.  White teas, like green teas, can be re-steeped several times, with increasingly hot water.

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