White Tea

What is white tea?

White tea, originally made popular in China around the Song Dynasty (years 960 – 1269), it has now become a beloved drink around the world. Known for its many health benefits and fresh, flavorful infusions, white tea is an excellent option for any tea lover.

Here is how it’s made.

White Tea Fujian Province, developed from the buds of the Camellia sinensis tea bush, is typically picked in the early months of spring. (Various types of tea, in general, are harvested during different times of the year.) It is critical for harvester to gather the buds before they develop into full grown tea leaves to make white tea. You can tell if the bud is still young enough to be white tea because it will carry a very distinctive white hair; this helps determine its classification.

How is white tea processed?

The process for preparing white tea itself is quite minimal. It involves drying and withering of the leaves; this can be done through a few ways.

  • Heated ends
  • Wind drying chambers
  • Natural sunlight directly after harvesting

These methods all have one focus – making sure the delicate buds are minimally oxidized. Our manufacturers are very careful to ensure conditions and processing methods are just right in order to create the best cup of brewed white tea.

What are the health benefits of white tea?

There are many white tea health benefits. Here are just a few:

  • Antioxidants that aid in a healthy immune system and glowing skin (and can even help in anti-aging of skin).
  • Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, due to the levels of flavonoids in white tea.
  • Offers relief for those with diabetes by helping increase insulin levels and lower plasma glucose.
  • Supports maintenance of a healthy weight; studies have shown that white tea can help prevent the formation of “fat cells” and, by replacing white tea with other high sugar, low-nutrition beverages.
  • Improvement in oral health due to presence of polyphenols, flavonoids and tannins – which keep bacteria at bay that encourage plaque. (White tea also contains fluoride.)

Is there caffeine in white tea?

Yes, though black tea is the typical brew we think of as having caffeine, white tea has it, as well. Levels of caffeine in white tea are typically lower, but this may also be due to the fact it has a shorter steep time.

What is the best way to enjoy white tea?

To enjoy the perfect cup of brewed white tea, it should be steeped from 175⁰ to 185⁰ for 2 to 3 minutes.

It is ideal when brewed as loose leaf because it is the least processed form. You can truly taste the full extent of the flavors and get the maximum level of health benefits by enjoying it in loose leaf form.

Want to learn more about tea in general?

Learn more about the types, history and other forms of tea at our Ultimate Guide to Basic Tea Facts.