A sheer decadence, white tea comes from the same plant as black, Oolong, and green teas– Camellia sinensis. White tea, however, is THE least processed of all the teas. Named for the silver fuzz on the bud when the leaves are picked, white tea is often described as light, fresh, and sweet. It also has plenty of antioxidants. No matter what your tastes, this pale yellow cup is simply divine, a rare treat for special occasions.
Tea Type: Derived from the young tea plant buds, white tea is the least processed giving it light color, sweet flavor and plenty of antioxidants.
Infusion Methods: Though tea balls and strainers are often used for tea that isn’t pre-bagged, ideal methods of infusing loose leaf teas employ strainers that allow for the tea leaves to completely unfurl and release their flavor.
Some tea enthusiasts dispense with using strainers altogether and drop leaves in the pot directly and then strain the tea when serving into cups (you can use a cup strainer). When employing this method be sure to pour out all tea or remaining liquid will get bitter from over-steeping.
Tea Strength: The strength and flavor of tea is a personal experience.
We aim to provide times and temperatures that reduce the risk of allowing the actual tea leaves (or other delicate herbs in blends) to taste bitter due to too much steep time or to get scorched from too much heat.
If you desire a stronger cup, we suggest using more tea rather than a longer steep time to minimize the potential for a more bitter flavor.
Storage: Teas should be kept in an airtight container away from light and heat. They will be at their freshest within the first 6 months.
Ideal Water Temperature: Water for white and green teas should generally be between 160 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit (not boiling) because the leaves are more sensitive and will burn, dissolving the tannin and making it taste too bitter. Oolong should be brewed between 180 and 200. And black and herbal teas should be brewed between 208 and 212 degrees (boiling). .
Serving Size: 2 grams tea per 8 ounces water (1-2 Teaspoons), however you can make it lighter or stronger to your preference. NOTE: This large leaf white tea might require two tablespoons to reach suggested two grams. White tea has particularly delicate large leaves and extra care should be taken for an optimum flavor experience.
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