sinOur Café Tea collection contains a few white tea options, but what is white tea and where did it come from?
History of White Tea
White tea became popular during China’s Song Dynasty between 960-1279. The royal court enjoyed it, as it’s known for its delicacy. White tea was considered a special tribute to the Emperors of the time. It was a painstaking process, and very different from the white tea we enjoy today. Young tea buds were plucked in the spring, steamed, and stripped of their outer leaf. They were then rinsed in spring water, air dried, and ground into a silvery white powder. That special powder was then whisked into hot water to create the finest and most expensive tea available—reserved only for the emperor.
White Tea Today
Today, white tea is the most minimally processed of all the teas. The Camellia sinensis plant is harvested before the leaves are fully opened, when the young buds are still covered by fine white hairs—hence the name white tea. The tea and leaves are minimally oxidized providing a delicate and fresh flavor. However, white tea is not white in color—it’s pale yellow.
Types of White
Tea There are three popular types of white tea that you’ll see most often:
- Silver Needle: True Silver Needle Tea comes from the Fujian province in China. It’s made from large and full buds that are covered in white, downy hairs. The tea has a silver color.
- White Peony: White Peony Tea (like White Peony Peals Tea we offer at Your Tea) is cultivated around the word. It includes buds blended with unfurled or barely opened young tea leaves.
- Darjeeling White Tea: Darjeeling is not created from Chinese plants but from plants native to the Darjeeling region of India. It’s similar to Silver Needle Tea in cultivation but with a very different flavor.
All About White Tea
The flavor or white tea is delicate, rare, and beautiful. Some people describe the taste as floral, grassy, honey, fruity, melon, peach, apricot, vanilla, chocolate, citrus, herby, mild,
subtle, delicate, and sweet. It has less caffeine than green or black tea. However, it depends on how it is processed.
Give white tea a chance today and experience the beautiful and alluring taste for yourself.