White and green tea are quite similar. Both teas undergo a short processing process, resulting in the tea acquiring a fine and bright color.
How is white tea made?
When you make white teas, you pick the top, tender leaf buds – just before they unfold into a leaf. Because the leaves need to be as tender as possible, picking only takes place a few days a year. Too much water during this period can ruin the harvest.
Harvesting often takes place early in the morning, since at that time the shoots are still protected from the sun. After picking, spread out the tea leaves to dry. Drying time varies from tea to tea, but usually takes two to three days. Weather and humidity in particular play important roles in the final result, as these teas are extremely fragile. In general, not much white tea is produced, and it is particularly expensive, since only the middle top shoot of the plant is picked.
When talking about Silver Tip teas, it is because the leaves of these teas are silvery, giving the tea a white-yellow hue in the cup. Previously, it was said that these special teas were reserved for the emperor and other nobles, and therefore they were harvested with virgin hand and gold scissors.
The white teas are light and elegant in taste, which makes them particularly sought after. In the last ten years, it has also become more common to aromatize the white teas.
An important benefit of white tea is its low caffeine content. While green and black tea typically contain more caffeine, white tea is an ideal choice for those who want to limit their caffeine intake.
How to prepare white tea?
The white teas are often prepared with 80 degrees hot water. If you’re talking about pure white teas, dosage and steeping time aren’t quite as crucial. Since these rarely become bitter and strong, you will be able to let the tea leaves float freely around in a cup or jug without decanting. The white aroma teas, on the other hand, should last between 5 0g 7 min.
The difference between pure tea and aroma tea is that with flavored tea, flowers are poured fruit oil over the base tea. The best oils are called natural essential oils, which are real fruit oils. Cheap flavored teas are typically made with synthetic oils, which give a significantly inferior result.