White Tea | Wonders of Wellness

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What is White Tea

A Cup of Authentic White Tea is a simple healthful beverage. To tea world it is a tonic, cup of life, treasure or mode of communication. Influence of this ancient drink has captured emperors, cultures, regions, art, science and trade. A distinguished tea with surprising delight, real White Tea has mesmerized the world and continuing its voyage even today. In the Tea world, it is a pinnacle of artistic refinement, the symbol of good health, simplicity and honour. It’s legacy continues in today’s fast-tech-savvy world with same glory. Here is the story of this amazing Tea.

An Elusive Tea-A Lifetime Affair

It is the supreme of all teas. Despite the simplicity in the tea making steps, authentic White Tea is not easy to make. Traditionally new, young Tea buds and the first two leaves from the Tea plant at its prime growth stage contributes to its making. The final Tea consists of very young tea leaves in a concave shape and silvery buds in the whole form. Commonly, this Tea is harvested for a few weeks each spring globally. However, the month of plucking season may vary depending upon the geographical location.

Let us try to learn some basic & valuable facts about this miracle tea useful to our everyday life.

Authentic White Tea Types

Though there is little consensus on a single definition, fundamentally; it is the least processed among all teas.

There are commonly two different types in it and they are well-known for their unique appearance and distinctive flavour profile. One is Silver Needle White Tea or Bai Hao Yin Zhen in the Chinese Language. The second one is Bai Mudan White Tea, also popularly known as White Peony Tea. However, a few other variations of White Peony now exist in China. They are known as Gongmei (Tribute Eyebrow), Shou Mei (Noble, Long Life Eyebrow) and Fujian New Craft (Da Bai Cha or Da Hoa Cha).

Silver Needle White Tea
Silver Needle White Tea-Assam | The Silver Needle White Tea will consist of long, slender, uniform, unbroken sword-shaped tea buds. It is also termed as Silver Tips at times. Overall appearance is elegant and distinguished. Tea Buds will be soft and velvety in touch & feel bearing a matte look.
Darjeeling Bai Mudan White Tea
Bai Mudan White Tea-Darjeeling | Bai Mudan White Tea ( also many times known as White Peony Tea ) consists of dried Tea leaves along with tea buds in varying proportions. Another perfectly good and delicious White Tea to celebrate.

We will be mindful of not comparing them. We believe each of the Tea has its own uniqueness, knowing that they are not a Tea of mass production. All are of signature style and substance. Self-sufficient in its appeal, taste, flavour and artistry. They all are equally good in their respective class and art. We taste them all, and we like them for their inherent characteristics. They are prized Tea.

The appeal to our Senses

Due to its delicate nature, the liquor of White Tea is exceptionally mellow, light-coloured in either apple green or golden yellow, apparently clear and syrupy. The mouth sensation of the Tea is delightful with rich mineral notes. Feel by touch, is velvety for Silver Needle White Tea and crispy for Bai Mudan White Tea. Eye sensation is distinguished-Standing out from all other teas. Beyond doubt, as a tea, liquor is thirst-quenching in nature; often characterized by notes of rain-soaked hay, reminiscent of White Peony or mellow chocolaty notes in floral-fruity intonations.

The Origin-The history of this Tea takes us deep back to ancient China. Tea historians report mention of White Tea during the Song Dynasty (920-1269). However, there are no unanimous calls on it. Some reports trace it even to an earlier time. References suggest that the Tea was present back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Nevertheless, the popularity and more documented literature about it came in the Song Dynasty (960-1269). At that time, this Tea was for the Royals. Only and always, first offered to the Emperor as tribute. Despite its high profile position, this Tea remained elusive from the mass Chinese population and the rest of the world as well, for a pretty long time until very recently.

The Incredible Journey

With time the Fame, Curiosity, Passion and the Art of making this unique Tea travelled to the other Tea growing regions worldwide. In India, Assam & Darjeeling are included as Top producers. Both the regions make some outstanding White Tea in the Silver Needle(many times synonyms as Silver Tips) and Bai Mudan variety. These Teas have achieved global recognition for Artistry in Tea making, Taste & Flavors.

The Present

The Modern-day harvesting and preparation of this Tea is still minimal and includes drying and withering of the leaves, Shade Drying in many cases. The preparation method may differ from region to region, depends on the producer, but the basics remained the same. It is the least processed among all Teas. Because of this minimalist processing involved, many people sometimes refer to it as a “Raw” Tea. All over the world, Tea Drinker takes it as a health-promoting beverage. Also evidence suggests that this Tea contains the majority of Antioxidants intact and has a rich heritage of restorative & extraordinary therapeutic properties.

Authentic White Tea

Tea Polyphenols

Antioxidants present in Tea are called as Tea Polyphenols. The term Tea-Polyphenols is more specific and relevant to our subject since product is tea & represents cluster of Antioxidants. Due to the unprocessed nature, White Tea contains maximum Tea-Polyphenols. In addition, It contains free amino acids, for example, and notably, L-theanine. Health benefits of L-Theanine needs a separate article. In short, L-Theanine has captured scientist’s curiosity & attention for its role to our over all well-being.

Rhymes & Rhythm for a choice

Due to the high medicinal values and unparalleled taste, global demand of white tea is an enormous. Natural goodness attracts all consumers, particularly those who are health conscious. However, availability of quality white tea is less. This creates the demand and supply gap which results in two things-Tea Drinkers are willing to pay more for it. There is an attempt to sell other Tea in the name of White Tea Or sell inferior quality of white tea. Hence, if you choose to start drinking White Tea for good health, be mindful. Gather some basic information about this tea before you bu.

Real White Tea

White Tea never goes “Out of Fashion”

White tea has earned its own space in the heart of consumers. Authentic White Tea will always generate a calming effect, uplift mood, remove fatigue and bring good health. If you are a White Tea drinker, you know and an introduction is not required. If you are a first-timer, you should experience it. This Tea has never failed to bring refreshment to the drinker. Even when you store white tea, the benefits remains intact. Best assured.

Buy Genuine White Tea

Low availability & High Price of authentic White Tea may tempt its fan to overlook the risk of adulteration. This can lead to compromise with quality, in some cases fake white teas. But when the Tea is not genuine, the benefits are missing. The very purpose of drinking it gets defeated. So take a conscious decision. Choose the authentic White Tea & make an informed purchase.

Darjeeling White Peony White Tea

Our Bai Mudan White Tea is the season’s First Flush White Tea or Spring White Tea from Darjeeling. One Bud & Two Leaves-A true Limited Edition of its kind.

Assam White Tea

Our Assam Silver Needle White Tea represents the bold character of pure Assam white tea & gives you an authentic Assam tea experience.

Brew a cup of White Tea

You may opt for hot water at t of 80-90 Degree Celcius, even a little below, to prepare a cup of White Tea. Too Hot Water can cause the leaves to over-steep and become somewhat astringent. To capture the best flavour, we strongly recommend using porcelain teaware. The porosity of high quality porcelain are the least; hence they don’t interfere with tea taste and flavours. You may try steeping white tea for up to 3 minutes. If you re-steep the leaves multiple times, it can cause the taste to become flat and giving a bitter liquor. The medicinal values will be less as well.

So to start with, you can take 3 gm of Tea leaves for 220 ml of the cup for a single serving. You can brew it for 2 to 3 minutes. Sieve the liquid and serve. We would suggest not to add Sugar and Milk to savour the original flavour. Springwater is always the best choice for tea making. Do not use previously heated water as it lacks oxygen content and that can deflate the final taste of your Tea.

If Tea is your passport, Teaware is Visa

Our Tastes are unique and as vast as our imagination. There is possibly no hard & fast rules for Tea Preparation in particular when it’s a matter of personal choice. There can be guidelines and the first one is suit to yourself. That makes sense. Now since you have the tea, all you now need is a right teaware to brew & serve it.

Porcelain & Thermo Glass Teaware are the best choice for tea making

A correct fit of teaware helps you to capture the undissipated flavour of tea, and transform tea drinking experience to a memorable event. Right Teaware allows fineness in taste. It exalts flavours.

Porcelain Ceramic Tea pot

Porcelain utensils are timeless classic and part of ceramic family. Over the years there have been changes in its alchemy but the grace is still the same. Modern Porcelain ceramic body is now composed by the raw materials  kaolin,  feldspar,  quartz and clay. It differs itself from other ceramic products by the coexistence of three unique and fundamental qualities-hardness, whiteness  and translucency. Porcelain has a high level of mechanical resistance, low porosity and high density. It is innocuous, durable and beautiful kitchen utensils.

Infuser Glass Teapot

The glass infusers are perfect for holding hot or cold beverages. They are made from a high temperature, shock resistant, Borosilicate glass. These utensils have great usability, modern look, provide ease and convenience. They are trendy and attractive apparatus for brewing since you can see the transforming colour of your Tea. You can witness the opening of the leaf slowly in the tea making process. Overall, Glass Infusers ameliorates the Tea brewing experience.

Caffeine Content

Traditionally, White Tea contains lesser caffeine than other teas. However, some recent studies have pointed to the possibility of caffeine presence, a little higher than initially thought. Since this Tea typically steeped for a shorter period of time than other teas, the caffeine content in each Brew tends to be significantly less. This reinforces the idea that White Tea is less caffeinated.

Gift Yourself a Tea

Tea is a reflection of our taste. Feel free to explore it in selection; in its preparation. Brew a cup of Tea that soothes you, make you feel refreshed. Tea should relax, give you some moment to yourself. A good cup of Tea is a toast to yourself. Gift yourself some time to enjoy it slowly, reverently, and without any rush.

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One Reply to “White Tea | Wonders of Wellness”

  1. Swati Gulati says:

    Very informative!! Thank you for sharing this information

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