Are you familiar with white tea?
Many people are unaware that white tea exists and how delicious it is.
So what is white tea?
White tea is the least processed of all the types of tea and therefore contains the least amount of natural caffeine.
Did you know that white tea, like black, green, and oolong teas, comes from the same plant - camelia sinensis.
White tea is harvested from the bud while it is still covered by fine white hairs, hence the name “white” tea, plus the top two leaves of the new growth of the tea plants. The leaves and buds are laboriously handpicked and then quickly and carefully dried. White tea leaves are oxidized (processed) for a much shorter time than the leaves for green or black teas. This gives white tea the distinction of being the least processed tea.
My Organic Mutan White is a white tea from the Fujian Province in China. It has a delicate flowery taste and steeps to a light gold color. This tea is delicious and refreshing without any sweetener. It’s an excellent choice for any tea lover, but especially for someone who has never tasted white tea!
Due to its more delicate taste, this tea doesn’t lend itself to the addition of milk or cream — it truly doesn’t need it. It can stand on its own.
I’m enjoying a cup as I write this and am savoring every sip.
I brewed it using a water temperature of 175 degrees and steeped it in my basket strainer for two and a half minutes. Yum!!!!
I will also be able to get a second steeping from my tea leaves. Remember you want to brew your second steeping within 12-24 hours — if you can wait that long for another cup, I usually can’t. If you let your leaves sit longer than 12-24 hours before using them again, mold can set into your leaves, which is certainly not something you want to happen.
Organic Mutan White is also delicious as an iced tea. I brew it hot and then let it cool down naturally before pouring it over ice. Or if I’m in a hurry, I’ll do a cold brew. This method allows me to enjoy a cup in about 20-30 minutes. No matter your method, the flavor profile stays the same — the result is simply great-tasting iced tea.
Want to boost your immune system? Add white tea to your tea repertoire. White tea is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols and may help your overall health.
I’m off now to brew and enjoy my second cup of Organic Mutan White. I barely made it an hour from the first cup and will savor a few minutes of quiet with a good book.