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White tea is tea made from new growth bud's and young leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis (Tea Plant). As soon as the leaves are picked, they are dried to stop oxidation. White tea therefore retains the high concentrations of catechins which are present in fresh tea leaves. White teas also tend to contain higher ratios of buds to leaves then other types of tea, which makes a smoother less caffeinated drink. The dried tea doesn't look green and has a pale appearance. White tea is a specialty of the Fujian province.

Brewing Instructions:

Generally about 1.5 teaspoons of white tea per cup should be used. White teas should be prepared with 180F (80C) water (not boiling) and steeped 3-4 minutes.

History:

Many forms of white tea were made in the Song Dynasty. Hui Zhong, who ruled China from 1101-1125, referred to white tea as the best type of tea, and he has been credited with the development of many white teas in the Song Dynasty.

Producing white teas was extremely labor-intensive. Leaves and buds were picked from selected varietals of cultivated bushes or wild tea trees in early spring. They were immediately steamed and the buds were selected and stripped of their outer unopened leaf; only the delicate interior of the bud was reserved to be rinsed with spring water and dried. This process resulted in white teas whose leaves were paper thin and small. Once processed, the finished tea was distributed and often given as a tribute to the Song court in loose form. It was then ground to a fine, silvery-white powder that was whisked in the wide ceramic bowls used in the Song tea ceremony.

Health Benefits:

Epichasin is a falconoid contained in white tea leaf. Epichasin is very unstable in regular condition and hard to be isolated through regular extraction process used to obtain polyphenols or EGCG. Therefore, very few scientific papers could be found on Epichasin studies. An overview of current available studies unfolds some encouraging findings.

Epichasin has been reported to show thermogenesis inducing effect. Thus epichasin treatment facilitats weight loss, enhancing resting metabolism through more efficient heat transfer from the body. Another study indicates possible energy stimulation effect of Epichasin. 30 healthy women with body mass index (BMI) from 20-27 kg/m2 were randomly assigned into 3 groups to receive 50mg, 70mg and placebo. Meanwhile they were fed nutritionally balanced diets for two weeks. The Epichasin groups felt more energy and decreased appetite and were scored higher on a quality of life domain assessing vitality. The average weight loss after study is 3 Lb. in 70mg Epichasin group, 2.1 Lb in 50mg Epichasin group and 1.3 Lb. in control group. This suggests that Epichasin might be a good aid in weight loss.

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This gorgeous, expressive white tea offers a range of flavors across multiple infusions. While a new-leaf silver bud tea is always delicate, the nuances of bark, stone fruit, mineral, dewy hay, sunflower seed, bright citrus, and sweet orchid florals are each present in the aroma and flavor arc. Experimenting with slight variations of steep time and temperature will highlight different notes!
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White Grapefruit is a bright, white tea that evokes the scent of fresh grapefruit carried across a citrus grove on a summer's breeze. Pleasant both hot and cold, year-round favorite is sure to wow you!
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Blending the goodness of fresh blueberries with a white Pai mu tan from Fujian, this tea heralds sweet luscious notes of berry floating over the jammy character of the base tea.
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This is a blend of white tea buds from China and sencha from Japan. These types of teas are not often blended given the historical context, and flavor profiles. However we have found them to be wonderful together!
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This mellow tea is blended with the citrusy Rama tulsi.
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Ready to unwind from a hectic week by enjoying the classics? This tea will put you in the mood being a light brew with nutty, floral undertones and finishing with a delicate fruit touch that is sure to please everyone. Which composer or musician do you hear in this cup?
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This rare Yellow tea is from the Huo Mountains (Huoshan) in the Anhui province of China. The name Huangya means Yellow Sprout. The process for creating yellow teas is similar to green teas with the difference being a slower drying period for yellow than green teas. The leaves are also covered with a damp cloth whilst still warm after dehydration, which triggers a slight oxidation through steaming, leaving the leaves with a yellowish tinge.
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This white tea from China has a prominent peach aroma and a flavor that is very smooth, very peachy, with lots of body for a white tea. If you're looking for a white tea that is a little silky, a little sweet, and has a little something extra-this is the tea. It is made using White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) white tea.
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The combination of sweet peach, spicy ginger, and sweet grass with white tea is one to behold. Best served without any additions.
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The pleasant aroma and taste of pomegranate is infused into this high quality white tea.
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This pure white tea brews into a lovely, smooth, delicate tea with sweet earthy tones.
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Clear slightly pale cup with a fresh aroma and a smooth velvety flavor. Delicate jammy notes reminiscent of Keemun or a mild Bordeaux.
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Smooth and silky with light Riesling and berry notes. The thick sweet grapey character of ice wine partnered with Pai mu tan white tea makes a natural after dinner dessert tea.
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Luxuriant jasmine and rose petals blend seamlessly with the delicate earthen flavors of high quality white tea.

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A mixture of white tea and jasmine. This tea is scented with jasmine by laying the tea leaves on top of beds of jasmine flowers. The tea absorbs the jasmine scent from the flowers, and the process is repeated until the desired strength of jasmine is achieved.

The overall tea flavor is much more subtle then a green jasmine tea, and should be savored.