White tea is the purest tea available. Containing only trace amounts of caffeine, it’s perfect for those who are sensitive to stimulants, who don’t want the jittery effects of “harder” teas and drinks or who just want a nice cup of tea before heading off to bed. It is minimally processed, which means that it also contains the more nutrients. Sometimes, it is enhanced with fruit, flowers and other flavors, adding that much more to its nutritional value.
White tea bushes have to be cared for carefully. They are tended for a few years before they are ready to be harvested for white tea. Even then, workers only have a small window to harvest in early spring. They must avoid rainy days and days when there is frost on the ground. Everything from climate to soil to the plant must be perfect to get the perfect silver bud!
White tea pearls are not only visually aesthetic, they also brew a very light tea, amber in color, that is a decent starter tea. It is not harsh enough to turn away anyone who is just breaking into the tea world but it still has that “tea” flavor (unlike teas like fruit teas, which can be comparable to fruit punch).
White tea also contains lots of antioxidants, which protects against free radicals. This super-tea might also help to prevent cancer. It lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. It promotes heart health, stronger bones, healthy teeth and skin. It seems impossible to consider white tea as anything less than super due to all the health benefits.
To get a great cup of white tea, make sure that you get high-quality white tea. Personally, I am a huge fan of Teavana tea, since you can see exactly what you are getting in the tea and you can tell by the aromas what the cup will taste like. They do doctor it and add items, such as fruit and sometimes, even popcorn, to their tea, but it enhances rather than detracts from the tea. If you can get pure water, do so but don’t stress out about it if you can’t; your tea will still taste amazing. Make sure the tea water is hot but not boiling. Teavana suggests that the tea water be about 175 degrees Farenheit. When you put the tea leaves in, make sure you keep them in for only 4-5 minutes, or you risk losing the delicate tea flavor that white tea is known for and get a more bitter taste.
If you are just breaking into the tea world and want something a little stronger than a fruit punch tea, make sure to go and buy a good quality white tea. Then sit back, relax and enjoy you nirvana tea experience.