An Introduction to Wonderful, Whimsical, Warm White Tea

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!

Minimally Processed White Tea Pearls

Minimally Processed White Tea Pearls

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.

Photo Credit:

White Tea Pearls.   2008.   Chado Tea Room: White Tea Pearls, 27 Oct 2011.   GIF file.

Source Credits:

White Tea Guide.   Web.   1 Nov 2011.

 “How to Make Tea: Making the Perfect Cup Of Tea.”   Teavana.   Teavana, n.d.   Web.   2 Nov 2011.

8 thoughts on “An Introduction to Wonderful, Whimsical, Warm White Tea

  1. Very nice! Any particular strainer you use to get the leaves out? Since I am assuming that you will not dip your hands in water that is 175 degrees plus… I might start doing things like this with my own ingredients. Do you have “scratch” recipes for tea made from your own plants? I think I could find the ingredients at a legitimate apothecary, but I need to know how much of each to keep in the mixture. I have seen some recipes for dry teas that you make the mixture and then just put a teaspoon into a cup of hot water; but, I have also seen recipes where you put the ingredients into the hot water and make a pitcher of it at a time.


    • I hope that you don’t dip your hands into 175 degrees+ water! No, you use a normal tea strainer if you are using loose teas or, if you have a tea bag, you just take the bag out.

      That would be fantastic! If you have recipes to share, please let me know! As of right now, I am going over the basics of tea. However, I plan on posting recipes later.


  2. I just had a cup of white tea yesterday from a yoga institute. Neither the receptionist nor I could tell whether is was caffeinated since I am sensitive to caffeine. So I decided to try it. And, I did not have any caffeine effects. Now, thanks to your article, I know all about white tea and will add it to my regular beverage routine.


    • I’m glad to hear that this helped you! Yes, white tea fortunately does not have a lot of caffeine. Typically, teas are pretty gentle with caffeine but if you are sensitive to caffeine for any reason (medically or personal favor to avoid that jittery feeling), then white tea and herbal tea are the way to go.


    • The great thing too is that, if you don’t like the tea alone, it’s very easy to doctor it and throw in fruit and other tasty treats to make it more to your taste. Plus, you do get those amazing benefits!


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