White teas are appreciated by tea connoisseurs for their unmatched subtlety, complexity, natural sweetness, and delicacy. Least processed (steamed and dried), these teas have very little caffeine. During the plucking, great care has to be given to the selection of the leaves. Usually only the youngest leaves, still covered with short white hair or down are used. The white down of the unprocessed leaves is clearly visible and gives the final tea leaves their sliver-white appearance. The two most popular white teas are the White Peony (also called "Pai Mu Tan" or "Bai Mudan") and the treasured Silver Needle.
When infused, white tea has a pale yellow cup color and a delicate, fresh, light, slightly sweet taste. They are wonderful all-day teas and are best drunk on their own, as most foods will overwhelm their soft, subtle character.
Health Benefits of White Tea:
- Extremely high amount of antioxidants
- May inhibit the growth of certain forms of cancer
- May reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Excellent for skin and complexion
- Approximately 1% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee