There are hordes of tea lovers and drinkers around the planet. Each person has his/her own ritual with a particular type of tea or the way of making it. Recently, there has been a craze for white tea all across the world. It has gained popularity and momentum primarily because of its relaxing properties.
While some people around the world enjoy the taste of white tea and the benefits that come with it, few actually know the basics of this tea. In this article, we take a look at some of the different aspects of white tea. We start off with an elementary introduction of white tea before moving onto the rudimentary brewing requirements and finally end with the health benefits of white tea.
The thing about white tea is that it is the least processed of all teas. It is made from only select leaves and buds and that is one of the main reasons for its exclusivity. It is known all over the world for its pleasant taste and relaxing and sleep-inducing properties. This is why this variant of tea has seen an increase in prominence in the last couple of years apart from the health benefits that are associated with it.
Next, let us have a look at a simple method of brewing this tea.
While this tea may look fancy, it luckily does not need fancy methods to prepare it. Mentioned below are a couple of things to keep in mind in order to best enjoy this subtle tasting and refreshing brew.
- 2 grams (0.071 oz) to 2.5 grams (0.088 oz) of tea for every 200 ml (6 ounces) of water, or about 1.5 teaspoons of white tea per 1 cup. Anything less or more could upset some of the other combinations and eventually the brew.
- White teas should be prepared at temperatures of 170-185 °F (75-85 °C) and steeped for around 4-6 minutes. This is quite crucial since the antioxidants in white tea get destroyed at temperatures close to boiling point. The leaves get cooked and it loses most of the finer qualities and can turn into quite the astringent potion.
A simple mistake which people often make is to brew this tea for much longer than needed. Every tea is not top quality white tea and some of the lesser ones turn bitter or develop tannins. An interesting thing about white tea is that it can be used for up to 3 successive brews with a fourth one producing a liquor which would just about get pass marks. The trick to remember is that the brewing time should be increased by 1 minute for each time that it is brewed.
Finally, we have a look at some of the health benefits of white tea. It should not come as that much of a surprise since all teas originate from the same plant and differ because of their unique manufacturing styles. Mentioned below are some of these.
White tea is said to have antioxidants which equal the amount found in 10 glasses of apple juice. When compared to vitamins, its benefits are believed to be 31 and 100 times that of Vitamin C and E respectively. It also has about 15-55 milligrams of caffeine per cup and is the least found in teas. No wonder people drink this tea as a stress buster and also to get a good night’s sleep.
Studies have shown that white tea retains about 34% of fluorides in each cup of tea. These have high bioavailability which boosts oral health by preventing cavity from forming. There are rumours doing the rounds that white tea also has less effect on the discolouration of teeth compared to some of its counterparts. This is so believed because of the lighter appearance.
Chill without a pill
Being the least processed of all teas, white tea has the highest concentration of L-theanine- a type of amino acid that is known for its relaxing and calming properties. This L-theanine increases the production of some of the neurotransmitters that are responsible for elevating alertness and mood levels.
The benefits mentioned above apply most aptly to white tea. There are loads of other benefits of white tea which are also common to some of the other regular variants of tea. Like them, white tea helps with cardiovascular protection, boosts immunity because of antioxidants, helps digestion and much more. Halmari has some of the most high quality white tea to offer.