W H A T I S W H I T E TEA?
Is white tea also green tea? What really is white tea?
WHITE TEA IS THE LEAST PROCESSED AMONG ALL TRUE TEA TYPES.
One of the most studied plants by the scientific community is the tea plant or the Camellia sinensis, a perennial plant. The leaves are usually consumed as beverages through infusion in hot water although the leaves can also be infused in very cold water for a longer period of time. There are 6 types of teas that are defined by the process that makes them.
White Tea is the most natural among all true tea types because it is minimally processed. White tea does not go through heat, steam or oxidation so there is not much physical and chemical changes applied.
Tea is classified as WHITE TEA when the leaves go through the most delicate process.
White tea is the most natural among all true tea types. In creating white tea, tea compounds go through minimal process so that no major chemical changes happen on the leaves.
In the Chinese scientific treatise written by Tian Yiheng, "Zhuquan Xiaopin", it was mentioned that green tea is only second to white tea since white tea has a natural taste, that is not influenced by smoke, water, or heat.
White tea comes from the same plant as green tea and black tea. But White Tea goes through the most delicate process of all. It is made by just delicately drying the leaves. The highest category would be the white teas made from pure buds only. Quality lowers as you move down the plant.
There are only 2 steps in creating white tea:
It looks simple and easy, right? However, the process to create white tea is the most delicate among all true tea types. Creating an ultra high white tea requires a "tea master" skill.
High-quality white tea should retain most of the compounds found in the leaves before it is plucked.
TASTE & AROMA
White tea is appreciated by the tea masters for its pure and mild taste. It has the benefits you could get from the fresh leaves but without bitterness.
Its flavor is described by tea experts as "flora"; "fruity"; "subtle" as compared to green tea which is usually "grassy; "vegetal"
AROMA is one of the most sought-after quality in white tea. High-quality white tea has a beautiful aroma that almost brings you back to the farm where it was harvested from. It will remind you of spring and early morning dew.
Drinking white tea is a beautiful experience that will help heal our body and calm our minds..
Because of white tea's very pleasant and mild taste, it is easy for people to shift to white tea or add it to their diet.
Studies suggest that compounds in white tea particularly polyphenols, amino acids, enzymes, and theine contribute to its overall health benefits. Here are the potential benefits of drinking white tea
WEIGHT LOSS - helps fat formation inhibition and an increase in metabolism
DELAYS AGING - helps in protecting collagen and elastin damage and sun damage
METABOLIC HEALTH - helps in the prevention or management of high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and cancer
MENTAL HEALTH - helps in managing anxiety, stress and depression
IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH - helps strengthen our cells to fight off viruses and bacteria from killing our cells.