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White Tea is the highest quality kind of tea you can experience. We offer a wide range of white teas to our UK customers, and select the finest loose leaf tea, with the best rich flavour, at the lowest possible price.

Loose leaf White Tea is the least processed of all the pure teas. Farmers pick and sort white tea by hand when the leaves are still young (referred to as 'buds' or leaf buds in the tea trade), meaning that they haven't had a chance to unfurl. They are often covered with thin downy 'hairs'. White tea leaves are the first picked during each harvesting in early Spring and have a unique and enchanting flavour. White Tea is grown around the world, but most famously in Fujian Province, China.

This article will give you a helping hand, with information about the origin of White Teas, their qualities, production process and everything that happens to them before they reach your teapot (or whatever sort of tea strainer you use). There's no need for a table of contents: just dive straight in, or head to the top of the page to browse all of our products. We also sell gift packs, 50g sample packs, and other quality tea items, in case you're looking for one or two ideas for that special someone. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.

What is White Tea?

We subscribe to the belief that White tea is a classic beauty.

Made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, steeped in water. White tea is the sort of product every home should have. It gets its name from its colour, which is much lighter than other type of tea (it is in the same family as other loose leaf teas such as Green, Black etc.) which go through greater amounts of processing. The brew of white teas is a little yellow or light brown.

High quality White Tea is kept as intact as possible. The choice white tea buds are picked from the tea plant in the first ‘flush’ of the year. These leaf buds aren’t cut or rolled, they are simply steamed (or pan-fried) and then dried. Intact leaves look like needles, and one one the best white teas is even called 'Silver Needle'. This gives the leaves the most light and delicate flavour (like a blend of sweet honey or melon) of any tea.

What makes the tea white?

The young leaf buds of the tea leaves are often coated in downy sort of ‘hairs’ which, along with a limited time to photosynthesise results in the tea’s white complexion. The leaf is often prevented from unfurling, which can help to form the appearance of a needle (hence the name ‘Silver Needle’).

Flavours like jasmine are frequently added to white tea for a refreshing flavour.

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Does White Tea have tannins?

All true teas (that is, the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, rather than herbal teas or tisanes) contain tannins. The level of tannins is tied to the method of production and processing. If you hope to avoid the bitter flavour notes caused by tannins, White Tea is best for you as it contains the least amount of tannins. Adding jasmine to white tea can help to offset any sort of bitterness from tannins.

How is white tea made?

High quality White Tea farms subscribe to a rigorous process. The tea is made by picking the leaves of tea plants during the ‘first flush’ (the earliest picking session of the year). These leaves are the youngest and are referred to as ‘buds’. Pickers sort the leaves, which are then heated through steaming or frying to limit further reaction, which also causes fuller, more bitter taste notes, aroma and flavours. Then they are naturally dried and are ready for sale. Drinking White tea is far from a brand new experience. It has been consumed around the world for hundreds of years. Sometimes additional flavours through ingredients like jasmine flowers are added to the beverage for extra taste.

 

Is White Tea a diuretic?

White Tea contains caffeine, which is a diuretic. It is said to increase the flow of blood to the kidneys, which cause them to process more water. As such, it’s important to limit your intake of tea if you are likely to become dehydrated.

White Tea Caffeine

White Tea like loose leaf white peony contains a smaller caffeine content than other type of tea such as Oolong or Black Tea. The total depends on the type of white tea, the size of the cup and the steeping time, and range from 6 to 75 milligrams per cup. As such it is one preferred option for people who are keen to limit their intake.

Tea bags typically contain more than loose leaf tea. We subscribe to the view that loose leaf tea is the best.

Calories in White Tea

It may be as sweet as hone, but there are no calories in White Tea. It’s a brewed beverage: just infused tea, water and one great taste.

Which teas are white teas?

Like all tea, White Teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The leaves are picked when they are still buds so it is the least processed type of tea.

White Teas are frequently grown in China (the Fujian Province and Yunnan are the most famous white tea regions). A key difference between White Tea and other varieties (like Black Tea and others) is the attention to selection, as well as the low level of things like cutting, roasting or other processes.

We focus on quality product from origins like Fujian Province (and neighbouring Fuding) and Yunnan, sourcing white teas with the fullest type of flavour, but also try to keep the price low. Our favourite white teas on our website include:

Silver Needle White Tea

Our Gushan Silver Needle product is loose leaf white tea in its purest form. Grown in China’s Fujian Province, young white tea buds which are picked as early as possible in the season. Full of a light blend jasmine citrus flavours, with the full aroma which reminds you of the beauty of nature (fresh peach notes). It's a perfect luxury tea and a legend that you'll come to love.

White Peony Tea

This is the lowest price point we offer on any white tea. White Peony is an incredibly famous sort of tea. Our China Pai Mu Tan (our best white) (or Bai Mu Dan) is our most popular white tea. Fujian, (a province in China) is the origin of our White Peony tea leaves.

Like Silver Needle, (and other white tea varieties like Shou Mei and Gongmei), Pai Mu Tan is classified as a 'da bai' tea, which translates as 'Big White'. This name refers to the size of the leaves. Bigger, more intact leaves mean a better quality brew, thanks to a greater surface area when it comes to brew (aka steeping) - and also more flavor notes – especially loose leaf.

Tasting notes: White Peony flavours are aromatic like jasmine flowers, and reminiscent of honey, melon and orchards. There’s a light creaminess and the sweetness of sugar.

Which white tea is best?

Tea is great. The best white one is hard to choose, though a front runner has to be Silver Needle.

Although many areas of the world grow White Tea (countries of origin with lots of tea fields like India, Kenya, Nepal and Sri Lanka – even the Himalayas), the most popular option comes all the way from Fujian, China.

We've already outlined some of the White Teas that have a place in our heart (and their incredible flavours) - but the finest White Tea is always loose leaf. Luckily, we stock enough white tea products and items for every man, woman and child in England.

High quality White Tea leaves are a beauty to behold. As light as jasmine flowers and full of flavor, you don't have to strain to see why many people consider it to be the best tea product in the land. Naturally prices vary, but the thing to bear in mind is the quality of this variety of tea. This a tea with a dynasty, and the jewel in the crown of tea farmers everywhere.

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What is the healthiest white tea?

Please note: We do not offer advice on medical or health benefits on this site. We subscribe to the belief that there is insufficient evidence on the supposed health benefits of many teas, but encourage readers to carry out their own research. If you are in any doubt about the health benefits of a tea, please speak to your doctor.

The health benefits of white tea will be largely the same across all types as they contain largely the same supposedly healthful properties. However, we urge you to subscribe to the view that white tea leaves shouldn’t be used as medicine.

The best white is considered to be have many health benefits.

Chiefly, the high content of antioxidants is thought to benefit skin health. There is no evidence that any tea can be used in the treatment of cancer.

Loose leaf White Tea is a great, natural energy source. There's a lot of life in those silver buds.

What is the best time to drink white tea?

Fact: White Tea leaves can be consumed at any time of day - and many times a day - though if you're a sensitive sleeper, you might prefer to avoid drinking it after 8.00 PM.

Anyone who has ever visited London knows, Afternoon Tea is the sort of tradition locals take very seriously, which is a perfectly acceptable time to drink it (ideally pairing a cuppa with some luxury food items).

However, the best time of day to drink any tea (without exception) is the morning. Whether you're an early riser, or sleep until 10.00, you'll feel the benefit of an invigorating cup of white tea.

Tea Lover Bonus Tip: Why not sip in the sun? Unwind in the fresh air at the end of a long day with an American Iced Tea made with a White Tea infusion.

Here's an example:

Steep the tea in a cup, before adding it to a glass with ice, water, 50g of fresh fruits, your favourite brands of liquor (optional), honey (optional) and a hint of jasmine flowers. (Keep the price low and order a 50g sample pack of White Tea to start). Brew happiness - in style.

What is White Tea good for?

Please note: as per our disclaimer above, we do not offer medical or health advice about the benefits of specific teas. This is for reference based on notes made by other websites and discussion of studies online. For true health advice, use a website like NHS.gov.uk.

White Tea is thought to help with a number of things due to its antioxidant content. It is also helpful for sensitive sleepers due to its lower levels of caffeine.

It is believed to have the following traits:

  • Polyphenols in White Tea act as antioxidants to help fight free radicals (harmful compounds) which cause issues such as inflammation.
  • The anti oxidants and catechin properties of white tea are thought to protect the body from harm and repair cells.
  • There is no conclusive evidence that any kind of tea can be used in the treatment of cancer.
  • A study published in Food Chemistry claims that White Tea can help the body to balance cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels.

We subscribe to the view that tea is a drink that can cause some physiological changes in the body, but tea leaves shouldn’t be treated as medicine.

 

White Tea vs. Green Tea

Green and White Tea both derive from the same plant (Camellia Sinensis).

Their difference comes from the way in which they are processed. White Tea is kept intact as much as possible to prevent giving it the option to react with the outside environment. In addition, the leaves are blocked from sunlight to prevent photosynthesis, which gives the tea its white colour. Often it is dried naturally or heated slightly to prevent further oxidation.

Its green cousin is often processed by cutting, rolling, steaming or even frying, contributing to the brand of a much darker leaf with a more bitter taste notes / flavor.

Green Tea tends to be grown in regions all tea growing regions (Sri Lanka, India, etc.). White Tea is commonly grown in Fujian Province, China.

 

Is White Tea as good as Green Tea?

White Tea is certainly as good as Green for most aficionados. Naturally the true decision is down to personal preference, but there’s no reason a lover of any tea wouldn’t also love White Tea – particularly if it’s a world famous option from China.

They are both rich in flavour and aroma and offer a balanced hit of stimulation, making up the preferred drink of many who find coffee to be too much. The lighter flavour also makes it the perfect cocktail ingredient with your favourite liquor.

 

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