What the heck’s white tea?

Silver Needle White Tea- Photo courtesy of chadao
Silver Needle White Tea- Photo courtesy of chadao

That’s the reaction I usually get when I offer white tea to a friend. It’s quite normal since it’s not as popular as black or green tea. It comes from Camellia Sinensis plant, so do not confuse it with herbal teas.

If you think it’s time to change your drinking habits or add some novelty in it then  I can not think of a better tea than white tea. Particularly one type of white tea that is Silver Needle (aka Bai Hao Yin Zhen). It’s smooth and mildly sweet, perfect companion for afternoons and evenings. Rich enough in flavor and aroma for those who like to sniff their tea and show off!

I have to remind you though, you might find Silver Needle tad expensive compared to other types of tea. That’s simply because it’s made of only fresh tea buds. These tea buds are limited in supply and therefore making white tea is more expensive.

Among other types of white tea are Bai Mudan (aka White Peony), Shou Mei and Ging Mei which are produced mostly by including more tea leaves rather than tea buds in order to make white tea more affordable.

Did I mention it’s rich in antioxidants? Since it’s minimally processed after harvesting, white tea is an important source of antioxidants.

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