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Less Processed, Less Trouble
First developed in early China around the year 600, white tea is one of the most interesting tea varieties in the world because it relies on having an absolute minimal amount of processing. This tea is harvested before the opening of the plant's leaves, which exposes younger buds. These very delicate fibers are considerably different than the average tea leaf, giving them a wholly original flavor. The young leaves are then only withered and dried - making it a straightforward yet precise process. The withering process involves letting each leaf wilt for a specific duration of time, and the process of drying includes reducing excess moisture left in the leaves. If the timing, temperatures, and humidity conditions aren't correctly met, you will not have a high-grade, great-tasting white tea.
Some reported benefits of white tea include a lower risk of cancer and advantages to the cardiovascular system. It is also said to have positive effects on dental health, just like green tea. This tea typically has less caffeine than other kinds of tea, but it tends to depend on where the plant is sourced from. In the end, white tea is quite comparable to most other types of tea.
As we mentioned before, this beverage has a notably different flavor than the average tea. It is a smoother, sweeter taste that clearly shows how much work goes into preparing the tea in this manner. It's important to keep in mind that more work does not mean more processing. Our white tea from Brew Time Market is mindfully prepared to be as untouched as possible.