Does White Tea contain caffeine?
Current research has shown that while White Tea does contain some caffeine, the levels are lower than that found in Black and Green Teas.
How do you drink White Tea?
White Tea has a slightly sweet flavour with no "grassy" undertones sometimes associated with Green Tea. Like Green Tea, milk is not added and due to the natural sweet flavour, most people find that sugar is also not necessary. The tea has a fresher aroma than that of Black and Green Tea and in terms of presentation and taste, White Tea brews to a pale yellow or light red colour. Most experts agree that the best way to brew White Tea is to bring the water to a rolling boil (not quite completely boiled) as boiling water can ruin the delicate flavour of White Tea. Allow teabag to steep in the water for 3-5 minutes before removing and enjoying your White Tea.
What are the health benefits of White Tea?
As a result of the minimal processing, and because the tea plants are young and fresh when picked, White Tea has been found to be the richest in healthy antioxidants of all the teas. Scientists have theorized that such minimal processing leave White Tea with higher concentrations of polyphenols. These are naturally occurring substances that are believed to reduce or eliminate cancer-causing free radicals and also reputedly help prevent other illnesses such as heart disease, strokes and viral infections. Further studies have even shown White Tea consumption can be linked with fewer dental cavities.
How is White Tea different to other teas?
While White Tea does come from the same plant as Black and Green teas (Camellia Sinensis) the processing is different for all tea types. White Tea typically has a higher proportion of buds to leaves. It is made by rapidly steaming the unopened buds and then heat-drying these buds, which keeps the leaves fresher and reduces oxidation. In comparison, Green Tea is composed mainly of leaves which are steamed or pan-fried before being rolled. Black and Oolong teas undergo even further fermentation and processing.
Can White Tea only be consumed as a hot beverage?
White Tea can be consumed as a hot beverage or an an ice tea. Here is a recipe for Iced White Tea:
- 4 Lotus Peak Tea bags
- Honey to taste
- 1 Lemon, cut into wedges
- 5 Mint sprigs
- Place teabags in heat-proof jug.
- Pour in 1 litre (4 cups) of boiling water.
- Allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove teabags. Add honey to taste and stir to combine. Place in fridge to chill. When ready to serve: Add lemon wedges and mint sprigs to jug. Allow to stand 1-2 minutes to infuse. Serve your delicious, healthy and refreshing Iced White Tea.
- Makes 1 litre.
If I drink White Tea at night will it keep me awake?
White Tea is very versatile. It is great in the mornings to give you a boost for the start of the day and is also an effective digestive aid so is soothing after meal times to assist digestion. Drinking White Tea in the evening does not usually interfere with sleep due to the low caffeine content and does not usually produce the irritability associated with other caffeinated drinks.
Where can I find Lotus Peak White Tea?
Lotus Peak White Teas can be found in Coles, Safeway, Woolworths and other selected health food stores.