White Tea, Anyone?

White Teas

White teas are the fairer, more delicate siblings of green and black teas. They're made from the buds and leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis, which are picked before they can fully open, dried, and sometimes rolled. This process preserves its natural flavor, producing delicate, earthy with a light, fresh flavor with hints of honey or fruits. 

 White teas are generally very light in color and flavor. The most common varieties include Silver Needle (also called White Peony or Bai Hao Yin Zhen) and White Clouds (also called Bai Mu Dan). These two varieties are prized for their unique aromas and flavors. Silver Needle has a sweet floral aroma, while White Clouds has a grassy taste and aroma. 

 White tea is often served in Chinese tea ceremonies because it's an elegant way to enjoy a simple drink that will not overwhelm the senses. Known for their high level of antioxidants, which help protect against free radicals to keep you healthy and fight off sickness. They also have a low caffeine content, making them an ideal choice for those who are trying to avoid caffeine or limit their intake. Since it is low in caffeine—this is great for an afternoon pick-me-up without any jitters or jolts. 

 Brewing tea depends on whether you want to enjoy it hot or cold. If you prefer a hot cup of white tea, simply use boiling water (about 185°F) and steep for 30 seconds in a gaiwan or cup. Tea bags can be reused at least 3x if you prefer a very light taste. You may add honey or sugar to sweeten or drink it as it is. Want it cold? Just add some ice or place in fridge until ready to be served. Some prefer chilled white tea or iced because they don't have much flavor when they're hot. 

Fun Fact: They're also great for pairing with food—you can pair them with a meal or use them as an ingredient in cooking!

So, what are you waiting for? Check out www.michiganteas.com and grab some white teas and enjoy a cup with me! Remember, “Tea is more than just a beverage, It’s an experience!”

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