Brewing the perfect cup of white tea is an art in itself. Studies have recently shown the health benefits of white tea such as how it contains high levels of antioxidants to help prevent cancer and how it aids in the reduction of body weight by slowing the growth of new fat cells while increasing metabolism to burn fat from existing fat cells. White tea is also thought to be a blood thinner which can help to lower blood pressure and it is lowest in caffeine. White tea can be purchased as a loose tea or in tea bags. You can also purchase white organic tea.
Things You Will Need
Tea infuser (ball or cup shaped), Water thermometer
The first step is the selection of a good quality white tea. I recommend purchasing an organically grown tea to eliminate potentially toxic chemicals and other pollutants that may be present in teas grown by other means. White tea comes from the same plants as green tea and black tea. The difference is in the processing. White tea is picked when the tea leaves are premature and then steamed and dried while green tea is made from is mature leaves that are withered and then processed. Always try to find the freshest tea available. Usually specialty tea stores and online sources are your best bet.
The second step is to bring the water to the correct temperature. The recommended brewing temperature varies by type of tea. Water temperatures range from 175 F for white tea to 208 F for most herbal teas. The type of water also makes a difference. Artesian spring water is considered the best but purified and natural spring water is preferred over tap water.
Proper preparation is the next step in brewing a perfect cup of white tea. I recommend using loose white tea as opposed to a teabag. My taste buds are not that sensitive but many people say that they can actually taste the paper from the teabag. Place 1.5 teaspoons of tea for each 8 ounces of water into a tea infuser if you are making hot tea and 3 teaspoons for each 8 ounces of water for iced tea. Tea is best when it can move about freely in the infusion tea ball. Use a tea ball that has ample room to allow water circulation though the tea while brewing.
The next step is to pour the properly heated water into the tea pot and place the tea infuser into the water for actual brewing. The recommended brewing time is 4-5 minuets. If the tea is not strong enough, add more tea as opposed to increasing the brewing time. Keep in mind that the tea can be used more than once with different resulting brews. If you are not going to brew another cup the same day, simply drain the excess water and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Brewing the perfect cup of white tea is an art in itself. Brew yourself a cup and enjoy the health benefits of white tea.
Tips & Warnings
Always store your tea in an air tight container in a cool, dry place away from heat sources and sun light. It is not recommended to store tea in your refrigerator.