What is White Tea
White tea is considered the most delicate tea, as it is hand-picked and proceed. The tea leaves are picked when the white tea bud just grow, and these young buds are covered with a layer of fine white hairs, so people call the tea White Tea.
The production of white tea begins with the picking and selection of newly-growing buds and freshly opened leaves, then dries in a short time, which can avoid the tea is oxidized and maintain the most fresh and original taste.
The Origin of White Tea
White tea originated in China and there is about 1000 years of history. At that period, tea and tea culture developed throughout the country, and tea farmers also provide the highest quality tea to the emperor each year, which likes the current tax. This kind of emperor-specific tea is usually made of fresh, high-quality tea leaves to ensure that the tea has the finest taste and the most full-bodied aroma.
Later, the Royal Specially set up their own tea garden, carefully culturing rare and precious tea trees, some people called the production of white tea tree-specific. These emperors' special teas are considered the earliest white tea, while it is a little different from the white tea that we know. In the Tang Dynasty, some tea farmers picked fresh green buds and leaves in the spring, then cooked, dried and roasted. They were carefully selected to ensure the highest quality of tea. Later, this tea production method was widely promoted.
The Type of White Tea
The white tea that we know today is originally Da Hao and Da Bai, the earliest white tea plant species found in Fujian Province in the eighteen tea century, and the most of white tea are developed from these tea plants.
Because the delicate teas made from tender buds and fresh tea leaves, which were difficult to store and transport, there were rarely planted except in the plantations in Fujian province. With the improvement of the production of white tea, it is gradually produced in other regions and around the world.
Now, many countries are also cultivating their own white tea varieties, the more popular white tea mainly include:
White Silver Needle: Whte silver needle is white tea from Fujian, China, which is cultivated from the most primitive variety of white. Its blade is plump, the surface covers a layer of white fluff, so people called it white silver needle.
White Peony: This is a new variety of white tea, which are cultivated in China and around the world.
Monkey Picked White Tea: the monkeys who had been trained by the Buddha picked the tea leaves from the highest wild-grown tea plant in the mountains of China, and now it used to represent very high-quality white tea.
Darjeeling White Tea: This kind of tea is not grown from the original Chinese White tea plant, It is the Darjeeling area of India's tea. The processing method is similar to that of Fujian White， While the taste are quite different.
The Taste of White Tea
Because the picking and production requirements of white tea is very strictly, its yield is very little to ensure the high quality of tea. White tea is not fermented tea, which maintaining most of tea original tea elements and taste. It taste fresh, clean, fragrant, which makes people memorable.
Caffeine Content in White Tea
It is generally considered that white tea has lower caffeine content than green tea and black tea, while the caffeine content of white tea produced in different places is different. Among of the white teas, the tea produced in Fujian Province of China contain less caffeine than other regions. Some studies show that some white tea may contain as much caffeine as green tea or black tea, and there are many factors that ultimately determine caffeine, including the planting environment of tea, the tea produced method and brewing tea method.