Scroll down and read more about the loose leaf white tea blends we love. We strive to create the most enjoyable and beautiful tea blends for our CommuniTea Center family.
(Or, if you’re ready to purchase loose leaf white tea, head directly to our web store!)
What is White Tea?
White tea comes from Camellia sinensis, the same plant as other types of tea (black, green, oolong, etc.). What sets it apart is that the leaves are unoxidized. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that occurs when the enzymes in the leaf contact oxygen in the air. (It’s the same process when you slice an apple and the pieces turn brown over time.) However, unlike green tea, which tea processors quickly heat to stop oxidation, artisans simply wither and dry white tea leaves.
As a result of its special processing, white tea has a delicate and refreshing taste, generally a little smoother and sweeter than green tea.
Why Loose Leaf White Tea?
Even though they all come from the same “stuff,” loose leaf white tea is considered superior to traditional tea bags. Why? Well, the tiny pieces in tea bags are usually low quality dust and fannings broken off from larger tea leaves. The naturally-occurring essential oils that give the tea its yummy flavor and aroma evaporate really quickly. The result is a rather blah brew.
On the other hand, properly infusing loose leaf white tea allows the hot water to surround every inch of the tea,
producing a fresh, full flavor. Yum!
What are the Health Benefits of White Tea?
Since it’s the least processed, white tea generally has THE highest levels of antioxidants… even more so than green tea (although scientists have studied green tea more extensively). Indeed, white tea has the same antioxidants, but in greater quantity.
For example, white tea has especially high levels of polyphenols. Polyphenols can help mitigate cellular damage, including age-related damage and DNA damage that may be a precursor to cancer.
Like other types of true teas, loose leaf white tea may improve blood flow, lower cholesterol, and protect against many heart-related issues, like high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.
White tea also has antimicrobial properties to help the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses.
Random Fun Fact:
White tea is not actually white! Instead, it gets its name from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant. Loose leaf white tea is usually made up of just the buds (or tips) of the tea plant and the youngest leaves.
Selecting the materials to produce a loose leaf white tea is an extremely stringent process; only the best young growth with much fine hair can produce good-quality white tea. Some of the finest white teas contain just the tips and no leaves, like Silver Needles.
Steeping Tips for Loose Leaf White Tea
- Serving size: Use 1 heaping teaspoon tea leaves (or more) per 8 oz water
- Water temperature: 175°-185°
- Steep Time: 2 to 5 minutes. Then be sure to remove the tea leaves.
To take the guesswork out, each package of CommuniTea Center tea has recommendations for preparing one serving of tea. For further reading and steeping tips, check out All About Teas!
If you are interested in serving, retailing, or private-labeling loose leaf white tea (or any other tea type/s), please visit our Wholesale Inquiry page.
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