The history of
White tea is brewed at the court of the Chinese emperors – to promote health and well-being royalty. Drinking white tea came into use thanks to the Emperor Chen Nan, who was also a scientist and botanist, was obsessed with hygiene and drank only boiled water. Thinking about the latter and lying in the garden under the canopy of the tea Bush, did not notice that in his bowl fell off a few leaves. Brewed beverage captivated the Emperor: he drank and gave cheerfulness. In the future, this tea was highly recommended by subjects of China for domestic consumption.
The production process
White tea undergoes minimal number of processing steps in the production process (drying and drying), therefore, refers to unfermented. Despite the name, white tea has a higher degree of fermentation (oxidation) than most green teas, so infusion and it gives a darker, contrary to its name.
Usually for white tea are harvested only the youngest poursuivies the leaves of the first harvest, revealed by short white hairs tea buds open. For elite white teas going either only one apical leaf (more tips); tips or plus one following it leaf.
In ready no tea twisted tea leaves, finished dry welding looks like a “dry leaves”. In the finished tea should not be wilted, broken, twisted and oxidized (black or brown) leaves. Essentially, the color of the leaves should remain green or grayish-green). The white color of the bottom leaves should be clearly visible.
After brewing white tea has a pale yellow or greenish-yellow color. And delicate floral, slightly herbal aroma, sometimes likened to a breeze, because the processing leaves remain almost fresh.
Because white tea is not subjected to any thermal or other treatment he saves a maximum of medicinal properties.
Studies, University of Oregon scientists have proven anti-cancer properties of white tea, which is higher than the green and black varieties. Extremely rich in vitamins (especially C and B1) and promoting digestion, white tea strengthens the immune system, has excellent effect on the cardiovascular system, protects against viruses and bacteria. In addition, due to the presence of vitamin P it strengthens the walls of blood vessels (which is why this tea is extremely useful for women who suffer from circulation problems in the legs). For protection from free radicals he also has no equal: it is two times higher than that of green tea: 1 Cup white tea is good for 4 cups of orange juice.
Researchers from the Cleveland claim that white tea contains substances that inhibit the process of skin aging and prevent the appearance of malignant tumors occurring under the action of ultraviolet rays.
Varieties of white tea are considered the drink of longevity, of love, of youth and health.
The method of brewing
For its brewing recommended to take 1.5 times more tea leaf than other teas (from 4.5 to 10 grams per Cup). Brewed white tea is definitely soft and not too hot water (50-70°C). Since it has a particular concentration of essential oils, giving it an exquisite aroma, brewing too hot water will kill these wonderful smells. The brewing time is extremely short.