white tea – silver tips

February 21, 2007

Kenteco’s Silver Tips White Teas are the most delicate of all teas. They are rare to find and are usually hand processed using the youngest shoots of the tea plant, with no oxidation. They are the least processed form of tea in which the leaves and buds are steamed and dried, producing the least amount of caffeine compared to other natural forms of tea.

Brewing:
White tea requires a very low temperature and a longer steeping time (5-10 minutes). White tea brews to a pale yellow/light colour, and has a slightly sweet flavour. When brewing white tea always use fresh cold water and bring it to the boil and allow this to cool before pouring it over the tea leaves. (Never use boiling water to prepare white or green tea, as the temperature will cook and destroy the tea leaf, creating a bitter taste.)

Health Benefits:
o White tea has more antioxidants then black or green tea.

o White tea also reduces high blood pressure by slowing down the formation of certain enzymes that cause this condition in blood vessels.

o It is far less likely to stain you teeth than black tea or coffee.

o Since white tea is the least processed of all teas is has the highest number of polyphenols (disease preventing antioxidants).