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White Tea For The Discerning Taste

There is a a lot of variety of tea products available out there. There’s black tea, green tea, the various colors of herbal teas – and just recent...

 

There is a a lot of variety of tea products available out there. There’s black tea, green tea, the various colors of herbal teas – and just recently, organic white tea is fast becoming very popular. Although finding organic white tea in the Western world has gotten much easier, the price remains to be quite steep. Organic white tea is one of the rarest types of tea in the world. You will generally have to pay more for this kind of tea, despite internationally distributed brands coming out with white tea bags such as Celestial Seasonings.

Organic White Tea Not White

Unlike black and green teas, organic white tea is not named after the color that it makes when mixed with water. Organic white tea is made from unopened tea leaf buds, which have a white fuzzy covering on them. It takes a lot more tea leaf buds to make a cup of organic white tea than i the kind using the bigger tea leaves. Organic white tea is the least processed and least fermented of all tea types, and loaded with antioxidants which help the body’s immune system. Antioxidants present in all tea products are thought to help the body fight cancer.

How Organic White Tea Tastes

To put it bluntly, the taste of organic white tea is something that you either really love or really hate. Most people who have consumed iced tea made from organic white tea, think that it is a sweet and refreshing drink. This tea, by itself, has such a mild taste that is very subtle and may be difficult to detect. However, this mildness allows it to blend well with fruit flavors. Commercially available tea bags are usually a blend of organic white tea buds and fruit flavors. One of the most unusual blends out in the market is organic white tea blended with lavender. Some people claim that although this blend smelled nice, the taste is hardly there.

You can find decaffeinated bags available for sale in grocery stores, health food shops, tea specialty shops and their online equivalents, although there is really very little caffeine in organic white tea. Some people prefer loose tea to the bags. You can make organic loose tea in pots or in individual mugs, depending on your taste and needs.

Organic white tea needs to be steeped in hot, NOT boiling water. You can leave the bag in or remove it as you start sipping. Brown sugar or honey is recommended as a sweetener more than processed white sugar since this tends to overwhelm the tea. Some people prefer to drink organic white tea unsweetened.