Know your white tea
It is indeed a wonder of nature as to how the youngest and freshest of tea leaves and buds have the silvery white hues of wisdom. Adding to that, these leaves undergo the least processing and are dried and withered in the most natural way possible.
Our white tea processing:
One of the biggest differentiators in how various teas are processed is oxidation—that is, how long the tea leaves are allowed to be exposed to oxygen once they’ve been harvested. The longer tea leaves are exposed to oxygen, the darker the leaves become and the deeper the flavor profile that’s developed. During processing, tea masters use many different methods to create and control oxidation, including rolling, shaping or crushing the leaves to speed up oxidation, and steaming, firing or roasting the leaves to stop it.
Our white tea is neither rolled nor fired, so it is essentially non-oxidized and it is the least processed. Instead of being exposed to an artificial heat, the leaves are simply allowed to wither and dry in a carefully controlled environment, which results in the most delicate, fresh-from-the-garden tasting tea.
White tea is so minimally processed that much less oxidation occurs. As soon as the buds are plucked they are allowed to wither and air dry in the sun or in a carefully controlled outdoor or indoor environment. Some buds may be steamed or exposed to low heat to help dry them more quickly to stop oxidation. Some minimal oxidation occurs as the buds are allowed to dry naturally, but since oxidation is not encouraged manually, white tea has a much softer, delicate flavor profile than its green or black tea cousins.
Benefits of white tea:
- It is rich in antioxidants including Polyphenols, a phytonutrient.
- This helps in anti-ageing.
- Since it contains less caffeine, it helps in sleeping.
Origin of our white teas:
The pristine Himalayan air and rich soil at an altitude of 6,000 feet makes Darjeeling home to the most intriguing teas with even more exciting combinations. Darjeeling teas are known worldwide as the ‘champagne of teas’. This tea growing area has the finest selection of tea clones from the best tea growing regions of the world.
The breathtaking region of cool and misty Nilgiris or the Blue Mountains has fresh water rivers flowing through them, endowing the teas that grow there with a characteristic rich, golden yellow liquor.