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Known for its subtly sweet and refreshing taste, white tea is made from the youngest two leaves and a bud from each bush and experiences very little processing: the leaves are simply dried in the sun, or inside to control temperature and humidity.
White tea was first developed in China's Fujian Province during the Qing Dynasty, and specific tea bush cultivars were being planted towards the end of the 19th century. Our signature White Peony or 'Bai Mu Tan' tea was first created in Fujian Province in 1922: the downy leaves are harvested at the very start of spring, and lightly dried to stop the process of oxidation. Unlike black or green teas, there's no twisting, rolling or even steaming - the leaves are barely touched, to maintain that exquisite delicacy of taste and floral sweetness.
In recent years, white tea has also been linked to a number of health benefits. Containing a high level of the antioxidant EGCG, it is reputed to alleviate the aging process, promoting youthful skin, bright eyes and an all-round feeling of rejuvenation. The tea is also surprisingly high in caffeine, so it's perfect for providing a bit of a boost.
Sublimely delicate, with the sweetness of a ripe cantaloupe melon
Something light so as not to overpower the tea basmati rice, scallops
Add two teaspoons (around 4g) of loose leaf tea per cup and use freshly drawn water heated to around 80 degrees. For the ideal temperature either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for 3-5 minutes after boiling. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.
DELICATE & EXCELLENT ANTIOXIDANT TEA by Keely Beresford on 16th October 2016
Whittard's White Peony really is a wonderful example of White Tea at a reasonable price. As long as you ensure it is never placed in boiling water but at around 80 degrees instead and only left in for about 3 minutes, you will get the most satisfying cup of tea. It truly is excellent after any meal or throughout the day. A very clean tea.
Low Quality White Peony by Matt on 14th October 2016
Looks and feels like small confetti. Very sensitive to brewing time and temperature. Taste is light and more 'green' than 'white', but nothing special. If you want a white tea, I'd suggest looking away from Whittards.
Reply from Whittard, 17th October 2016
Very delicate by Cristina Borelli on 2nd September 2016
Tea with a very delicate taste. I prefer to drink it in the evening.
The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…
We've given our White Peony tea the number 3 that's the number of parts in the picking of the leaf, the youngest two leaves and a bud from each bush.
White Tea with Flavouring
We like to think that Walter Whittard dreamt up this blend while taking a stroll in Chelsea Physic Garden one summer evening The delicate taste of our signature White Peony tea is perfectly matched with floral fruit flavours, while whole pink rosebuds make for quite the afternoon tea showpiece. Super with scones and strawberry jam.More Details
White Tea with Flavouring
With its distinct bergamot aroma and delicate taste, we all know Earl Grey as the classic British afternoon tea. If you're looking for something even more lavish, you'll love our innovative white tea variety with its elegant confetti of petals. Selected for purity of taste, white tea blends beautifully with creamy vanilla, sweetly softening the flavours of bergamot.More Details
This dewy white tea owes its youthful taste to the meticulous process of picking a bud and the youngest two leaves from each bush. The exquisite silver-green leaf is reputed to be high in rejuvenating antioxidants, while the infusion yields a clean, crystalline sweetness. Wonderfully cooling in the height of summer, there's more to our simple Snow Bud than meets the eyeMore Details
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