White Tea Blog

08/04/2020
Refreshing White Tea
The best white teas come from prized harvests consisting entirely of buds. White tea also undergoes the least handling with the leaves being dried naturally or with the help of fans to eliminate some of their moisture. The liquid yield they produce is delicate, extremely refreshing and less likely to contain much caffeine.
Monthly Topic - Tea Families

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Before Robert Fortune discovered the 'secrets' of tea in the mid 19th century, europeans believed that green and black teas came from different plants. We know today that this is the phenomenon of oxidation that modifies the natural state of the leaves, changing the colour and taste.

Oxidation is produced by oxidase, enzymes that react when the cells of a tea leaf are broken. When reacting with oxygen, these enzymes trigger the oxidation of the leaf, so it is possible to change freshly harvested leaves into any type of tea.

Each family of teas comes from a particular method of processing the leaves. For example;, to obtain a green tea, the leaves must be 'fired' or steamed to disable the enzymes that cause oxidation.

There are six main categories or families of tea: white, green, yellow, wulong (or oolong), black and Pu er (or sometimes Pu-erh). I will be following these up each month to bring you some facts.

What is your favorite tea?
I like a spiced Chai tea


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