White Teas should only use whole tea leaves and buds. This is why Golden Moon Tea loves White Tea so much. Our first step is to find farmers that are passionate about their White Teas - so much so they gush with enthusiasm when they speak about them. We then find teas that use the entire leaf, giving you an amazing sweetness with every sip you take.
White Tea is tea in its simplest form. Young tea leaves are plucked, left in the sun for a short period to wither and almost immediately dried. This means that white teas have almost no oxidation. Because of this our white teas use only the most pristine tea leaves the tea farmers can find.
Most White teas come from China. Chinese white teas are grown mainly in the Fujian province, an area that is world renown for growing teas of the finest quality. Other areas in the world that grow white teas are Taiwan, Thailand and Nepal. But we believe that these countries produce an inferior White Tea compared to China.
White tea may be the healthiest tea in the world. Since white teas are essentially unprocessed they have the highest concentration of antioxidants of all the teas, even more than green tea. It is these antioxidants that help fight off cancer, boost your immune system and help to prevent heart disease.
White tea is as old as tea itself. Since it is tea in its most basic form, the first pot of tea ever made was most likely white tea. The story of white tea goes back 5000 years. The Chinese Emperor Shen Nung was traveling in the countryside. While taking a break he decided to boil some water to drink. When the water came to a boil a gust of wind blew a leaf from a nearby tea plant into his water. Not wanting to wait for a new pot to boil, the emperor tasted the water with the tea leaf in it and tea was born!
White Tea has a sweet and mild flavor. The flavor is quite delicate, so much so it is recommended for those that enjoy the subtle nuances found in tea rather than big, bold flavors. Most white teas have a light body and a finish of slightly burnt sugar. White teas are great for those who like the light flavor of Green Teas but do not like the strong vegetal taste some Green Teas have.
White teas have a low amount of caffeine. The reason for this is you should only steep your white teas for a minute or two. This results in a tea that is low in caffeine compared to other teas. In fact, White Tea’s caffeine content can be as low as 10mg - about 1/6 the amount found in a cup of coffee.