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White Tea

The fragrance of white tea is the feeling of existing in the mists that float over water…

— C. Joybell C. 

White tea is known as one of the most delicate of teas. For white tea use is made of the young buds and the not yet fully unfolded first leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). The buds are still covered with fine white hairs, which explains the name "white" tea.

These new buds and leaves from the tea plant are picked by hand and then dried quickly and carefully so that the leaves don't oxidise as happens when making green and black tea. This minimal processing and low oxidation results in a refined and fresh tea. The longer tea leaves are exposed to oxygen (oxidation), the darker the leaves become and the deeper the flavor profile is developed.

The white tea we know today was first produced from the very first white tea plant varieties discovered in China's Fujian province in the 18th century: Da Bai and Da Hao. Today, many countries outside of China grow their own versions of white tea from other tea plant varieties.

White tea has a subtle taste, slightly sweet and floral. Just like green tea, white tea is very healthy. For example, white tea contains even more polyphenols than green tea. Polyphenols are antioxidants that renew cells in the body. In addition, white tea contains fluoride which prevents tooth decay and the tea is low in caffeine.

Curious about the loose white tea that The Smallest House has in stock? Then we invite you to have a look at our collection.

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