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White tea is harvested before the tea leaves fully open, typically in early spring. The young buds and leaves are covered in fine white hairs, which give the tea its name. White tea undergoes minimal processing compared to other types of tea. After plucking, the leaves are usually withered and dried, either naturally or with the help of gentle heat, to prevent oxidation. This minimal processing allows the tea to retain its delicate flavor and natural characteristics.
In suiro we have two varieties of white tea, Everest white peak and Everest white Everest white peak is made exclusively from the unopened buds, while Everest white includes buds and leaves. White tea is characterized by its light color and appearance. The dried leaves often have a silvery or grayish-white hue. When brewed, white tea produces a pale yellow or amber liquor. White tea offers a subtle and nuanced flavor profile. It is known for its mild, delicate taste with notes of sweetness, floral hints, and sometimes a subtle grassy or honey-like aroma. The flavor can vary depending on the specific variety and growing region. Like other types of tea, white tea contains antioxidants and various beneficial compounds. It is often associated with potential health benefits such as supporting immune health, promoting skin health, and providing antioxidant properties. However, scientific research is ongoing to further explore these potential health benefits. White tea generally has a lower caffeine content compared to black or green tea. However, the exact caffeine levels can vary depending on factors such as the specific tea variety, growing conditions, and brewing methods. White tea is typically brewed with water at lower temperatures (around 175°F or 80°C) to avoid scorching the delicate leaves. The brewing time is relatively short, usually around 2-3 minutes, although this can be adjusted based on personal preference. White tea is cherished for its gentle flavor, natural sweetness, and unique characteristics. Its subtlety and delicate nature make it a favorite among tea enthusiasts who appreciate its nuanced taste and the art of its minimal processing.