Thursday, March 1, 2012

White Tea - How to brew

White tea is a mild and fresh tea, that comes from the same plant as green tea (Camellia sinensis). Containing up to three times as many antioxidants as green tea, it is the healthiest tea there is. Follow the steps below to make sure your white tea retains all its fine qualities.
1. Heat water to boiling, then let it cool for five to eight minutes.
2. Make sure the water is at 170 to 180 degrees (around 80 degrees C), well below the boiling point. If the water is too hot, the tea will be scalded, making it bitter and astringent. If you live in an area with hard water, filter it before you use it to brew. Hard water may ruin white tea.
3. Use about one teaspoon of white tea per cup, or adjust the amount to your own preferences. Only steep the tea for about a minute for the first steeping.
4. Use the same leaves for steeping several cups of white tea, with steeping times increasing as needed.
5. Don't pour milk or sugar in the white tea. The already subtle flavor of the tea will be drowned out, and the antioxidants will not be as effective.
Things You'll Need
Loose leaf white tea (one teaspoon per cup)
A kettle
A strainer
A clock to determine steeping time

By Explore Cultural China

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