Exploring the antioxidant properties of delicate white teas

Green tea leaves in bowl, white table

What is white tea?

White tea comes from leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant (just like black and green teas). The leaves are harvested young while the buds are still covered in very fine, white hairs. The best quality white tea is harvested first and the leaves gently dried.

Is white tea good for health?

As a result of careful handling, white tea buds still have the same high concentration of antioxidants as fresh tea leaves.The finest qualities of white tea, often known as ‘Silver Needle’ consist exclusively of undamaged and unopened buds of tea leaves, which are hand-picked during Spring. By this point, the buds have reached the perfect balance between youth and maturity which gives the best-tasting tea. Other qualities of white tea may incorporate young leaves that are no longer buds. The extremely gentle and quick processing of white tea means the buds and leaves are left very close to their natural state, allowing the antioxidants in the leaves to survive intact, making white tea a great option for the health-conscious. White tea is reputed to help with weight loss, lower insulin resistance, protect your teeth from bacteria and reduce inflammation.

Top white teas to try

A must for every lover of white tea Bai Hao Yin Zhen Silver Needle is classified in the top ten superior Chinese teas - It has a naturally sweet taste similar to dried apricots and a slight smoky woodsy fragrance that complements its light body. For Earl Grey flavours with all the health benefits of white tea you should try our White Earl Grey Organic -  sun withered and dried organic Pai Mu Dan (grade 1) with the finest Calabrian bergamot oil.

Should I add milk to white tea?

We prefer to enjoy the light fragrance of white tea without the addition of milk - but feel free to experiment and find out what works for you!