India has three primary tea growing regions: Darjeeling, Assam, and Nilgiri. While Darjeeling and Assam get their due share, Nilgiri blue mountain tea is quite underrated.
Have You Ever Tried White Tea?
In 1841, Archibald Campbell planted camellia sinensis in the Darjeeling area under the employment of the East India Company. The motivation behind this experiment was to find a tea substitute that wasn’t grown in China. These British efforts bore fruit, improved tea production, and among other varieties become a catalyst to the creation of white tea in this region.
White tea is a speciality tea, which contains the buds of the tea plants, instantly steamed or fired after withering. Although white tea is grown in different areas, the white Darjeeling tea is grown in Northeastern India, near the Himalayan Mountains in the Darjeeling region, protected by GI certificate.
When it comes to a healthier tea flavour, green tea instantly comes into mind. However, the latest studies suggest that white offer even more benefits than green tea. According to studies, white tea consumption is most effective when you drink around two to four cups per day.
White tea is particularly effective against the common cold. Getting ill frequently is a telltale sign of a weak immune system. White tea contains a large amount of antioxidants, boosting your immune system to a considerable extent.
White tea is rich in amino acids, minerals, and vitamins, making it useful when it comes to soothing the lining of the digestive tract. It also speeds up metabolism, which makes digesting foods easier. Additionally, Japanese scientists have found that white tea helps to treat depression.
What Makes White Tea Different?
Unlike other Darjeeling teas, the white tea is mostly made of the unopened downy buds. Manufacturers steam the leaves to activate oxidation and proceed ahead by drying it. This is why the white tea retains a higher concentration of catechins, which are usually present in fresh tea leaves. With white tea, the little buds that form on the plant are covered with silver hairs, giving the tea its colour.
Another thing that makes white tea different is that it is the least processed of all teas. This is why it offers higher medicinal benefits than other teas. Although the Darjeeling tea plant has Chinese roots, the Indian soil has imparted a unique flavour and fragrance to it.
White tea contains caffeine, but it’s 15% lower in quantity than the traditional green tea. On average, one cup (250 mL) of white tea can contain around 6-55 mg of caffeine. The exact amount of caffeine depends on the type, brand, size, temperature, and its manufacturing process.
Why Is White Tea Better?
White tea comes with light and sweet taste with less astringency than black or green tea. Due to its better taste, it’s more desirable than other types of tea. Doctors often advise to cut down on coffee consumption to prevent caffeine overdose. With white tea, you don’t have to make any compromises due to its lower caffeine contents.
Have you made up your mind to try out the white tea? At Golden Tips Teas we have an exotic range of white teas, find a perfect cup for your taste.