History says this tea was once considered the emperors' drink alone, and commoners were originally forbidden to enjoy its delicate flavor. However, despite its royal lineage and delicate, refined qualities, it does not exact complicated brewing techniques from its loyal tea followers around the globe.
Tea is an experience, a moment in time to stop and reflect before re-engaging with the world. How you brew your tea will determine its taste and aroma as well as its health properties. It's all about quantity, temperature, and timing; get these right, and your brew will be perfect.
Follow our simple instructions below for a brew rich in antioxidants and flavor fit for an emperor.
Follow this simple step-by-step brewing guide.
White tea is ideally brewed using water that is heated to around 70°C to bring out the sweet, grassy notes. If you're not using a variable temperature kettle, turn the kettle off just before it starts to boil vigorously and allow the water to cool for about a minute.
Add a little hot water to your teapot and swirl around; tip out into the sink. This will heat the teapot ready to brew the tea. Next, fill the teapot with approximately 8 ounces of hot water.
Add two teaspoons of tea leaves to the teapot and cover with a small saucer.
Allow the leaves to steep for about 5 minutes, depending on personal taste preference. When fully brewed, white tea is light golden or orange in color.
Once the tea is ready, place a tea strainer over your favorite mug and strain the tea through a tea strainer. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy. Re-steep the leaves once or twice to extract all the nutrients.