The purest and rarest type , white tea, is like a princess of teas. Clear liquor and a floral aroma define the tea due to its non-oxidized leaves. Less known to the common world, it's like a fairytale unfolding. Its delicate nature is attributed to the young buds that are plucked before opening and dried in shade. When brewed right, you can experience a mildly sweet honeysuckle flavor with a natural fragrance. The subtle flavors and fragrances of white tea can be easily overwhelmed, so it is really important to use filtered or purified water and steep it at the right temperature and time.
- Warm the teapot or cup: As like green and oolong tea, preheating the teapot or cup helps in keeping the right temperature while brewing. Just pour the hot water and discard it.
- Heating up the water: The delicate nature of white tea demands the optimum temperature for brewing the tea. Ideally it must be around 160 to 185°F (71 to 85°C). This helps maintain the fragrance and expected taste.
- Measure your tea: To make one cup of white tea, 1-2 teaspoons of tea is enough for perfect flavor.
- Brew to perfection: Steep the tea for 3 - 5 mins for fuller taste, while keeping an eye on the timer. Watch the leaves unfurl and release their essence into the tea.