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Tea trivia Sunday: for the love of white tea

Welcome to The Secret Garden’s Tea Trivia Sunday!

Each Sunday, we publish a small bit of information about tea, tea pottery and tea accessories. If you have questions, comments or would like to see us publish an article on a specific topic, please let us know.

 

White Tea

White tea is the most delicate and freshest tea available as it is minimally processed.
New, young tea leaves and buds from the Camellia senensis plant are harvested for only a few weeks each spring. This happens only in the Northern District of Fujian, China and can only be labeled white tea if it comes from the Fujian Province.

 

“Camellia sinensis is a species of evergreen shrub or small tree whose leaves and leaf buds
are used to produce tea. It is of the genus Camellia (Chinese: 茶花; pinyin: Cháhuā, literally: “tea flower”)
of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. -wikipedia”

 
The leaves are typically picked mid-March to early April and only during the right conditions. The leaves cannot be picked if it is rainy or humid.

White tea is named for the silvery type down that covers the leaves and unopened buds. This is known as “Hao”.

 

Flavor profile

aroma-aromatic-close-up-stock (2)As the flavor is so delicate, common flavor profile descriptions include:

  • Floral
  • Sweet
  • Grassy
  • Delicate
  • Honey
  • Subtle
  • Fruity
  • Mild
  • Melon
  • Herby
  • Peach
  • Citrus
  • Apricot
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla

Storage

  1. Tea does not go bad, but it can go stale. If cared for properly your tea will remain fabulous for up to a year.
  2. Store tea in a cool, dark place and away from oxygen and moisture.
  3. Never store tea in the refrigerator.
  4. Your tea will last longer if stored in an opaque, airtight container.
  5. Coffee and spices can spread their flavor on to your tea, so it should be stored in a different cupboard or pantry.

 

How to brew the perfect pot of tea

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A tiny bit of tea trivia

Did you know…

tea room tea photo credit karie engelsLoose Leaf Tea vs. Tea Bags 

In order for tea to reach its maximum flavor, the tea leaves need room to expand.

Tea bags are too small to allow the leaves to unfurl and release flavor. This means they are generally filled with tea-dust, the tiny leaf particles that break off during the processing of tea leaves. They add color, but very little flavor.

For the intoxicating aroma and brilliant flavor of full-leaf gourmet tea, add the correct amount of tea directly to your teapot, add water, steep and pour through a strainer into your cup. (See chart below)


“Herbal teas are actually dried flowers.”

 

Types of Tea

Tisane (tih-ZANN) is a French word for herbal infusion. These “teas” include herbal, fruit, Rooibos and Yerba Mate. Typically, they are dried flowers, herbs and fruits steeped in boiling water. No tea required. We will touch more on this in future blog posts, so please check back often.

tea stock photo karieTea is the second most consumed beverage in the world (water is number one)  and below is a sampling of tea types that tea lovers in the U.S. enjoy from around the world.

  • White Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Oolong Tea
  • Black Tea
  • Pu’erh Tea

 

Flavor combinations

A flavored tea begin with a base of white, green or black tea and then fruits, berries, nuts, flowers, herbs or other ingredients are added. Flavors are combined to both enhance and complement. For instance, coconut and lemon, toffee and caramel, or dried lavender buds, Earl Grey bergamot oil and the essence of sweet cream. To the delight of tea lovers around the world, flavor combinations are endless.

 

tea cup with tea stock photoHow to brew the perfect cup of tea

  1. Warm your teapot by filling it with very hot tap water.
  2. Fill your teakettle with fresh, cold water and place on high heat.
  3. When your water reaches the correct temperature (see below), pour the warm water out of the teapot and add the tea leaves.
  4. Add the hot water and let steep amount of minutes for tea type (see below)
  5. Pour through a strainer into your tea-cup or use a tea filter in the pot.

 

 

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