How to brew White Tea?

How to brew White Tea?

White tea is the fine silvery-white hair on the unopened buds of Camellia Sinensis, which is the same tea plant that produces black tea, oolong tea and green tea. There is minimal processing in making white tea, allowing the leaves to preserve its natural goodness, which is also the reason why water temperature is very important to brewing a perfect cup of white tea. 

Like our other loose leaf tea, starting with good quality tea leaf and using fresh filtered water are essential elements in making a good cup or pot of white tea. This offers the most natural way in preparing your white tea leaves. 

For a cup (250ml), use 1 teaspoon of white tea leaves with a tea infuser

For a teapot (600ml), use 2 teaspoons of white tea leaves in a loose leaf tea infuser teapot or a tea infuser in a normal teapot and place the lid on top. 

Getting the right temperature for white tea

Like green tea and oolong tea, the temperature of the water is very important when it comes to brewing white tea. The most ideal temperature for white tea is 75°C. 

The most accurate way is to use a thermometer to measure the temperature of the water. However you might not have a thermometer or one of those temperature controlled kettles. The simple way to get the right temperature is boil your kettle, open the lid, wait 2 - 3 minutes for the water to cool down before pouring over the tea leaves and let it brew in the teapot or cup.

How long to brew white tea for?

White tea is a very delicate tea due to the minimal tea making process, which means the brewing time is slightly longer than other teas. Let the tea leaves brew for 5 - 8 minutes to draw out the delicate flavours and its natural benefits. 

The tea leaves can be refuse 2 or 3 times. Once the tea leaves are brewed, remove the infuser from your cup or teapot and enjoy your tea. 

Our favourite white teas

White Peony (Pai Mu Tan)

A delicate fruit blossoms fragrance with a clean, succulent floral-fruit flavour, mellow and earthy tones with a gentle velvety mouthfeel.

Silver Moonlight

This rare tea is plucked at night in full moonlight. Delicious undertones of honey, fruits and velvety vanilla, smooth and mellow character, with a fresh and sweet floral aroma.