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Old 12-14-2004, 03:15 PM   #1
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White Tea

I have heard of Black tea. I have heard of green tea. Now I am seeing white tea. I know nothing about it. Has anyone here heard of/tried white tea? Want to give us an education? What is it like? Are there any health benefits that are not common in the other teas? Any other info?

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Old 12-14-2004, 03:18 PM   #2
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Here are a couple links about what it is and research that's been conducted about it. Looks like essentially it has the same potential as green tea in terms of health benefits--cancer fighting polyphenols, etc.

I've heard of it, too, but never tried it. I do remember reading that since it's not so common yet, it's pricey.

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/new/whitetea.html
http://coffeetea.about.com/od/typesoftea/a/whitetea.htm
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Old 12-14-2004, 03:19 PM   #3
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I just got some from Upton Tea (uptontea.com)

It is probably one of my favorites! I find that green tea tastes sort of like grass, and is very strong. White tea seems to be sweeter and more mellow. I have heard that white tea has 6 times the anti-oxidants that green tea does (but don't quote me on that) The tea that I ordered was "First Grade Shou Mei White Tea" item #ZW20
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Old 12-14-2004, 03:35 PM   #4
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I have some White Tea made by Imperial Republic which I picked up at a World Market / Cost Plus. I think it was a tad bit on the spendy side if I remember correctly.

It has a very subtle, delicate flavor with a tiny bit of natural sweetness. I like it. It'll never replace my all time favorite of Green Tea with Toasted Rice, but it is very good.

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Old 12-14-2004, 03:44 PM   #5
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white tea is tasty, and good for you. i like a mix of earl grey and white tea, aka silver tips, from harney and sons, www.harney.com.
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Old 12-14-2004, 03:52 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the info everyone.

swinchen, I checkout out Upton Tea and it turns out they are just a couple of towns over from me so I decided to give them a shot. On your recommendation I ordered the First Grade Shou Mei White Tea and then I also got the Japanese Sencha which is a green tea. I am looking forward to getting my package :)
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Let us know how it turns out!

I also got the Sencha, I have to say I wasn't a fan of that. It tasted very grassy. Maybe I made it incorrectly or perhaps it is just the type of tea. I will be interested to hear your opinion.

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I tried the Japanese Sencha with the green tea sampler from Upton. I'm not a fan of the grassy (vegetal) taste either. Just check the description; it will usually indicate if there is a vegetal character to the tea. I recommend Chinese green tea. I recently tried Temple of Heaven Gunpowder(ZG30) and organic Chun Mee Dao Ming(ZG42). They both had a very nice flavor without that grassy aspect. I also tried a sample of the Yin Zhen Bai Hao Downy White Pekoe. I liked the subtle sweetness, but most of the white tea selections are a bit pricey to drink on a regular basis.
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I drink it sometimes , it's not very strong but drinkable .
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