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Collection: Loose leaf white tea

The least processed and most highly-prized of all tea types, white teas are harvested once a year, usually in Spring. For our collection of loose leaf white teas, only the youngest, finest leaves and buds are painstakingly plucked, before being gently dried in the sun. The result is a pale, Champagne-coloured cup with a uniquely fresh, delicate flavour.

China’s Silver Needle is the most famous of the white teas and it’s easy to see why – it is made exclusively of young, silver buds bursting with gentle sweetness and delicate notes of honeysuckle. The young, emerald green leaves and buds of our White Peony make for a more full-bodied cup, brimming with melon-like sweetness. Each of our carefully crafted loose leaf white teas can also be re-infused up to three times, with each infusion drawing out more delicate flavour notes from these truly special teas.

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FAQs

How should I brew loose leaf white tea?

Brewing instructions are specific to each tea, but as a general rule of thumb White tea should be brewed in hot water (between 80-90 degrees) for 3 - 5 minutes. Find out more about white tea and how to make loose leaf tea.

Does white tea contain caffeine?

Yes, white tea does contain caffeine. In fact in its dry leaf form, white tea is said to contain the most caffeine of all the tea types. However, the most important factor in determining caffeine content comes down to the amount of tea used and the brewing. The longer the leaf is infused and the hotter the water, the more caffeine is released. Find out more about caffeine levels in white tea.

What is in white tea?

White tea is made from the young leaves and leaf buds of the tea plant, Camelia sinensis. Find out more about white tea.

Is white tea better than green tea?

Both white and green tea are highly prized by tea drinkers for their distinct flavours, with the main difference coming down to processing. While green tea is steamed or fired after the leaves are plucked to prevent oxidation, white tea undergoes very minimal processing, with the leaves simply left to dry and oxidise naturally. In our opinion, no one tea is 'better' than the other. It simply comes down to personal preference and what you're looking for in a tea!

Find out more about how white teas are made.

What does white tea taste like?

Thanks to its minimal processing, White tea is often the most delicate in flavour of all the tea types. Expect delicately sweet notes of honey and melon, with lightly vegetal flavours.

Is white tea good for you?

White teas have been shown to help reverse skin damage caused by things like stress, diet and sun exposure. Find out more about the benefits of drinking white tea.

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