There’s so much to know about tea! In the Series entitled, Tea Knowledge, I will take a particular subject each year and expound on it monthly. In 2018, the subject is “White Tea” and for the month of January the topic is “What Is White Tea?”.
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One of the several types of tea derived from the Camelia Sinensis plant which generally feature young or minimally processed leaves. The Chinese name for white tea is 'Baicha'.
Step #1: pluck new budded tea leaves
Step #2: wilt, or dry out moisture in tea leaves for 72 hrs.
Step #3: dry* tea leaves at around 110°C
*air, solar or mechanical drying
Wilt or Dry: alleviate moisture in tea leaves for 72 hrs.
Oxidation: a chemical process that occurs when liquids from tea leaf are released during bruising; a process avoided in white tea production.
Fujian: a province of China
Do you feel your tea IQ increasing? I hope so! Stay tuned next month for the Tea Knowledge topic: How To Steep White Tea.
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