Like almost all other teas, the leaves for white tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant. The name ‘white tea’ comes from the fine, silvery‐white hairs that cover the unopened buds of the plant. However, when brewed, the liquid tea is not white or transparent but rather a pale, light yellow. Although there exists no consensus on how white tea should be processed, there are two commonly accepted methods. The first involves minimal processing, where the leaves are withered for a long time before they are dried, and in the second, the leaves are first steamed or fired in order to deactivate polyphenol oxidase, and then dried. The best white tea is made from young buds that are plucked early in a harvest season, at an elevation of 5000 ft and higher. Here, the air is cold and the flavors have ample opportunity to mature and intensify. The tea buds are plucked and laid out in the open where they are withered for a long time before being dried and packed. White teas are an antioxidant powerhouse. Antioxidants are the body’s protective agents against free radicals, chronic disease, and inflammation.
How to select a white tea?
In the Indian subcontinent, white teas are predominantly produced in Darjeeling, Nepal and the Nilgiris. Each of these regions produce a white with inherent characteristics. While Darjeeling whites are crisp and floral, the white teas from the Nilgiris have a velvety texture and tropical fruit notes. Nepal’s white teas are similar to Darjeeling, less complex but more mellow.
If you’re looking to buy white tea, you may want to consider our White Tea Collection, which contains samples of all our whites, from estates including Castleton, Namring, and Margaret’s Hope in Darjeeling, Bilimalai and Glendale in Nilgiris, Guranse and Mai‐Ilam in Nepal.
Teabox is an online tea shop that delivers, every single day, the freshest Indian teas from estates in Darjeeling, Assam, and the Nilgiris as well as freshest teas from Nepal to tea lovers everywhere. As a company, we believe tea is so much more than just a staple part of mornings and meals. An exceptional cup of tea, for us, has a more exalted place in the everyday life.
We believe tea is endlessly engaging, brings people together, provides a sense of peace and well-being, and grants of a moment to yourself when you most need it. Great tea touches upon art, defines a sense of culture, marks a ritual, and offers a sense of connoisseurship. But a truly remarkable cup of tea is one which enhances the everyday.
This is the goal we are trying to achieve through our tea store - to bring great tea into the everyday life.
Freshest teas that make a delicious cup
So, what makes our teas great? Well, it’s got a lot to do with freshness. And the reason why freshness matters is because tea is an agricultural product. So, fresher tea tastes better and is healthier. We buy the first pick of every season and take utmost care when it comes to storage and packaging. We work directly with tea growers who know to hand-select tea leaves for their texture, color, scent, and purity. And by sourcing the highest-quality Indian teas directly from the most capable and most interesting growers and estates, Teabox’s online tea shop makes it easy for anyone—from tea experts to complete novices—to experience the freshness, delicate aromas, flavors, and authenticity that fine loose-leaf tea has to offer. We can do this because we’re based in the same foothills and gardens where our teas are grown.
Shopping with Teabox.com
With Teabox, shopping for fresh loose-leaf tea from India is easy because you make an informed purchase and you know exactly where your tea is coming from. Every batch of tea we procure is put up on our online tea store along with its invoice number, date of plucking, specialty and tea grade. And so, every time you sip one of our expert-curated teas, you are in the company of the most authentic tea experience there is.
For someone who loves tea, commitment to good tea comes naturally. We are trying to uphold this commitment every day with Teabox.
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