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A slightly less common variety, White Tea is named after the fine silvery-white hair on unopened buds of the tea plant. The tea leaves are left to dry in natural sunlight, before being lightly processed to prevent oxidation. A real specialty tea, it is grown in India, Northern Thailand, Taiwan and Eastern Nepal. Similar to its green counterpart, White Tea is rich in antioxidants, and therefore has a number of claimed health benefits, including relief from headaches, high blood pressure and speeding up your metabolism to aid slimming.
Originally only made in China, its production has since spread around the world, with a variety of new techniques. Typically made using new leaf buds (leaves before the unfurl), however it is possible to find White Tea with newly unfurled leaves. Once the buds/leaves have been collected, they are dried in the sun (or sometimes even a drying room).
When brewed they make a light champagne coloured tea with a slight sweet aroma. White Tea is also claimed to have the highest levels of antioxidants out of any variety of tea.
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