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Jan in CA
01-28-2006, 12:21 AM
Does anyone here drink white tea? I had some on vacation and it was sooo good! I've done some research and apparently it's at least as good for you as green tea, but I liked the flavor better. There are several different kinds though so I thought I'd see if anyone knows anything about it or what kind you might drink. Thanks!

glomper
01-28-2006, 02:42 AM
That reminds me I have some white tea and should start drinking it again. I found it to be similar to green tea but a little milder. The brand I found was Planet Organic which is from Australia so I don't know if you get it where you are. I've been drinking more coffee and black tea lately but think it's time to go back to the fruit, herbal and white and green teas for a change. It is Summer here and very humid so I should probably ease up on the caffine for a bit.
Regards.

ecuzzacrea
01-28-2006, 02:43 AM
i've never tried it, but i :heart: all kinds of tea!

i'm going to check it out. :thumbsup:

kittiminx
01-28-2006, 03:53 AM
I have had a white tea (japanese) which is sooo smooth and yummy, but it's hidiously expensive, i've seen it over $30 aud for only 100g - yes, that's $300 a kilo! It is supposed to be really heathy, full of anti-oxidants etc, but unless you really don't like green tea, there's not much difference really (i'm sure purists would argue that but...) defineitly milder in taste IMHO. BUT, if you get really good quality green tea that's picked really young etc it tastes really good so that's what i like - i actually drink a kind called budda's tears and its a jasmine green tea, hand rolled into these little balls which unfurl in the cup. really lovely tea.

Cristy
01-28-2006, 09:11 AM
I don't have a lot of useful information about the tea to provide--but I do drink it and you are correct that it has tons of health benefits.. It is also sort of the cadillac of teas--very very smooth.

Ingrid
01-28-2006, 09:13 AM
I've never, ever heard of this. Definitely will have to check it out. We have a store that carries all sorts of hard-to-find things, they might have it. :thinking:

JENinIA
01-28-2006, 10:16 AM
I drink lots of tea and have always been a tea lover! Celestial Seasonings has several white teas- I bought them at both Super Walmart and Super Target. I usually brew a big pitcher and add a bag of the white tea in with my green tea. I bought one of the peach favored white teas and when I tried it as a hot tea- I thought it tasted a little like...dirt :shock: . So for now, I will just keep adding it to my green tea for the added health benefits- if there are really any- until I find a white tea that tastes a little better. I haven't tried the reg white tea by itself though, I guess I should!

Jen

Arugula
01-28-2006, 10:28 AM
I never liked Celestial Seasonings, but that is just my opinion. We drink Numi teas around here and they have an orange spice white tea that is delicious. I really like green tea, but it does greatly depend on the brand/quality-I've tasted TERRIBLE green tea. Unfortunately I can't handle the caffeine in green tea so I am stuck with other things. Right now I am drinking Morrocan Mint with some honey in it. Mmmmmm. I also drink a lot of the medicinal teas, I'm kind of bummed I'm not pregnant since the pregnancy tea is my all time favorite! I guess I could drink it anyway but somehow it just feels wrong, yk? Oh and Good Earth has a great tea that is spicy, has a great cinnamon smell.

Angelia
01-28-2006, 10:54 AM
White tea is really good--very smooth. I do drink it plain occasionally for health reasons, but unfortunately, I prefer to drink my tea with cream and sugar, which means that I kind of miss out on subtle teas like white because the cream and sugar overpower them. :rollseyes: Making them stronger (i.e., two bags instead of one) helps.

My all-time favorite tea is Earl Gray--the touch of bergamot is just yummy! :heart:

Vendie
01-28-2006, 11:13 AM
Ang, you drink "baby tea"! That's what my MIL calls it - my DH drinks his that way too. I prefer my tea "black" - add a little honey when my throat's dry and scratchy. Earl Gray is my favorite too!! It's makes an excellent iced tea as well.

JENinIA
01-28-2006, 11:34 AM
Julie- maybe I will try a different brand of white tea then- if I can find it that is. Thanks for the opinion on CS. I am not very picky about tea and I like a lot of the flavored teas that Celestial Seasonings has, so I just took for granted that tea was tea was tea- if you know what I mean.

I take my tea "black", too. Isn't it more common for people in the south to sweeten their tea? I used to work at a restaurant and whenever the southern custom cutters would come through during the summer- they would order tea and then be upset that it wasn't sweet tea because it wasn't the same when you just add sugar.

MrTea
01-28-2006, 11:37 AM
kittiminx,

That Japanese white tea looks delicious. I've heard of it before, but never seen it. Where are you getting it? Your local health food store? A tea house? I'm going to try and find some today. Thanks for the Idea. :thumbsup:

Fiber girl,

I enjoy Earl Grey as well, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying Green, White, Oolong or herbal teas. Relax, I think maybe you are drinking too much Earl Grey. :D

P.S. I think peppermint tea with a little honey is best for a scratchy throat. Try it, you might like it.

WynnieG
01-28-2006, 12:07 PM
I enjoy white tea when I'm "having tea out", but it really is impractical for me at home, where I tend towards green tea.

The expense of it to begin with, and the lengths one must go to keep it fresh and not pick up any other odd flavors (which can happen), makes it not a good choice for me for home use.

I like the Numi teas too, Arugula - and I discovered that their Smoky Tarry, if brewed strong and added to one's rice cooker, yields nearly the same effect as steaming rice in tea leaves, as you would find at your favorite Dim Sum palace. Soooo very flavorful. I love cooking rice with different teas.

MrTea
01-28-2006, 12:27 PM
the lengths one must go to keep it fresh and not pick up any other odd flavors (which can happen)

Can't you just keep it in a glass jar? What other lengths must one go to? :??

If it's so difficult, what makes you so sure they keep it fresh enough at the tea house?

The expense of it to begin with

:rollseyes: If you can't afford to drink it at home, how can you afford to drink it when you are "having tea out"? I assume it would be probably at least twice as expensive to purchase by the cup than in bulk.

Is there something i'm missing here?

Angelia
01-28-2006, 01:01 PM
"Baby tea"? :roflhard:

I had an English friend when young, and her mother gave me my first cup of hot tea, and she made it with cream and sugar. I've prepared it that way ever since. It's like a dessert in and of itself! I've never tried Earl Gray iced, but I'll bet it's delicious. I also like chamomile; add some sugar, and it tastes like Juicy Fruit!

Jan in CA
01-28-2006, 01:57 PM
Wow thanks for all the responses!

My friend that served it to me finally responded and the one she gave me was Uncle Lee's Tea (http://www.unclelee.com/). I have seen expensive ones in my search, but this one doesn't look bad at all. She said she got it at her local health food store or grocery... she lives in Calgary. I'm going to look for it here and if I can't find it I might order some. I've never been a tea drinker, but I liked it THAT much!

boyforpele13
01-28-2006, 04:18 PM
kemp recommended adagio teas on a thread a while back, http://www.adagio.com and i ordered several white teas from there, all resonably priced. the white blueberry is to DIE for.

Jan in CA
01-28-2006, 06:52 PM
Thanks for the info bfp!

kittiminx
01-28-2006, 08:26 PM
MrTea

I get my tea from a japanese tea house called the Ay Teahouse, i don't know if they're in the US tho. mostly tho i think you can get good tea if they let you taste it first - then just go with what you like the taste of.

Phretys
01-29-2006, 06:56 PM
I :heart: white tea.
I :heart: green tea.
I :heart: red (Rooibos) tea, too!
All of them have antioxidant properties as well.

(The only teas I don't like are the fruity ones.)

Debi

Cristy
01-29-2006, 10:46 PM
I purchase tea from Teavana--there are a couple of retail locations near me or you can order online which I've done too.

A little more info...from "The Tea Companion: A Connoisseur's Guide" by Jane Pettigrew.
(In reference to white tea) "This is produced on a very limited scale in China (originally in Fujian Province) and Sri Lanka. The new buds are plucked before they open, are withered to allow the natural moisture to evaporate, and then dried. The curled-up buds have a silvery appearance (and are sometimes referred to as Silver Tip) and give a very pale, straw-colored liquor."

Just thought I'd share the additional info I found in my book!

earthchick
01-30-2006, 07:05 AM
Mmmmm, will definitely have to try some white tea.

My all-time favorite tea is Good Earth original. Have any of you tried it? Sooooooo good.

Okay, I have a question for all you tea-lovers. I am just getting into really drinking tea on a regular basis (have always had a cup every now and then but am otherwise a dedicated coffee addict). I usually brew and drink one cup at a time. If it's loose tea, I put it in a little one-cup infuser. But I'd like to start making loose tea by the pot occasionally (okay, to be perfectly honest, I'm looking for a reason to make a tea cosy! :lol: ). I have a tea pot I got for my wedding that I love and have used maybe twice, about 4 years ago. Those of you who make loose tea by the pot, how do you do it? Do you use some kind of tea ball? Some other kind of infuser? Just put the leaves in and then strain? Or what? :thinking:

yarnpiggy
01-30-2006, 11:16 AM
Mmmmm, will definitely have to try some white tea.

My all-time favorite tea is Good Earth original. Have any of you tried it? Sooooooo good.

Okay, I have a question for all you tea-lovers. I am just getting into really drinking tea on a regular basis (have always had a cup every now and then but am otherwise a dedicated coffee addict). I usually brew and drink one cup at a time. If it's loose tea, I put it in a little one-cup infuser. But I'd like to start making loose tea by the pot occasionally (okay, to be perfectly honest, I'm looking for a reason to make a tea cosy! :lol: ). I have a tea pot I got for my wedding that I love and have used maybe twice, about 4 years ago. Those of you who make loose tea by the pot, how do you do it? Do you use some kind of tea ball? Some other kind of infuser? Just put the leaves in and then strain? Or what? :thinking:

When I make loose tea, I use the ingenuiTEA (http://www.adagio.com/teaware/ingenuiTEA_teapot.html?SID=d1db8bc8e2eeccff290164c c3e775f9d) pot from Adagio teas. This pot is awesome! Microwave the water for 1.5 - 3 minutes (depending on the tea), add the tea, steep, done! I have two of the little ones--one at home and one at work. I love them. I'm going to get one of the bigger ones for home I think.

Back to the subject of white tea. I have to agree with everyone else, it's definitely a nice, smooth, mild tea. My all time favorite is Adagio's White Tropics (http://www.adagio.com/white/white_tropics.html?SID=d1db8bc8e2eeccff290164cc3e7 75f9d). It's a nice, light, tropical tea. Very, very good.

(I don't work for Adagio and am not affiliated with them in any way...I just really like their tea and their prices. If anyone wants a five dollar gift certificate to try them out, send your email address to me at termiknitter at gmail dot com.)

kemp
01-30-2006, 11:27 AM
Love white tea! Adagio is my favorite source but you might be able to find it locally in an Asian food store. If you've never ordered from Adagio before, go to my blog and look in the right sidebar...if you enter your email, you'll receive a $5 certificate good towards your first purchase.

Cristy
01-30-2006, 03:40 PM
I don't usually brew by the pot but if I did--most of my teapots (I collect tetsubin pots) have a built in stainless infuser basket that is big enough to hold the right amount of tea. I have brewed it in my coffee maker before (in a very clean one so it doesn't taste like coffee). I do most things by the cup though--especially since I got a cordless electric kettle for Christmas.

Jan in CA
01-30-2006, 04:21 PM
I just ordered the white tea sampler from Adagio with the gift certificate I got from Cheryl (Kemp). Thanks! Can't wait to try it!!

VictoriaE
01-31-2006, 01:25 AM
I have not yet tried white tea in particular, but I am a big fan of green and black tea :)