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The name "white tea" derives from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish appearance. The beverage itself is not white or colourless but pale yellow, light to the taste, and is free shaped.
White tea (along with other teas) is derived from the Camellia sinensis plant and contains polyphenols, a phytonutrient that is thought to be responsible for the tea’s health benefits.
Like black and green tea, white tea is also derived from Camellia sinensis. Thus, white tea shares many of the same chemical properties and health effects of tea. However, white tea contains the most antioxidants. The particular amount and ratio of the polyphenol compounds found in tea varies widely from one type of white tea to another, frequently overlapping with chemical compositions found in green tea. This is due both to the variation between strain of Camellia sinensis, as well as the preparation process itself.
The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "White tea", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
Davidson's Tea is a company that provides bagged and loose leaf tea. Teas are available in a wide variety of flavors in both organic and fair trade. I chose five items from the site that were provided to me by Davidson's Teas as a sample for the purpose of a this review.
The description on the box is very accurate for this tea. The white peach is subtle, and relaxed. I tried this tea hot and cold. My preference was for cold with just a bit less sugar than I would use for a black tea. Over all this is a really nice tea to have in your pantry. Perfect for the first days of winter.
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