Different Types Of Japanese White Tea

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Dec. 28, 2010

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Tribute Eyebrow and Noble Long Life

Although Japanese white tea has mild flavors, the above two varieties of Japanese white tea are stronger to taste and have dark color. These tea types are harvested much later after the tea harvesting season and therefore they have deep color and strong flavors. 

The Tribute Eyebrow type of Japanese white tea is plucked at the end after the buds and delicate leaves are harvested for other varieties of tea. Both these Japanese white tea varieties have a longer processing time that results in darker color and strong flavors.

White Peony

White peony type of Japanese white tea has both whole leaves and closed buds in the ratio 2:1, which means for every 2 leaves there is 1 closed bud. White peony is a product of tree named Zheng He. This Japanese tea variety is picked up after Silver needle and therefore has darker look and stronger aroma. White peony has delicate taste and is mildly sweet to taste in spite of its dark color and strong flavors.


Silver Needles
Silver needles is the best Japanese white tea. The presence of silver needles can be seen in the history of Japan as a royal drink. Silver needle is hand picked and comprises of the best and unopened buds and later dried in the sun.  The buds are processed minimally to retain the buds natural, light and delicate flavor.  Moreover the buds are picked up during a specific time like on an early spring morning.


These are the best qualities of Japanese white tea and one can get immense health benefits from drinking. As you drink Japanese white tea, you get the following health benefits.


Health Benefits of Japanese White Tea


Weight loss: Drinking white tea helps to lose weight as it reduces the amount of bad cholesterol in the body which is a major factor for obesity and weight gain.


Skin: It is said drink Japanese white tea for a younger and beautiful skin. Its true, because the anti-oxidants contained in white tea helps prevent damage of skin and in turn helps to repair wear and tear of skin thereby making the skin look beautiful.


Others: Japanese white tea helps prevent heart diseases, cancer and boosts immune system. Its anti bacterial and anti viral properties helps to prevent cold and allergies.


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