The unopened tea bud with the two newest leaves are hand plucked and sun withered to make this organic loose leaf white tea. The flavor is clean, floral, with a rounded finish. From the Fujian province of China. Also known as White Peony Tea, or Bai Mudan.
White Tea: Prevent Cancer, Arthritis, and Fight Aging
(From sciencedaily.com)Researchers from Kingston University teamed up with Neal’s Yard Remedies to test the health properties of 21 plant and herb extracts. They discovered all of the plants tested had some potential benefits, but were intrigued to find white tea considerably outperformed all of them.
Professor Declan Naughton, from the School of Life Sciences at Kingston University in South West London, said the research showed white tea had anti-ageing potential and high levels of anti-oxidants which could prevent cancer and heart disease. “We’ve carried out tests to identify plant extracts that protected the structural proteins of the skin, specifically elastin and collagen,” he explained. “Elastin supports the body’s natural elasticity which helps lungs, arteries, ligaments and skin to function. It also helps body tissue to repair when you suffer wounds and stops skin from sagging.” Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues in the body and is important for skin, strength and elasticity, he added.
Results showed white tea prevented the activities of the enzymes which breakdown elastin and collagen which can lead to wrinkles that accompany ageing. These enzymes, along with oxidants, are associated with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
Professor Naughton said: “These enzymes and oxidants are key components of normal body processes. However, in inflammatory conditions, suppressing the activities of these excess components has been the subject of decades of research. We were surprised to find such high activity for the white tea extracts in all five tests that were conducted.”
The researchers were blown away by exactly how well the white tea had performed. “We were testing very small amounts far less than you would find in a drink,” Professor Naughton, one of the country’s leading specialists on inflammation, said. “The early indicators are that white tea reduces the risk of inflammation which is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers as well as wrinkles.”
Eight of the other plants and herbs analysed also helped protect against the breakdown of both elastin and collagen. After white tea, bladderwrack performed well followed by extracts of cleavers, rose, green tea, angelica, anise and pomegranate.
I ordered this tea for my wife, who is a huge white tea drinker. We usually drink the silver needle but this time, due to budget, tried the Pai Mu Tan. I actually like it better! I am a big fan of floral teas and when I tried this, it gave a very pleasant floral smell along with taste. The floral taste does not linger but just sorta hits you lightly at first sip. It is a little darker that the silver needle but just as smooth. Makes a great dessert tea!
the dude at the counter mentioned this was one of his favorite teas so i bought some, very smooth and tasty. also tastes great (but completely different) with honey. kinda like you’re drinking clouds of Camellia sinensis,
I love the light earthy/nutty flavor and aroma. I drink this every day, 1-2 pots most days.
Not as fresh as others I have tried.
Lack of aroma.
Seems like a batch with long time shelf live.
This tea was recommended to me by Divinitea several years ago. I drink it everyday as it is less expensive than Silver Needle, and I love the somewhat earthy flavor. If I want a “sweeter, flowery” flavor, I add a sprinkling of lavender. It is great!