Have you ever tried white tea? Far less well-known than green tea, black tea or red tea (also known as Rooibos),
white tea is a rare and niche tea that's popular with the most ardent tea lovers.
The good news is that Kusmi offers several varieties.
We have some special teas that we really think you should try – at least once. And many more if it hits the spot.
Anything that's rare is precious. This holds true for white tea, which is not grown much worldwide.
Funnily enough, it's the tea that requires the least human processing and yet is the trickiest to produce. Here's why.
As it's rare, refined and not always easy to find, it would be a shame to go wrong when brewing white tea. Here are our tips for brewing and enjoying the perfect cup of white tea.
If apart from white tea you also drink green and black tea, you will need a teapot that doesn't have a 'memory', which is the case for most of them (including glass, cast-iron, and ceramic teapots). Only unglazed earthenware teapots retain the flavours from one brew to the next. They are not recommended for white tea because tannins in green and black tea could overpower the delicate flavour of white tea. If you would like to find out more, read our teapot guide.
Experts recommend that the brewing time for white tea be between 2 to 3 minutes. Under-brewed? White tea may taste bland and lack flavour. Over-brewed? It has the advantage of not being too astringent or bitter, unlike green tea. Place the tea in hot but not boiling water, ideally between 70 and 80 degrees. A higher brewing temperature runs the risk of damaging white tea's subtle flavours and vitamins. All white teas are not identical, of course – some are blended with other flavours – so make sure to follow the instructions on the box.
White tea will always keep you company during your breaks: from early in the morning, at breakfast and brunch, but also during afternoon tea. It can be enjoyed hot in winter, but also as iced tea in summer. To make iced white tea, let it steep in cold water in the fridge overnight or brew it in hot water and then cool it down with ice cubes. You should use around five tablespoons of white tea for one litre of water.
Are you worried that the theine in white tea will disrupt your sleep? Rest assured: the amount of theine in white tea is usually lower than in other types of tea. Not to mention much lower than in a cup of coffee! That's right, theine and caffeine are exactly the same molecule. This means that you can drink it in the afternoon or evening without any qualms. White tea (and tea in general) is a relaxant for the body rather than a stimulant (a property that coffee is famous for).
Are you keen to discover or rediscover white tea? Below we describe Kusmi's various white tea blends. We have a wide range of high-quality organic tea, with an irresistible new blend coming in early 2021.
As it's perfectly natural to be aware of what's really in our teabags, Kusmi has gone fully organic. All our ingredients – tea, herbs, spices – are organically grown and certified by strict specifications set by the European Union. We carry out inspections and analyses regularly to ensure that quality standards are being met. Moreover, Kusmi is certified by Ecocert, an independent body that performs an annual audit of our production facilities. All these steps mean that our tea tins all bear the AB logo for France and the EU Ecolabel. Our goal is to educate consumers about the quality of our products as best as we can.
Much like the rest of our range, Kusmi white teas are built upon French know-how. While the name Kusmi comes from Russia, our brand (which became French in 2003) designs, creates, blends, flavours and packages its tea in Normandy – in Saint-Vigor d’Ymonville to be exact, near Le Havre (Seine-Maritime department). Our metal tins are also made in mainland France. Fewer kilometres mean less pollution and more work in our region. In short, if you are keen to support made-in-France products, you're in the right place.
Whether you prefer classic, fruity, acidulous or exotic tea, let yourself be carried away by the subtle and smooth taste of Kusmi's white teas. The good news is that they're available as loose-leaf tea (because it's good for the planet!), but also as tea bags in case you need to take them with you, wherever you go.