While black and green teas are fairly common, those new to tea may not even realize there are even more varieties, including the delicate white teas and grassy red teas. Hadley’s Tea has a wide selection of white and red teas that are full of flavor to expand your tea palate.
About White Tea
White tea comes from the same plant as black and green teas—Camellia sinensis. Unlike the darker tea varieties, white tea is made from the buds and young leaves of the plant. These plant parts are naturally dried in the sun. White tea gets its name from the hair-like structures on the unopened buds that give the plants a silvery white color. The tea brewed from these young plants is yellow and distinctly lighter than other teas with a milder flavor.
About Red Tea
Red tea is technically not tea at all. It comes from a completely different plant—the African red bush, or rooibos. The leaves of the rooibos plant are harvested and processed much like tea leaves. The oxidation process gives the leaves a reddish-brown color, hence the name red tea. Red teas have grassy flavor notes.
Our White and Red Tea Varieties
Because white and red teas themselves have subtle flavor profiles, they make excellent bases for fruity, floral and sweet flavored teas. Hadley’s Tea carries a large selection, including:
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White teas are delicate, and the steeping times reflect that. Steep white teas for 30 to 60 seconds, no more than a full minute. Red teas hold up to longer steeping of three to five minutes. The flavor of red and white teas will not strengthen with longer steeping times. Oversteeping may result in a bitterness or tang.
Making the Perfect Cup at Home
Hadley’s Tea has more than just the finest white and red teas to make the perfect beverage at home. We also carry the brewing supplies and tea accessories you need. Find everything from pots and kettles to tea infusers to unique gifts for your tea-loving friends and family. Contact us with questions about our products.