What is it: Lotus Peak White Tea
Price: The 25 pack retails for $3.79 at Coles and Woolworths. The 10 pack retails for $1.80 at Coles and is not yet available at Woolworths.
Where to order it: see http://www.bhfinefoods.com.au. Also available in Coles and Woolworths and selected health stores nationally.
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About the product
Lotus Peak White Tea comes from the mountains of China, in the Fujian Province.
It is harvested from the same plant as black and green tea (Camellia Sinensis), but is prepared differently as it:
- has a higher proportion of buds to leaves
- the buds are picked before the leaves are fully opened, when the plant has silver-white leaves (where it gets its name from)
- is only picked once a year during spring
- is the least processed of all the teas
- unopened buds are rapidly steamed then heat-dried to keep the leaves fresher and reduce oxidation
According to Lotus Peak, white tea was a sophisticated and exotic drink, drunk by Emperors and nobles, and recognised as the finest of all teas.
Health benefits of white tea
It has been widely stated that white tea has numerous health benefits, with some saying it is even more beneficial to drink than green tea.
Now I’m not expert, but a quick google and a little research will tell you more about why white tea has become increasingly popular.
Some of the benefits that have been mentioned include:
- a higher concentration of antioxidants and polyphenols, a naturally occurring substance that is believed to reduce or eliminate cancer-causing free radicals
- assisting with prevention of heart disease and strokes
- it is antibacterial and antiviral and has preventative applications in retarding growth of bacteria which can cause infections, pneumonia and cavities
- it can assist in reducing wrinkles
- it has low caffeine content
- it has no fat or sugar
Lotus Peak White Tea comes in a box of 25. My sample pack contained 10 tea bags.
The packaging is quite plain, with a white background and mainly black and green colours, reflecting the simplicity of the product and the calming nature of the tea.
The tea bags themselves are also plain and simple.
Overall, I think Lotus Peak could spice up their packaging a little, not necessarily with colours, as the black and white colours suit the simplicity of the product they are selling, but perhaps with some nice patterned borders and perhaps some silver text. A black box with silver and white writing would look particularly elegant!
Ease of preparation
The tea is very easy to prepare and is made just like any other tea.
You place the tea bag in a cup (thanks go to MC for my cup, a Chrissie Present from T2!), then add boiling water and allow to steep (brew) for about 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea.
I brewed mine for about 4 minutes then discarded the tea bag.
Colour and Flavour
After 4 minutes of brewing the tea was a beautiful golden colour.
It had a sweet and delicate aroma and smelt delicious and refreshing.
The tea also tasted quite sweet, one of the reasons why milk is not added and sugar is not needed.
It was not bitter, unlike some green teas, and the flavour was not too strong or overpowering, like some black teas.
I really enjoyed the cup of tea and felt that it was a nice alternative to green tea.
I think the health benefits of white tea justify incorporating at least one or two cups a day into your diet.
Replacing a coffee with a cup of white tea could also help you cut down on sugar and, as tea has a calming effect, can help reduce stress.
It is a bit hard to rate the tea on its own, without comparing it to other types of white tea, plus tea is just difficult to rate anyway as there is not a lot to it.
For these reasons I decided to rate the tea based on how much I liked it.
I gave it a 7/10 as it had a pleasant flavour without being too strong (like some green and black teas), and a nice colour.
TCFB reviewed the Lotus Peak White Tea courtesy of BH Fine Foods. All opinions are however, our own.