how long to steep white tea

how long to steep white tea

How to Properly Steep White Tea

White tea is known for its delicate flavor, so it’s important to pay attention to the details of how to properly steep. Here are steps to help make sure you get the best cup of white tea possible:

Choose Quality White Tea

High-quality white tea is delicate and naturally sweet, so make sure the tea you choose is of the highest quality.

Measure the Leaves

Use one teaspoon of loose tea leaves per every 8-ounces of water.


White tea should be steeped in 95°C (203°F) water, never boiling. Boiling water can be too harsh for delicate white teas, taking away much of the flavor.


After adding water, steep the tea for 3-5 minutes. Anything less will result in a weak cup of tea, while steepinging for too long can make the tea too bitter.


White tea is best served plain, but it is also good with a small amount of honey, or a slice of lemon or lime.

Bonus Tips for White Tea

-White teas can be re-steeped, just make sure to increase the time spent steeping, adding an extra minute with each re-steep.

Water Quality
-As with any type of tea, be sure to use filtered or spring water for the best cup of tea.

-White tea should be kept in a sealed container and stored away from direct light.


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