White tea is unique and attracts the attention of tea connoisseurs. Only a small amount is produced annually and is harvested by hand mainly in China’s Fujian province.
White tea gets its name from the colour of its silvery-white leaves and from the fine white down on its buds. Only the tender young budsets from the tea bush are harvested and undergo minimal processing – withering and drying, which maintains many of the teas health benefits.
The two main varieties of white tea are:
- Yin Zhen (‘Silver Needles’)
- Pai Mu Tan (‘White Peony’)
White tea produces a light-coloured infusion and subtle, sweet, nutty flavours.