White tea has arrived in North America! While Chinese tea drinkers have been hip to white tea’s benefits since the Ming Dynasty, until recently it was virtually unknown outside of Asia. Not anymore. Today, everyone from chefs to medical researchers is praising white tea’s delicate flavour and purported health benefits.
White tea is made from immature tea leaves, still covered in the soft, silver fuzz of early Spring. They are picked shortly before the buds have fully opened. The proportion of buds to leaves varies depending on the variety of white tea...for example: White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves, while Silver Needle, the crème de la crème of white teas, is made entirely from downy buds picked within a two day period in early Spring.