What is White Tea?
White tea is known to be one of the most delicate varieties of tea as a result of the very minimal processing it goes through. White tea is made from new growth buds and young leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
Processing White Tea
The unfurled leaves and buds from the newest growth on the tea plant are handpicked and then steamed or fried to minimize oxidation before being dried meticulously. White tea leaves are not permitted to oxidize for the same amount as tea leaves picked for black or green tea production. This processing technique and low oxidization results in some of the most delicate and freshest tea.
Tasting White Tea
White teas today are still praised for their rare, delicate, and beautiful flavours and aromas. Some popular words to describe the overall flavour profile of white teas include fruity, honey, peach, grassy, vanilla, floral, citrus, subtle, and sweet. White teas are delicate and subtle so it is recommended that they be enjoyed plain, with no milk or sugar, to truly appreciate the uniqueness of the white tea.