white teas are made from medium-leaf tea bush varieties that yield
silvery-white sprouts and leaves. They are delicately hand-harvested
only once a year, for a few weeks in early spring when the weather is
consistently cool and dry. The withering process of white tea raises
an abundance of silvery-white hairs on the dried tea leaves and buds.
Authentic white teas such as White Peony are multi-colored like
autumn leaves, and are covered with a silver-white "down"
that resembles the skin of a ripened peach.
Needle, the premier style of white tea, consists of only
silvery-white sprouts shaped like needles without attached leaves.
White teas take their name both from their appearance and from the
original bush varieties selected for the production of white tea.