Tender tea leaves and tea buds are plucked from the camellia sinensis plant and allowed to dry (with no shaping or heating of the leaves) until they lose 97% of their moisture. Because of this minimal handling, the flavor variation between different white teas can be attributed nearly entirely to the very plant that was plucked and its terroir, or the environment where it was grown.
White tea tends to be light-bodied with floral, dried hay, or woody notes. When steeped, it is light golden brown in color and delicate in texture. Its subtle beauty encourages an adventure of mindfulness; it is a tea that encourages you to find and taste the nuance of each individual cup. But don’t let its subtlety fool you - white tea is loaded with powerful anti-oxidants. Like a fine white wine, its light body and color does not denote that it must be light in flavor.