What is white tea?

The least processed of all tea types are white teas. White teas consist merely of unopened leaf buds covered with down.  Consequently, they are more rare and in many cases, more expensive. Although white tea has a long recorded history, it has only in recent years made its way onto the Western tea scene.

White teas are the least processed of all teas in that after the buds are plucked from the tea plant, they are left to only wither and dry. Mild oxidation occurs during the “withering” phase, when white tea is air-dried after it is plucked. It is then baked, further dried, and though it may be lightly rolled, little is done to alter the buds after they have been plucked. As white teas are slightly oxidized, they do not require the same caution when being steeped as green teas.

A specialty of the Fujian province in China, Bai Hao Yin Zhen, literally means White Tip Silver Needle. Yinzhen is best plucked between March 15 and April 10 when precipitation is minimal, and only using undamaged and unopened buds. This is an extraordinarily high grade tea and one of the most sought after.

As white teas are extremely delicate, we at Sloane Tea Company find it to be an ideal flavour enhancer when paired with a complementary note. As such, our Silver Mist tea is an exceptional signature blend that masterfully fuses the freshness of mint with a beautiful Yin Zhen. In addition, no white tea offering would be complete without that of a delicate Yin Zhen scented with the welcomed allure of newly blossomed jasmine flowers, so try our White Jasmine Ice.