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In the span of all of tea's history, white tea is a relatively new style. Delicate and with a pale yellow liquor, white tea's name stems from the white, down-like hairs of the tea plant's buds.
Its first appearance is in the early 19th century, credited to a family in the Fujian province of China looking to find an alternative, but economical, production process. Eliminating the steps of pan-firing, rolling, and reducing roasting, the buds and leaves of the plant are simply plucked and dried. Though its process is minimal, overseeing the delicate leaves' production is labor-intensive, which makes it an uncommon cup compared to heartier green, black, and oolong harvests. Want to a deeper delve into white teas? Read more about this style on our blog.