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White teas are the least processed of all the teas. Generally, white teas are divided into two varieties. The first are downy buds like Yin Zhen and Silver Needles, which are more highly prized as they are just the buds. The second variety is comprised of a mixture of buds and leaves like Pai Mu Tan and Shou Mei. White tea is the specialty of the Fujian Province; however, estates in Darjeeling are now producing white tea and this trend seems to be spreading to other countries as well. Traditionally, white tea is produced from precious harvests that only last about two weeks in the spring. In China, white teas are consumed mainly during the summer and were once reserved only for emperors and high-ranking officials. Today, anyone can enjoy a delicate and refreshing cup that white tea leaves produce.
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