Luxury White Peony, Fujian Province, China
White tea is the least processed of all types of tea, and although it originates in Fujian Province, China, white tea is now grown around the World. The leaves are plucked in spring when they are at their most tender, and then withered, during which time the leaves naturally turn a beautiful gray green due to the very light oxidisation that takes place. The leaves are then finally dried, either in the sun or by being placed on platforms over which hot air is blown. There are 3 types of white tea: silver needle, (the bud only), shou mei (a mixture of buds and lower grade leaves), and White Peony (the bud and first 2 leaves), which is also known locally as bai mudan. White tea derives its name from the downy silver-white covering,(pekoe),that grows on the unopened buds.
Packed with antioxidant polyphenols not only does this tea taste delicious but it is also extremely healthy.