White teas (Bai cha) are a bit mythical and elusive to their definition. Like so many teas, it derives from the Fujian province of China and the original method is the most conservative of all tea processes. In principle, the tea leaves are only harvested and dried. They have not been heated or rolled as typical green teas. This is exactly what distinguishes them from other types of tea and creates the purest and most natural tea flavor you can find in the world. Common to the white teas is a certain sweetness.
One can divide the white teas into two types that differ a great deal from each other: those that only consist of buds, silver needles, and those that also consist of some leaves. The difference is great in character, color and not least in price.