5 Beloved Teas: A Guide for Tea Aficionados

White Tea

Text by Bruce Richardson. Photography by Sarah Arrington. Gracie China Pink Vine teacup and saucer.

First produced in 11th-century China, this delicate and much-prized tea comes from young, unopened tea buds that are hand-plucked, withered to remove some moisture, and gently dried. The curled buds have a silvery-white appearance. Originally grown only in the Fujian mountains, white teas are now manufactured in other major tea-producing countries such as India, Kenya, Malawi, and Sri Lanka. The liquor is pale like Champagne. The flavor is soft and smooth, often with a hint of peach pit and the lingering sweetness of honey.

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