White tea has a subtle, sweet flavor profile with many health benefits. It is the least produced of all teas, basically it’s picked and whithered until it dries. Stories say white tea was reserved for emperors and high ranking officials because of its short harvest time, and often (not always) consists of buds. Infuse white tea in small volumes to bring out its subtlety. It also counteracts excessive heat and menopause, and provides high levels of antioxidants.
Yin Zen (Silver Needles) is one type of white tea and is made from the buds of the tea plant. The silver white “hairs” on the leaf give this tea its name. The buds of the tea plant are sweeter and have more caffeine than the rest of the plant.
Yin Zhen became famous during the Song Dynasty around 1000 years ago. Numerous legends arose around it, including that it was only harvested on nights of a full moon, or only by naked young girls or virgins, or only harvested with scissors of gold. While white tea is subtle in taste, you’ll appreciate the complexity and texture in flavor.