The Many Types of White Tea

White tea is produced from varietals that yield whitish sprouts and leaves. The original varietal for white tea is called chaicha and is still used for some white tea, it does not have an abundance of the fine white hairs that white tea is famous for. The chaicha varietal has been supplanted somewhat by other varietals such as Fu Ding Da Hao, Fu Ding Da Bai, and Shui Xian.

Silver needle white tea is produced from a tea bush varietal that was developed in 1885. It is one of the highest-quality white teas and is primarily from the Fuding and Zhenghe districts of Fujian province.

White tea is from the same plant as black tea, oolong tea, or green tea – Camellia sinensi. Tea bushes for white tea, though, are shaded so the chlorophyll production is inhibited. This gives the leaves a pale green color and increases the level of catechins.