White Tea is minimally touched before reaching your cup. It is referred to as "White" because the flowery buds are harvested the day before they open. This light delicate tea is a great starter tea. White tea is the most simple of the tea types to describe, because it basically consists of the two steps of harvesting and drying. The leaves do not oxidize at all. This leaves the leaf in a full, unbroken, natural state. White was only grown in China using bushes that were carefully selected and cultivated as “tribute tea” for the emperor. The increased awareness and marketability of white tea has influenced other tea producing regions to try their hands at white tea production as well.