The major difference between White tea and other types of tea comes from the part of the plant that is used in production. Most white teas come from the leaves and the buds of the tea plant at the branch tips, whereas other teas come from the upper leaves of the plant. In addition, the buds and leaves used in the production of White teas are picked during a limited period every year.
White tea, unlike green tea does not contain the chlorophyll containing leaves responsible for a bitter taste as it is made of young shoots. A minimalist approach to processing gives white tea a much gentler and subtler taste. It may take some time for people to develop a taste for this finer, understated tea, but once hooked, no other tea will do. Those who don’t like the slightly grassy aftertaste of green tea find it easier to develop a taste for this tea.