White teas are produced mainly in Southern China. Only the bud and first two leaves are picked. They must be handled very carefully to prevent damage to the leaves which would start oxidation. The leaves are gently steamed to destroy natural enzymes that cause oxidation. The leaves are then dried and quickly packaged. White teas are appreciated for their very delicate, pure taste. They often have floral overtones and scent, and can have a hint of sweetness as well.
Because of the limited production and careful processing required to produce excellent white teas, expect to pay higher prices for a good white tea.