Green Teas are often referred to as “non-fermented” or “unfermented” teas. Freshly picked leaves are laid out to dry and then are immediately heat-treated to stop any fermentation or oxidation. The exact method differs from place to place. Traditionally every step was performed by hand – today many factories are mechanized.
China and Sri Lanka produce a small amount of white tea every year. New tea buds are plucked from the trees before the buds have had a chance to open. They are than withered to allow the moisture to evaporate and then they are dried. The curled buds have a silvery colour and give a very pale, straw-coloured liquor. Sometimes the buds are referred to as Silver Tip.
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