White teas such as Pai Mu Tan and Yin Zhen, Chinese for “silver needle”, owe their name to the silvery white fluff that surrounds the buds of the tea plant – a first hint to their exquisite taste.
Its story dates back to the Song dynasty in China, where the rulers considered white tea a precious commodity. For a long time, enjoyment of this exquisite tea variety was reserved for the king. At most, high nobility was permitted to taste it now and again. It was only a lot later that the masses had the opportunity to drink white tea.