The least processed of all teas, white tea has been gaining in popularity recently. White tea is made from the same plant as green tea which means it shares many of green tea’s wonderful health benefits: reducing cholesterol, decreasing blood pressure, lowering the risk of heart disease. Unlike green tea, it is produced from the unopened buds of a tea plant. This is what gives white tea its characteristic clean “white” or “silver” appearance. White tea does not require panning, rolling, or shaking, but must be carefully picked at the right time to yield tea of the highest quality. Valued for its mild delicate flavor, white tea is known as the “Emperor’s Drink” and was reserved for royalty. While as far back as the Tang Dynasty, white tea was kept from the general population and reserved for the special drink of the Emperor. Everyone can now enjoy the finest selection of white teas at Casa di Mazarro.