Ceylon white tea, also known as “silver tips” is highly prized, and prices per kilogram are significantly higher than other teas. White tea may refer to one of several styles of tea which generally feature young or minimally processed leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The tea was first grown at Nuwara Eliya near Adam’s Peak between 2,200–2,500 meters (7,218–8,202 ft). The tea is grown, harvested and rolled by hand with the leaves dried and withered in the sun. It has a delicate, very light liquoring with notes of pine & honey and a golden coppery infusion. 

Currently there is no generally accepted definition of white tea and very little international agreement; some sources use the term to refer to tea that is merely dried with no additional processing, some to tea made from the buds and immature tea leaves picked shortly before the buds have fully opened and allowed to wither and dry in natural sun while others include tea buds and very young leaves which have been steamed or fired before drying.

types of white tea

silver tips

Silver Tips, commonly known as White Tea/Silver needle, is a very rare and expensive Ceylon tea in Sri Lanka. Silver Tips is entirely handmade tea. A small team of experienced pickers handpick just the buds from select bushes.

golden tips

Golden tips tea is a rare tea grown at altitude of 6000 feet near Adams peak in Sri Lanka. They get their name from the reddish variety of the Camellia Sinensis tea plant. Golden scissors are used to pick the buds in the morning before they unfurl in the heat of the sun.

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