It has a young, tender buds covered in fine, golden-colored hairs. White tea is made from the young leaves and buds of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) and is minimally processed compared to green, oolong, and black teas. The golden tips in white tea are often a sign of high-quality and are associated with a delicate, sweet flavor.
The golden tips are essentially the unopened leaf buds, and they are covered in fine, downy hairs, which give them a golden or silvery appearance. This type of white tea is usually made from specific tea cultivars and is often harvested during a specific time of the year when the buds are at their most tender.
Silver Needle (Bai Hao Yinzhen) is a well-known variety of white tea that is characterized by its prominent golden tips. This tea is particularly popular and is appreciated for its light, sweet taste and the unique visual appeal provided by the golden tips.
As with any tea, the flavor, aroma, and appearance can vary based on factors such as the region where it’s grown, the specific tea cultivar, and the processing methods employed.