White tea is the least processed. This is where we will begin. White tea consists of the newest buds and leaves of the tea plant. The undersides of these young buds and leaves are covered with a downy white hair, thus giving the tea its name. The fresh buds are plucked, heated and dried. No oxidation occurs. The result is a lightly colored tea with silvery hairs and a mild flavor. The freshness and low yield of white teas often make them more expensive than traditional black or green teas.