Similar to green teas, white teas are left relatively unprocessed and unfermented. However, white teas are harvested from the tea plants much earlier than green teas when the leaves have not yet fully opened and are covered with fine white fuzz.
White teas are generally very subtle and gentle to the palate. This tea should be brewed at temperatures slightly below boiling as the young leaves scorch easily. Proper brewing will result in a sweet and smooth tea with subtle aromas, while lacking the crisp and slightly grassy tones of green teas.
Because these teas are not processed or oxidized, all of the original anti-bacterial properties, anti-oxidants, and nutrients are still intact. White teas are believed to help prevent cancer, and boost your immune system. They are also a good source of fluoride and are fairly low in caffeine.