The refined beauty of the tea categories, white tea leaves are picked only in the early spring and left to air dry in their natural state without any applied heat or rolling. As moisture in the leaves slowly evaporates, the natural sweetness begins to concentrate, resulting in notes of cotton candy and a smooth, delicate mouth feel. The two styles of white tea are Silver Needle and White Peony. Silver Needle is produced with just the bud from the plant, with the leaves not having opened yet. White Peony uses a bud as well as one or two leaves in production. No matter the style, white tea has been referred to as “scholar’s tea”, because of its quiet and gradual ability to awaken the senses and focus the mind.