Store Location

Tea Talk
2600 South Road

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601
Phone: 845.204.9668

Store Hours

Tea House Hour:

Monday - Thursday

10AM - 8pm


10AM - 8pm


10AM -  8pm


11PM - 6PM

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White Tea

Word Association: Low caffeine, light, delicate, sweet

   All tea (except herbal) is derived from a single plant, the Camellia sinensis. White tea gets its name from the delicate silver-white hairs that grow on the unopened leaf buds that are harvested early. White teas are lightly processed using slight oxidation to retain a delicate flavor. The lightness and delicacy of white tea is due to the leaves being harvested when they are young buds, only days before becoming a full leaf. Once air dried, the tea buds turn from light green to iridescent silver as the chlorophyll is released.

    Because the buds are harvested early the tea buds of white tea are typically sweeter due to a higher glucose content. A natural defense mechanism of the young tea bud is to contain higher levels of caffeine and polyphenols which deter insects and act as natural sun block. The lower brewing temperature and shorter brew time means that white teas have much less caffeine after brewing while still having more caffeine within the leaf.


Some of our favorites:


  • Mutan White
  • White Peach
  • Silver Needle

Featured Product

Chinese Silver Needle

$15.99 per oz.


Chinese Silver Needle (Yin Zhen) is widely considered the best white tea in the world. It is a beauty to regard with the fuzzy buds. The light brew is a subtle and slightly sweet delight.