Many people who have recently tasted white licorice tea for the first time find themselves frustrated when it comes to finding this delicious white tea blend. Like other white teas, white licorice tea is rare and can only be found in a few tea shops.
However, if you know where to look, you can find fine white licorice tea as well as other rare white teas.
White tea comes from the same plant as other teas, but it is harvested much earlier than other teas, before the leaves are fully open. White tea is harvested just once each year, while green and black tea is harvested several times during the growing season. I
In addition, there are fewer white tea plants being cultivated. These two differences in white tea harvesting are the reason it is so much rarer than other teas.
However, it is this once a year harvesting that makes white tea so special. The tea is harvested while the buds are still closed and covered by fine white hair. This white hair is where white tea gets its name. The early harvest ensures a sweet and mild flavor along with a pale color.
Once the white tea leaves are plucked, they must be processed. This is done differently...