Tea: How Is White Tea Graded?

White tea has become a very popular drink in recent years. Though it’s been grown at least as far back as the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), it is a new beverage to most people in the Western world. Later, during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) the emperor Hui Zhong declared white tea to be the most elegant form of tea, and this declaration made white tea more popular and increased the number of tea gardens growing the variety. During this same dynasty, a new method of white tea preparation emerged, known as the Song method. Prior to this, white tea leaves were processed into cakes and prepared by boiling pieces of the tea cake in kettles. During the Song Dynasty, white …