Early in the morning within the first two weeks of the new season's tea growth, around late March time, the top two leaves and bud are carefully plucked from the bushes.
The tea leaves still have the 'hairy down' on them and when gently steamed and dried they become a truly superb green tea, known as White Monkey Paw.
This tea gained it's name as the dry leaf appearance is said to resemble a monkey paw.
Whilst it is a green tea, the infused liquor and visual appearance is so delicate it could almost be thought of as a white tea. Simply delicious!