This is what customers are searching for on our site as well as on Google. Excellent question! First, the color of the dry leaf is not always a good indication of what type of tea it is. Second, silver-hued tea could be Green or it could be White. And finally, some green teas even have 'white' in their names. Take our White Monkey below:
This tea is a Green tea and sometimes called White Blossom Green. No wonder customers are asking - is Silver tea a Green tea? Sure looks like it, doesn't it? But it isn't. This is a classic Green tea, manufactured with a preponderance of buds in the leaf thus giving it a white-tipped look. Green teas are not oxidized - this is their only requirement. The look of the leaf or the color of the cup is not the driver.
Silver Needle or Yin Zhen, on the other hand is a White Tea, with only the opening buds and classified under White. Other teas in this category are Shou Mei and Pai Mu Tan/Bai Mu Dan or White Peony.
So, enjoy them both and when in doubt, just ask!