If you read the label golden tips on a tea, it tells you that the tea is made from the buds of tea leaves that have not yet developed. It is the highest quality and most expensive part of the whole plant.
The bud is covered with fine white fluff, making it resemble a white or silver needle. The first leaf, which in tea terminology is called orange pekoe, is adjacent to it.
The tea buds acquire their golden colour during fermentation.
If the tea contains many buds, it may also be referred to by the term “tippy”. Some teas may be made entirely from them. Such tea then has a very specific taste.
Mostly, however, tea tree buds are added to blends.
This makes the resulting tea more delicate.