No my friend, the raw leaves are not white. They are as green as can be The name does not stem because of such reason.
White tea or Silver Needle Tea is basically the bud (the unopened leaf) that has been sun dried. There is no manufacturing done to wither or dry it in the dryer. At a specific time early in the day when the sun is about to rise, ladies and men head out in the cold mist while the dew drops still lie sleepy on the leaf. Each bud is...
Orange Pekoe is the classification of black tea post manufacturing of the leaf. It depends on the size of the leaf and the location of the leaf in the tea plant. The leaf curled is the pekoe. It is the richest in tannin, caffeine and is highly aromatic.
Often people think that as the name is orange pekoe, the tea will be infused with orange flavor and will have the aroma of an orange. That is a myth.