Rwandan White Tea

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Named after the central African country where it is grown, this tea is produced by the orthodox method, at an elevation of approximately 2000 meters in the northern part of the country. Rwanda is landlocked but is noted for its lakes. Although close to the equator, the country has a temperate climate due to its high elevation. Rwanda is known for its rare mountain gorillas, made famous by conservationist Dian Fossey and the movie, Gorillas in the Mist. This white tea has dark leaves that brew a clear amber cup, with medium body and light astringency. Its flavor is reminiscent of an oolong tea with its bright, delicately fruity, and floral flavor notes. For best flavor, brew for 2-4 minutes at 160-170 degrees.

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I stopped by Stash HQ while running errands of a sort. While perusing their rather large loose leaf wall, a new white tea caught my eye. Rwandan in origin. Now, I’ve had Kenyan whites and Malawi whites, but not one from Rwanda. I inquired about it at the desk, and they mentioned that it was new. That and they had it out for tasting. I gave it a go.

Aside from the temperature of the water being lukewarm, this was a very flavorful tea. I had noticed that African whites – like Indian ones – have a distinct “grape-y” profile about them. Also shades of maple. This had a grassy forefront that transitioned to the fruit note quite smoothly. A very delicious amber cup. So glad I happened by it.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Mmmm. I’ve seen the Rwandans on and have them on my list. Thanks for posting this.

Geoffrey Norman

It lives up to my high opinions of African white teas. Worth your valuable time.

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