Darjeeling White

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Unique large leaf tea from the Poobong Estate in India. Medium-light body with golden color and a light Darjeeling aftertaste.

This tea has a delicate aroma and brews to a pale golden cup with a mellow taste and a hint of sweetness. It has a slightly more concentrated flavor profile than traditional budset white tea, such as the Silver Needle.

Perhaps no other Chinese tea is as misrepresented and misunderstood as Fujian white tea. Poetic gestures to white tea refer to it as being “white like the clouds, green like a dream, pure like snow, and as aromatic as an orchid.”

White tea is a very rare, expensive connoisseur’s tea that is only produced in China, mainly Fujian province, famous for its prized white teas. It is often difficult to obtain, as production is extremely limited. White tea comes from a rare strain of the tea plant and is harvested only a few days of the year. Once harvested, white tea is not oxidized or rolled, but simply withered and dried by steaming.

Until recently, white tea was only produced in China. Now, a few of the finest tea estates in the Darjeeling region of India have begun production of this exquisite tea. However, it is still difficult to obtain, as production is extremely limited.

Our Darjeeling White comes from the Poobong Tea Estate, which is the pioneer in white tea production in India. For the Darjeeling White, only the top two leaves and bud are used in this unusually large leaf tea.

Tip: When brewing Darjeeling White, be sure to add a little extra to your infuser as it is very fluffy and light. However, do not fill the infuser more than half full, as the tea needs room to infuse properly.

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3TB for 1000mL, steeped in a Breville @ White-Strong with the basket cycle on.

I may have tried to stretch these leaves too far. It is a fluffy tea, so you need a little more than you might be used to. So mine’s a bit thin today. The leaves are also a bit stale, as I’ve been hoarding this one.

When these leaves are fresh, you get a really intriguing white tea with bits of Darjeeling muscatel and faint woodiness. Those notes sneak up on you; at first sip, this seems to be a fairly ordinary white tea. Enjoyable, but measure carefully and don’t keep the leaves around too long.

Rating: 87.

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