I wanted to start by thanking Yatra Tea Company for the amazing opportunity to try all of these great teas. They specialize in South Asian teas, predominantly from India but also from Nepal.
If you would like to try some of their teas, they have a great offer called the “Yatra 2018 Sampler” where you can try 9 of their best teas at once. This is great if you aren’t quite sure what type of tea is your favorite. https://www.yatrateacompany.com/shop/yatra-2018-sampler
I know I haven’t been reviewing so many white teas, but they are sometimes pretty difficult to find! Luckily, I was given this beautiful white tea from Yatra Tea Company.
I was excited to try this tea, not only because it was the only white tea in the group of samples, but also because it would be the first Darjeeling white tea I had ever tasted.
From the dried leaves, I was again getting that “chocolaty” aroma I usually associate with high-quality teas from this region. As many of you may know, white tea gets its name from the fine white hairs that form on the buds of the tea plant. There were plenty of those in these leaves. Probably at least 705 of the contents of this sample bag were buds and the rest were leaves. The buds tend to be the most desirable part of the tea plant, so they are often reserved for the premium teas.
The aroma coming off of the brewed tea is fresh and floral. The white teas have not been fermented or roasted, so this is as close to nature as tea gets! With the first sip, I noticed a little bit of bitterness and a lot of dryness to the tea. I’m pretty sure I brewed it properly, but I do end up getting having to clear my throat every now and again.
Although the beginning taste of this tea is a little bit rough, the aftertaste is smooth and mellow. I notice a little bit of creaminess and a nice sweet flavor. There is no astringency to this tea, but there is a lot of bitterness, which I like. The white teas that I have tried seem to have the perfect level of bitterness where it is quite enjoyable.
The rough flavor I experienced in the beginning seemed to subside with each sip. I’m not sure but it is possible that the white hairs from the buds settle towards the top. Either way, I thought I would mention it because it made this tea less of a favorite for me. The tea is still very good, but with so many other great options from Yatra Tea Company, I would not recommend this one as strongly.
I was ready to take this tea for a second steeping. I set the kettle to just under boiling and steeped for a couple of minutes. I really enjoyed this second steeping, even more than the first one. The second steeping didn’t have the rough flavor in the beginning (which further supports my theory) and it had a much more full-bodied flavor. Personally, I like white teas that have a very full-bodied flavor, and that is why I’m not a huge fan of silver needle teas actually. I really like the bold flavor of
just the leaves. Although this tea is quire bold, it has still has some sweetness and creaminess to it, especially in the aftertaste.
This white tea gives me a very calm energy. I used to drink white teas when I meditated, because it gives you this nice relaxed feeling
This tea was quite good, although not as strong compared to the others. The flavor has gotten me excited about trying other white teas in the near future. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had a white tea and I’ve really been missing them. Here is my updated ranking:
#1 Nepali First Flush from the Sakhira Estate
#2: Second Flush Darjeeling from Marangi Estate
#3: First Flush Darjeeling from Puttabong Estate
#4: Darjeeling Oolong from Castleton Estate
#5: First Flush Darjeeling from Goomtee Estate
#6: First Flush White Tea from Castleton Estate