Thursday, April 16, 2015

What-Cha Nepal 1st Flush 2014 White Tea

Country of Origin: Nepal
Leaf Appearance: varied greens, some interspersed needles
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: very pale gold

This white tea is from Greenland Organic Farm in Nepal. The dry leaves were quite beautiful, closely resembling Bai Mu Dan. There were visibly broken leaves as well as some interspersed silver needles. The taste was mellow and sweet with a pleasant peachy aroma. There was no bitterness or astringency, even after letting the leaves sit in water for a bit. That makes it a good candidate for drinking "grandpa style". The taste stayed constant through my second infusion but the leaves were pretty much spent after that. You may be able to get more out of them using a gaiwan. I previously reviewed the Silver Needle from this producer, also courtesy of What-Cha. I did enjoy that tea a bit more but that is to be expected since it is a higher grade tea. Considering that there is not much of a price difference, I would recommend the Silver Needle before this one. Of course I'll also be an enabler and tell you that it would be interesting to taste them side by side too.

Nepal 1st Flush 2014 White Tea sample provided by What-Cha.