Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nepali Tea Traders Dhulagiri White

Country of Origin: Nepal
Leaf Appearance: silvery green, somewhat curled
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: pale gold

So many teas, such little time! Somehow my review of this little gem never left my offline notes. Any of my fellow bloggers ever have that happen? I had the pleasure of meeting Maggie from Nepali Tea Traders one year at World Tea Expo. She was kind enough to give me samples of several of her teas and this is one I was particularly excited about.

The leaves were beautiful to look at before I even brewed them. There was a quite a lot of diminutive buds along with some silvery larger leaves. White teas are always intriguing for me, especially those that are not exactly traditional, because they are subtle but can offer a ton of complexity at the same time. The taste was of this one was floral but in more of a woodland meadow kind of way. Days sent camping on fields of red clover blossoms came to mind. No hot house orchids here! Isn't it neat how tea can spark a totally unrelated sensory memory like that? A slightly nutty undertone ended in a sweet and cooling finish. Tragedy struck as my second infusion was prematurely knocked off of the kitchen counter and into the sink. I guess I'll have to wait a while before I find out what that second brew tasted like but I have no doubt that it would have been delicious.

If you've never heard of Nepali Tea Traders before, I really suggest checking out their website. I love their passion for what the do and their commitment to helping the people of Nepal to build a sustainable tea industry.

Dulagiri White sample was provided by Nepali Tea Traders.