Review: Teayama Darjeeling White Tea

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Thumbs up!"This sweet and fruity brew displays lots of honeydew melon and muscatel notes. It’s definitely worth a try for those looking for a white tea that is a bit off the beaten path."
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teayamadarjwhiteIndia is better known for it’s black teas but the Darjeeling region does grow a broader repertoire of teas. This white tea is a good example. It still provides muscatel notes like its fermented counterparts, but this is a lighter, more floral brew. Looking at my sample, the densely packed leaves are thin and silvery, sort of like furry spruce needles. Their aroma is hard to pin down, combining grass, honey and spice notes.

Since Teayama doesn't provide any brewing instructions, I decide to infuse a heaping teaspoonful of leaves in 250ml of water heated to 70 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The resulting pale gold cup is very sweet and floral, especially its aftertaste. Otherwise the sip combines dry muscatel notes with mild hay, green beans, and honeydew melon flavours. It’s bright and sappy - surprisingly potent for a white tea.

I steep the leaves a second time for 4 minutes. The cup is more astringent now, as well as less sweet. The darker brew is mostly grassy and vegetal in profile. It’s less interesting, lacking the first brew's spark, but still drinkable.

I try a third steep following a 5 and a half minute-long brew. Some faint muscatel and hay notes are still present but the flavours are now very muted and watery. I don’t think I would bother with a third cup next time.

This sweet and fruity brew displays lots of honeydew melon and muscatel notes. The feel is a bit dry and astringent, somewhat like a light white wine's. It’s definitely worth a try for those looking for a white tea that is a bit off the beaten path. It’s also not too expensive, and available in a variety of formats. I’m a bit disappointed in the leaves’ lack of stamina but the bright and tangy first steep makes up for it.

— To purchase Teayama Darjeeling White Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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