White Tea Bundle
White tea is among the most prized styles of tea in the world, historically reserved only as tribute teas to Chinese emperors. Fortunately, today we can all drink like royalty! These complex teas offer a panorama of delicate flavors and aromas, and the best ones complement these nuances tastes with wonderfully heavy mouthfeel.
Traditionally, white tea is made only in the spring, just as the first shoots of the year emerge. The tea farmer has to exercise a discerning pluck to harvest only the terminal growth of the tea bush, a fragile, flavor-packed part of the leaf. The harvest is carefully transported to the processing area, where it is minimally handled to avoid damage.
Our loose leaf white tea bundle includes three whites teas that demonstrate how much white tea has to offer. The Kumaon White is made by small farmers in the Champawat Village of Kumaon, who harvest tea bushes in late March just as the plants come out of winter dormancy. Most of the tea bushes they pluck to make this tea are more than 150 years old, and the bushes’ age contributes to a surprising strength for white tea, along with unique notes of peeled cucumber and melon. The Nepali Silver Needle comes from our partners at the Kanchanjangha Tea Estate in Eastern Nepal, where small farmers painstakingly harvest only the stretching bud of the tea plant. This highly prized tea, which can only be made under specific conditions, carries elegant notes of creamy caramel and blossoming lilac. Finally, the Nilgiri White from the all-woman team at the Tea Studio in South India is made from the Assamica variety of the tea bush, a rarity among white teas. The result is an array of pleasantly unexpected notes of wild honey and rose.
With all white teas, be sure to re-steep the same leaves multiple times to get the most out of your loose leaf tea; often the best flavors only reveal themselves in the second or third infusions!
The Small White Tea Bundle comes with a total of 2 oz of loose leaf white tea including:
- 1 small pouch of Kumaon White (0.5 oz, makes 11 cups)
- 1 small pouch of Nepali Silver Needle (1 oz, makes 23 cups)
- 1 small pouch of Nilgiri White (0.5 oz, makes 11 cups)
The Medium White Tea Bundle comes with a total of 6 oz of loose leaf white tea including: