Blooming… friendly… elegant… All great ways to describe the character of the latest tea featured in my Oh Canada series from Tea Rebellion! Tea Rebellion is a fairly “new” tea company that has partnered with six different farms spread throughout southeast Asia and Africa, to help connect the general public with “fiercely authentic” tea that is never blended and directly from the source. Basically, the goal is complete and utter transparency! Of the various tea offerings available online (including three recently introduced herbals!), in today’s post, I will be reviewing White Prakash. (Fun fact: This Nepali white tea won first place of all white teas, via a blind taste test, earlier this year at the Toronto Tea Festival!)
Organic White Prakash comes sealed in a black foil pouch, and I must say, Tea Rebellion’s packaging is some of my very favourite. Apart from the basic information on the front, when you flip the bag around, you not only get more detailed specifics about the tea inside, but about the farm it was harvested from as well (the Kanchanjangha estate in this case)! White Prakash visually bares a lot of similarities to my favourite variety of white tea - Bai Mu Dan (also known as White Peony), in that its loose leaf consists of young tea leaves and unopened buds covered in silvery down. There are a handful of neutral tones present - light and dark greens, browns, and greys. The ingredients list consists of just one thing: organic white loose leaf tea. The nose of the dry leaf is quite earthy, with a slight floral quality to it.
The brewing instructions for White Prakash are as follows: one spoonful per cup, brewed at 175-180°F for 4 minutes. I steeped this tea for three and a half minutes in water heated to 175°F.
Post-steeping for more than three minutes results in a cup filled with a light, straw-like coloured liquor. And I’m not sure if I’m hallucinating or not, but am I possibly smelling a bit of honeydew melon? Maybe even cucumber… That and something that makes me really yearn for proper springtime weather. Upon my first sips, I am greeted with all the flavours associated with this tea: prominent notes of vanilla, some florals, as well as a bit of hay and melted butter on the back end. The amount of buds in this tea have contributed immensely to the level of natural sweetness. For a white tea, White Prakash is of a fuller body and really makes a point of proving just how unique it is. I love and appreciate how smooth it is going down! It’s also free of any type of bitterness, what more could you want???
In so many words, this tea is a pleasure to enjoy. It is easily one of my favourite white teas that I’ve tried, and it’s really no wonder how it has accumulated the accolades and awards that it has. Even though I only prepared it once for this review, White Prakash can easily withstand a couple more infusions, no problem. The quality is undeniable, because somehow it manages to be complex, yet well balanced at the same time!
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Stay tuned for a flavoured sencha tea review!
Until we steep again…