Orthodox Smoked White Tea

Tea type
White Tea
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Flavors
Apple, Astringent, Campfire, Cucumber, Cumin, Dry Grass, Drying, Earthy, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fruity, Gooseberry, Incense, Leather, Mineral, Petrichor, Pleasantly Sour, Pungent, Quince, Red Fruits, Resin, Rich, Savory, Smoked, Smooth, Spices, Spicy, Tangy, Viscous, Wood, Woody
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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 10 oz / 300 ml

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  • “August 2020 harvest On a roll today with Ketlee notes. Here’s the current cup, brewed western in a mason jar. If there is one thing consistent about my enjoyment of tea, it’s that I prefer white...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Gongfu! I’ve been curious about this tea for a while and somehow I managed to miss sampling this one in my last order, so teajay9 kindly shared! It’s a nice gentle smoke and, while I usually crave...” Read full tasting note
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Orthodox Smoked White Tea

Crafted by artisans who call the old tree forest their home, this is our second offering made by the people who have been drinking Orthodox Smoked Black Tea from the wild tea trees. This is a rather interesting addition and we are glad to be offering this to you. This white tea was harvested in Autumn 2020 and smoked traditionally using forest wood.

This tea has a more intense smoky taste compared to the one we already offer. The delicate flavour of the white combines beautifully with the smoky note. The dry leaf smells smoky and fruity. You can feel a distinct crunchy Indian guava and yellow flower note on the nose after the tea is rinsed. The fruity and flowery notes transfer nicely into the liquor, along with the smoky note of course. After the second steep, we feel some spicy notes as well which is common with all the wild white teas we offer. On the fruity front, there are notes of pears, phalsa(an Indian fruit) and some spicy notes like cinnamon and white pepper. The tea is rich in caffeine and energizes you well! Do try this unique wild white tea for its smoky character and thick body.

Appearance : Bright Yellow

Taste : Smoke, yellow flowers, guava, pear, cinnamon, white pepper, phalsa fruit

Steeping Time : 4 minutes western style, 30 seconds gongfu style adding 10 seconds every subsequent steep

Recommended Steeping Temperature : 85-90°C

Recommended Steeping Method : GongFu Style

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August 2020 harvest

On a roll today with Ketlee notes. Here’s the current cup, brewed western in a mason jar. If there is one thing consistent about my enjoyment of tea, it’s that I prefer white teas brewed in glass. Anyway, I picked this up because I fell in love with Old Ways Tea’s 2018 White Tea, which was a gently smoked white from Fujian, China.

What a cool tea! The smoke of the dry leaf attacks the nose. It’s savory like smoked paprika and mesquite wood. I guess it could smell like unsweetened powdered BBQ spice mix. The woodsmoke carries through into the cup, sharp but smooth and softened by petrichor. I also smell something very fruit, almost like a tart quince-apple mixture. Earthy-spicy-woody like cumin.

The sip is just as rich as the aromas, warm and savory, lightly viscous, exploding with hot sun, tall grasses, dry earth, a cooking fire. Massive woody resins. Tangy, almost sour fruits and red berries. Faint roasted fennel bulb. It’s invigorating and comforting at the same time. A tea that’s intensely rustic but - GAH! This is so good.

On the second cup and equally as good. More mineral and thinner, still tangy like cucumber and gooseberry, with a nice finishing astringency. Eucalyptus. Now drying but not bitter.

Picked out some wet leaf to smell. Under the savory woodsmoke, I can smell sweet redfruit, leather and eucalyptus.

Lotta strength to these leaves.

This tea is not going to be for everybody but if you want a bold and rich smoked tea, this is a great pick.

[see https://www.worldteanews.com/Insights/wild-forage-tea-indias-manipur-forests]

Flavors: Apple, Astringent, Campfire, Cucumber, Cumin, Dry Grass, Drying, Earthy, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fruity, Gooseberry, Incense, Leather, Mineral, Petrichor, Pleasantly Sour, Pungent, Quince, Red Fruits, Resin, Rich, Savory, Smoked, Smooth, Spices, Spicy, Tangy, Viscous, Wood, Woody

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

I never would have thought that white tea and smoke would pair nicely. I am always learning stuff from your reviews!

ashmanra

Sounds like it would be good with cheese – maybe drunken goat and smoked Gouda.

derk

gmathis, glad I’m able to throw curiosities out there for you to discover.

I can send some both y’alls way if you’d like to try it.

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Gongfu!

I’ve been curious about this tea for a while and somehow I managed to miss sampling this one in my last order, so teajay9 kindly shared! It’s a nice gentle smoke and, while I usually crave something far more heavy handed than this, it was really unique getting to taste the lighter pine-y smoke notes with the distinct taste of the white tea base. At times it was like smoked cucumber pulp and others it took me to the nostalgic memories of walking into my grandfather’s woodshop as a small child – resinous wood and sawdust, in the best way.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTuVsEIgfz4/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1dtRs_vN6Y&ab_channel=RemiWolf

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