It has finally cooled down enough that the thought of a warm cup of tea in the morning is palatable again… especially so as we are living under a cloud of forest fire smoke that has made my throat and chest irritated for days.
I really enjoyed Nepal Tea’s “White Prakash”. This was in my sampler pack from the San Francisco International Tea Festival 2018, but isn’t listed on their website. The packet looks the same as the White Prakash, but “1st Flush” is hand-written on it. The leaves look different as well… these are really full and fluffy (resulting in 3.5g inside the packet) while the regular White Prakash packet had smaller, more needle-like leaves (resulting in 6.5g inside the packet).
I brewed the full 3.5g packet in 180F water, steeped for 3 minutes. It smells like honey graham biscuits with some wildflower florality as it cools in my cup. I’m getting notes of buttered vegetables, hay, and wildflower honey. The flavor is more buttery/floral with a more dominant hay note than I got in the regular White Prakash cold brewed. I’m also not getting the strong citrus note I got in the White Prakash cold brew in this tea at all. Not sure how much of the differences are due to this being a First Flush vs. warm brewing this tea and cold brewing the other one.
Still enjoying this, but I liked the regular White Prakash cold brew a bit more.
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Flowers, Graham, Hay, Honey, Vegetal