Sun Dried White Tea from Sakuma Bros.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Sakuma Bros.

Product Description:

A refreshing unique tea grown in the rich alluvial soil of Washington State’s Skagit Valley.  Our high latitude location give Camilla Sinensus a distinctive taste.

Sakuma Tea is a unique type of WhiteTea.

Taster’s Review:

A friend of mine sent me a bit of this tea to try, and having so much tea in my cupboard, I just kind of put it in there and forgot about it.  Sorry Geoff!  But, mostly, I’m sorry for myself, because, what a wonderful tea I’ve just discovered!

First of all, I’m super excited about this tea because it’s grown RIGHT HERE in Washington State!  Wow!  I didn’t know there were any tea farms here in Washington.  What a joy it is to be tasting a tea grown locally.

Second, this tastes like no other white tea I’ve ever tried.  It has many similar qualities to other white teas:  a delicate nature, a soft sweetness and a fresh lightness.  But there are other qualities to it that were rather unexpected but quite enjoyable.

It has a creamy sort of consistency to it, with a mouthfeel that is soft and luxurious.  There is just a hint of fresh cream taste that remains on the palate when I sip this.  It’s quite remarkable and reminds me a bit of a fine quality milk Oolong, although it isn’t quite as thick as one.  The astringency here is quite light.  I notice a slight drying of the palate in the aftertaste, but that it.

There is also a hint of fruit to this tea that reminds me of apples.  Maybe it’s just my mind playing tricks on me because Washington is known for its apples so maybe when I taste this fruity note in the background, my mind immediately conjures up images of an orchard of apple trees that might be grown near the tea bushes.  That being said, I distinctly taste a fruit-like note in the background.

I love this tea… a love it a whole lot!  Now… I just have to be patient for the spring harvest, because this tea will not be available until then!

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