Kangaita White Needle

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200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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  • “I got a sample of this and decided to break out the gaiwan to have a couple of steeps that way. This is a very unique and lovely white tea, I definitely like all the white teas I've had so far...” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2418 tasting notes
  • “Thank you so much for sharing this precious tea with me *Azzrian!* It's so... _*sweet!!*_ I added NO sugar, but it really tastes like I did! Wow. I love how light it is, and slippery. Yes this...” Read full tasting note
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    indigobloom 1311 tasting notes
  • “Bought a sample bag. Smell from bag - very fresh and earthy, like hay. Smell in cup - creamy - earthy - literally made my mouth water! First sip: OH MY GAWD! Sweet and creamy and crisp at the...” Read full tasting note
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From Rare Tea Republic

Only the terminal bud is plucked to make this large leafed tea. Unusually rich and sweet with a creamy mouthfeel, the taste conjures custard and malva pudding.
Plucking Date: 01/23/2012
Origin: Kenya
Steep Time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 198
Tea per Cup: 2 teaspoons

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2418 tasting notes

I got a sample of this and decided to break out the gaiwan to have a couple of steeps that way.

This is a very unique and lovely white tea, I definitely like all the white teas I’ve had so far from RtR. The leaves are BIG and slender!

This is definitely sweet, especially in the aftertaste. I definitely agree with the custard sort of description and it also reminds me of sweet buttered corn, nice! The one thing that disturbs me a teeny little bit is I have gotten a slight chlorine smell but maybe I am imagining things. My gaiwan steeping is probably not the most optimal for this, me thinks…

So I tried steeping it again in my Finium tea filter around 190F for 5 minutes. I thought perhaps that was too much but that’s what the instructions called for and these leaves were already steeped twice. Now the curious aroma is definitely gone and the light sweetness is still there, hmm. yummy! I don’t think I like it quite as much as the Sandapku or the Himalyan white but it is still rather yummy. A sweet pudding indeed. :)

ScottTeaMan

I’ll have to remember this:

RTR & Shang tea for my new whites, Mandala for Pu-erhs and China blacks (they have a coupl really nice ones)-and Bana for Puerhs.

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Thank you so much for sharing this precious tea with me Azzrian!
It’s so… sweet!! I added NO sugar, but it really tastes like I did! Wow.
I love how light it is, and slippery. Yes this is very good tea!
When it is hot, I taste a jasminey sort of floral/fruity note along with the hay Azzrian mentions. It’s nice and crisp to, while the sweetness runs deep into the flavour, lingering long after the swallow.
At first, I wasn’t in love with this one but as it cooled… well sometimes love burns slow! ;)
Lately though, my affair with whites has cooled. There was a day when I was all over them. Now, as much as I do enjoy the occasional cup, it isn’t often I crave one.
I could make an exception for this though. Yup, I deem this the great white tea!!
On a side note, I love that the leaves are fuzzy. Like pussy willow! :P
Edit: after many sips, the sweetness seems to have built up in the aftertaste. I feel as if I’ve just downed a teaspoon of syrup. Oh my!! (I love you George Takei)
I wonder how this would fare iced…

Bonnie

Frisky with those White Tea’s! A love lost found again?

TeaBrat

I have been very tempted by this lately!

Indigobloom

Bonnie: I just tried a second steep. While still good it is heavier on the jasmine like flavour (obviously not jasmine because I didn’t react) but I am not a fan of that note. It fades somewhat as the tea cools but at that price I’d like to have a tea that resteeps well and I’m afraid of trying a third infusion now :/

Amy: oh it is so worth it!! very tasty, but as I said above… I’m not sure I can justify the cost for myself.

TeaBrat

I have tried 3 of their white teas already and can’t justify buying anymore until I finish off what I have!

Azzrian

Oh you will find a way – you will :)

Erin

Where there is a tea, there is always a way Amy

Indigobloom

I agree, you will figure it out Amy! :P

TeaBrat

Talk to my credit card about that one – ha!

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Bought a sample bag.
Smell from bag – very fresh and earthy, like hay.
Smell in cup – creamy – earthy – literally made my mouth water!
First sip: OH MY GAWD! Sweet and creamy and crisp at the same time.
At 19.00 per 1.7 ounces this may have to become my guilty pleasure. I really am wanting to order more of this although that will have to wait for a while it may be one of those I get a special container for and highlight in my tea stash. Or one day when hubby makes me my wooden tea caddy / box it may be one I have limited but PRECIOUS supply of.
I can’t wait for round two when I add sugars and creamers – first go on each tea I have straight. Normally on the first pot – second cup I will add some raw sugar but not this time – this time I just want to immerse myself in the glory that is. This is one that really does not need improvement but for the sake of learning I shall try the additives- next time.
Blissful.
Note: Was starving because I opted to use my time to make tea instead of food – lol I bet a lot of tea lovers have done that a time or two … anyway …. this tea is so YUMMY with a couple chocolate cookies. :)
Okay enough of this – off to relish my sweet delight!
Azz out….

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
SimpliciTEA

This is ideally a good thing to do: “… but not this time – this time I just want to immerse myself in the glory that is.” I usually add sweetener the first time i try a tea, unless there is some reason not to. But, not adding any can give you a better opportunity to actually taste the flavors in the tea. One benefit of adding sweeter the first time: it can help to bring out some flavors.

Scott B

RTR now has a brand new Breakfast tea from the same estate: https://www.raretearepublic.com/kenya/kangaita-breakfast-black-tea

Azzrian

Oh really!?!?! WOOT WOOT – thank you so much for letting me know! <3

Scott B

You’re welcome :) They are having a live chat with their tea buyer this week too (she’s in Nepal) : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rare-Tea-Republic/264368010260723

Azzrian

dang you are the man with the info! LOL seriously thanks! This is cool!

Scott B

I am having a productive day :)

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