Assam White

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From Canton Tea Co

A rare and exquisite Indian White Assam from the Mothola Estate, one of the only White Assam producing estates in India. The young buds are handpicked in early spring and then air dried. These handpicked buds are long and velvety smooth, a mixture of silver and green colours, with a rich floral aroma.

The liquor is bright and beautifully smooth, with no astringency even after several infusions. The rich malty flavour associated with Assam is present here, along with fruity mango flavours and smooth floral notes.

Differing in taste from Chinese white teas, this white Assam is a unique and beautiful tea.

About Canton Tea Co View company

Canton Tea Co is a London-based tea company trading in high grade, whole leaf Chinese tea. We have exclusive access to some of the best jasmine, white, green, oolong, black and authentic puerh teas available. In our first year, we scooped Six Golds at the 2009 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. Our Jasmine Pearls won the top three star gold award, endorsing it as the best available in the UK.

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I’m way too chintzy with my leaves and never willingly put enough in the cup when I’m steeping a white tea. (Then pule and whinge about how weak it tastes.) Full moon? Christmas liberality? Whatever it was, I actually spooned in a full two teaspoonsful as recommended…

…and it tastes the way it’s supposed to taste! This is a sweet, smooth, honey-colored white tea that takes heat and a long steep quite well. First taste sensation that registered was the yummy unsweet burnt-toasted-marshmallow-crust you get over a campfire. As it cools, there’s more of a honey-caramel vibe. Handmade caramels.

And, so the label tells me, there are several good steeps ahead.

Lesson learned. If they say two, they mean two.


Following directions… what a novel idea. Maybe I’ll try it sometime.

I find white tea to be one of those that are hard to measure. Usually I measure what I think is right then add more.


Oh, wow…second steep report. Even caramellier.

Terri HarpLady

That sounds tasty!

Rebecca Lynn

I’ve never heard the word chintzy used as stingy, haha.

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This was a complete surprise. I received this one-off sample in a delivery of white tea from Canton Tea Co. and shrieked in delight upon receiving it. It lasted five steeps and took hotter temperatures well. Albeit still a white tea, it has some of the burly trappings of its blacker brethren.

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180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

omg this sounds heavenly!! yummmm… how much was shipping?? It doesn’t say on the site, and I’m not sure I can stop myself from ordering a sample!

Geoffrey Norman

Actually, shipping isn’t all that much for Canton when I ordered the white tea pack originally. Pretty reasonable.


gah, I just blew my tea budget for the month. Something to look forward to then! :)

Geoffrey Norman

At least you have a monthly tea budget.


true. I really shouldn’t, it prevents me from saving up some extra cash!

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Extraordinary, unlike any other white tea I’ve ever tasted – it’s full flavored like a standard black Assam, but without the harsher edge/incredibly strong maltiness that many of them have. Fruity notes, slightly sweet. Entirely unique!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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