We have several white teas to tell you about. Two are new, Mangosteen and Pomegranate (pictured above), and one is a returning favorite, White Calypso. White teas are the least processed of all the teas. Frequently the leaves are merely carefully picked and then dried. The natural down that baby teas leaves have are usually rubbed off during processing, but in white teas this is still visible and gives the tea leaves a silvery look. Hence the name “white tea.” White tea is by itself rather mild and slightly sweet in flavor, and therefore takes flavorings very nicely.
Our Mangosteen White is a “limited edition.” The mangosteen fruit is quite tropical, rarely seen in the west, and is considered to be one of the “superfruits.” It is cultivated extensively in Thailand and in a limited way in Sri Lanka, India and the Philippines. The flavor of the white fruit reminds us of a cross between perhaps cantaloupe and mango. It’s hard to describe, but is absolutely delicious. We have a limited amount of Mangosteen White Tea available in 1 ounce, 2 ounce and 1/4 pound quantities. If you desire a larger quantity please call the shop (360-331-6080) or email for availability. Little bits of dried mangosteen are sprinkled throughout this tea along with some mango to accentuate the flavor.
Pomegranate is actually a blend of white and delicate green teas and has lovely fresh, berry-like flavor notes. (As I’m typing this, I’m enjoying the tea in the photo above! Yum!) White Calypso is flavored with essence of pear, mango, pineapple, orange and plum. It makes an extraordinary iced tea and is a top seller during the summer season here. In fact all of our flavored white teas make wonderful iced teas, but enjoy them hot, too!
Next time you order, please feel free to ask for a sample of one of these. We’re always happy to treat you to a cup or two of something new. :)