Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Sakuma Bros.
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.
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!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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