Nepal White from Simpson & Vail

Hi guys! In keeping with the current theme of trying out tea variety/origin combinations that are new or unusual to me, today I’m going to be trying some white tea from Nepal, supplied by the fabulous Simpson & Vail tea company!

The dried leaves are a lot darker than I would expect for a white tea, but the pieces are still mostly whole leaves. Their scent is very light and floral, with the slightest hint of smokiness.

I’ll be brewing this tea gongfu-style to try and get a sense of the intricacies of the brew, using 2 tsp per 200ml and allowing for 30 second steeps.

This Nepal White actually reminds me quite a bit of a White Peony variety! Very, very floral and sweet, making the darkness of the leaves almost a bit misleading! However, that little extra roasty goodness does shine through in the aftertaste of the tea, manifesting as a slight hint of woody flavor to round off each sip.

Really gorgeous tea, light and floral, with that little peep of woodiness keeping the brew from being too sweet. A solid daily drinker white tea, to be sure!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

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Located 6000 feet above sea level, in the misty hills of Pashupatinagar, Ilam, is this family owned Organic (EU) and ISO certified garden. The teas grown here are some of the most interesting and spectacular teas that will tempt your taste buds into new levels of enjoyment. This garden is the first one in Nepal to use the technology, machinery and expertise available from Japan. The Aarubotay tea bushes are a combination of Japanese, Chinese and clonal varieties that produce the best of Nepalese teas. Try some today and, from the first smell of the dry leaf to the taste of the brewed tea, you will be convinced that this family has achieved success!

These over 1 inch long, pale white, downy tipped gray-green leaves brew to a pure white liquor and a sweet, delicate apricot cup. It truly is unlike any other white tea that we’ve tasted

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Nepal – Aarubotay Plum Tree Gardens White Tea Organic from Simpson & Vail

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Leaf Type:  White Tea

Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

Tea Description:

Located 6000 feet above sea level, in the misty hills of Pashupatinagar, Ilam, is this family owned Organic (EU) and ISO certified garden. The teas grown here are some of the most interesting and spectacular teas that will tempt your taste buds into new levels of enjoyment. This garden is the first one in Nepal to use the technology, machinery and expertise available from Japan. The Aarubotay tea bushes are a combination of Japanese, Chinese and clonal varieties that produce the best of Nepalese teas. Try some today and, from the first smell of the dry leaf to the taste of the brewed tea, you will be convinced that this family has achieved success!

These over 1 inch long, pale white, downy tipped gray-green leaves brew to a pure white liquor and a sweet, delicate apricot cup. It truly is unlike any other white tea that we’ve tasted!

Brew: 2- 4 minutes @ 158-167ºF. Multiple infusions are possible.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have always been a fan of Simpson & Vail. Their customer service is top notch and their teas are fresh and delicious.   A great company to pick up a few blends from for sure!

This particular tea sounded amazing from the description and I couldn’t wait to try it. I brewed it up per the instructions above and couldn’t wait to try this tea.

I will admit, I had to allow this tea to cool but I think that just deepened the flavors.  I will admit the flavors of this tea remind me of a black tea.  There are definite similar notes with a slight maltiness but in that maltiness is a sweet yet floral flavor that sings. A crisp white flavor that really hits that note that gives you that warming feeling inside.  Really lovely and one that you could sip on each and every day and not get tired of it.

This tea gives you the best of all worlds.  The richness notes that give black tea that umph with a delicate side as well.  This may be my new to go tea in the morning! I could see this being pretty fabulous for my commute into the office.