Origin: Nilgiris, Southern India
Producer: Tea Studio
Infusion Suggestion: 170°F, 5min
Tasting Notes: White Peach and Morning Dew
Information: This sweet and soft white transports one to breezy alpine meadows infused with the scent of fresh cut hay.
This famous Chinese style white tea, is made by one of India's first female tea producers -- Muskan Khanna. This aromatic white tea has a nutty creaminess that dispenses throughout each sip. This tea is part of a series Khanna is making by adapting Japanese and Chinese methods to Indian tea leaves
Production: To produce this delicate white tea, two leaves and a bud are layered on bamboo meshes to wither naturally. These bamboo meshes are then out in directly sunlight for 2 hours, and then shade for 2 hours. This process is carried on until the leaves have changed colour and have almost completely dried. The last part of drying is done on a roasting machine.
Region: The Nilgiri region contain India’s southern-most mountains. While the district is only slightly larger than Darjeeling, it produces nearly four times as much tea. The prolific growth can be attributed to the lush tropical climate. Unlike other regions, most of the land is owned by small growers who sell their green leaf to “bought leaf” factories. Nigiri teas are generally known to be less bitter as they contain fewer tannins than most china bush teas.
Growers: Tea Studio is a state of the art processing facility in the Nilgiris run Muskan Khanna. Her father, Indi, has been producing fine Indian teas for decades, however Muskan was interested in incorporating traditional Chinese methods into their production in order to create high quality, one-of-a-kind teas. Under Muskan’s leadership, the factory is currently run and operated exclusively by a team of women – rare for the tea industry. In addition, Tea Studio is also an educational space designed to host groups and teach professionals how to make fine whole leaf teas. Read more about Muskan’s Journey.
Impact: With the creativity and expertise employed at Tea Studio – the breadth and interest of Indian teas continue's to expand. Though education and professional development, more small growers will have access to the resources they need to process high quality teas in the specialty tea world. In an industry dominated by middle aged men, Muskan represents a youthful energy and face that will be essential if tea will continue to survive in rural India.