Teatulia White Teabags 2014

(Tea Provided for review)
Origin: Bangladesh


So I received more tea to look at from a company I originally heard of on reddit and is interesting. Teatulia is a company that grows their own tea in their own tea garden. I first heard about Teautila interestingly an a subreddit unrelated to tea, I remember reading about their efforts to engage with their local community, most notably paying a living wage while being environmentally conscious. You can read more about Teatulia here, their efforts to further education and literacy was interesting. I hope to see more companies following Teatulia and others like Eco-Cha & Tealet efforts to better the living conditions of the people who grow tea.


Teabag: This is a first for me, a bagged tea on my blog, I was a little cautious at first since Teatulia also sells loose leaf versions of their teas. Teaulia has rather pretty packaging, and according to it their teabags contain whole tea leaves which seems to be true although there was some tea dust in the bags. Regardless the dry leave has a nice basil and wildflower scent and looks a little like a silver needle. I decided to try brewing this two ways, the first in the tea bag and the second loose leaf (I most note I only received teabag samples so I cut a tiny incision in the teabag rather than use their loose leaf. I can’t really comment on the quality of their loose leaf tea in this post).

Brewing in a Teabag
Temperature: 165oF
Brewing Time: Two Minutes
Aroma: Fresh Hay and Fruity
Flavor: Floral, Vegetal, Sage and Honey
Tasting Notes: This was rather dark for what appears to be a silver needle. It had a rather nice balance between Floral and Vegetal although the Sage made this rather unique, it is a little reminiscent of the herbaceous Taiwanese oolongs; in fact this feels much to dark for a white tea. I decided against following Teatulia’s suggested brewing parameters. I can’t imagine how this would have turned out if I used boiling water. Regardless this was quite nice, it feels to powerful to be a white tea, but I don’t think it would fit in with Greens or Oolongs.


It has been quite some time since I drank bagged tea, but I don’t remember teabags being this good. I was rather surprised, I’ll be honest when I opened my package containing the Teatulia samples I was a little disappointed to have received teabags rather than loose leaf tea. But after trying this I’ll honestly admit I was a little prejudiced against teabags and this is rather nice. The question is do I prefer this tea brewing bagless or if it makes no difference?



Loose Leaf
Temperature: 165oF
Brewing Time:
Aroma: Fresh Hay and Fruity
Flavor: Floral, Vegetal, Sage and Honey
Tasting Notes: Everything from taste to aroma is pretty much the same, although it the liquor was a little lighter (which was surprising) and a little tea particles escaped my strainer (not so surprising); otherwise this is nearly identical to being brewed in a teabag, perhaps a little stronger. As to whether or not I prefer brewing this in a tea bag or loose, I think I prefer the teabag, the differences were minor and this appears to be a very high quality teabag.



I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this tea, I am not really a bag white tea drinker and definitely not a fan of teabags, but this was quite nice. I am not sure I’d ever seek out bagged tea since most teabags contain tea dust and taste awful this was rather pleasant. And for $9.99 for 16 teabags this is definitely worth checking out even if you don’t like white tea. I’d wholeheartedly recommend this to any loose leaf tea drinker. While the overwhelming majority of bagged tea may be of poor quality this is evidence bagged tea can be better. While this is rather nice I am not exactly sold on teabags, I am curious to try Teatulia’s loose leaf tea in the future and compare it to their bagged tea I can’t help, but think it would be better.




Rah

Just a guy who likes tea.

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