Volcanic Buds 2015
Kangaita estate sits 6,000ft up in the foothills of Mt Kenya. Although the soil, elevation and climate are ideal for high quality teas; but the market demands that they produce regular black teas. We visited Kangaita and collaborated on a new craft white tea to show the potential of the estate.
The leaves were picked early in the morning from this section of the estate (pictured). These tea plants are a varietal suited to white tea.
The fresh juicy buds arrive and are separated from the leaves in the factory. Each bud is laid out and goes through the specific process of withering and drying.
Many ‘white’ teas in the world are quick dried at high temperatures, which technically makes them green teas. Authentic white teas, like this one, are slowly cool dried.
The 2015 is now vintage and continuing to age well. The leaves will infuse several times, giving a peach skin textured, floral white tea.