Clouded Leopard is a complex muscatel white tea. With spicy notes and a strong muscatel background it makes for a brisk but not malty take on a popular near-Himalayan flavor. The tea is a bai mudan style which means it has budsets and leaves. Since white teas are just dried it still has some bright green leaves in with the white and golden brown buds.
This tea takes its name from the smallest of the big cats, which we think is how the tea’s distinct muscatel notes also represent themselves. Clouded leopards are two species of wild cat that live throughout the forests of Southeast Asia. They are secretive and rare in the wild, preferring to remain alone and hidden from view. They also happen to be very pretty. You can learn more about them and the conservation efforts around them here.
Grown: Panchthar, Nepal
Dry Aroma: Spices, Honey, Citrus, Hay
Tasting Notes: Hay, Peppercorn, Muscatel, Lightly Astringent
Brewing Suggestion: We like this tea best in a teapot when we used 1-2 tablespoon (2-3 grams) of tea first brewed at 180 for 1-2 minutes. The tea leaves on this are light and fluffy, so it may take a try or two to get your favorite method of brewing down for this tea. For gaiwan brewing, we recommend 5 grams and no more than 20-30 seconds for your first brew.
Experiment and let us know how you liked it best!