This is one of Teakruthi’s most expensive white teas – if not the most expensive. But after sipping and reviewing a cup of Teakruthi Ceylon Ivory tea, I’m confident that it’s worth every penny. If you’ve been hunting for a high quality and flavourful white tea, you’ve just hit the jackpot.
Teakruthi sent me a huge box of teas to try, including this one, but my reviews are always unbiased and completely honest. Below you’ll find out what flavours to expect, how best to brew this tea, and where you can buy it.
Teakruthi Ceylon Ivory Tea at a Glance
- Tea: White tea from the Matara region of Southern Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
- Flavour: Smooth, light, and vegetal sweet with notes of pear, honey, and lilies
This is a beautiful tea with a fantastic aroma that I could breathe in for hours! It’s very easy to brew and delivers a delicious cup of tea every time.
Full Review – Ceylon Ivory White Tea
- Type: Loose leaf
- Tea: White tea
- Origin: Southern Sri Lanka, Matara region
- Flavour Notes: Pears, honey, lilies, peas, hay, sweet, light, vegetal
- Aroma: Melon, freshly cut grass, garden peas, lilies, jasmine, honey, hay
- Milk or Lemon: Neither
- Where to Buy: Teakruthi Official Website
Those fresh melon notes hit your nose the second you open this pack of loose leaf tea! It’s a very sweet and refreshing aroma – melon, freshly cut grass and garden peas dominate the aroma with hints of lilies and jasmine creating floral high notes. It’s very much like standing in the middle of the garden in the early morning, breathing in the scents and listening to the bird song.
It brews into a pale, sunny yellow tea. You don’t need to use too fine a tea strainer as this tea is naturally very clear and smooth without dust.
Ungh. I love how the aroma deepens once brewed. Those fresh grass notes have disappeared to be replaced with honey, hay, melon and just a hint of vegetal sweetness – garden peas.
The flavour has notes of pear in the first sip that you weren’t expecting! It’s met with honey, lilies, peas and hay notes that create a very well-balanced medley of flavours. It evenly coats your mouth. There’s no single dominant note, but every flavour is quite subtle. Overall, it’s relaxing, smooth, sweet and light.
The aftertaste leaves pleasant vegetable sweetness lingering around your mouth.
How to Brew Ceylon White Tea
To get that exquisite experience, you need to brew this tea at 90°C for roughly 4 minutes. I used some precise tea scales to measure out 2.1g and brewed the leaf in 200ml of water. This was the sweet spot for me, but if you want a stronger cup of Teakruthi Ceylon Ivory, just add a bit more tea leaf rather than brewing for longer/hotter.
As a flavour experience, this tea is amazing on its own. It doesn’t need biscuits, fruit or any other kind of meal to balance it. Of course, you don’t need to add milk, lemon or sugar to white tea anyway.
Why Teakruthi Ceylon Loose Leaf?
I love the quality of Teakruthi tea and the little stories behind each tea type. They even give you some tasting notes – fresh greens, lavender and mild nutty notes are typical of Teakruthi Ceylon Ivory.
This tea is made from the first leaf of a pea shoot, which is why it’s so expensive! But you can re-steep the same leaves up to 3 times, to get the most flavour out of them. You could also brew this tea in the Eastern style, or gongfu.
There were a few small broken leaves in my tea pouch, but I think this was from transport rather than poor quality leaves. The pouch is resealable so you can keep this tea sealed airtight and fresh for as long as possible.
This is a fantastic white tea. If you only drink one white tea in 2020, make sure it’s Teakruthi Ceylon Ivory tea. The quality, aroma, flavour and whole experience is amazing from start to finish. You can buy it directly from Teakruthi using the link below. They have a very reasonable free shipping offer on larger orders, but I’d recommend starting with sample sizes to make sure the tea is to your tastes.
The floral and hay notes of this tea strangely remind me of one of my favourite herbal teas! Pukka Night Time tea is a relaxing blend of lavender, chamomile and oat flowers. It’s a great relaxing blend for those evenings when you desperately need to unwind.