Spring Teas: Exploring its wonderful & exquisite delights – Herbs & Kettles

Spring Tea: Exploring Its Wonderful & Exquisite Delights

As the world rises from its winter slumber, the tea farms awaken with a vibrant display of new growth. This marks the arrival of spring teas – the first delicate harvests celebrated for their exceptional quality and unique character. But what exactly makes spring tea so special? Let's explore the essence of these exquisite, fragrant, and flavorful spring teas.
by Poorvi Chordia

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a tea plucker working in the tea garden
As the world rises from its winter slumber, the tea farms awaken with a vibrant display of new growth. This marks the arrival of spring teas – the first delicate harvests celebrated for their exceptional quality and unique character. But what exactly makes spring tea so special? Let's explore the essence of these exquisite, fragrant, and flavorful spring teas.

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The Essence of Spring Tea

Spring tea is a broad term encompassing the first harvests of various tea types – green, white, oolong, and black – picked during the beautiful spring season. These young leaves, nurtured by winter's rest and bathed in the gentle spring sunshine, have several distinguishing characteristics:

  • Aroma: Imagine the crisp air of a spring morning, infused with the subtle sweetness of newly blooming flowers. Spring teas capture this essence, offering a delightful aroma of a blooming spring meadow with fresh, vegetal notes alongside hints of citrus, fruits, or honey, depending on the specific variety.
  • Flavor: Spring teas are renowned for their delicate and nuanced flavors. Depending on the tea, sweet, vegetal, floral, and fruity notes or a subtle earthiness can come through, making each sip a delightful exploration.
  • Caffeine Content: Generally, this depends on the plucking. If the tea comprises tender leaves and buds, it will have a higher caffeine content than teas made from more mature leaves.
  • L-Theanine Content: spring teas could have more L-theanine concentrations in areas with a heavier cloud cover in spring as L-theanine increases in shaded tea plants.
  • Harvesting Practices: Spring tea harvesting is a meticulous art. Handpicking ensures only the most tender buds and young leaves are selected, leading to a superior quality tea brimming with a wonderful aroma and flavor potential.

Is Spring Tea the Same as Green Tea?

Not quite. This depends on how the tea leaves are processed during spring. If the tea leaves plucked during spring are steamed or pan-fried to produce a green tea, it will be a spring green tea. However, other processing methods can be utilized on leaves plucked during spring to produce white, black, or oolong teas. Green teas can also be harvested throughout the growing season. However, spring harvests offer the most premium quality due to the abovementioned unique characteristics. Spring green teas typically have a lighter color, more delicate flavor, an umami taste, and less astringency than their counterparts harvested later in the season.

a tea farmer plucking fresh tea leaves and storing in her basket

A Beautiful Diverse Bounty Of Spring Teas

The world of spring teas is as diverse as the blossoming landscapes themselves, offering a unique experience with each cup:

Spring Green Tea

The quintessential spring tea is celebrated for its vegetal aroma and umami taste. Herbs & Kettles offers delectable spring green tea options like Darjeeling Emerald Green tea, perfect for tasting spring's vitality.

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Darjeeling Emerald Green Tea

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Spring White Tea

Made from unopened buds and young leaves, spring white teas boast a subtle sweetness, delicate floral notes, and a pale yellow liquor. Explore the Darjeeling White Peony and Meghalaya Silver Needle from Herbs & Kettles, a treasure trove of delicate flavors.

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Darjeeling White Peony Tea

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Meghalaya Limited Edition Silver Needle

Add our exquisite white teas to your tea collection.

Spring Oolong Tea

Spring oolongs bridge the gap between green and black teas. They offer a complex flavor profile with floral notes, a hint of fruitiness, and a smooth finish. Explore the world of spring oolongs and discover their unique character. Our Darjeeling Moondrop Oolong is remarkable, nuanced, and uniquely Darjeeling while having the complexities of an oolong tea.

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Darjeeling Heritage Moondrop Oolong

Buy our oolong teas today and get a delightful journey of complex flavors.

Spring Black Tea

Darjeeling, the first flush, produces black teas coveted and known for their nuanced complexity and beloved freshness. These teas are known for their lighter body and brighter flavors. Explore the Darjeeling Rare Spring Treasure from Herbs & Kettles for a sip of something exquisite for a tea aficionado.

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Darjeeling Rare Spring Treasure

Black tea makes a perfect choice as a fragrant treat to top off a meal!

Spring Tea Blends

Herbs & Kettles has a variety of blends to celebrate spring, relax, refresh, and recharge while you take a moment to breathe and move. 


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Rose Cardamom Chai

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Saffron Chai (Tea)

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Jasmine Black Tea

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Geranium White Tea

Aromatic Adventures: Exploring Spring Green Tea Flavor Profiles

Each spring tea boasts a unique flavor profile waiting to be savored:

Darjeeling Green Teas

From Camellia sinensis Sinensis variety, Darjeeling and Nilgiri green teas are some of my favorite high mountains teas. Green teas are made by other tea-growing regions of India, including Assam; however, I have been unable to find a farmer from another region whose green teas I enjoy as much. Our Darjeeling Emerald Green is remarkably bright, pale yellow with a lovely umami taste, buttery, and notes of pine nuts, stewed leafy greens, and edamame.

Darjeeling Emerald Green Tea
Pale Yellow and Bright, the Darjeeling Emerald Green Tea

Chinese Spring Green Teas

Often grassy and vegetal with hints of chestnut or seaweed, depending on the region. These teas offer a journey into the diverse landscape of Chinese tea traditions.

Japanese Sencha

A vibrant green tea with a seaweed-like aroma and a slightly sweet, umami flavor. Explore the world of Japanese spring teas and discover the subtle elegance of Sencha.

Health Benefits of Spring Teas

Spring teas are not just delicious; they're also packed with potential health benefits. 

  • High in antioxidants, they help combat free radical damage and promote overall well-being. 
  • Polyphenols in tea help with brain, heart, skin, hair, nails, and digestive health. Spring teas are also a good source of caffeine and L-theanine, which can promote relaxation and focus. 
  • A finely plucked tea, such a high-quality Darjeeling spring tea, composed of two leaves and a bud, will not only have a beautiful, flavorful profile and mouthfeel but will also be high in L-theanine and caffeine as come spring the nutrients that have been collecting in the root system of the tea plants and transported to the developing tea buds to give the most delicious flavors and health benefits.

Drinking tea is a wonderful practice in spring as the spring season is a transition period between the cold winters and hot summers. Balancing your mind and body will help you develop resilience, and teas will help. In Ayurveda practice, turmeric and ginger are essential spices during this time, and I find our Cleansing Golden Latte to be a wonderful addition to your spring tea routine. Its adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, and digestive properties are just what you need to help with the season change.

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Steeping the Perfect Cup of Spring Tea

To unlock the full potential of your spring tea, follow these simple tips:

  • Water Temperature: Use water temperatures based on the type of tea. White and green teas need lower water temperatures compared to black teas. This helps preserve the delicate flavors and prevents bitterness.
  • Steeping Time: steeping time should be again optimized based on the steeping style- western or gongfu. If using Western steeping, I still prefer the modified Western style with 2.5 g of tea leaves and 5-6 fl-oz of water with shorter steeping times of 1-3 minutes compared to 5 minutes. Oversteeping can lead to bitterness and astringency. 
  • Serving Suggestions: Enjoy your spring tea without milk to savor its natural taste. You can also experiment with a touch of milk or sweetener for a personalized touch.

The Final Sip: A Celebration of Spring

Spring teas are a true celebration of nature's bounty. Their delicate flavors, captivating aromas, and potential health benefits offer a delightful way to embrace the season. Whether you're a seasoned tea connoisseur or embarking on your tea journey, spring teas offer a unique and rewarding experience.

We invite you to explore our collection of exquisite Spring teas. From wonderful original teas to chais, artisanal tea blends, herbal blends, and lattes, we offer various options to amaze your taste buds and transport you to the wonders of spring. So, steep a cup of spring tea, savor its delightful essence, and let the season's magic unfold with every sip.