Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: WhiteAugust Tea Company
You’ll be distracted by this bright and shiny Tea. A luxurious strand of Sri Lankan black tea, faceted with blueberries, elderberries and hibiscus gems.
Some girls consider diamonds to be their best friend; me, I’d much rather have tea! So this tea from WhiteAugust really interested me. The name says just the way I feel when it comes to tea!
The dry leaf is quite beautiful and smells strongly of blueberry. As it brews this berry aroma intensifies – filling the whole kitchen with the delicious scent of blueberries! Yummy!
The flavor is quite pleasing. The black tea base is the strongest flavor and it tastes rich and brisk. Not at all bitter but there is some astringency that leaves the palate feeling clean, dry and ready for another sip.
The berry flavors are tart, but I am not finding it to be an undesirable flavor in this cup. There is a light sweetness from the blueberry, and the hibiscus does its part by adding a slight reddish hue to the brewed liquor as well as a bit of its signature tartness. And while I am not one who normally enjoys tart teas, I am finding that the level of tartness is just right for this particular tea. I actually like the tartness in this tea!
This tea is delicious hot or iced. I find it to be most delicious, though, when it is warm … not tepid or lukewarm; but at a nice, drinkable temperature that is warm enough to be a “hot” tea but not so hot that it burns the tongue. At this point, I find that the flavor of the hibiscus has not yet “popped” so it is still at a pleasant tart level, and the flavors of the blueberry really shine through nicely while still allowing the black tea to be the star of the show.
So far, I have tried a few of WhiteAugust’s teas and I must say that I am incredibly impressed with them. The teas are appealing to the nose and the eye as well as the palate. They’ve a beautiful, easy-to-navigate website and they are incredibly nice too! Everything one could want from a top-notch tea company!