Jasmine Peach Bai Mu Dan from Samovar

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Samovar

Product Description:

Organic white tea, organic osthmanthus flowers, organic jasmine flowers, natural peach flavor and natural essential oils of orange and tangerine blended in the U.S.

Flavor Profile: Consummately floral, with notes of fresh citrus, white peach, white pepper, toasted amaranth and a trace of fresh blueberries.

Taster’s Review:

This is a beautifully floral tea – I love how well the jasmine and the osmanthus work together.  It creates a light and lively flower-y essence that is not sharp like some floral notes can be, and because of the fruit-like flavors of the osmanthus, the flavors here do not come across as soapy.

The white tea is very delicate here.  There is a whisper of vegetation to this tea that is barely there, mostly what I taste from the tea is the white tea sweetness with a hint of spice.  It sits in the background, making its presence known without being too obsequious.

The peach flavor is the real star – I love how it shines through!  It tastes like a fresh, ripe peach, bursting with flavor!  The citrus tones of this tea bring a little tangy flavor to the cup, just enough tart to keep it from being too sweet.

This is a lovely white tea.  It is one that was sold out at the time that I wrote this review, I do hope that the supply will be replenished.  It is a fantastic springtime tea!

Have Hope – Citrus Strawberry White Tea from Teamotions

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Teamotions

Product Description:

Flavor Profile Delicately sweet with bright notes of mandarin, tangerine, and strawberry.

Ingredients White Tea, Oatstraw, Schizandra Berry, Ginger, Safflower Petals, Strawberry, Natural Flavors.

Taster’s Review:

This is such a deliciously unique tea!

The fragrance of the dry leaf is amazing – I can smell the citrus tones, a light amount of spice from the ginger, and the strawberry!  Together, these scents create a mesmerizing aroma.

The flavor is light and crisp.  The white tea base has a delicate vegetative taste.  It is clean and fresh.  There is a soft, barely-there mouthfeel and a light astringency.

The fruit flavors are nicely balanced and appeal to the palate with sweet, tangy and tart notes.  The ginger is not overwhelming here and adds just a hint of zesty spice.  I don’t remember having tasted oatstraw in a tea before, so I don’t know if I’m tasting it now or not, but, oatstraw is very beneficial to health and I’m glad it’s there!

As I sip, I can feel the stresses of the day melt away.  I can even feel the tension in my shoulders lighten a little!  This is an amazing tea, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Organic Silver Needle from Teahouse Kuan Yin

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Teahouse Kuan Yin

Product Description:

Silver Needle is the rarest and most prized of white teas. It is comprised of only the downy tea buds before they open, so that they resemble soft white needles. Its flavor is extremely fresh, because so little processing takes place in Silver Needle production. The leaves are very lightly oxidized, and undergo no frying or rolling process. Our Silver Needle is IMO-certified organic.

Taster’s Review:

I love the light, crisp taste of this Silver Needle!

Generally speaking, most white teas possess a delicate flavor, however, this seems to be even more delicate than most of the white teas I’ve tasted in the past.

The flavor is somewhat floral – like a mist-covered, flowery meadow lies somewhere in the horizon, but, not easily seen.  It whispers of its presence to the palate.  There is also a hint of a leafy flavor:  not quite vegetable, and not quite grassy, but somewhere in between, and ever so faint.

This is such a pleasant, sweet tea.  Very relaxing and meditative.  These needles can be resteeped several times with no loss in flavor, so I encourage you to take full advantage of the unique and rewarding taste that awaits you!  I brewed this tea in my gaiwan, using a little extra leaf and steeping for a very short time.  By steeping this way, I find that I really get the most flavor and enjoyment out of the tea… even the steeping process becomes a restorative exercise!

A lovely tea, indeed.

Halo Tea from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Tea Type:

Flowering Tea/Blooming Tea (White Tea)

Where To Buy:

The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Direct link to this tea in their store: http://www.persimmontreetea.com/halo-tea.html

Product Description:

A beautifully hand-crafted blooming white tea that displays a ring of jasmine and amaranth flowers, with blueberry and peach essence.

* Characteristics Mild * Flavors Fruity * Steep Temperature 180˚ * Steep Time 3-5 mins

Tasters Review:

Halo from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company is just outstanding and AMAZING!!!
It perfectly opened/bloomed the first time around without any imperfections whatso-ever and smelled of blueberry and peaches and that’s on top of the floral aroma…how awesome is that for a blooming tea!!??

I could taste the blueberry, peach, and flowers and it’s very yummy!

I tried a 2nd infusion on this and it was still very tasty!  The only notable difference was the 2nd infusion was more floral.  It was still an overall wonderful flavor tho!

This is probably one of my favorite blooming teas or flowering teas I have tried  to date!  This is VERY special!

 

Jasmine Snow Dragon Premium from Shang Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Shang Tea

Product Description:

Ingredients: 100% Organic White tea leaves, Jasmine flowers- Antioxidant Rich

Truly a treasure tea, freely rolled tea leaves open to present a delicate and beautiful jasmine flavor. Jasmine Snow Dragon is a signature tea of Shang Tea .

Taster’s Review:

Do you love jasmine?  I mean, really love jasmine?  If your answer is yes, then have I got a tea for you!

I happen to LOVE jasmine tea.  The aroma is intoxicating, and the flavor elevates me to a place of pure joy when I sip it.  And this Jasmine Snow Dragon from Shang Tea is one of the BEST jasmine teas I’ve ever tasted.

From the moment I opened the pouch of this tea, I knew I was about to try something very special.  The aroma was so sweet and floral – it took my breath away.  It smelled like I was walking into a jasmine jungle!  Now, I don’t know if such a place exists, but if it did, it would smell like this tea.  It was as though I were surrounded by jasmine vines and shrubs while the petals “rained” down upon me.

And that amazing fragrance continues with the brewed tea.  Do be sure to inhale deeply before taking a sip of this tea.  My nostrils fill with the delightful scent of jasmine.

And the flavor!  OH!  The flavor!  It tastes so extravagant!  So luxurious!  (Forgive the exclamations!)

The jasmine flavor is very pungent – sweet floral notes with a bit of a sharp, bitter taste from the jasmine.  To the point where it might be off-putting for those who do not love jasmine.  But if you do love it – you will think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

The white tea base is very soft but it is not completely overpowered by jasmine.  There are soft, fresh notes from the white tea with the faintest whisper of vegetative taste.  The overall cup is sweet, very floral and just enough bitterness to keep it all interesting.

I recommend brewing this one in your gaiwan, using a little extra leaf and very short steeps.  This will get the most sweetness out of the jasmine without allowing it to develop to the point of being more bitter than sweet.

I LOVE this tea!  LOVE it!

Lemon Cream Tea from Sands of Thyme

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green & White

Where to Buy:  Sands of Thyme on Artfire ~0r~ Sands of Thyme on Etsy

Product Description:

Ingredients: white tea China Pai Mu Tan, green tea Darjeeling, green tea China -Fog Tea, -Lung Ching, -Jasmine, -Jasmine Jade Pearls, orange peels, flavor, lemongrass, yogurt bits, lemon bits

Taster’s Review:

This tea has a lot going on, but, it works!

The base of green and white teas alone is rather interesting, consisting of a white tea (Pai Mu Tan) and several different green teas.  In the sample I received, I didn’t find any jasmine pearls, but I can definitely taste the presence of jasmine in this cup.  It is a soft note of jasmine, but I like that its there.

The white tea is not very distinguishable in this cup, although, I don’t think that this tea would taste the same without the white tea.  While it isn’t easy to discern specific “white tea” qualities, it is obvious that there is more than just green tea notes.  The base tastes lively and smooth.  There is some vegetative taste to the tea as well.  There is no bitterness to this tea.  A moderate amount of pucker-y astringency at the tail that works very well with the lemony flavor.

Although I didn’t notice any of the yogurt bits in the blend when I measured out the tea, I must have gotten some in there because I can taste the tangy taste of yogurt.  The yogurt along with the combination of teas (and this is where I suspect the white tea plays a role) create the creamy note of this tea which is not overwhelmingly creamy, but just enough to tie in with the name of the tea.  I’m not left asking “where’s the cream?” with this tea.

Overall, this is a very interesting and delightful cup of tea.  It isn’t too pungent or over-the-top, nor is it too subtle with its approach.  A very nice tea makes me think of spring on this cold winter’s eve!

Snow Jewel from Lahloo

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Lahloo

Product Description:

Snow Jewel white tea is the true queen of teas! Pure elegance! This rare wild Dai Bai silver needle tea grows high in the Fujian mountains.

♥ Downy buds plucked in the spring just before they open
♥ Exquisitely refreshing and delicate
♥ Ripe fruits- peaches, lychees, pear

Taster’s Review:

I absolutely LOVE this tea.  The aroma is amazing!  It smells sweet and fruity, somewhat floral and leafy, and reminds me of the air here in the Pacific Northwest just after it rains (which it does a lot here).

The dry leaves are fuzzy and even though they resemble spears or “needles” – they are light and fluffy.  Silvery!  And the flavor they produce when steeped is so delightful.

The flavor is delicate and sweet.  I can taste peaches!  Fresh, delicious peaches!   The taste is crisp and slightly vegetative.  Clean and invigorating!

The mere act of sipping this tea is truly a meditative process.  First, inhaling deeply to experience its sweet fragrance, and then taking a sip and allowing the flavors to develop onto the palate, all the while I can feel the stresses of the day disappear as my spirit rejuvenates.

I love this tea!  This is a tea I could drink every day and never grow weary of it.

White Lemon from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Product Description:

A full leaf white tea, this is a super smooth brew with a full mouth feel. The lemon essence is distinct but not to the point of overwhelming the mild flavor of the base white tea. A perfect balance of flavours with plenty of anti-oxidants.

The exact origin of the lemon has remained a mystery, though it is widely presumed that lemons first grew in India, northern Burma, and China. In South and South East Asia, it was known for its antiseptic properties and it was used as an antidote for various poisons. Today, India is the largest producer of lemons and generates 16% of all lemon and lime output worldwide.

Taster’s Review:

This tea was a very pleasant surprise.  I expected the lemon to completely overwhelm the white tea, but it is very well-balanced.

The white tea tastes fresh with mere whispers of a vegetative quality.  Shanti Tea does not specify what type of white tea leaf this is, but, if I had to guess, I would say it is a Bai Mu Dan.  It has a crisp flavor that melds very well with the bright flavor of the lemon.

And while the lemon flavor stands out in the cup but it does not overwhelm the white tea as I thought it might.  It has a sweet, lightly tart, sunny flavor that is delightful.

I am enjoying it hot at the moment, but, it is equally as delicious iced.  I found this to be an extraordinarily uplifting, refreshing cup of tea, and it is certainly one of the best lemon flavored tea I’ve tasted yet!  Bravo, Shanti Tea!

Darjeeling Avongrove from Camellia Sinensis

Tea Type:
White Tea

Where To Buy:
Camellia Sinensis

Product Description:

This white tea is very unusual combination of Darjeeling terroir, pure assamica tea, and the artisanal expertise of Avongrove’s Mr.Subba. Large silken buds give a relatively dark infusion and liquor due to the assamica’s chemistry. Rich and creamy in the cup with a smooth, full attack of cocoa butter and hazelnut notes that linger into a long pleasant aftertaste.

Tasters Review:

I’m just going to say…right off the bat…I LOVE THIS WHITE TEA!

I don’t think you understand…I love it!  I mean I REALLY LOVE IT!

Darjeeling Avongrove from Camellia Sinensis has amazing cocoa notes after infusing.  It really came alive once I added the pipping hot water!  The natural aroma is very powerful and truly crave-worthy!

The taste is delicious!   It has cocoa and hazelnut hints but the white tea itself is top quality and smooth, silky, creamy, and a true delight!

This white tea really has me craving more!   I just might declare this one of my favorite white teas of all-time!

Let’s just say it had me at HELLO.

White Tea from Teatulia

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Teatulia

Product Description:

A medium-bodied delicacy with hints of peach. Made from the youngest and rarest tea parts.

What Is White Tea?
White tea also comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, however is minimally processed. It is harvested before the leaves open fully, when the buds are still covered by fine white hairs, hence the name. Once the buds and leaves are handpicked, they are very carefully and meticulously steamed and dried.

Is there Caffeine?
Yes, about 2/3 less than coffee

Feel Good About Drinking White Tea!
Because of the very careful and delicate harvesting process, white tea retains the most nutrients versus black or green tea. Recent studies show that white tea is 10% more effective in improving immune health than its green cousin.

Tasters Review:

The dry leaf of this White Tea from Teatulia smells like sweet basil…with a hint of mint underneath.   The leaves are a fuzzy and frosty.

The wet leaf has a very vegetal scent.

This has a very light and clean taste.  It’s a refreshing and relaxing sip all the way thru.  I can pick out the slightest bit of peach likeness, too!

The color of the liquid is a very, very light brown with a yellowish hue.

This has a nice relaxing, mellow flavor that I really like as an end to a hectic day!

If you want a good quality – plain/white tea…try this one from Teatulia!  It comes in loose leaf and/or bagged.  Both make for a more than decent cuppa!

Jasmine White Tea Classic from Shang Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Shang Tea

Product Description:

Ingredients: Organic White tea leaves, Jasmine flowers- Antioxidant Rich

Artful and exquisite, combining our high quality white tea leaves with jasmine blossoms. Harvested in warm weather when the tea leaves grow quickly and form sweet, tightly-formed leaves

Tasters Review:

I guess you could say I am finicky or down right picky when it comes to Jasmine Tea.  I don’t want something that is what to strong that leaves a funky-lingering aftertaste like stale flowers and I don’t want something that tastes like hot water either.

Jasmine White Tea Classic from Shang Tea is one of the BEST Jasmine Flavored Teas I have ever had!

The Jasmine isn’t IN YOUR FACE and it doesn’t leave a weird aftertaste either!  The Jasmine is just the perfect amount for me and I LOVE the fact that they paired it with a White Tea!!!

This is really terrific!

Strawberry Cascade Tea from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

Awe-inspiring bai mu dan white tea, overflowing with strawberries, rose petals and creamy coconut. The perfect compliment to the perfect day.

Tasters Review:

The smell of this is unique…it’s sort of hard to explain but I would try by saying the rose comes thru more than the other ingredients but you can tell there are other ingredients within this mix…something slightly fruity but not very identifiable based on aroma alone…I think that is because the coconut fragrance interrupts the fruit and the rose overpower both the coconut and the strawberry.   But the aroma is lovely, regardless!

The taste is really wonderful!

The white tea flavor hits you and the strawberry is the prominent flavor on the tongue but it’s still somewhat mellow and isn’t tart at all! The rose comes thru a little too and the coconut takes the back seat but seems to step up to the plate a little more as it cools.

What a beautiful, gently flavored, tasty White Tea!  I really like this!
It’s a great cup – both HOT and COLD!!!

I’m a fan of  Strawberry Cascade from White August Tea Company and I must say I haven’t met a White August Tea I haven’t liked so far!  They have a wonderful selection and LOTS of tasty teas!  They are quickly becoming a tea company suggest to many of my friends!

 

Gunpowder Mint Tea from Jennifer’s Tea Garden

Tea Type:
Green Tea/White Tea Blend

Where To Buy:
Jennifer’s Tea Garden

Product Description:

Gunpowder Mint
Type: Green Tea
Caffeine: Low
Flavor / Aroma: Smoke and Mint
38-50 servings
4.0 oz

Ingredients: Green Tea, White Tea, Mint, Jasmine, Natural Flavorings

Tasters Review:

The dry aroma of Jennifer’s Tea Garden’s Gunpowder Mint Tea is  Smoky, Minty, Green Tea, White Tea, Floral…yes…I can smell all of those things with a single sniff!
The wet aroma is more of a stereotypical gunpowder tea smell…with a little extra something…maybe it’s the combo of the Jasmine and Mint I am smelling.
The color: is a light Yellow-Green.
As for the taste…this has a unique gunpowder type taste.  It’s not a gunpowdery-grass-smoky as some are but the mint is very nicely done and not too over the top and the Jasmine gives it a little extra something too!  I think the addition of the white tea is also a nice touch!   It’s smoother than I expected…it was a pleasant surprise, indeed!
The aftertaste is NOT grassy…it’s slightly floral-sweet with a very small hint of smoke trying to hide underneath.  There is a lovely smoothness to the aftertaste too.

I really like this tea!  Great job and a THUMBS UP to Jennifer’s Tea Garden!

Secret Weapon from DavidsTea

Tea Type: White Tea

(Fruit/Herbal/White Tea Blend)

Where To Buy: DavidsTea

Product Description:

This blend just might give you the edge you need to stay healthy this fall. It’s a white Bai Mu Dan, so it’s naturally high in immunity-enhancing antioxidants. Plus it contains licorice and goji berries, a Chinese wonderfood reputed to have 500 times more vitamin C than oranges. The best part? The almonds and cocoa nibs. They don’t fight colds, but they make this an amazingly tasty weapon of choice.

Tasters Review:

Upon opening the package this smells like nuts!  Lots and Lots of Nuts!  Almost a peanut butter type aroma.  Underneath I can smell a little fruit and even less flower-likeness.

I’m not gonna lie…I stole an almond sliver before infusing…it was tasty!

After infusion this smelled like almond but more mellow. I can also taste the Goji Berries slightly.   The white tea itself has a great clean flavor!   I can’t really taste the licorice much…but that’s ok with me…oh wait!  There it is…it’s “on the assist” and on to the aftertaste…but only a hint!  It seems to squeak it’s way in there!

This is a creative and comforting blend!  It’s fun and unique!  I’m very happy about this tea it seems to be the full package!  Good and good FOR you!

100 Monkeys White Tea from Imperial Tea Garden

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Imperial Tea Garden

Product Description:

100 monkeys is a premium grade, loose leaf white tea from China.
This rare and exotic white tea will leave even the most discriminating connoisseur with a smile.  You will enjoy watching as the tea leaves unfurl and return to their original state.  White tea is really a subclass of green tea, however, due to its recent acclaim, it has been given a class of its own.  The major distinction is that white tea is not mechanically processed.  Buds and select leaves are harvested and merely air dried. This minimal amount of processing can make white tea have up to three times more beneficial antioxidants than green or black tea. 100 Monkeys is our best selling white tea. Buy this rare white tea wholesale and save even more!

Taster’s Review:

This particular review I shall write over time and save it as a draft until I am satisfied with its completion.  The reason for this is that this is an extraordinarily complex white tea that needs me to spend a little more time with it.  I want to give you, the reader, the most accurate evaluation of this tea (and all other teas that I review) that I can, and sometimes that requires a little more time spent experiencing the tea.

But, I’m not complaining!  This is a lovely tea with which I’ve chosen to spend some time.

I chose to steep this tea in a gaiwan, which I think is the perfect vessel for this particular tea.  It allows me to fully explore this tea.  The leaves are tiny.  Even when fully unfurled, the leaves are much smaller than most white teas that I’ve encountered.  Young, tiny leaves and buds!

The flavor starts out with a sweet, somewhat floral/vegetable taste and develops into a stronger musty, somewhat bitter flowery taste.  This is not an unpleasant bitter taste, though.  It is a savory bitter taste that is quite unique, as I don’t think I’ve experienced this kind of bitter taste in a tea.  It is a soft bitterness that intrigues the palate and entices me to take another sip.

There are lovely hints of flower in the background.  As I make my way down to the bottom of my cup, I am finding more sweet notes introducing themselves.  This is a beautifully complex cup, indeed!

The tiny tea leaves submit to several delicious infusions, and I recommend you take full advantage of those infusions because this tea is worth every last drop you can get from it.  It is truly delightful!

White Peony Tea from Frontier Co-Op

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Frontier Co-Op

Product Description:

This tea takes its name from its silvery, unopened buds. It has a delicate, ethereal flavor that builds on the palette with each sip.

Taster’s Review:

It amazes me how different white tea can taste from tea company to tea company, even when dealing with the same type (White Peony or Bai Mu Dan) of white tea.

This White Peony from Frontier Co-Op possesses a surprisingly earthy scent that reminds me of a the smell of a damp, musty wood with hints of moss and earth.

The taste is fresh and sweet.  It is a delicate flavor but it is one that develops as I make my way down the cup.  At the start, I found it to be quite delicate but now as I am near the end of the cup, I’m finding it to be really flavorful.  There are pleasant fruit-like flavors and a slight vegetative quality to the cup.

And like the scent suggests, there are also interesting woodsy tones to the flavor, as well as a slight earthy taste.  It isn’t overwhelming and it adds to the intrigue of the cup.

An enchanting cup of white tea, this White Peony from Frontier Co-Op!

White Lemon from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

WHITE LEMON

Fair Trade Certified & Organic White Tea

Tin / Bio-bag: 45g / 57 cups • Sample: 5 to 7 cups

A full leaf white tea, this is a super smooth brew with a full mouth feel. The lemon essence is distinct but not to the point of overwhelming the mild flavor of the base white tea. A perfect balance of flavours with plenty of anti-oxidants.

Story

The exact origin of the lemon has remained a mystery, though it is widely presumed that lemons first grew in India, northern Burma, and China. In South and South East Asia, it was known for its antiseptic properties and it was used as an antidote for various poisons. Today, India is the largest producer of lemons and generates 16% of all lemon and lime output worldwide.

Tasters Review:

White Lemon from Shanti Tea…another lovely Shanti offering!  Ahhh!

Dry this smells a little like Lemon Pledge and White Tea. It’s Very Clean. (no pun intended)

Post infusion…it’s more of a gentle lemon and white tea aroma!

This tastes wonderful!  Of course, I like lemon, so that helps!  The White Tea is PERFECT and the Lemon just makes it even more tempting!

I had 1 cup hot and another cold and LOVED both!

 

Wild White Tea from Shang Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Shang Tea

Product Description:

Ingredients: 100% Organic White Tea leaves -Antioxidant Rich

If you are a fan of white tea you will not want to miss this unique tea. Grown on the edge of our tea farm, this wild white tea is creamy and flavorful with a sweet finish, delivering pleasant energy.

Tasters Review:

Plain and Simple…this is a great white tea!  It’s Fresh, Pure, Pretty, Tasty, Smooth, and has somewhat of a floral aftertaste.

The aroma before, during, and after infusion does have a different nose to it…and by different I mean “it’s own” and it really is beautiful!

In a way it reminds me of a friend of mine…unique, sensitive, and fun to be around but she has a wild side, too!

If you are a White Fan Tea…try this one!  If you have tried White Teas before and have found them lacking…perhaps THIS is the White Tea for you…as it offers MORE than the average White Tea.

Snow Jewel from Lahloo Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Lahloo Tea

Product Description:

WHITE TEA » SNOW JEWEL

XI HU, ZHEJIANG, CHINA

The Story:
Snow Jewel white tea is the true queen of teas! Pure elegance! This rare wild Dai Bai silver needle tea grows high in the Fujian mountains.
♥ Downy buds plucked in the spring just before they open
♥ Exquisitely refreshing and delicate
♥ Ripe fruits- peaches, lychees, pear

“Oh my! It’s an absolute revelation! I’m greeted with this amazing peachy flavour. It’s light and sweet and delicious, making me gulp down the lot.” teatunes

PS Perfect chilled over ice

Tasters Review:

Pure…as the driven snow!

Clean…as the whistle!

Crisp…as crisp can be!

Mouthwatering Masterpiece!

This White Tea – Snow Jewel – from Lahloo is a pure delight!  I mean…this is REALLY nice!  It’s sweet and I can taste a hint of fruitiness!

If you are a fan of white tea or looking for something different to dive into…try Snow Jewel from Lahloo!

 

Bird of Paradise from Alice’s Fine Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Blooming/White

Where to Buy:  Alice’s Fine Teas

Product Description:

This bloom unfolds into beautiful birds perched in a golden nest surround by green. Not only is it visually surprising, but the taste is surprisingly spicy and reminds one of autumn, like pumpkin pie!. One of the favorites at Alice’s Fine Teas, a delicious, warm, soothing tea. Ingredients: Marigold (believed to help circulation and ease stomach ache), Lily (said to enhance energy and to have a cooling effect) and Silver Needle Tea.

Taster’s Review:

I enjoy blooming teas, but I don’t really brew them very often.  I blame the gadgetry – I am a self-professed anti-gadgetite (I just made that up) – and when I brew a blooming tea, I have to watch it brew, right?  I guess I am just going to have to promote my glass teacup to the status of essential tool rather than its current status of “gadget” so that I can enjoy the beautiful art of blooming teas!

I steeped this bulb for four minutes in 165° F water and after the four minutes, the bulb had not completely opened.  Only a hint of the orange-y blossoms that would display was showing at the very top of the bulb.  But this is a good thing!  It means additional infusions… which means MORE tea!  Yay!

This really DOES taste like pumpkin!  There are very gentle spice notes in the background, which contributes to the “pumpkin pie” like taste that is mentioned in the above product description from Alice’s Fine Teas.  I wouldn’t say it tastes just like pumpkin pie – but it does have similar characteristics.  The squash flavor is distinct … and quite yummy.

The tea has a very pleasant sweetness to it (I don’t recommend adding sweetener to this tea, it would overwhelm the delicate flavors!) and a light yet smooth mouthfeel.  Very little (almost no) astringency to this cup.  A very pleasant, mild cup of tea that makes for an excellent topic of conversation as well as a refreshing beverage.

For the second infusion, I steeped for five minutes and achieved another delicious cup of tea.  The bulb had not yet fully opened until I infused for the third time (for six minutes), and the tea was still quite lovely, although the pumpkin flavor had subdued a bit by this time.  There were still faint notes of squash and spice, but mostly what I tasted by this time was the soft, fresh notes of silver needle with a delicious buttery finish.

When the bulb finally did completely open, I enjoyed the sight – it looked like two swans dancing (ever go to Disneyland and watch the swans in the pond outside of Sleeping Beauty’s castle?  Every hour when the sounds of a singing Sleeping Beauty can be heard, the swans dance together).

This was an incredibly fun tea to steep and to drink.  The flavor was delicious and surprising, and the colorful display from the bulb made tea time all the more entertaining.

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