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!

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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!

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!

 

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!

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!

On the 6th Day of Christmas … from 52Teas

I can’t believe that there is less than a week until Christmas!  Are you ready for it?  I’m not!

I still have TONS of shopping left to do.

But… ready or not, the holiday is coming.

One thing I am ready for is to find out what tea is waiting for me inside this pouch!

The sixth tea of Christmas is…

BLACK CURRANT BAI MU DAN

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Description:

Sometimes I think white tea is not as much fun as the others. It’s such a delicate and subtle flavor to begin with that it doesn’t lend itself to things like chocolate peanut butter cup. What DOES pair well with it are nice sweet fruits, like black currant.

Chelsea, my faithful sidekick insists that our black currant papaya green tea is great for taking baths in. She says it makes her smell good and it leaves her skin feeling softer. Clearly, I’m not one to take a bath in our teas, but I have to admit that it’s pretty sexy to think of Chelsea taking a bath in them. (Sorry Sheri).

Anyway, (and before I get myself in too much trouble) whether you drink it or bathe in it, I think you are going to find this tea amazing. We actually doubled up on the amount of real black currants in this blend and it is delicious.

Taster’s Review:

This tea was released on “White Tea Week” (and maybe Frank should make White Tea Week an annual tradition!) during the week of February 22, 2010.  The reason it was White Tea Week is that three different white teas were released in the same week.  I ended up ordering all three teas, and this one ended up being one of my favorites, even though it was the one of which I was probably the most skeptical.

You can read my first review of this tea here, and even though I have tasted this one before, I am really glad to receive more in this 12 Days of Christmas package, because it really is an excellent tea.

The white tea tastes fresh and smooth.  The black currant has a sweet, wine-like flavor that melds perfectly with the Bai Mu Dan base.

Fruity and delicious!  I love this one!  Of all the teas that I’ve purchased from 52Teas, this is the one that I can remember disappearing the fastest.  That is… I couldn’t STOP drinking it until it was gone!  That’s how much I love this tea!

I only made a small amount to sip as a hot tea for this review, because I want to save the rest for iced tea… as good as this is hot, it’s even better iced!   This is definitely my favorite iced tea!

Strawberry Seduction from Element Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Element Tea

Company Description:

Chinese Bai Mu Dan White tea is blended with strawberries, enhancing the natural sweetness of this full leaf and bud tea. A true favorite! Makes a great iced tea!

Taster’s Review:

This tea smells nice – especially the brewed liquor!  The strawberry scent is strong, there is a leafy element and a hint of flower too.  Beautiful.  It would make a lovely bath tea… but I made this tea to drink!

I can taste the sweet, juicy taste of the strawberry.  It is just a little tart… but this is a very delicate tart note – perhaps the most delicate tartness that I’ve encountered in a strawberry blend to date.  Rather than that “berry tingle” (as I often call it), it is more like a “berry kiss” on the tip of the tongue.  Very nice!

I can also taste the leafy sweetness of the white tea.  It is vaguely vegetative with distant floral notes.  There is no bitterness (I think you can just set this to brew and forget about it, come back to it 10 minutes later and it still wouldn’t be bitter – just as long as the water isn’t too hot!) and very little astringency.

This tea is a beautiful marriage of flavors.  It is delicious served hot or iced.  However, if you choose to ice it (and you should – it’s really thirst quenching!) I recommend adding just a pinch of sugar or other natural sweetener (such as honey or agave nectar) to perk up the flavors just a bit, as the chill does have a slight muting effect on this tea.

This is a really delicious strawberry tea.  I’m so glad that I chose to sip this today… as the skies are turning gray it is nice to have this lovely “kiss” of summer in my teacup!

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