Category Archives: White

Sweet Strawberry

Fruity heaven, here I come.

The details:

Type: White

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: There are hundreds of reasons to love strawberries but our favourite comes from Bavaria.  Every spring, they tie small baskets of strawberries to the horns of their cattle to attract berry-loving elves.  Legend has it, with the elves on your side you’re sure to have an abundant year.  So when you enjoy a pot of this sweet, berry-laced tea, try leaving a cup on your doorstep.  You never know what your neighbourhood elves will leave in return.

What I think:

This dry tea smells incredible.  Super sweet, just like strawberry juice.  Despite having rosehips and strawberries in the mix, the dry tea is very lightweight so you can get a couple of cups out of as little as 15 grams.  The tea steeps to a light pink colour, and is still exceptionally sweet-smelling.

At first sip, I’m a little unimpressed.  It tastes a little tart, a little sweet, but there’s no notable strawberry-like flavour.  The tea is unfortunately bland, so I’ll add sugar to see if it improves the situation… The tea’s still a touch tart, (obviously) a little sweeter, but is still lacking that true strawberry flavour.

This tea smells incredible but unfortunately doesn’t deliver on taste.  It tastes a little watered-down, and even with the addition of sugar, doesn’t taste much like strawberry.

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Pom Power

Pom Power makes me think of The Powerpuff Girls, so I guess I’m already sold.

The details:

Type: White

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Need help getting through the daily grind?  Try pomegranates. Doctors have used them for thousands of years to heal just about everything.  Warriors in ancient Persia ate them before combat for strength.  But we love them because they taste amazing.  With tart pomegranate seeds, hibiscus blossoms, and white Silver Needles, this fresh and fruity tea will help you face any of life’s little battles.

What I think:

This dry tea smells nothing short of amazing.  The sweet and tangy mixture of pomegranate and hibiscus create a very girly perfume-like aroma.  Incredible.  The dry tea looks exactly like one would expect – Silver Needles and pomegranate seeds!

Once steeped, the tea turns a deep, rich pink.  This is definitely one of the prettiest and best-smelling teas I’ve tried so far!  Even steeped, the sweet scent is prominent.

I can taste the tart pomegranate, but unfortunately there’s a bit of a bitter aftertaste.  I also find that the tea’s not very sweet, so I decided to add a little brown sugar… It definitely helps bring out the pomegranate!  I still find that my tea’s a little bitter, so I suggest you steep for less than the max five minutes and be really careful about the 94°C suggested steeping temperature – don’t go above it!

This is another tea that I think would be nice iced!  The fruity flavours would make for a nice poolside drink. *sigh*  Now I’m wishing it was summer…

This tea probably won’t be a repeat buy.  It’s a little too tart for my liking, a touch bitter and not quite sweet enough naturally.  If you do decide to make this tea, be really careful with the steeping time and temperature!  And don’t forget to try it iced!

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Organic Gold Rush

This tea had mulberries in it. MULBERRIES.  I love mulberries.

The details:

Type: White

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Mulberries are a pretty precious fruit, so you don’t find them in tea very often.  After all, mulberry trees are usually reserved for silk making, as they’re the only thing silkworms will eat.  No wonder – they’re naturally sweet and rich, with an almost caramel-like flavour.  In a word, decadent.  Here we pair golden mulberries with creamy coconut and delicate white tea, for a tea that’s guaranteed to give you gold fever.  Eureeka!

What I think:

This tea smells, in a word, perfect.  The mulberries provide a rich, caramel-like scent while the coconuts remind me of pina coladas and tropical vacations.  The combination is overwhelming.

Once steeped, the first thing I do is pick out the decadent mulberries.  I wish I had something to accurately compare them to.  They are easily the yummiest berries I’ve ever eaten, especially when infused with white tea and coconut.  They are juicy and bursting with sweetness.  Taking a look at the actual tea, it steeps to a beautiful yellow-orange.  The scent dwindles down to a warm creme caramel-like fragrance.

At first sip, the tea is very light and coconut dominates the taste.  The mulberries add the perfect hint of sugar and come in strong at the end with a honey, caramel, dessert-like sweetness.  I really like that these flavours are layered over top of the light white silver needle base.  I just so happen to be drinking this tea with my younger brother, who is very new to teas and finds them kind of “plain”.  So let’s add some brown sugar.  In my opinion, it’s a bit unnecessary.  The tea is plenty sweet on its own and adding sugar just makes it sweeter without really enhancing any of the flavours…  And even my brother agrees that the sugar isn’t a good addition!

Just a note, this tea is just as wonderful chilled as it is warm.  Actually, probably more wonderful!

This tea is one of my favourites!  If you love rich, sweet teas, this is it.  With this tea, you not only get a flavourful drink, but a little snack as well.  Believe me, mulberries will change your life… Looks like I’ll be ordering a tin of this stuff!

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