Tag Archives: mulberries

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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Organic Caramel Spice

This tea introduced me to the lovely world of mulberries, which has now become an obsession in and of itself.

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Have you heard about the new tea in town?  She’s a looker alright: dark, robust, and seductive, with a heart of gold.  And you didn’t hear it from us, but she’s even better with a little booze.  She’s a luscious black tea, with deep caramel flavour from dried golden mulberries and spicy warmth from orange peel and cinnamon.

What I think:

This is another autumn tea from David’s Tea.  The dry tea smells amazing.  You can smell the orange peel, but it’s not a purely fruity smell, probably because of the Saigon cinnamon.  Once steeped, the first thing I do, before even touching my drink, is pick out the mulberries from the steeped tea.  Unconventional, maybe.  But they are so delicious that throwing them out would be a sin.  I had never tasted mulberries before picking them out of this tea, and now I’m hooked.  They aren’t tart like a lot of other berries, and they soak up the tea so they’re just about bursting with flavour.

But I digress, the tea is now steeped.  It still smells just as sweet, and is a very dark, but clear brown.  Unfortunately, I find it to be lacking a little in flavour.  After taking a sip, I taste a bit of orange and mulberry on the back of my tongue, and hints of mulberry and cinnamon definitely linger.  Regardless, it isn’t as full a flavour as I had hoped, and I couldn’t taste caramel at all.

I’m trying to decrease my use of sugar and honey in tea, but I’ll sweeten this a little.  It makes a bit of a difference, the tea tastes a little fuller now.  I can actually taste the cinnamon before I’ve swallowed the tea, but the aftertaste isn’t ideal.  The mulberries are already naturally sweet and I find that the sugar makes it all a little overpowering.

I’m not sure if I’ll buy this tea again.  As far as scent goes, it’s definitely at the top of my list.  And the mulberries are a huge plus.  But the tea is lacking taste without sweetener, and gets overpowered with sweetener.  Unfortunate, since I really do love mulberries.

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