Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Tea of the Day!

White Teas (ratings vary):

White Peach (Harney & Sons): 4/5
White Pear (Revolution): 3/5
Tangerine White (discontinued): 2/5
Peony White (discontinued): 2/5

White tea is tough. It's few and far between that I come upon a white tea that actually tastes of anything other than oddly flavored warm water. Tangerine and Peony fall into the latter category. There is nothing bad about them, per se, I just found them tasteless.

The White Pear tea tasted a little better- in that it tasted like something, but even after 6 cups of it, I really can't be sure what. :( Rachel says she thought it had a vaguely chocolate flavor, but try as I might I could not find it. If white tea is your cup of tea, I'd give this one a shot.

The White Peach tea (which you can get at Barnes & Noble as well!) is PHENOMENAL. It ACTUALLY tastes like peach, which is one of the things I like about the lighter teas. Unless you're careful, flavored black teas (much like hibiscus based herbal teas) still end up tasting like black tea with something in it. Green teas tend to carry flavor better (except in the case of Bigelow's Constant Comment), and and this white tea is even better than that! Anyway, back to it actually tastes like peach (which I happen to love, so that helps). I find it very rare that, even in a well flavored tea, fruit teas are really rather difficult to make them taste like what you're advertising them as. (I have a great strawberry green tea that, while tasting great, really doesn't taste like strawberries...) The aroma is fantastic as well. So go snuggle up with a good book and a good cup of tea. ^_^

Extra: White tea has a delicate flavor; it is the least processed of the tea types. For centuries virtually unknown in the West - and relatively rare even today - it is grown in China's Fujian Province. Buds and leaves are plucked before they open. The tiny silver-white hairs that cover the buds give this tea its name. White tea leaves are simply sun-dried or steamed in pans to remove moisture. They are then ready to drink. Varieties include Silver Needle (named for the look of the leaves after processing), and Noble Beauty. To brew white tea, heat water until just before it boils, and steep the leaves no longer than a minute.

(that last bit might be what I'm doing wrong and thus not experiencing the flavor correctly. on the other hand, I regularly leave the peach teabag in the hot water (it's difficult to juggle half used tea bags when I'm already not 'really' supposed to have drinks at work in the first place...) and it's just Peachy! ;)

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