Summer Rain from Art of Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Art of Tea

Company Description:

The taste of fresh sliced melon washes the palate and refreshes the spirit. A special blend of organic white tea with all the antioxidant power that white tea leaves have to offer and fresh cantaloupe essence and jasmine. Perfect as an iced tea or after a meal.

Taster’s Review:

Fig orchard!  Yes, that is what I think of when I smell this brewed tea (especially when chilled!)

As far as I know, there are no figs in it, but, there is something about the aroma of this tea that mentally transports me to the fig orchard that I spent many an hour in as a young child, picking sun-ripened figs and eating them right there in the orchard.

Weird, right?

But, I do want to clarify – this tea DOES NOT taste like figs.  It doesn’t even really smell like figs.  There is just something in the aroma that brought that memory to the surface for me.

The white tea base is – not surprisingly – rather delicate but I can definitely taste it – it tastes refreshing and light.  There is a pleasant balance between tea and melon taste.  The melon tastes juicy and sweet – a very pleasant fruity taste that complements some of the softer features of the white tea.

As tasty as the melon flavor is here, there is a part of me that wishes it were not quite so strong so that I could taste more of the jasmine, which just sort of lingers – whispering ever so softly – in the background.  It is a nice touch, but, this jasmine lover wants just a little more of jasmine’s sweet song to dance upon my palate.

This is a delicious blend that is very refreshing.  It is very good hot, but, I strongly suggest trying it iced.  It’s truly amazing as an iced tea and has become one of my FAVORITE teas to serve iced.  And I’ve tried a lot of teas!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn’t drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn’t cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn’t cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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