Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Harney & Sons
Recline in front of a glowing fire while the snow drifts, and the tree lights twinkle. A sip from this warm and nutty blend completes the perfect winter wonderland. Hand-picked white tea blended with almonds, vanilla and cardamom, accented by white chamomile flowers.
I really like this tea. It was part of the Harney & Sons White Christmas Tea Gift 2010 (which is, at the time of this writing, out of stock), but to be honest, I was less interested in the tea than I was the chocolate covered almonds in the cool firecracker wrapping. Yeah, I’m a sucker for things like that.
So, it’s really awesome that I’m enjoying the tea too! The white tea is delicately flavored (which is normal for white tea), but it is not so soft that it can’t be tasted. It has a very fresh, smooth taste with a light mouthfeel. No bitterness and no astringency. Just sweet, delicate white tea flavor.
The flavor of the vanilla is creamy and rich. It is flavored “just right” here – I like that the flavor is strong, however it does not overpower the white tea. Very well blended, this tea.
The almond flavor lends a light, nutty character to the tea and is accented nicely with the cardamom. Together these flavors are in keeping with the delicate quality of the white tea, nothing is overwhelming. The combination of flavors makes for a very cozy White Christmas, indeed!
OK, so I had to end this review with this, because every time I sip on this tea I can’t help but hear this song play in my head. I realize that some of you traditionalists out there might think that the only person out there that can do this song justice is Bing Crosby or someone like that, but, I’m not so much into Bing Crosby… so I did a search on You Tube and came up with this one…