Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: WhiteAugust Tea Company
You’ll be distracted by this bright and shiny Tea. A luxurious strand of Sri Lankan black tea, faceted with blueberries, elderberries and hibiscus gems.
Some girls consider diamonds to be their best friend; me, I’d much rather have tea! So this tea from WhiteAugust really interested me. The name says just the way I feel when it comes to tea!
The dry leaf is quite beautiful and smells strongly of blueberry. As it brews this berry aroma intensifies – filling the whole kitchen with the delicious scent of blueberries! Yummy!
The flavor is quite pleasing. The black tea base is the strongest flavor and it tastes rich and brisk. Not at all bitter but there is some astringency that leaves the palate feeling clean, dry and ready for another sip.
The berry flavors are tart, but I am not finding it to be an undesirable flavor in this cup. There is a light sweetness from the blueberry, and the hibiscus does its part by adding a slight reddish hue to the brewed liquor as well as a bit of its signature tartness. And while I am not one who normally enjoys tart teas, I am finding that the level of tartness is just right for this particular tea. I actually like the tartness in this tea!
This tea is delicious hot or iced. I find it to be most delicious, though, when it is warm … not tepid or lukewarm; but at a nice, drinkable temperature that is warm enough to be a “hot” tea but not so hot that it burns the tongue. At this point, I find that the flavor of the hibiscus has not yet “popped” so it is still at a pleasant tart level, and the flavors of the blueberry really shine through nicely while still allowing the black tea to be the star of the show.
So far, I have tried a few of WhiteAugust’s teas and I must say that I am incredibly impressed with them. The teas are appealing to the nose and the eye as well as the palate. They’ve a beautiful, easy-to-navigate website and they are incredibly nice too! Everything one could want from a top-notch tea company!
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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