Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Premium Shou Mei and Bai Mu Dan white teas blended with fresh chai spices, freeze-dried apple pieces and natural flavors.
This blend got mixed reviews on Steepster. Some people really liked it, while others were somewhat blasé. I was one of the latter group, and I was actually a little surprised that I didn’t like it better than I do, especially since 52Teas rarely disappoints me. Just the opposite, usually I’m quite impressed with the teas produced by 52Teas, and if it isn’t my favorite tea company, it certainly is in the top three.
I mean, I kind of expected to love this tea. I love chai. I love white tea. I love apple. I love vanilla. So, I should love this tea, right? But I don’t know what it is… it just tastes a little off for me. Maybe the spices are not balanced quite right for my palate. Maybe it just has too much going on. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate this tea; I’m just not as enthused about it as I thought I would be.
The white tea is delicate, but with the Shou Mei/Bai Mu Dan blend the flavor is a little stronger than it would be if it were only Bai Mu Dan. The white tea tastes crisp and does compliment the apple and vanilla notes, encouraging them to come into focus.
I think that this blend might taste a little better if it were just apple & vanilla with the white tea, maybe with just a touch of cinnamon to accent the apple. So perhaps it is the cardamom and ginger that throws it off.
I did enjoy this enough to drink it, although I’d not purchase this particular blend again. Which is just as well since it’s sold-out! But, don’t lose heart, Frank. I still love 52Teas!