Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Shanti Tea
A seductively fragrant blend of white tea, rosehips, safflowers, and strawberry essence, with a sweet taste and a fruity aroma. This popular blend uses a base of biodynamic Bai Mu Dan from northern India, and is an excellent accompaniment to desserts.
This tea has a really lovely berry aroma. Ripe, juicy strawberries!
The tea steeps to a deep ruby color which leads me to believe that there is hibiscus in the blend. This may contribute to some of the tart notes here, because at first, the tartness kind of took me by surprise, even though I thought I was prepared for a hibiscus-y blend, the tartness is startling. That being said, it does tame down after the first couple of sips. As I continue to sip, I am finding that the tartness here is quite palatable.
The white tea base is a nice pairing in this case – I find that the delicate nature of the white tea allows the full flavor of the strawberry to come through. I can taste the sweetness as well as that berry tart “tingle” at the finish. It is really delicious.
This is a very nice, summery tea that is delicious served hot but even better iced. Very refreshing!
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!