Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Stone fruits are so named because they have a large pit in their centers. They include peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries–in other words, a cornucopia of yumminess, all of which is represented in this blend.
Learn more about this blend here.
When it came time for me to try this Stone Fruit White Tea from 52Teas, I knew I had to try it iced. It just seemed to me to be the perfect kind of tea for iced tea. So, I brewed an extra large pot of this tea, and after straining a small cup of tea for me to try as a hot tea and with which to start this review, I strained the rest of the pot into my iced tea pitcher, and then re-infused the leaves to top off the iced tea pitcher. Yumminess in the fridge for tomorrow!
Served still-piping-hot-from-the-teapot hot, I found the flavor was not quite everything I wanted it to be. I took a sip or two, and then I decided to wait a few minutes for my next sip … which was considerably better. Give this tea a few moments to cool – it doesn’t need a long time, but just a few minutes will give the flavors a chance to really pop.
This tea blend is beautifully flavored. The white tea base is soft, sweet and earthy. Notes of hay, and of fresh air, it tastes clean and fresh. These flavors seemed to meld well with the sweet, lush notes of peach, nectarine, plum, apricot and cherry.
And I like that I can taste each of those flavors in the cup in front of me. It tastes a bit more like a medley of fruit flavors rather than distinctive, individual notes … but I can taste each of them. The peach and nectarine are the most prominent – and it really is difficult for me to tell the difference between one and the other when it comes to these two fruits, when I was young, we had a peach tree and a nectarine tree, and when it came time for “peach” cobbler, my step-mother would combine the two fruits in the cobbler, and really, it just tasted like peach cobbler. They’re both so similar.
Even though the peach and nectarine are the strongest notes, I also taste the plum, which adds a nice, tangy note to the cup. And the cherry adds a hint of tart. The apricot adds a smooth, sweet undertone. It is – as I said – much more like a stone fruit medley than the individual flavors of five stone fruits.
This white tea blend from 52Teas is a stone groove (sorry, I don’t know why I felt the need to say that, I just did.) And it’s even better iced than it is hot! The flavors REALLY POP once it’s chilled and become more distinguished. I taste more natural, juicy sweetness from the peach, nectarine and apricot … and more sharp tartness from the cherry and I like this contrast. The plum flavor really shines through as well.
So delicious, naturally cooling and just … pure refreshment from start to finish! YUM!
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!