Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: 52Teas
I blended our premium shou mei white tea with freeze-dried pineapple and organic flavors to create a soothing cuppa yummy. The pineapple is a very strong scent when you smell the dry tea, but tasting it, you definitely get the flavor of soft, vanilla, spongy angel food cake underlying the sweet pineapple. All it’s missing is the ability to chew it, and for me, the flavor is so spot on, it makes me want to start chewing to feel that soft, chewy, spongy cake. I have a feeling this one is going to be very popular.
Learn more about this blend here.
Learn more about 52Teas Kickstarter Initiative for new equipment to enhance his business (specifically, his iced tea business: Southern Boy Teas) here.
There was a time when you would ask me what my favorite kind of cake was, and my answer would be angel food cake. In fact, every year as a youngster, my gramma would make me an angel food cake as my birthday cake. But not just any angel food cake … she made this incredible chocolate frosting … it was so perfectly, deliciously chocolate-y that there were even chunks of milk chocolate bar in the frosting. My mouth is watering right now, thinking about that cake. It was so good.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had that cake … or any angel food cake for that matter. I’m not big on baking. So, when 52Teas announced this Pineapple Angel Food Cake Shou Mei White Tea as their tea of the week for the week of October 7th, I was excited! I could not wait to try it!
The dry leaf smells delicious! The aroma of the brewed tea is not nearly as strong as the dry leaf, but it still smells yummy. I smell the pineapple, and the crisp, vegetal scent of the white tea. I don’t smell a strong baked cake sort of smell here … I’m hoping that I’ll taste it though.
When right-from-the-teapot hot, the flavors are a little bit muddled. I taste the pineapple, and I taste a sweet creaminess. I taste the white tea notes. But, allow the tea to cool a few minutes and the flavors begin to emerge!
Now, I taste the delicate vanilla notes that reflect a sort of “angel food cake” sort of taste. These meld very nicely with the softness of the white tea, which is airy and slightly earthy. In keeping with the overall “delicateness” of this tea, the pineapple is not an aggressive, in your face flavor. It’s all a very soft, sweet experience – sort of like what you’d get if you were to be eating a slice of angel food cake topped with a pineapple sauce. The flavors continue to improve as the tea cools, telling me that this would be excellent as an iced tea.
And speaking of iced tea … the newest fundraising initiative that 52Teas has “kickstarted” is for equipment for their iced tea brand: Southern Boy Teas. I’ve reviewed quite a few of these teas, and there have been a few new ones recently announced. (I am eagerly awaiting my delivery of these teas, which I will receive as a gift for supporting the kickstarter fundraising campaign. When I get them … I’ll review them!) Please consider contributing to this fundraiser, because I really want to see Frank dance the jig!
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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