Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: White Lion Tea
Exotic white tea leaves with tropical temptations! Mango, sweet guava, and a splash of grapefruit gave this tea its island soul.
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Oh, YUM! This White Calypso Tea from White Lion Tea is really tasty.
The Mango and guava are sweet and luscious, while the grapefruit notes are bright and uplifting. It’s tropical, it’s sweet and a little bit tart, and it’s well-balanced. It’s a taste of the tropics in a teacup.
I like that while the fruit flavors are strong, the white tea is not overpowered. I’m not sure what type of white tea is used for this blend, but based on the color of the leaf, I suspect it’s a Shou Mei, or perhaps a blend of Shou Mei and White Peony. The flavor tastes a bit more like a Shou Mei than a White Peony to me.
The mango and guava meld together seamlessly. It’s a very unified flavor. The grapefruit is the star of this fruit medley, in my opinion, because it shines bright. The mango and guava tastes sweet and juicy, but the tartness (and that hint of bitterness) from the grapefruit bring this flavored tea to life. The grapefruit seems to dance on my palate!
I steeped this tea for 4 minutes in 170°F water. When it comes to white teas, I usually I use 1 1/2 to 2 bamboo scoops of tea to 12 ounces of water (I have a bamboo scoop similar to this one), however, with this tea, the leaves are cut to a smaller size so I only used 1 scoop of tea to 12 ounces of hot water, and this worked out perfectly. A very flavorful cup!
This tea would be an excellent choice for mid-day, when you’re looking for a tea on the lighter side but one that will give you a little energy boost to keep you going.
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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