Christmas Cookie Shou Mei from 52Teas

Christmas-CookieTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

If this tea doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, you might just be the Grinch. With premium shou mei white tea, almonds, ginger, orange peel, cinnamon chips, a few cloves, marshmallow root and organic flavors, combine this tea with a nice crackling fire in the fireplace and someone to snuggle up to on the couch, and you’ll be in holiday heaven.

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Taster’s Review:

Yum!  It’s no big surprise to me that this tea is already sold out!  With a name like “Christmas Cookie” – who could resist, right?  And it’s oh so tasty!

The aroma of the dry leaf was a little off for me.  I could smell the spices and those were very pleasant to the nose, but I also picked up on a slight chemical-y note to the dry leaf fragrance.  I hoped that this would disappear after brewing (usually, that flavor oil smell does dissipate in the brewing process).

To brew this, I used my Kati tumbler and added 1 heaping bamboo scoop to the basket and 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 170°F) and let the tea steep for 3 minutes.

The brewed tea smells warm and gently spiced.  I’m not picking up on any of the aforementioned chemical-y notes – a good thing!  It smells like gramma’s kitchen at Christmastime when she’s baking all those magical cookies that she used to bake.  I smell spice cookies and almond cookies.  I smell hints of orange.  My mouth is watering and wishing it was eating cookies right about now!

And the flavor is delightful.  I don’t know that I’m actually tasting cookies as much as I’m smelling them from this tea.  I think that there should be more of the buttery, cake-y, pastry flavors that 52Teas does so well here.  Maybe a tad more marshmallow root to emphasize the cookie aspect rather than the spiced aspect of this tea.  As it is, it tastes like a mild chai made with a white tea base rather than a cookie.

I find that as it cools, the flavor improves a bit and the baked goods flavor seems to develop a little.  However, it never becomes fully realized.  I find myself wanting to taste something more “bake-y” – brown sugar?  Buttery cookie?  Pastry/cake flavors?  Even a hint of icing might help bring the “Christmas Cookie” to life just a little more.

The white tea has a smooth and silky texture.  It’s not bitter or overly astringent.  It’s sweet and has a delicate flavor that is lightly vegetal (more like hay than grass or steamed veggies).  I appreciate that I distinctly taste TEA here and those flavors have not been overpowered by the presence of the strong spice and other flavors.

Since this is a white tea, I decided to resteep it and see how it turns out.  YES!  There it is!  That cookie flavor!  This tea MUST be resteeped to get to that yummy cookie flavor.  I even taste a hint of frosting!

As I said before, it’s clear to me why this flavor has sold out – not only is the name of the tea tempting but the taste is delightful!

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