Since I have gotten my iced tea press it has been strictly used for fruit teas. Personally, I think those make the best iced teas and the lack of caffeine means I can have iced tea after iced tea without getting the jitters from caffeine overload. However, as I browsed my tea cupboard for the perfect tea, this caught my eye. A tea called Plum Berry is just begging to be iced and since the sample I had was the perfect serving size for the press, it felt right.
Alas, sipping on this now, it doesn’t taste right. My concern brewing a white tea in this manner is that, in theory, the french press nature of the iced tea press would squeeze out bitterness from the leaf and that also the bit of leaf left in the liquid would oversteep and add to the bitterness. In practice, this is more astringent than it is bitter. It starts off as a slight berry flavor but that devolves into an almost fermented flavor atop the astringent base. It is sweet but off.
The sample that came to me was stored in a ziploc bag and it may have been crushed a little. Hopefully that is the cause of the flavor profile this tea had, since this really did not work for me. I could taste potential but that was quickly covered up by all the nope that is present in this blend.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: White Tea
Where to Buy: Sencha Tea Bar
A blend of white teas combined with succulent plum and wild forest berries, Plum Berry is juicy with a deep ruby infusion that is tart, fruity, and naturally refreshing. In this complex cup, you’ll find notes of rosehips, blueberries, raspberries, schizandra, strawberries, lychee, plum, hibiscus, and jasmine.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
Enter Steepster.com. This is where I met some incredible tea friends, discovered tea swaps, and learned of so many amazing tea companies. My desire to try all the teas grew and since joining three years ago I have tried over a thousand different teas. I have learned what ingredients I love and I have learned what flavors I don’t like. I determined my go-to brewing method is Western-style with no added milk or sweeteners, though I also enjoy cold brewing, iced teas, teapops, lattes, and smoothies. I have yet to brew gong-fu style but I hope to do so just as soon as I get the proper teaware to do it.
About a year ago, I actually stopped drinking tea but as my stash of over 200 teas started aging I decided I needed to respark my interest. I chose to take a 365 days of tea challenge on Instagram in which I post a new tea picture every day. So far it has been rather successful as I find myself drinking (and buying) more and more tea each day. Plus it enabled CuppaGeek to find me and invite me here to SororiTea Sisters.