White Thunder from The Love Tea Company. . . . .

What a bold and dramatic name for a white tea: White Thunder.  So many white teas get paired with desserts, like ice cream flavors or berries, so I was intrigued to try out this flavor just from the brash name alone.  Besides, it doesn’t hurt that this tea is from Love Tea, one of our ChariTea companies.  Learn more here.

The White Thunder blend features white tea, peony, spearmint, and peppermint.  I brewed it both hot and iced, and preferred the flavors chilled.  There’s something about drinking an iced mint tea, like Moroccan Mint, that just feels best suited over ice on a hot day.

Back to White Thunder, for a tea without any fruit ingredients, there is a delectable peachy flavor mingling with all the mint.  This is a well-balance blend, despite mint making up half of the ingredients list.  The white tea and peony really get a chance to shine and be tasted, and bring forward that bright stone-fruit taste.  The white tea adds a sweet, mild, earthiness, and the peony compliments those tones with floral, blossoming notes of its own.

The spearmint and peppermint add a touch of frost to even out all the flowers and fruit.  The balance of sweet and crisp feel like sitting on fresh green grass that has been cooled by the shade.  White Thunder might be my new favorite summer iced blend, bringing just the right balance of cool mint and breezy florals.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: The Love Tea Company
Description:

Bai Mudan, also known as White Peony is a type of white tea made from pluckings of one leaf shoot and two immediate young leaves. Bai Mudan is sometimes preferred by white tea drinkers for its fuller flavor and greater potency than other major types of white tea. For an extra kick, peppermint and spearmint are added to this blend.  Boom, crack, that’s the sound of your taste buds loving this blend.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Druid’s Magic Tea Black Green from Tea Desire

DruidsMagicTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black/Green

Where to Buy: Tea Desire

Tea Description:

Ingredients: Ceylon black tea, Sencha green tea, Java black tea, pink rose petals, bucco leaves, natural flavour.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Tea Desire is a smaller Canadian chain primarily based in British Columbia; I just happen to be fortunate enough to live in a city that has one of their branches so over the few years I’ve lived here I’ve frequented the store often and tried a sizable range of their teas – still there’s always more to try! The service feels a lot more personalized, and the feel of the store is certainly a lot less commercial that larger Canadian chains such as DAVIDsTEA.

One thing I do dislike about the company is the 50g minimum purchase – however because I do have a local store I can always purchase a To Go cup and try something that way; and that’s exactly what I did when I grabbed this newer Tea Desire blend. It’s one I wanted to try a few months ago, but my branch hadn’t received a shipment of it yet so when the associate today recommended it I was pretty on board.

Based on her recommendation I got it iced, and trying it now I definitely think that probably was a more appropriate way to try it than hot would have been. This is a very floral blend; it’s supposed to be rose and while I did taste rose I definitely thought the floral notes seemed a lot more like peony. There was a light, pleasant vegetal taste from the green tea but mostly the black tea came through; it was smooth softer with floral notes of its own; very characteristic of a good ceylon. For those familiar with DAVIDsTEA’s Elderflower Spritz I’d say this one tastes similar, but has a base with more backbone. Same sort of fruitier elderberry notes, too.

About halfway through I started to pick up on sort of weird buttery notes. I actually don’t have a clue where they were coming from, but it was weird and slightly jarring. Buttery flowers is definitely not something I’d normally pick for myself; but I actually didn’t hate it. All in all, I thought this was pretty good and DEFINITELY a well put together tea for what it’s named after: sweeter floral, natural flavours that definitely evoke the image of fairies, nymphs and yes, druids too.

I’d totally revisit this one!

Raspberry Matcha from 3 Leaf Tea

RaspberryMatchaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green/Matcha

Where to Buy: 3 Leaf Tea

Tea Description:

Vegan, Gluten Free
Ingredients: Matcha, natural flavors

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a fairly new company, and one I actually wanted to order from since they’ve got a pretty diverse selection of flavoured matcha and I was interested in seeing how it differed from what Red Leaf Tea offers. Unfortunately they don’t yet ship to Canada, so it was great that my fellow SororiTea Sister TheLastDodo was able to send some for me to try!

Instead of my usual matcha in milk I prepped this cold shaken in a DAVIDsTEA timolino with plain old water. Since this is a new company to me and I’m not familiar with their base matcha I wanted as much of a “plain” taste as I could get.

Visually the matcha is a really bright green colour – exactly what I want to be seeing! It smells really intense, and maybe a little bit artificial? That’s something I don’t want to be getting from this one. Hmm; I kept my expectations really neutral going into this.

I actually liked it a lot; I thought the raspberry was very sweet and natural tasting with just a tease of natural tang to it. It also didn’t seem to eclipse the flavour of the matcha itself which tasted subtly grassy and very, very floral. It had me thinking loosely of both orchids and peonies. The artificial smell I was picking up didn’t cross over into the flavour – hooray! Plus, the flavour and base together worked very well – the floral components absolutely complimented the natural tasting raspberry.

It definitely makes me wish I could try more flavors from this company – in particular I’m curious about the pineapple matcha and the apple matcha. I love the pairing of pineapple and floral flavours like orchid so I can see that working really, really well. Basically, I’m saying people should give this company a little bit more love because hopefully then they’ll be able to expand their shipping into Canada!

Just Perfect Peony White Tea from Just.Organic.Tea.

white_peonyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Just.Organic.Tea

Tea Description:

Find your “Zen Moment” with this perfect cup of premium organic white tea.

Taster’s Review:

It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve had a pure, unadulterated White Peony tea.  It’s such a lovely tea to enjoy in the evening, because it tastes lighter and it doesn’t leave me feeling overstimulated the way a black tea does.  I know that there has been a lot of debate over the caffeine content in the different types of tea, but what I know from the years of experience I’ve had drinking the tea is this:  most black teas are much more invigorating than most white teas.

I find that this is true with just about any other tea.  You can replace “black tea” with Oolong or Green tea and these two tea types are more invigorating for me than most whites.  And you can keep the black tea in it’s place in the original statement and interchange “white teas” with just about any other tea type and the statement would still be ringing true for me.

And that’s why I generally enjoy my black teas earlier in the day when I don’t mind the stimulation, and then I drink less stimulating teas later in the day.  White teas I generally keep for evening because they are gentle and calming.

And this White Peony from Just.Organic.Tea. is quite lovely.  It’s smooth, sweet and refreshing.  I’m picking up on flavors that I don’t always pick up on with Bai Mu Dan teas like this.  I’m picking up on the familiar flavors like a light vegetal tone and a pleasing fruit note (a delicate melon note) and the crisp, airy note that reminds me of the air after a cooling rain.  How the air is still moist and sweet from the rain.

But I’m also tasting lettuce.  I don’t always pick up on a lettuce note, but this Organic White Peony definitely has a crisp lettuce note that is really rather refreshing.  As I sip it, it evokes thoughts of summertime and eating a fresh, crisp salad on a hot summer day.  I’m thinking of how refreshing that salad is on a day like that and this tea is very much like that.  But without the tomatoes, croutons and salad dressing.  Just the refreshing, crisp, replenishing sort of taste.

You get what I’m saying, right?

A really excellent pure white tea from Just.Organic.Tea.  At the moment, I don’t see this tea on their website.  I don’t know if this one has been permanently removed from their collection or if it’s temporarily sold out.  If you’re interested in getting some of this tea to try for yourself, try contacting the company to find out what the status is of this tea.  I’ve found this company to be very prompt with their responses and very friendly too!  The kind of company I like to deal with!

Lovers Leap Estate Indigo Black Tea with Essence of Peony from Eden Grove

EG 12ct Prism CollectionTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Amazon Trading

Ingredients:

Camellia Sinensis with Red Pigments (Red Tea) with natural Peony Flavor.

Learn more about Amazon Trading here.

Taster’s Review:

I am usually a little put off by the prospect of trying a bagged and/or sacheted tea, because let’s face it, loose leaf is better.  It just is.  However, I do try to go into the experience of trying a new to me sacheted tea with an open mind.  And so far, the teas that I’ve tried from Eden Grove have been impressive – and all have been sacheted teas!  Eden Grove is definitely making a believer out of me.

This Lovers Leap Estate Indigo Black Tea with Essence of Peony from Eden Grove is quite nice.  The Ceylon is flavorful and smooth.  It has a very pleasing, even taste to it.  It’s sweet and has some malty tones to it, and I taste no bitterness whatsoever.  It’s good.

I taste hints of flower to this as well, and I presume that it is the peony essence that I’m tasting.  I can’t recall ever tasting peony in the past, so I don’t have a memory of what peony tastes like to be able to compare what I’m tasting now.  It is a sweet, gently floral taste.  It isn’t sharp, and it doesn’t have a perfume-y taste to it.  It’s an enjoyable flower essence.

Overall, a really nice cup of tea.  It’s a mellow tasting black tea, not one I’d want to start the day off with, but, one that I’d love to drink in the afternoon when I want a little bit of a pick-me-up to keep me going.  It’s good.