Summertime White from 52Teas. . . .

90% of the time, I’m not really a white tea fan. It’s kinda floral, it’s a little too light for me, I’m not entirely sure I’m fancy enough to be able to claim it as my own– etc., etc. But the other 10%? Meaning, the few months out of the year that I bust out my white tea sample backlog and put it on ice? White tea and I are bffs, you guys.

This particular blend from 52 Teas claims to be orange-cream-y, a bit fruity, perfect summertime sipping (as the name would suggest). It may have just been my sample, but I’m not positive that I picked up on the orange/cream, but there were delightful, fresh and summery hints of citrus undertones, a slightly vegetal-honeyed note that was at once light and reminiscent of syrup-y gold. I paired this iced cup with a splash of lemonade, which only enhanced those notes, and friends– it was to die for.

Leave it to 52 Teas to make a white tea believer out of me yet!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  52Teas
Description

This tea is no longer available but click below for teas that are.

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Bourbon Smoked White from Embrew. . . .

I don’t like anything smoked. I tried lapsang souchong once and I could barely get past the first sip. I felt like I was drinking water that had had campfire logs soaking in it for a week. Not yummy. Despite my fear of anything smokey, I decided to go ahead and brew this one up. I read up on this company and apparently this tea is pre-sweetened. Well I still added a couple drops of agave because I didn’t think it was sweet enough but turns out it really didn’t need it, so keep that in mind if you decide to try this yourself.

The company’s description of this white tea blend is really enticing. According to Embrew, “This African white tea comes from the delicate immature leaves of the plant that produce a mild, but sweet fragrance of baked bread and white peach that infuses quickly. The real hero is the Bourbon Smoked Sugar which infuses a subtle charred oak aroma.” I think that this description was pretty spot on The first thing I noticed was a sweet smell- that’s where the peach and baked bread flavors of the white tea come in. Taking a sip, that remains true. The aftertaste, however, has a definite hint of sweet bourbon with a light smokey aspect towards the end. This really was a myriad of tastes and flavors that are very intriguing. This one got me thinking and sipping and thinking again…trying to figure it out. Sometimes I find that reading a company’s description of their blend helps me to decipher what i’m tasting and in this instance it did help a lot and I think that the blend was true to its name. I actually think that I would go onto their website and order this blend again, which is funny to me because if you told me i’d say that before I tried this I would have called you crazy!

Embrew is a must try company. No matter what you *think* you like, there will always be that one blend that changes your mind!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  Embrew
Description

This African white tea comes from the delicate immature leaves of the plant that produce a mild, but sweet fragrance of baked bread and white peach that infuses quickly. The real hero is the Bourbon Smoked Sugar which infuses a subtle charred oak aroma.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

White Peony – Bai Mu Dan from Teasenz

I usually stick to the “accepted parameters” for white tea – 180 degrees Fahrenheit for three minutes, but Teasenz says to be brave and go with 195 degrees on this one. So I did! And on top of that, I was busy and couldn’t get the leaves out of the pot right away when the timer went off so it went a few seconds longer. And you know what? There was not even a hint of bitterness to the tea.

As is the case with white peony tea, we have a light/medium yellow tea when it is steeped and a light fragrance. The initial impression of the aroma is hay, while the main perception of the tea is creamy, to the point that two people said “creamy” at the same time when asked to describe the tea after sipping. And this tea is all about the aftertaste, which really lingers on and on. I would call this a cleansing tea, and the aftertaste reminds me of the pea pods of sugar snap peas that I used to grow years ago, and we would harvest them in spring and steam them lightly with a little butter. The ghost of that flavor lives in this tea.

It is a good tea for re-steeping. I am only on the second steep but it has lots of flavor and color left and will no doubt keep going. And the aftertaste is still going strong as I write this, too!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  Teasenz
Description

An authentic white tea from Fujian consisting of a mix of green coloured leaves and white silver needle buds, resembling a White Peony. Exceptionally smooth and sweet flavour. Full of flavour: It’s unbelievable how many steeps you get from the same leaves.

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Summer Sangria (Now Champagne Sangria) from The NecessiTeas

I’ve been saddened by so many teas claiming to mimic a favorite food, then failing. But not here! This tea is a WINNER!

This blend, originally called “Summer Sangria” and now titled “Champagne Sangria,” is made of white tea, orange peel, blackberries, red cornflower petals, marigold petals, natural and organic flavors.

I tried this tea chilled, and found it delightful. There’s something in here that really does taste like wine. This is 100% a sangria — minus the headache!*

* Am I the only one here who takes one sip of wine, gets a headache, and falls fast asleep on someone’s couch?

What a sweet little champion. This one’s going on my wish list for this summer…

… If summer ever comes. This tea is totally rubbing it in that there are times of the year that are better.

I have no idea what Punxsutawney Phil said this year, but I’m still holding him solely responsible for this dreary Pennsylvania weather.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas
Description

Enjoy a unique champagne-based sangria with light citrus and sweet fruit notes of cherry, blackberry and orange that will captivate you, and then the undertones of the bubbly will linger on the tongue with a mellow acidity. It will “tea”se you with the taste of a white wine sangria on a summer’s day.

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Whispering Angel White Tea from Lancaster Tea Co. . . .

A co-worker recently visited Lancaster, PA, and she brought me a sample of this lovely tea. The town of Lancaster is famous for having a strong Amish community, beautiful farm land, and unique stores offering everything from handmade quilts to shoofly pie (yes, it’s a real thing!). It’s also the home of the Lancaster Tea Company who blend their teas in small batches and have created a winner with their Whispering Angel Tea.

The tea has the creamy, buttery taste of white chocolate and a very slight floral note. I found the white chocolate flavor to be accurate, and even though I’m not a huge white chocolate fan I though it was downright tasty in this tea. Whispering Angel is incredibly flavorful while still having the delicate, sweet flavors that white teas offer. In fact, the tea has enough sweetness on its own that I didn’t find sugar necessary. That said, if you want an excellent dessert tea just add a touch of sugar to your cup. I’d hold off on the cream though. It would drown out the softer flavors of the white tea.

When preparing this tea I used 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea for my 8 oz. cup with 160° F water and steeped the tea for 4 minutes.Once steeped there is an oily film on top of the tea from the oils used to flavor the leaves. This didn’t bother me or distract me fro the tea itself. As I said before, I didn’t sweeten my cup, but I can see how the addition of sugar could make this a knock out dessert tea.

Obviously I am a fan of this tea. I think good flavored white teas are hard to come by, and Lancaster Tea Company has created a gem in White Angel. If you are a fan of dessert teas, chocolate teas, or white teas with a twist then I suggest giving White Angel White Tea a try.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Flavored White Tea
Where to Buy: Lancaster Tea Co.
Description

White chocolate paired with white tea.

Loose tea.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!