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!

Bianca from The NecessiTeas. . . . .

I’m long overdue for reviewing a flavored white tea so I figured today was as good as a day as any! Bianca from The Necessiteas is a flavored white tea sure to impress! I know it impressed me!

With lovely white tea flavored with lemon peel, lemongrass, lavender, marigold petals, natural and organic flavors it was hard to go wrong with this choice in flavored white teas

It was slightly sweet, creamy, floral, and citrusy upfront and lingered nicely, to boot! Because of its low caffeine it makes for a satisfying cup almost any time of day!

Bianca from the Necessiteas is YUMMY hot or cold, equally, in my opinion.

I doubt I would change anything about this tea. But if you are feeling a little squirrelly you could add a hint of mint to change it up without compromising the overall flavor of this tea. It’s not needed but adding mint is never a bad thing in my book!

This is a tea I could easily drink nearly each and every day!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White Tea
Where to Buy: The NecessiTeas
Description

The perfect balance of white tea and rich satisfying white chocolate with notes of citrus and a hint of lavender flower that yields a floral bouquet.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Nepal White from Simpson & Vail

Hi guys! In keeping with the current theme of trying out tea variety/origin combinations that are new or unusual to me, today I’m going to be trying some white tea from Nepal, supplied by the fabulous Simpson & Vail tea company!

The dried leaves are a lot darker than I would expect for a white tea, but the pieces are still mostly whole leaves. Their scent is very light and floral, with the slightest hint of smokiness.

I’ll be brewing this tea gongfu-style to try and get a sense of the intricacies of the brew, using 2 tsp per 200ml and allowing for 30 second steeps.

This Nepal White actually reminds me quite a bit of a White Peony variety! Very, very floral and sweet, making the darkness of the leaves almost a bit misleading! However, that little extra roasty goodness does shine through in the aftertaste of the tea, manifesting as a slight hint of woody flavor to round off each sip.

Really gorgeous tea, light and floral, with that little peep of woodiness keeping the brew from being too sweet. A solid daily drinker white tea, to be sure!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

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Located 6000 feet above sea level, in the misty hills of Pashupatinagar, Ilam, is this family owned Organic (EU) and ISO certified garden. The teas grown here are some of the most interesting and spectacular teas that will tempt your taste buds into new levels of enjoyment. This garden is the first one in Nepal to use the technology, machinery and expertise available from Japan. The Aarubotay tea bushes are a combination of Japanese, Chinese and clonal varieties that produce the best of Nepalese teas. Try some today and, from the first smell of the dry leaf to the taste of the brewed tea, you will be convinced that this family has achieved success!

These over 1 inch long, pale white, downy tipped gray-green leaves brew to a pure white liquor and a sweet, delicate apricot cup. It truly is unlike any other white tea that we’ve tasted

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Gin & Tonic from Tea Shirt

ginTonicTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy: Tea Shirt

Tea Description:

Flavoured white tea

Ingredients: White tea, white apple pieces (apple pieces, citric acid), lemon peel, rose flower petals, natural flavouring.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I just recently discovered Tea Shirt on Twitter a few weeks ago. I was instantly intrigued by the name and ended up placing an order. Yesterday the box arrived and I was eager to dive right in. I ordered a variety of different samples but I have to admit this one is the reason I placed the order in the first place. I’ve tried different Gin & Tonic blends but not a white tea version. The others were herbals.

I eagerly steeped the tea and loved the fresh lemon aroma that I was getting from the steeping leaves. The dry leaves were a gorgeous bright vibrant looking blend with pops of rose buds, white tea, and apple pieces.  Such a lovely blend. So far, I’ve got some pretty high expectations out of this tea!

So after one sip I’ve decided that I should nickname this tea “Sweet Tart” tea.  Because that is what it tastes like to me!

This tea is an absolutely vibrant fun tea with notes of a citrus lemon background, floral hints, with a sweetness and tang that yes does resemble gin & tonic slightly but to me it really sings and says, “Hey, I taste like candy!”.  This tea is full of flavor and just keeps giving sip and after.

What I love the most is the acidic notes that give you the tang that reminds me of the tonic water from a gin & tonic.  The lemon flavor hits you next.  Such a great combo.  You could also say this tea reminds me of clear sodas like 7Up or Sprite.  Such a fun tea!

Anyway you look at it, this tea is vibrant, singing with brilliant flavors. I’m absolutely in love with this tea and am hitting the kettle again for my third infusion!

Thurbo Moonlight from The Tea Shelf

thurboleafTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: The Tea Shelf

Tea Description:

A signature spring harvest tea from the mystical hills of Darjeeling, the fluffy soft textured admixture of single leaves, both rolled and open, are complete with bright silver buds. The light golden liquid is a very clean tasting tea, with a subtle floral bouquet accompanied by notes of apple and honey. A remarkable tea which expresses itself beautifully.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This tea’s pouch was one of those teas that I happily found int he back of my tea stash. One of the problems with having a nice large stash of tea, teas seem to hide and almost get forgotten. I was excited to see I still had a few offerings from The Tea Shelf to try.  So far, I’ve enjoyed checking out their selection.

From the very first looks of this tea, it looks just bright and happy. The tea leaves are a gorgeous light green with twinges of yellow popping thru here and there.  Just a tea that screams for spring to come back to us here in the Midwest.

Brewed up per the package instructions, this tea’s brew has such a gorgeous color, a really lovely amber coloring.  First sip in and this tea is just spot on.  All of those gorgeous slightly vegetal notes combined with a subtle malty flavor with hints of a floral touch.   A really nice complex cuppa that gives you a variety of different flavors in each sip.  I would almost say this tea is a nice cross between a black, white, and green tea.

I’ll be sipping on this tea for some time. Just gorgeous and hitting on the right notes for me today! Yum!