White Chocolate Raspberry Shou Mei from 52Teas

White-Chocolate-Raspberry-Shou-MeiTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

This is a blissful blend of premium Shou Mei white tea, freeze-dried raspberries, white chocolate chips and organic flavors. I’m pretty sure even the Grinch would like this one.

Learn more about this blend here.

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Taster’s Review:

I brewed up a big pot of this tea for my daughter and I – she loves raspberry and white chocolate, so it was as if this tea was custom designed just for her.  As for me, I’m not as crazy about white chocolate as I am about dark chocolate.  But, I like it alright.

And her verdict?  She really liked this one.  When the tea is still quite hot, the white tea is difficult to detect.  It’s very much a raspberry tea when the tea is fresh-from-the-teapot hot.  But after the tea has had a little time to cool, the white chocolate starts to come into focus.  It’s a creamy, sweet note, somewhat vanilla-y and soft.

That said, this is still very much a raspberry tea.  The raspberry really comes through strong and is especially focused in the aftertaste when the tongue tingles from the sweet-tart notes of berry.

And you’d think that maybe with as strong a raspberry flavor that this tea has, that the delicate quality of the white tea would be overpowered, but no.  I find that the white chocolate notes seem to enhance the Shou Mei.  The Shou Mei seems stronger here than in many of 52Teas recent white tea offerings.

Overall, this is a pleasant cuppa.

I infused the leaves a second time and I drank a small cup of that tea hot and chilled the rest.  I actually preferred the second infusion to the first.  The raspberry notes have mellowed a bit with this second pot of tea, and the white tea notes are more balanced with the berry.  And it surprises me to say this, but I think that this is even better as an iced tea than as a hot tea.  I usually prefer my chocolate blends to be hot, but this is really good iced.

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