Hindbaersnitter Shou Mei from 52Teas

hindbaersnitterTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Yeah, it’s a mouthful.  A mouthful of DELICIOUS.

Now having never had hindbaersnitter (and yes, I have to double-check my spelling EVERY time I type that), I had to sort of imagine what it would be like.  I imagined the sweet hay-like shou mei blended with freeze-dried raspberries and pastry notes along with a touch of sweetness, and I think I’ve struck on something delicious, but I’ll let you be the judge.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

The dry leaf of this tea smells strongly of raspberry and there is a sweetness to it too.  I can smell the sweet pastry notes of the hindbaersnitter.

I have never tried hindbaersnitter, at least, not to my knowledge.  I have had pop tarts, though, and I’m told that they’re similar to, only much much better than pop tarts.  Imagine a thin layer of thick raspberry jam sandwiched between two very thin shortbread cookies and a sweet glaze on top.  It sounds like something I need to try.  Mmm!

Well, I probably won’t be trying hindbaersnitter any time soon unless I happen to find a Danish sweet shop somewhere in Portland (and Portland’s weird enough to where it’s not completely implausible that I would not find one.)  So in the meantime, I think I will have to be content with trying the tea version of this Danish treat.

And it won’t be hard to be content with this, because it’s yummy!  The white tea is the perfect base for the flavors of the tart, because the delicate notes of the Shou Mei allow for the sweet notes of the buttery shortbread to come through nicely.  I can taste that sweet, buttery pastry and it’s so yummy.

The raspberry is sweet-tart and a really bright note to this cup.  I can even taste the sweetness of the glaze in this!   The raspberry notes really POP in the aftertaste.  My tongue feels that berry tingle.

And I like that even though the flavors are well-defined in this blend, that they don’t overpower the Shou Mei.  I still taste those crisp, hay-like notes and the fresh, airy sort of taste to the white tea.  This is a really refreshing beverage!

This reminds me a bit of the raspberry thumbprint cookies that my grandmother used to make:  shortbread cookies that she’d drop onto the sheet pan in rounds, and then she’d dent the rounds with her thumb, and then bake them.  Then when they came out of the oven, she’d fill the little thumbprints with a raspberry filling and then she’d drizzle them with a glaze.  I guess I was eating a sort of hindbaersnitter without even realizing it?

I really liked this, and I’m thinking that I need to try this one iced.  I think it’s going to be amazing!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish Green Tea from 52Teas

Blueberry-Cream-Cheese-DanishTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

This week’s tea is a revisiting of our very popular (and just re-blended (again)) Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, this time with a green tea base. We used premium Young Hyson and Chunmee green teas with freeze-dried blueberries and organic flavors to make this delicious tea.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

I loved 52Teas’ Black Tea version of Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish tea, so, I was pretty sure I’d also enjoy this version with the green tea base from 52Teas.  And I am enjoying it!

The first thing I noticed when I opened the pouch (aside from the delicious aroma of blueberries!) is that there are not as many big, plump, freeze-dried blueberries in my pouch this time around.  That was one thing that blew me away about the black tea blend … so many blueberries in the blend.  Of course, I realize that the freeze-dried fruit additions to teas like this do relatively little to the flavor of the actual brewed tea, I still found myself missing the blueberries.

But, the blueberry flavor is NOT missing in the tea!  This is deliciously blueberry!  The blueberry is the very first flavor that I notice when I take a sip, and the blueberry flavor remains throughout the sip and the aftertaste has that tart, tingly berry taste.  There is no mistaking the blueberry in this tea.

The green tea base offers a lighter, more refreshing background flavor for this blend.  I must admit that it has been a while since I’ve tasted the aforementioned Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish black tea blend, but it was a very memorable tea.  The black tea gave the tea a good, robust background … here, I notice that the tea tastes crisp and fresh.  This is a better tea for the afternoon … while I think that the black tea would be a good choice for a morning tea because it is a heartier tea.

The flavors of the “pastry” and the cream cheese take a little while to reveal themselves.  I’m not sure if this is because my first few sips were when the tea was still quite warm and now the tea has cooled slightly (It’s still hot, but no longer piping hot), or if it’s because the flavors just needed a few sips to develop on my palate.  Now that I’ve consumed about 1/3rd of the cup, I can taste a light, buttery pastry and a tangy cream cheese as well as the sweet-tart blueberries.

This is a really tasty dessert tea.  I do think I preferred the black tea base over this green tea base, but I am still really enjoying this.  It satisfies the sweet tooth, and it’s a lot less caloric and fattening than an actual blueberry cream cheese danish – which I would ordinarily turn away from because I don’t need all that.  I like that 52Teas gives us tasty alternatives to the sweets that I crave, and this is definitely a crave-able sort of tea!

Orange Danish from Trail Lodge Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Trail Lodge Tea

Tea Description:

You’ll feel like you visited the bakery when you taste this tea! The vibrant green tea leaves are joined with the sweet taste of orange, almond, and spice to taste like an orange danish.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Yum!  I’m loving this tea.

It has a very bright and sunny orange-y kind of flavor to it, but I can totally taste the “danish” connection too.  There is this sort of nutty, buttery, pastry-like taste to it, very rich and almost creamy, that provides that danish-y type flavor.

I like the mellowness to this cup as well.  Even with the bright flavor of orange, there is sort of a calmness to this cup, very sweet and gentle.  It would make a great dessert tea, or a mid-day cup for those times when you want something a little bit sweet that won’t weigh you down or cause you to feel sluggish.

The taste of the green tea is not as distinguishable as I normally would like it to be, however, I think that the way the flavors all sort of meld together into a seamless taste works out well.  While the green tea is not as sharp or distinct as it could be, instead, it becomes sort of soft and buttery, providing a nice background for the pastry flavor.  It all comes together in a very unified way, and it’s quite enjoyable.