Wedding Tea Blend from Harney & Sons

weddingblendTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Harney & Sons

Tea Description:

This elegant tea is a special tea for that special event. Mutan White tea with a touch of lemon-vanilla to taste, nicely offset with pink rose petals.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

A really nice blend from Harney & Sons.  The delicate white tea is flavored with just a hint of lemon and vanilla and rose, creating a soft, sweet, and brightly flavored cup.

The white tea is a sweet and smooth tasting tea and these characteristics are enhanced by the addition of vanilla.  The light touch of vanilla makes the tea taste just a little sweeter, a little smoother and a little softer.  It adds a pleasant creaminess to the cup.

And I like the way the creaminess plays with the notes of lemon.  The lemon is bright and tart, but not pucker-y tart.  The sweetness of the vanilla curbs the lemon so that it doesn’t come off as sour.  Instead, it tastes a little bit like someone may have dissolved a little bit of lemon curd into my tea!  YUM!

To brew this, I used a lower temperature (as is usually the case when it comes to white teas.  I almost always go with a temperature that is 170°F or lower, this time, I used the 170°F) and steeped the sachet for 3 1/2 minutes.

Something else that’s kind of neat about this blend is that because it is the “Wedding Blend,” it can also serve as a wedding favor!  You can even special order it with the name of the bride and groom and the wedding date imprinted on the lid of the little “tagalong tins” (these tins really are adorable).  How awesome is that?  Can you think of a cooler wedding favor to give to your guests on your special day?

China Mutan White Tea from Mark T. Wendell

china-mutan-white-teaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Mark T. Wendell

Tea Description:

Our Mutan white tea is an unusual tea, comprised of silvery, downy buds and green leaves. The buds are hand picked before the leaf opens, then gently steamed. The brew is delicate and mellow, with a light pale color.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This China Mutan White Tea from Mark T. Wendell is excellent!  The leaves are soft, covered with lots of silvery fuzz and they aren’t crumbly or brown.  They are pale green and silver, the way a high quality white tea should be.

The flavor is delicate, as is to be expected from a white tea, but, don’t mistake that for “lack of flavor” because this tea certainly doesn’t lack anything.  It’s pleasantly sweet, with a mild, hay-like quality that is slightly vegetative.  It has a gentle earthiness to it.

And one of the things that keep me going back to white teas like this one is that they continue to produce flavor beyond that first pot of tea.  Keep steeping those leaves!  I found that the second and third pots of tea were even more flavorful than the first.

It’s a nice cup of tea to enjoy after a meal, because I find white tea to be not only soothing and calming, but also it cools down the palate a little bit which is nice after something on the spicy side.

Mark T. Wendell is one of those companies that simply DELIVERS when it comes to high quality product!