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!

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