White Chocolate Lemon Shou Mei Tea from 52Teas

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White-Chocolate-Lemon-Shou-MeiTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

As popular as our White Chocolate Raspberry Shou Mei was, I expect this one might even be more popular. Our premium shou mei white tea blended with white chocolate chips, lemon myrtle and organic white chocolate and lemon flavors. This is a gorgeous blend of sweet and tart that suits the hay-like shou mei beautifully.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about 52Teas’ subscriptions here.

Taster’s Review:

Mmm!  I must admit that I wasn’t as much a fan of the White Chocolate Raspberry Shou Mei from a couple of months ago as I thought I would be.  I thought I’d love that blend and it was just alright for me.  My daughter – with whom I’m going into business – loved it.  I expected her to because that’s probably her favorite flavor combination, or at least one of them.

But this White Chocolate Lemon Shou Mei Tea from 52Teas – I’m loving this!  Similar to the White Chocolate Raspberry, this is primarily a lemon tea.  That is to say, I taste more lemon than I do white chocolate.  But I taste enough white chocolate to satisfy me, and I like the way the sweet, creamy notes of the white chocolate soften the tangy notes of the lemon and highlight the creaminess of the Shou Mei base.

And the Shou Mei isn’t hidden behind the flavors either.  I taste the light, slightly earthy, slightly hay-like flavor of the Shou Mei.  This tea has some really wonderful layers of flavor.

This tea is best if you let it cool slightly.  After pouring the piping hot tea into your cup, let it set for just a few minutes.  This seems to let the flavors come forth and now that I’m nearly finished with the cup I notice even more lemony notes as well as a stronger white chocolate presence.

A really good tea.  One of the better white teas that I’ve tried from 52Teas!

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Christmas Cookie Shou Mei from 52Teas

Christmas-CookieTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

If this tea doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, you might just be the Grinch. With premium shou mei white tea, almonds, ginger, orange peel, cinnamon chips, a few cloves, marshmallow root and organic flavors, combine this tea with a nice crackling fire in the fireplace and someone to snuggle up to on the couch, and you’ll be in holiday heaven.

Learn more about this blend here.

Learn how to subscribe to 52Teas’  Tea of the Week program here.

Taster’s Review:

Yum!  It’s no big surprise to me that this tea is already sold out!  With a name like “Christmas Cookie” – who could resist, right?  And it’s oh so tasty!

The aroma of the dry leaf was a little off for me.  I could smell the spices and those were very pleasant to the nose, but I also picked up on a slight chemical-y note to the dry leaf fragrance.  I hoped that this would disappear after brewing (usually, that flavor oil smell does dissipate in the brewing process).

To brew this, I used my Kati tumbler and added 1 heaping bamboo scoop to the basket and 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 170°F) and let the tea steep for 3 minutes.

The brewed tea smells warm and gently spiced.  I’m not picking up on any of the aforementioned chemical-y notes – a good thing!  It smells like gramma’s kitchen at Christmastime when she’s baking all those magical cookies that she used to bake.  I smell spice cookies and almond cookies.  I smell hints of orange.  My mouth is watering and wishing it was eating cookies right about now!

And the flavor is delightful.  I don’t know that I’m actually tasting cookies as much as I’m smelling them from this tea.  I think that there should be more of the buttery, cake-y, pastry flavors that 52Teas does so well here.  Maybe a tad more marshmallow root to emphasize the cookie aspect rather than the spiced aspect of this tea.  As it is, it tastes like a mild chai made with a white tea base rather than a cookie.

I find that as it cools, the flavor improves a bit and the baked goods flavor seems to develop a little.  However, it never becomes fully realized.  I find myself wanting to taste something more “bake-y” – brown sugar?  Buttery cookie?  Pastry/cake flavors?  Even a hint of icing might help bring the “Christmas Cookie” to life just a little more.

The white tea has a smooth and silky texture.  It’s not bitter or overly astringent.  It’s sweet and has a delicate flavor that is lightly vegetal (more like hay than grass or steamed veggies).  I appreciate that I distinctly taste TEA here and those flavors have not been overpowered by the presence of the strong spice and other flavors.

Since this is a white tea, I decided to resteep it and see how it turns out.  YES!  There it is!  That cookie flavor!  This tea MUST be resteeped to get to that yummy cookie flavor.  I even taste a hint of frosting!

As I said before, it’s clear to me why this flavor has sold out – not only is the name of the tea tempting but the taste is delightful!

Blueberry Hill Shou Mei White Tea from 52Teas

Blueberry-Hill-Shou-MeiTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Yerp, I’m going to say it: I’ve found my thrill… and it’s Blueberry Hill Shou Mei. This is a crisp, refreshing shou mei white tea blended with real freeze-dried blueberries and organic flavors. No, it’s not as far out there as some of our blends. It’s not peanut butter, bacon, tuna fish sandwich on rye flavored tea. Just delicious, amazing blueberry flavor in our lovely hay-like shou mei.

Learn more about this blend here.

Learn how to subscribe to 52Teas’  Tea of the Week program here.

Taster’s Review:


Yeah, I’ve had a few blueberry teas.  Blueberry teas are not as popular as say, strawberry teas, but there are still quite a few blueberry teas out there and even some blueberry white teas and I’ve tried a few of them.  But that doesn’t make this Blueberry Hill Shou Mei any less tasty!

One of the things that I enjoy about a 52Teas blend is the fact that there are (usually) chunks of the thing that I’m tasting in the blend.  Like for this blend, as I was scooping out the tea into my Breville One-Touch tea maker, I found a couple of freeze-dried blueberries.  Not just one little tiny berry.  These are large berries and I must have scooped out at least three in the 2 1/2 bamboo scoops of tea that I measured into the basket of the Breville.  (I generally use a little more leaf when it comes to white tea because the leaves are bigger and create more “space” in the scoop when I’m scooping it out.)

My settings for the tea maker:  500ml of water into the jug, 170°F and 3 1/2 minutes steep time.  Delightful results!

This tastes just exactly how I hoped it would.  Sweet blueberry-ish goodness with pleasing white tea notes of hay.  The white tea is crisp and refreshing and doesn’t hide behind the flavor.  The blueberry tastes sweet and a little tart and it tastes true to the fruit.

It’s a really enjoyable cup of tea that tastes wonderful served hot and even better iced.  The tea can be resteeped and it still tastes wonderful.  This is a win – even if it isn’t one of 52Teas more unusual creations.  Sometimes simplicity is just plain tasty!

Shou Mei White Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

shoumeiTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf here.

Tea Description:

White tea, considered by many tea experts to be the finest tea on earth, comes primarily from the Fujian Province in China. It is very lightly processed with sunlight and low temperatures. A standard grade Chinese Tea, Shou Mei White with its downy silver tipped leaves has a sweet, floral aroma and a mild, smooth, lightly sweet, pale yellow liquor.

Ingredients:  Shou Mei White Tea

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s Selection Club subscription program here.

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Taster’s Review:

I’ve been drinking quite a few flavored Shou Mei white teas lately, but it’s been a little while since I’ve had a pure Shou Mei.  So I was happy to be able to reacquaint myself with an unadulterated Shou Mei!

I’m very pleased with the quality of these leaves.  The leaves are soft and are covered in fluffy fuzz, and the leaves vary in color from pale green, silver, and light brown.  This is not the “typical” Shou Mei that sometimes looks and feels like dried, brown leaves.  This appears to be a higher quality tea leaf to me.

And the difference is not only evident in the appearance of the leaves but the flavor of the tea.  I steeped these leaves at 170°F for 3 minutes.  The liquid is a pale amber color and has a delicate, hay-like aroma.

The flavor is sweet, fresh and light.  It has a crispness to it, evoking thoughts of a cool spring morning.  It makes me think of the dewdrops on fresh new leaves in spring.  There is also a distinct “hay-like” flavor, like the air after a cutting of hay.  I spent my adolescent years in an area that grew a lot of hay and alfalfa and you could always tell when the local farms cut their hay as the hay cut imparted a distinct essence to the air that was not only experienced by the nose but also the taste buds.  That’s what I’m tasting (and smelling!) with this tea now.

It’s quite a pleasant cup of Shou Mei!  And this tea offers multiple infusions.  I’m currently on my third infusion, and the flavor just will not quit!  (A good thing, because I’m really enjoying it and I’m not ready to stop drinking it!)  A great choice for this month’s box from Simple Loose Leaf!

Yin Gou Mei Green Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

YinGouMeiTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

This Chinese tea is often referred to as eyebrow tea due to its eyebrow shaped tea leaves. The leaves are hand picked during early spring to result in a floral and robust flavor without the bitterness often associated with this type of tea. The rich green tea leaves brew to reveal a bright jade liquor with a fresh aroma, balanced earthiness and smooth, subtle finish. Yin Gou Mei Green Tea is best served hot.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s Selection Club subscription program here.

Taster’s Review:

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Yin Gou Mei, so, I was really looking forward to having this tea when I discovered it was part of this month’s Selection Club sampler box from Simple Loose Leaf.

Yin Gou Mei is often called “Chinese Eyebrows” because of the cute “eyebrow” shape of the leaves.  But, I don’t like calling it Chinese Eyebrows because that sounds … weird and not in a good way.  So forgive me for not calling it by that name and instead going with Yin Gou Mei.

And this is a really LOVELY Yin Gou Mei!

This is sweet and creamy with soft nutty notes, but there is a light crispness to the cup as well.  There are delicate floral notes that meld with the soft, creamy sweetness.  It makes my palate swoon how these two tastes mingle together.  It’s very smooth from start to finish, with no bitter notes and very little noticeable astringency.

What I like about Yin Gou Mei is that it’s a little different from the typical green tea in that it tastes somewhat “earthy” but not really overly vegetal.  While there is a slight vegetative note to this, it’s not a heavy, grassy taste, nor does it taste like steamed veggies or any of the other vegetative comparisons that I often make.  It’s smooth, floral and lightly earthy/vegetal note that is softened with a pleasant creaminess.

I know I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again in the future, but, I just love getting my monthly Selection Club box from Simple Loose Leaf!  It really is a GREAT bargain:  I get five different teas each month and there’s enough for several pots of tea from EACH of the five teas in the box.  Plus you get a sample from the next month’s box to whet your appetite for the teas to come!  And there are a couple of different payment options available to you that have been designed for savings and convenience in mind.

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