Tea of the Week for September 21, 2020!
As it is now officially fall, it's no longer peak season for watermelon - but you can still enjoy a delightful cuppa watermelon with this blend!
This blend represents the last of the white teas that I have in inventory presently. I had a fair amount of Silver Needle, but not quite enough to make a full batch. I had a little bit of Bai Mu Dan - just enough to make for a smaller batch of tea - so I blended the two together (a blend that is mostly Silver Needle, but the Bai Mu Dan is in there.)
To that white tea blend, I added some ginger root for an interesting contrast to the sweet, luscious watermelon notes. The combination is delicious! The peppery bite of the ginger starts out soft but gradually builds in the back of the throat. This sweet & spicy combination works together to offer a pleasing, light & refreshing cuppa.
Gluten-free, allergen-free & VEGAN!
Taster size is approximately 9g
ingredients: white tea
organic ingredients: watermelon, ginger root, amaranth petals & natural flavors
Nice! I can't recall ever having something with the contrasting flavors of watermelon & ginger but they work really well together. There's enough ginger here to offer a pleasing zesty zing but not so much that it overwhelms the watermelon. The watermelon flavor is abundant - sweet, juicy & oh so good!
to brew: I recommend giving the blend a good shake or mix to incorporate all ingredients. (the ginger likes to sometimes sift to the bottom of the pouch!) use 3g of leaf to 12 ounces of hot water (165°F) & allow to steep for 3 1/2 - 4 minutes. strain & allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. enjoy!
This doesn't need sweetener - I enjoyed it without. I did test out a bit of sugar to it too, to see how it affected the flavor. A bit of sugar enhanced the overall flavors, especially the watermelon, but I found that I preferred this without the sweetner because the notes of the white tea were better defined without the sugar.
This tea resteeps well - I resteeped the same leaves twice (after the initial infusion, for a total of 3 infusions). All three were very satisfying cuppas.