I got this when from Janelle’s tea stash sampler sale shortly after I joined Steepster in November last year. I’m not sure why I haven’t tried it up to this point. I think I was afraid the berry would be too much for me. Initially I didn’t drink a lot of fruity teas, especially citrus, because I had had a previously bad flavor experience w/them. I have since learned that fruit and tea can go together, even some citrus, even though I am still a bit wary of raspberry and melon teas. I’ll probably eventually come around to those too.
I’m not really sure how old this tea is seeing as how it is no longer on the website and the most recent tasting note is from 10 months ago.
I haven’t had too many white teas as of yet. I tend to almost always drink black teas in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon (maybe a flavored green here), and usually some kind of rooibos (or 1 herbal) blend in the evening. Take the fact that I’m mostly drinking my old family recipe home made iced tea in the afternoons right now, and the white and green teas are not always finding much time w/me right now.
This one has a faint sweet strawberry smell when dry. Steeped, I get mostly white tea with a faint natural strawberry flavor that then fades into fake strawberry. Now that I’m done w/the cup, I find myself wondering what the aftertaste is from. I don’t know if the flavor has anything to do w/it’s age, so I will refrain from rating this one. I think it would be more enjoyable a cup if it was a little more strawberry and no aftertaste.