I went to visit the Blue Teapot for the first time today, and was delightfully surprised at their quaint store and decent prices. The sales associate was nice, although I got the feeling that she didn’t know as much about the teas as I’d like; she couldn’t tell me a lot about their selection of traditional Chinese or Japanese teas (which I wanted to try).
I ended up buying this white/green tea blend. I figured that since I don’t currently have a white tea in my cupboard, might be good to start with something that already has flavours I’m familiar with. The tea smells very nice dry, you can definitely smell the apricot and jasmine in it. Brewed, the aroma reminds me a bit of a flowery mango.
I can’t taste any fruitiness when I sip it, though, which is a bit confusing to my tongue (who heard from my nose that this tea smells like delicious fruit). I can definitely taste some jasmine and the green tea – not sure where the white tea is hiding, I don’t quite know how to identify it by taste yet. I know that white tea has a very subtle flavour though, so it is probably being overwhelmed by the other dominant ingredients in the blend.
Overall, I find this tea to be like a fruity/flowery smelling version of regular jasmine green tea, which is interesting, but like I mentioned before, I don’t like it when the aroma and flavour of teas don’t match – it confuses my expectation for the tasting part, as my taste buds are expecting something much different, even if it is good tea. It’s decent and I will drink it happily, but will be trying something new next time.