So for some reason, I completely assumed this was a white tea. From the time I purchased it, until I received it, and even as it sat in my cupboard for a few months. So this afternoon, after drinking copious amounts of black tea and matcha, I thought a lighter white tea would be nice as it is getting into later afternoon.
So I opened this up and looked at it and thought, this is the weirdest white tea leaf I have ever seen. Then I sniffed it and it was the weirdest smelling white tea I have ever smelled. I though this must be the wrong tea. It kind of looks like guyasa or mate. I checked the label, it said tangerine creamsicle. So I came over to the computer to email Stacy from Butiki to ask if maybe the wrong tea was sent and it dawned on me that the problem was not the tea, it was me. Ha ha. One of those days.
This tea smells very vegetal and earthy. There is a citrus and orange rind smell. At the beginning of the sip, it is earthy and full bodied. By mid sip, there is a quick taste of an orange creamsicle – like the outer orange popsicle part of a real creamsicle. By the end of the sip it is very dark green vegetal to me. In the aftertaste I definitely get a very specific tangerine citrus taste. After cooling for a few minutes, it definitely starts to taste very creamy. After adding a small piece of brown rock sugar, the flavour meld together a bit more. It is much less vegetal and much more citrus rind taste.
Amazing blend! Glad I was actually able to figure this tea out :)