5 Tasting Notes
Don’t be mistaken; this is a fruity tea. I’m not the biggest fan of fruity teas, but this one is at least quite subtle. The dried tea leaves are not so much – their strong scent almost scared me off the tea entirely. The steeped liquor is the colour of squashed blueberries, a dark-purple grape colour. Its aroma is slightly more reminiscent of pomegranates than blueberries, with a hint of that unique peony scent. Today I’m feeling under the weather, and this tea’s promise of antioxidants suited my desperation to not get sick. White Tiger goes down smooth, and while a break from the orthodox that I prefer, its unique combination of peony, blueberry and pomegranates is somewhat lovely.
It’s “Green Chai,” but I’m not sure this is quite a Chai or a Green; with their combination, the characteristics of each seem to wither. It’s a bit of a strange mix—rose petals, nuts, vanilla? It doesn’t seem so ‘chai’ or too green to me.
The tea’s aroma is very sweet—I think it’s the cinnamon and vanilla coming out. As a tea, it’s quite flavourful; a hint of green with a lot of flavour. I’d recommend drinking it not if you want something mellow, but if you’re looking for a dessert tea. I can also enjoy it when I’m looking for a bright, flavourful break from my morning black teas.
This isn’t very high-quality tea; my loose leaves range in size from small what-appear-to-be shredded leaves, to a semi-large half-shredded leaf, to quite a number of sticks and twigs, to a few soft buds—all combined with several small chunks of dried strawberries. I bought this when I was much newer to tea, when I didn’t yet know how to visually identify the characteristics of a quality white tea.
Regardless, I give it a try. The liquor brews to a light gold/amber colour, and the aroma is strong and fruity, filled with hints of berries after a 4-minute steeping. The taste is not nearly as sweet as its scent, thank goodness—it has a hint of strawberry, but its presence is not overbearing, sitting rather equally and in tandem with the taste of the white tea.
While not high-quality white tea, I quite enjoy this tea in the morning to ease me into my work day. It’s mellow, soft, and just slightly fruity, but not so perky that it’s jolting. I’ll drink this batch and possibly consider buying it again—with some higher quality leaves.
I really like this tea. It smells sweet, fragrant and flowery, and the liquor is a beautiful, vibrant pale green. Orchid Oolong tastes a little how an orchid smells—fresh, sweet, floral—but with a full body that somewhat grounds the light, fluttery taste. It goes down smoothly and always makes me want another cup, which is great because it’s an oolong that does a super second infusion…
The second Infusion (3 minutes, 85 C) brings a slighter darker, more brown-green liquor. The body has not thinned much, but the tea itself tastes even more floral than before. Mmmm.
I tried this tea the other day with the minimum recommending steeping time of 5 minutes, and I found, more than any other loose leaf tea I’ve tried, it lacked both flavour and body. On the second attempt, I steeped for 7 minutes (the maximum recommended time) for a stronger tea, and… wow. The tea has a strong, earthy, musty smell (that honestly doesn’t entice), and a dark brown, muddy liquor. The taste? Still hardly present—I think the feeling of ‘taste’ I was experiencing was mostly through the aroma. The taste itself is highly muted, and I can taste the quality of the water more than the tea. Not so impressed.