Autumn Harvest! Pomegranates and lemongrass happen to both be on my autumn harvest list, though I’m sure neither are particularly thought of as “fall foods”. Tonight, I was definitely in the mood for a pommy tea, though (pomegranates, not pomeranians, I’m not a monster!) and I’ve had this sampler named “Exotic Pomegranate White/Green Tea” by Fusion Teas for ages. It was pretty easy to find the wholesale source of this tea — there are pretty much four major blend wholesalers I always check first, and I happened to check Dethlefsen & Balk second and got an exact ingredient match for their “Pomegranate Dragonfruit Green/White Tea.” Ding ding ding! Every other review for this will probably be listed under “Exotic Pomegranate” with Fusion Teas, but I prefer listing under the direct source, so there you have it.

The brewed tea is a buttery yellow color, has a light punchy fruit scent, and a very mellow floral note, as well. Oddly enough, I am getting a slight pineapple aroma, too. Which is only a good thing to my olfactory senses, as far as I’m concerned. Despite smelling quite punchy, it really is quite delicate, with a light, silky mouthfeel. I do taste pomegranate, but it is a gentle touch, not strong and overwhelming like so many fruit teas, with the base playing a much stronger role, and I’m surprised how many notes I’m getting here… a touch of a floral rose note, a soft butteriness (perhaps coming from the sencha added to the blend?), and a very sweet berry note that comes out toward the finish that reminds me of strawberry candy (it’s likely the kiwi or the dragonfruit, but since I don’t eat either, my palate is likely reading it as strawberry?)

I really like it! I think my next batch is going to be as a cold brew, but this was very gentle and relaxing before bed. I tend to only have herbals in the evening, but forget that white teas are so light on caffeine that it should be fine to have a cuppa of them in the evenings once in a while, too. I should add more whites into my evening drinking repetoire.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Fruity, Rose, Strawberry, Sweet

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud genderqueer asexual (she/they) and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.


My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/xjt9ptx3 . I am open to tea trades (within the United States only!) at this time. Note that I will not trade teas that I currently have in a quantity less than 50g (samplers, 1oz packages, etc.) or any teas that are currently still sealed/unopened in my cupboard.

Contact Info:

Feel free to send me a Steepster PM, or alternatively, check the website URL section below; it goes to a contact form that will reach my personal e-mail.


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