Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan

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  • “sigh Sad to say that I’m sipping this sample from Missy and Dylan down… this was a pretty tasty tea! I think it may have lost a bit of flavour during “storage”, but it’s still quite good, with...” Read full tasting note
  • “I hot brewed more of this last night for iced tea today… and this morning, my package from Amazon arrived, so tonight I’ll cold-brew one of Frank’s new teas (probably go with the rainbow sherbet...” Read full tasting note
  • “Oh dear. I don’t like ginger… It has even been decided long ago that I probably shouldn’t even bother trying ginger ale. There have been a few teas in the box that I didn’t much like, but this is...” Read full tasting note
  • “It’s 5:00 and in lieu of a drink I’m having some of this, decided to steep it and then pour it over ice in a tall glass. It’s just missing the bubbles. :)” Read full tasting note

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My grandfather loved to mix cocktails. It was a generational thing, I imagine, but when I was a kid he had (in my grandparents house) a full private bar stocked with everything he needed to mix highballs, martinis and all kinds of wondrous (to my young mind) beverages that I knew nothing about. I used to spend hours examining his collection of souvenir swizzle sticks. (I don’t guess they do it any more, but he had tons of plastic, wooden and glass swizzle sticks imprinted with the names of hotels and bars from all over the world. They were all a bit different, not just in shape size and color, but some of them were really interesting with landmarks or figures incorporated into the design.)

Anyway, I guess I was just a bit too enamored of his adult world of cocktails maybe, and grandpa, not wanting to leave me out, starting making a drink for me: Ginger ale with a fat maraschino cherry in it, and just a touch of the liquid from the jar that held the maraschino cherries. I’ve been a ginger ale addict ever since.

Ginger ale actually has a bit of lemon or lime (or both) in it as well as the ginger which gives it that extra warmth and spice. I considered a few different lemon/lime options before deciding that our ginger ale should have ginger and bergamot. The base tea had to be light enough to really let the bergamot and ginger shine, so I opted for our light and delicious Bai Mu Dan white tea.

So, without further delay or reminiscences, here is our premium Bai Mu Dan white tea, blended with real ginger and natural bergamot and ginger flavors. Enjoy!

Our new Tea of the Week for the week of February 7th, 2011

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1220 tasting notes

I am not a fan of it being 80 this week because it seems like nobody has bothered to turn their heat off. I went to Target for a couple things and I was burning up by the time I got to the checkout.
Also I found out Benadryl does make me fall asleep, just not when I’m excited and on a transatlantic flight. So, I had a great 4 hour nap but I can breathe out my nose so take that pollen!

In my attempts just to clear out stuff close to being done, I made the rest of this into cold steeped tea again. I’m not a big fan of ginger still, so while this is good, I’m not gonna miss it still.

But it was good to give a try, I like the idea of teas in flavors that are typically sodas.


I hope that you get feeling better! When I very first read this I thought you meant that you were 80 years old! lol I was so confused.


hahaha no, not for a long time! I’m doing fine, thank you! just totally was unprepared for the overnight appearance of a fine layer of pollen on everything already, I’m usually not bothered by allergies until April so all I had was the Benadryl!


Well if it makes you feel any better Benadryl totally knocks me out. I can’t take it unless I’m staying in bed.


I bought some to try to make myself sleep last year on my study abroad trip 9 hour flight to Paris. Even drank a glass of champagne and a cute little bottle of wine thinking that would definitely make it work. I was up the whole time. So I thought maybe I’m unaffected by its drowsiness side effect….nope. Learned the hard way today hahaha.

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514 tasting notes

This is my hangover tea today. I mean – my happy new year tea!
Don’t get me wrong, I have a grand total of 3 drinks last night! It was the red wine that did me in. I really can’t mix any other drinks with red wine. I get that from my mom.

A few days ago I brewed this up normally and threw it in the fridge. It’s a very pleasant iced tea, but I get more “white tea” flavour than ginger. I felt the same when I had a hot cup before I made the iced tea. It’s still nice though! Very refreshing and slowly hydrating my brain and settling my tummy.

Also also, I’m counting calories in an attempt to eat a little healthier – only for one month! It’s not a diet, just an awareness thing. That’s my small resolution! Then, in one month, we will have moved out of this horribledemoninfestedcraphole of an apartment and I will feel alive again! And THEN – off to Halifax in 3 months. If that’s not a fresh start for a new year, I don’t know what is :D


Permanent move to Halifax?


Yep I think so! I’ve lived in Regina for 6 years, and I am way past due for a new move. I think we’re going to save up for a house – in Halifax we would be able to afford it, Regina… not so much haha


Nor here either. Half a mil for a small house. Who can afford that?


ugh no doubt! What I hate is that there is nothing really in Regina to warrant that crazy pricing. I’m not saying it’s a bad city with nothing going for it, but it’s just not affordable for a young couple with university degrees such as ourselves. And I don’t know why! bah. Oh well! It gives us a change to have an adventure :)


OMG! I love your post! I think we’re sisters from another mother. I had a very similar New Years and can’t wait to be free of my awful apartment. But sadly, I still have 10 months to endure. Enjoy Halifax!

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212 tasting notes

I forgot to review this when we tried it. Another yummy tea! An excellent combination perfectly balanced.

The ginger is sweet and well mannered enough to let the white tea shine through here. OH EM GEE! Yes folks here we have a bergamot that doesn’t make me frown. It’s very lightly done. I just get hints of citrus flavors, lime mostly. Yay! A tea that doesn’t smack me upside the face with the bergamot perfume.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

I loved this one… :)


Definitely a keeper!

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1904 tasting notes

Tea number nine from the Holiday Sampler today. It’s probably a familiar story – when Frank first blended this tea I dithered about whether or not to buy a pouch and of course by the time I’d made up my mind, they were all gone. It’s nice to see what I’ve been missing out on, although a little sad since once the two teaspoons-worth in the sample are gone – it’s gone.

The gingerale smell from this tea is lovely, sweet and gingery in an almost floral way – though maybe that’s the influence of the bergamot. The flavour doesn’t quite nail it, there’s a bit too much emphasis on the citrus flavour of the bergamot and not enough on the ginger itself. Maybe it would have been better to use lemon and/or lime peel instead to mimic the flavours. None the less, it’s a nice, enjoyable tea and the white tea base is perfect for it, supporting the flavours without overwhelming them.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Southern Boy Teas

“It’s nice to see what I’ve been missing out on, although a little sad since once the two teaspoons-worth in the sample are gone – it’s gone.”

Actually, we’ve been bringing back the 12 Teas one by one in the “Revived” section of our In Stock page:

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514 tasting notes

Ok, here goes on this one. .. .

Its good, really good! But I cant place the flavors at all. It doesn’t really taste like Ginger Ale to me, but it does have notes of ginger in it. .But since its a white tea, I’m enjoying it regardless. . .

Almost reminds me of a gin and tonic without the carbonation. .


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Meghann M

The gin and tonic taste almost sounds like more what I need at this moment than a ginger ale. I’m glad the tea is really good as I got two pouches! Too bad it doesn’t really taste like a ginger ale. I wonder if sweetner would help?

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635 tasting notes

52teas 12 Days of Christmas Sampler 2011 – Day 9

Ginger ale tea!!! What a surprise! I took a whiff of the dry leaves and got a recognizable ginger ale scent. Amazing! I’m even getting a bubbly, fizzy aspect like when you inhale a carbonated beverage before taking a sip. And this is a white tea? Wow!

The brewed tea aroma smells just like ginger ale too. It’s a little early in the morning to be drinking a white tea. I think black tea would be more appropriate. But I’ve got to get through this Christmas sampler box!

Well, this tea does not disappoint! I don’t know how you did it, Frank. But this truly does taste exactly like ginger ale. I’m really loving this! White tea was the perfect base. I can’t think of a single improvement to be made. How come I keep getting a slightly carbonated taste? How is this possible?!

Sooo good, and it has a wonderful aftertaste too. I take a sip and then enjoy the flavor for 10-15 seconds before I take another sip. If you like ginger ale, buy a pouch of this immediately!! I’m so impressed with this tea!

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

I was thinking of buying a pouch of this. I think you just sold me on it!

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863 tasting notes

So I skipped a couple of days of the Christmas sampler mostly because I’d had those teas before, and been busy working at some semblance of a job during the day. This is the first tea (since day 4) that I have not had before, and it seemed to sound better to me as an iced tea, so I brewed it and let it cool to try it that way. I just couldn’t imagine flat, hot ginger ale!

I definitely got the bergamot and some of the ginger, though the ginger didn’t have an overwhelming amount of bite to it. I also got some vanilla, strangely enough – I wonder if that’s the bergamot? To me the flavors didn’t resemble ginger ale at all as I know it – though maybe that’s the carbonation I’m missing?

Eh, it’s not bad – I just don’t see myself wanting to reach for it at any specific time. I think of ginger ale as more of a sick drink, so maybe that’s why I’ve had such a lukewarm response to this.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

I love ginger ale, but in tea form…not so much.

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247 tasting notes

Mmm… this one smells like ginger ale when you open the package. So promising! I’m not a huge fan of white teas, but I was looking for less caffeine as it’s nearing evening now.

185/3 min later… the smell is similar to the dry scent. It’s nice, fruity, but with a promise of spiciness. Then, the taste. Mmm… it’s really good. Bold for a white tea, due to the flavoring, I’m sure. It does taste like ginger ale to me, but no fizziness, thank goodness! It’s somewhat sweet, yet the spiciness picks at my tongue and throat. The tea is really mild, overcome by the flavors. It’s a nice pairing and really good tea and I’ll bet this would be delicious iced!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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558 tasting notes

Enjoying this tea. It smells like gingerale, with out the effervescence. I like the bergamot in this with the warm ginger. I used 1 tablespoon with 12oz of water. I really enjoy brewing white tea with this much leaf. I can’t wait to try the second steep iced with a bit of sweetner.


I use twice that amount for some whites. :)

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200 tasting notes

Thanks to Dylan for the sample.

This… wasn’t bad, but I was a bit let down. The ginger wasn’t too strong for me. I was also surprised that this white tea, when it barely seemed to expand in the brewer.

It’s not bad, but I think I was hoping for ginger-ale tasting tea. Maybe I set my expectations too high?

Also, apparently there is bergamont in here, and I didn’t even notice. I’m pretty sensitive to it, so I’m surprised it slipped past my radar.

I’m also cold brewing some of this as we speak, because I wanted to see how it fared cold-brewed.

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