[Article Here] Hey everyone! Sorry for the summer hiatus, I got busy with work. Now that Fall is rolling around and I’m back to school for my junior year of college, the posts will be starting up again. Bunches of things are on the schedule for review (I’ve been busy!) so stay tuned! For now, here’s a link to a neat article that ran on CNN a couple years ago about tea (in many Chinese restaurants).
So, I can’t keep myself from posting a second review today, and, since it’s getting late, I decided to go with a white-tea since I’ve already had some black and I need to cut back on the caffeine (white tea has the lowest caffeine content of all the true teas [tea made from the camellia sinensis plant]). So, this review is for The Republic of Tea’s Orange Blossom tea (which can be found here).
First off, let me just say as I usually do, that generally speaking, loose tea is of a much higher quality than bagged tea, and this tea is bagged, however, the Republic of Tea company uses the puck-shaped, unbleached bags, which, in my opinion, are the highest quality bags, and are almost necessary to keep from interfering with the flavor of very delicate teas, such as this one.
One other quick aside, shame on The Republic of Tea company for their steeping instructions they provided with this tea, which were 30-60 seconds in near boiling water. I’m going to go ahead and call shenanigans on this. Do NOT use water over 180F for this (or any scented white teas), and you may steep for up to two minutes without risking making the tea bitter (I prefer about a minute and half).
Now, onto the matter at hand. This is definitely one of my favorite white teas, and is always on my shelf. It is white tea leaves (these from the Fujian province of China) with orange blossoms (which contain many of the same essential oils that you would find in an actual orange, and provide a similar, but more delicate flavor) The quality of the white tea itself is pretty good, and the orange blossoms are very well dried, and the blend ratio is superb. I sweetened my cup with a small whisk-dip of Savannah Bee Company’s tupelo honey (which you can find here[pricey but worth it]). Those of you who follow my reviews are probably thinking to yourself, “But, Mr. Tea Guy, you use orange blossom honey a lot, so why wouldn’t you use it for orange blossom tea?!” Because it’s too strong, that’s why.
This tea has a lovely aroma, and smells of lemongrass and orange rind. The taste, as to be expected from a white tea, is very gentle, and the orange essential oils add just the slightest hint of fruitiness, and it is just…just wonderful. If you aren’t a fan of strong teas, this is a great blend for you.
Overall: 8.5/10 crisp, delicate, and has a wonderful aroma
Flavor: 9/10 easily one of my all-time favorite white-tea blends
Richness: 4/10 pretty standard for a white-tea
Price: $15 / 50 bags