Wing Wah’s Sau-Mei Tea

Sau-Mei Tea by Wing Wah
White Tea / Straight
100g

I received Wing Wah’s Sau-Mei Tea as a gift, and was unable to find information regarding the price.

First Impressions

Wing Wah’s Sau-Mei Tea came to me in a fairly big gold foil bag. There’s minimal information about the tea on the packaging, aside from some key instructions of storing it in a cool, dry place. For those unfamiliar with shou-mei, it’s a traditional Chinese white tea.

Shou-Mei tea has some beautiful dried leaves. There’s a mix of colours ranging from brown to bright green. Some of the leaves have visible downy feathers on them, quite reminiscent of a silver needle. There’s a few sticks mixed in. This is a very airy tea, it takes up a lot of space with just a little bit. The dry leaf has a light floral aroma with slight plum notes.

Preparation

There were no steeping instructions on the packaging. I opted to steep Shou-Mei Tea in 185°F (85°C) for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Shou-Mei Tea steeps to a beautiful golden yellow. The texture of the tea is very smooth, with a light creaminess. The flavour is a nice mix of floral and fresh-tasting plum notes. It’s a really enjoyable tea. The light sweetness to it makes it a good pairing with pastries (I might have had this with a chocolate croissant…).

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Sau-Mei Tea seven times (eight steeps total with the same leaves), I added an extra 30 seconds for each additional steep. As I steeped it, I found that the creaminess grew stronger as the colour became more golden yellow. The floral notes were more prevalent in the subsequent steeps while the plum notes subsided.

My Overall Impression

I loved Wing Wah’s Sau-Mei Tea. This was a very pleasant white tea to drink. I loved how well it resteeped, and how the flavours changed with each resteep. I really enjoy teas that can be resteeped that retain their flavour – it really shows to the quality in the leaves. Additionally, I know that 185°F is a bit on the ‘high’ side of what you’d want to steep a white tea in, but the leaves held up beautifully and I had zero issues with astringency or bitterness.

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Teatourist’s Crushes & Blushes Collection

Crushes & Blushes Collection (February 2018) by Teatourist
£11-15 for 1 box, plus shipping (+£3-5 per box)

Teatourist has provided me with the Crushes & Blushes Collection for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

I was super excited to receive the Crushes & Blushes Collection from Teatourist. Part of this box also included the announcement that they’re launching the Build-A-Box option on their website. It’s super neat for those who want to choose their own teas instead of getting one of the curated collections. You get to pick any six teas from Teatourist’s extensive catalogue of teas, and then they’ll package it all together and send it to you. No word yet on how much this will cost. I personally love getting the curated boxes, because a lot of the teas I get are ones that I probably wouldn’t pick for myself, but love getting the opportunity to try. So if you’re into surprises, the subscription box might be a great choice for you – but if you want to choose your own due to allergies or just personal preference, that’s an option! You could even gift a Build-A-Box to someone and put all that though and effort into a personalized tea box.

Now onto the Crushes & Blushes Collection! This box has a selection of six tea tasters: two herbal infusions, one white tea, one black tea, one rooibos, and one green tea. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on all six of them: Whole Rose Buds from The Tea Makers of London (herbal infusion), North Jetty Beach by Beach House Teas (herbal infusion), Sparkling White by Hoogly Tea (white tea), Honey Red Jade Tea by Golden Tea Leaf (black tea), Raspberry & Rhubarb by The Tea Experience (rooibos), and Cheeky Charlie by The Kettle Shed (green tea). Read More …

California Tea House’s Titanic Blossom

Titanic Blossom by California Tea House
White Tea / Flavoured
$3.00USD for 1 ball

California Tea House has provided me with Titanic Blossom for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

I love blossoming teas. There’s just something really magical about the artistry that goes into these beautiful hand-tied works of art. If you’re not familiar with blossoming teas, they are these tea balls that open up when steeped to reveal beautiful flowers inside – and I personally think they’re a real treat. These are definitely not teas that you would pop into a travel mug – you’ll want to sit down and enjoy the full steeping process and watch these balls open up!

Titanic Blossom came to me as an individually packaged tea ball. For this particular blossoming tea, it consists of silver needle (white tea), globe amaranth, jasmine, and peony flowers. The aroma from this tea ball is very subtle – I mostly smell the jasmine.

Preparation

California Tea House recommends steeping Titanic Blossom in boiling water for 4 to 6 minutes, until the flowers have opened up. I steeped Titanic Blossom for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Titanic Blossom steeps to a reddish orange, with full blooms of the globe amaranth, jasmine, and peony – one of each. The aroma is very floral, and has a hint of sweetness. As you can see from the image below, the flowers open up and are in nest of the silver needle tea leaves.

The flavour of this tea is quite floral – there’s a touch of sweetness, and I can taste the white tea base as well – it lends a nice crispness to this tea. I like the smoothness to this tea, it has a great flavour to it. I really enjoy the sweetness in this tea though, I’m not sure if that is a quality from the flowers or the silver needle, either way it goes well with the floral notes. The jasmine is noticeable and can be picked out, but isn’t to the point where it overwhelms the other floral aromas and flavours.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Titanic Blossom twice, and found that the floral notes were considerably less compared to the initial steep. The silver needle flavours were still present, so it was less floral but still remained sweet. It makes for a nice cup of tea still, even with less floral notes.

My Overall Impression

I loved California Tea House’s Titanic Blossom. I love blossoming teas because it’s entertainment and a tea, all in one. I would definitely recommend steeping this tea in a clear glass teapot, so you can get the full experience. The flavours in this blend of silver needle and flowers is delicious and well balanced. I think it would make an excellent iced tea – and how appropriate would those flowers be in the summer? I understand that blossoming teas always seem to be on the more expensive side, but I think you do need to take into consideration that it is a hand-tied floral arrangement inside of tea. It’s obviously not really an ‘every day’ sort of tea, but more of a tea for a special occasion or a #treatyoself moment and $3USD for a fancy treat doesn’t sound too bad!

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