Not long ago I was contacted by Nelson’s Tea to see if I would select a few teas for review both on my blog and on Amazon. Seeing as it had been quite a while since I was last asked to review I jumped at the chance. First up, thanks to those who participated in the Twitter poll is their Champagne & Raspberries White Tea. I actually finished sampling these Saturday, but due to a dying laptop I had to wait (new replacement was purchased yesterday). Plus little man is napping so I’m cashing in!
Now, usually I’m not a fan of White teas or rather my belly isn’t a fan. But this one was different. No problems after trying it both hot and iced. Trying it hot was up first. Yes hot tea in July…I know it’s mad right? But honestly I always try it both ways as I’ve found it can change how the tea tastes. Which was true for this particular tea.
The dry leaves smelled heavily of raspberry which I LOVED. After all raspberry screams cool and summer to me. So I set my One Touch kettle to the suggested 175 and waited. Once ready I poured and waited again. While waiting I took a few sniffs of the steeping tea and noted the strong smell of the raspberry – awesome. I wasn’t really picking up the champagne flavor yet.
Once my tea was ready I let it cool a little more so as not to burn myself (the worst) and dug in. Again the raspberry flavor jumped out at first, but there was a hint of the champagne on the finish. Which was nice and also light and crisp. I happily finished my cup and really wanted another. BUT for iced tea double the amount of tea is called for. So I wanted to make sure I had enough for that.
I tried this tea iced last Saturday when I had some time (and help with the babe). This time as I mentioned above I used double the amount as suggested by the packaging. I also opted to used a large pyrex measuring cup as I wanted a lot on such a hot morning. Again, I noted all the same smells as I did with the hot version. Once it was ready I poured it over a huge cup filled with ice – and added a few more cubes for good measure.
This time when I took my first sip the champagne was front and center. Though the crispness I experienced on the finish when prepared hot was still there and it was lovely. The raspberry flavor took a back seat this time which was a shame as I hoped there would have been a more even mix of the two flavors when served iced. However, I will say this was a great way to start off a very hot day.
I still have enough left to try it hot or iced again and I’m torn which to try. If I do try it iced I think I’ll add a little plain seltzer or tonic water to give it the fizz of champagne. Fun right?
*I was not paid for this honest review, only given a sample to try and review.