The World Is a Tea Party Presents: White Teas We Have Tried Over the Years – Flavored White Teas

Note: These teas were for the most part samples received from various tea vendors, some of whom are no longer in business. These reviews are presented as general information to help you in selecting ones to buy. Spring is usually the best time. And go for the best ones you can afford.

Generally speaking, any white tea with a flavoring added is not worth bothering to try. This was our lesson learned after trying each of these and others that we didn’t like enough to spend the time writing about. White tea is delicate. When you add flavorings, you miss the tea flavor altogether. Usually, therefore, the base tea is something old that the vendor had on hand awhile and is trying to get sold to unsuspecting tea drinkers.

Cucumber Flavored White Tea

Additions: Cucumber
Water temp: 180°F
Dry leaves: The dry tea has stems and full leaves, the sign of a low-quality white tea (Pai Mu Tan). The scent is like no other we have inhaled before. The definite and distinct planty aroma of tea is there, but so is something akin to cinnamon yet different. Hubby detected a faint cucumber aroma, but I did not. We used two cups of water and about 3 to 4 “pinches” (trust me, teaspoons is not doable here) of dry tea. Be sure to use enough to get a sufficiently strong brew.
1st Infusion: 2 mins.

(We were surprised to see that the tea vendor recommends infusing this tea for 7 minutes and thought it must be a misprint.)

Light gold color, delicate taste and aroma. Not very tea tasting, nor cucumber-ish.

2nd Infusion: 5 Minutes:

Slightly darker gold, with stronger and spicier taste. Not very tea tasting. Hubby detected some cucumber flavor, but I did not.

3rd Infusion: 7 Minutes:

Slightly more dark gold, with cucumber taste clearly evident. No bitterness. Very tasty.

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Disclaimer: This was a tea sample provided by the tea vendor. Nevertheless, any opinions concerning this tea are strictly objective..

British Earl Grey Flavored White Tea

Additions: Oil of bergamot (a citrus fruit)
Dry leaves: A fairly strong Earl Grey fragrance (that comes from the oil of bergamot). Leaves look like the is Pai Mu Tan.
Water temp: 160°F
1st Infusion: 3 minutes

Honey-gold color. Had a light Earl Grey aroma and a flavor that was smooth and lighter than we expected, based on the aroma of the dry leaves. We were quite happy about this.

2nd Infusion: 3.5 minutes

Lighter than #1 all round but not so much so that it was a waste. In fact, it was quite satisfying, just like the first round.

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Disclaimer: This was a tea sample provided by the tea vendor. Nevertheless, any opinions concerning this tea are strictly objective..

“The Horne” (Flavored White Tea)

Additions: orange peel, cinnamon, rose petals, apple, almond, papaya, cornflower, calendula, safflower, and natural flavorings
Dry leaves: Aromas were fruity/floral, with a date or blackcurrant aroma dominating. Looks more like a tisane than a flavored tea with some tea leaves among all those flower petals, fruit pieces, etc.
Water temp: 190°F
1st Infusion: 3 minutes

To our surprise, this tea has, not a strongly floral character, but a fruity (apple?) and cinnamony character. The liquid even has an apple-juice-like coloring and quality. No bitterness or edge. Smooth.

2nd Infusion: 3 minutes

Same as #1.

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Disclaimer: This was a tea sample provided by the tea vendor. Nevertheless, any opinions concerning this tea are strictly objective.

Comments:

The tea vendor came up with interesting combos and named them after equally interesting Jazz artists, pairing the style of the artist with the style of the flavored tea. Lena Horne was not only a most beautiful woman but had a distinctive and beautiful singing voice.

Like with many flavored teas, how this tea smells dry (which is what a lot of buyers use to make their selection) can differ greatly from how the tea smells and tastes once infused. So, beware, and when possible ask the tea store personnel to steep up a small sample for you. Most will be happy to oblige.

Tropical Tangerine Flavored White Tea

Additions: Tangerine rind chunks
Dry leaves: The label says this is a tea from the Fujian Province of China. Most likely Pai Mu Tan (Bai Mu Dan, White Peony) tea. Bits of tangerine rind chunks added in. The aroma was fruity/floral/nutty.
Water temp: Not quite boiled
1st Infusion: 1 minute

The liquid was a lovely golden color with an aroma that was a balance of floral, fruit, and tea nuttiness. Unfortunately, the flavor was heavily dominated by floral, with little or no tangerine.

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Disclaimer: This was a tea sample provided by the tea vendor. Nevertheless, any opinions concerning this tea are strictly objective..

“Peach Dream” Flavored White Tea

Additions: Peaches and sunflowers
Dry leaves: Big leaf pieces of white tea from the Fujian Province of China.
Water temp: The vendor says to heat the water to just below boiling. This seems a bit hot for a white tea, but we tried it that way anyway.
1st Infusion: 1 minute (the vendor recommends 1-3 minutes)

A light infusion that was pale peachy in color and flavor with the sunflowers “tinting” it a bit but not overwhelming it.

2nd Infusion: 1 minute

Almost as flavorful as the first.

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Disclaimer: This was a tea sample provided by the tea vendor. Nevertheless, any opinions concerning this tea are strictly objective..

Pomegranate Flavored White Tea

Additions: Rose hips, pomegranate oil
Dry leaves: Strong pomegranate that overwhelms the tea aroma.
Water temp: near boiling, per label
1st Infusion: 3 minutes

Strong pomegranate, some rose hips aroma. Rose hips, pomegranate, planty flavor. Rosy yellow color.

While the pomegranate aroma dominated our noses, the flavor on our tastebuds was a balance between that fruit and the rose hips and white tea. Achieving such a balance is the sign of a good flavored tea. We found the tea quite enjoyable. Considering that I’m not a big fan of pomegranate, that’s saying something.

2nd Infusion: 3 minutes

Same color, slightly buttery and planty flavor. Still very tasty.

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Disclaimer: This was a tea sample provided by the tea vendor. Nevertheless, any opinions concerning this tea are strictly objective..

Orange Blossom Flavored White Tea

Additions: Orange
Dry leaves: Dust in a bag. Faint orange, dusty tea scent, hemp (stinks) aroma. Since this is tea dust in a bag, it’s not that fresh.
Water temp: 180°F

Vendor recommends water not quite boiling.

1st Infusion: 30-60 seconds per instructions on can

Mainly orange aroma and flavor.

Chilled: Disappointing
Chilled: Chilled, this tea was a vast disappointment. It tasted more like extremely weak Tang than white tea with orange. Admittedly, this is “orange blossom,” not orange. We have about half a tin left but won’t be reaching for it in our tea pantry when we want something tasty.

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Disclaimer: We bought this tea. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

“All That Jazz-mine” Flavored White Tea

Additions: Jasmine blossoms (buds, actually)
Dry leaves: Mild jasmine aroma.

The green tea used as the basis for this blend is not specified and, considering that its flavor is almost totally subdued by the jasmine, that oversight doesn’t matter. Most people who drink jasmine green tea seem to do so for the jasmine, not the tea, flavor.

Infusing tip: Don’t include the Jasmine buds in with the tea when you steep. That way you will get a liquid that isn’t overly flavored.

Water temp: 180˚F
1st Infusion: 2.5 mins.

Jasmine aroma. Balance of Jasmine and green tea in the flavor at first. Dark golden color.

2nd Infusion: 2.5 mins.

Jasmine aroma. Balance of Jasmine and green tea in the flavor at first. Golden, slightly cloudy color.

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Disclaimer: This was a tea sample provided by the tea vendor. Nevertheless, any opinions concerning this tea are strictly objective..

Comments:

Many Jasmine teas are made by spreading out layers of fresh-picked tea leaves, then Jasmine petals/blossoms over them, and then another layer of tea leaves. These are left to wither (go limp, with some of the moisture leaving the leaves). The leaves absorb the aroma and flavor of the Jasmine. This version is different.

The company web site doesn’t say, but I suspect that this tea is one where the Jasmine was added after the tea leaves had been fully processed. It certainly looks and tastes like that. This would account for the difference in taste and aroma of this Jasmine green tea as compared to others we have tried. I found myself getting clobbered with the Jasmine aroma and then the flavor, with the green tea flavor trailing them. Also, as the tea cooled, the Jasmine flavor became more dominant until it was overwhelming. A tip with this tea, therefore, is to drink it hot. The Jasmine is less overpowering and more blended with the green tea flavor.

Storage tip: If you plan to have this tea around awhile, be aware that Jasmine is one of those scents that tends to leech out of even supposedly airtight containers. One thing that could help is to use a piece of plastic wrap pushed down inside the tin (or whatever) over the tea, and put the lid back on. It will help a bit.

“The Road to Hana” Flavored White Tea

Additions: Mango, coconut, hibiscus flowers
Dry leaves: Big pieces of all ingredients, blend of fragrances that seem maple syrupy
Water temp: 175°F
1st Infusion: 4-5 mins.

Kind of nondescript, was expecting mango aroma. Lightly smoky flavor, mild, pleasant, mango tang as cools. Peachy color.

2nd Infusion: 4-5 mins.

Same aroma as #1. Not smoky, more mango tang, mild, pleasant flavor. Peachy color.

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Disclaimer: This was a tea sample provided by the tea vendor. Nevertheless, any opinions concerning this tea are strictly objective..

“Loyalty” Exotic Flowering Jasmine White Tea

Additions: Jasmine
Dry leaves: Delicate tea with subtle floral.

Left: “Spirituality” (White Tea and Tea Tree Flower).

Right: “Loyalty” (White Tea and Jasmine)

Water temp: 180°F
1st Infusion: 3 minutes

Delicate tea with subtle floral aroma and flavor.

2nd Infusion: 3 minutes

Just added more warm water to take away bitterness

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Disclaimer: The tea reviewed in this article was NOT provided by the company named.

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