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This evening, while listening to Bud Powell, I am drinking a white blueberry tea from Adagio. White tea, as many of you probably know, is low in caffeine. According to Wikipedia: “White tea usually contains buds and young tea leaves, which have been found to contain lower levels of caffeine than older leaves, suggesting that the caffeine content of some white teas may be slightly lower than that of green teas.” Therefore, it is a perfect nighttime tea.

From my experience, white tea takes well to flavoring, especially with fruit. I have only encountered one white tea I did not enjoy and that was a Silver Needle white. The tea I tried tonight did not have a powerful blueberry taste, which in my opinion, it could have used. It said to steep the tea for seven minutes, and I overdid it, but you cannot ruin this tea: the tea is very forgiving.

This tea would probably be served well either iced, with sugar, or iced and with sugar. I might try my next cup with a little sugar to bring out the blueberry flavor.

After today’s disappointment with my morning tea selection (read Passion Tea post below), I decided to redeem my tea drinking experience on this first day of Autumn. At the local food court, an eatery offers teas from Mighty Leaf. Today I asked for a favorite Green Tea Tropical, but unfortunately, they were out, so I opted for White Orchard.

Mighty Leaf’s web site explains:
Mouthwatering fruits of melon and peach harmoniously blend with the delicate notes of pure China white tea.

A delicious, fruity white tea that is, as Mighty Leaf describes, quite delicate. A perfect tea for a Fall day.

So as planned, I did have Passion iced tea by Starbucks this morning for breakfast along with an apple fritter donut, but I must admit there is not much to talk about with this tea.  It tastes a little of watered down Kool-aid for lack of a better thing to compare it to. After consulting the ingredients, I realize why I didn’t like it: hibiscus!

From Starbucks’ web site:
Tazo® Passion™ is blended with exotic hibiscus flowers, natural flavors of mango and passion fruit, lemongrass and tart rose hips. The result is bold and flavorful.

Ingredients: Hibiscus flowers, natural tropical flavors, citric acid, licorice root, orange peel, cinnamon bark, rosehips, lemongrass, and fruit juice extract (color).

I have been on hiatus for awhile.  Very little tea has been drunk by me over the last two months, outside of the morning iced chai for the walk to work.  I have been known to mix it up a bit in the morning, and on occasion have had iced green or black tea.  I have been meaning to try Starbucks passionfruit tea, which I will make it a point to do tomorrow. It is really hard for me to be inspired while not being close to any tea dens. I have, however, made it a point to use a gift certificate at Adagio to purchase tea, including the one I will be reviewing today: cocomint green.

I bought a small sampler of cocomint green and was intrigued by one tea reviewer claiming it tasted of peppermint patties in a cup. I do so enjoy the combination of chocolate and mint, and am also fond of mint in tea, so I thought I would give this a try. The green tea flavor is hardly noticeable, because it is dominated by the mint and chocolate. This is a very enjoyable cup of tea: one that I return to when I feel in need of restoration from a long day or a head cold, which I am currently recovering from. I would like to point out that this tea does smell much better than it tastes, so don’t let your sniffer predispose you to forming an opinion of the tea before you have even tried it, for you will be disappointed.  

I apologize for my long absence.  Please note that posts will not be updated on the previous schedule, but I hope that you will check in periodically to see what new things I have been brewing.  Look for a post tomorrow on Starbucks passionfruit tea.  Until then…namaste.