This is a fascinating blend to me. I don’t drink a whole lot of white teas or blends with white in them. but this blend, Dream of the Orient, was too intriguing to pass up. The aroma of the dry leaf is sweetly fruity and floral with a touch of tart and sour as well. The ingredients are Pai Mu Tan white tea, Darjeeling green tea, green Fog Tea, Lung, and Jasmine Jade Pearls, candied pineapple, papaya, and mango pieces, natural flavour, orange peels, strawberry, apricot, sour cherry pieces, and red currants. This is certainly a complex melange and should be an interesting experience to taste!
It’s also another one of those blends that’s just so pretty to look at. I prepared this tea using water at about 90 degrees Celcius, with two heaping teaspoons of leaf per 12oz of water. I used an infusion time of approximately four minutes, which, I estimate, should make the tart and sour flavours pop.
The liquor produced was a light green-gold colour, with a smooth, slightly astringent mouthfeel, and also a little bit of a pucker. It makes me think of a floral version of Sour Patch candies, but with natural flavours. The astringency crept out a little more as it cooled and I was contemplating the exotic flavours.
This blend definitely has a tropical feel, with the citrus from the orange, pineapple, and papaya standing out the most to me, all pulled together neatly by the choices of green and white teas and that lovely jasmine floral note. I also felt reminded of goji berries drinking this, even though there aren’t any in this blend. This is a great tea to enjoy by itself as a bright and refreshing cuppa. I found this blend did suit re-steeping, but I’d personally only re-steep it once. This tea is also lovely sweetened with a little sugar.
(Sample provided for review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
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