This week I am reviewing a loose tea: a first for me on this blog. I have had many loose teas in the past but until being asked to help with this blog, I had stopped using them and stuck with bags.
This past week I visited Honeygirl Gourmet, a small specialty shop in Geneseo, NY. The store has teas, coffees, and a mixture of organic food items. With limited time, I picked up a couple of teas and intend on a followup trip.
Tangerine White Tea is a loose tea bagged specially for this store. The wrapper is a plain brown paper with a zip top allowing it to be resealed. No photo is included of the bag; however, tonight I decided to show the tea leaves after brewing.
The tea has an interesting texture including tea leaves and stems.
There are bits of orange visible .
And I enjoyed the tea! My first cup was, as is my usual choice without any sweetening agent. I enjoyed it but could not find any particular flavor. It was simply an enjoyable cup of tea. With the second cup I tried a bit of honey. The honey did not overwhelm the tea, and unless I was imagining it there was bit of mint taste. The same thing happened with my third cup when I used sugar. I'm not sure why the mint taste came through with honey or sugar, but it did.
The tea is enjoyable; I have no regrets with the purchase, but perhaps tangerine requires a stronger flavoring technique. I will discuss it with the owner the next time I visit. The second tea I purchased was a British bagged tea, and the flavor was quite accurately described but saving that for next week.
Not sure how to rate this one, but a 2/5 seems fair as it was nice but not the flavor advertised.