Review: Kalahari Ruby Grapefruit White Tea

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Its OK"The Bai Mu Dan taste was front and center, ready for delectation. What I failed to discover...was the grapefruit. Now, I've had it before in actual FRUIT form. I know how strong it is. Aside from a hint of citrusy undertones, I found no grapefruit taste."
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kalaharirubygrapefruit.jpgIf I can never get a hold of a good silver needle white tea, Bai Mu Dan (or white peony) is my standby. What I was unaware of is that the stuff could be ported to a bagged tea. By itself, white peony can stand its own ground. Of the white teas, I think it has the deepest dimension of flavor. Not my favorite, to be certain, but definitely there. An earned eyebrow arch goes to the Kalahari company for positing grapefruit as a possible mixture for it. I take that as a challenge.

The ingredients on the bag also gave me pause for thought; eleuthero, Guarana...and grapefruit "flavor".

Well, damn it.

I've come to learn that "flavor" could mean anything. To be fair, I haven't done my fair share of research yet on what constitutes flavoring for tea packets. It could be something completely benign, but in my burgeoning snobbery, I would take the real thing over a flavor substitute. The term "flavor" denotes "McTea".

Guarana was infamous for being a common ingredient in energy drinks, a known herbal stimulant usually paired with the likes of taurine. I wasn't a huge fan of energy drinks because I couldn't imbibe very many. My stomach was a sensitive puss when it came to stimulants. It barely managed caffeine as was, ginkgo on a good day. Guarana was uncharted territory, especially in tea form.

Eleuthero? Well, I could handle eleuthero. Some dub it "Siberian ginseng", but truth be told there was very little ginseng-y about it. The plant was given the moniker because it was in the same family as Panax ginseng (i.e. the real deal). Noted for being an adaptogen and a cleansing tonic, it didn't have the stimulant or sexual tonic properties of its more frisky cousin. My guess is it was included in the blend because of it's possible link to stimulation. This was advertised as an an energy boosting tea after all.

Since it was the bagged variety, I didn't give it great care when it came to steeping instructions. That was probably where I erred. I steeped it for five in normal coffee-machine-made hot water for five minutes, uncovered. The Bai Mu Dan taste was front and center, ready for delectation. What I failed to discover...was the grapefruit. Now, I've had it before in actual FRUIT form. I know how strong it is. Aside from a hint of citrusy undertones, I found no grapefruit taste.

Of course, that could've been a result of my steeping methods (or lack thereof.)

— To purchase Kalahari Ruby Grapefruit White Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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