Review: Kalahari Ruby Grapefruit White Tea

Bai Mu Dan Tea, Grapefruit Tea, Guarana Tea, Kalahari, White Tea Add comments
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Its OK"As far as taste goes, this tea does have a definite grapefruit flavor, although it is not an overwhelming flavor and you'll probably have to focus and seek it out to really get it. That earthy-mushroom quality I noticed in the aroma was also present in the flavor, and actually was more noticeable to me than the grapefruit flavor was. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Katie gave it 4/10, Laura gave it 4.5/10, Geoff gave it 5.5/10, Erika gave it 3/10
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kalaharirubygrapefruit.jpgKalahari's Ruby Grapefruit White Tea comes packaged in environmentally-friendly hemp teabags, which is a plus. On the downside, however, the teabags are filled with noticeably small bits of tea leaves, very far from the whole-leaf tea I prefer. I steeped the teabag for about 4 minutes in ~180-degree water, producing a fairly dark and opaque liquid that resembled apple cider. I usually think that white tea should be very pale and yellowish, but given the specks and dust in the teabag, I am not surprised that this tea came out darker and cloudy than higher-quality whole-leaf white tea. The brewed tea had a somewhat unappealing mushroom-like smell, although this aroma was only evident when I put my nose directly over the tea.
This tea contains Bai mu dan white tea, as well as natural grapefruit flavor, eleuthro root (aka Siberian ginseng, purported to aid handling stress and improving immunity), and guarana (an Amazonian berry with a high caffeine load). I personally would have preferred if this blend contained just white tea and grapefruit, but Kalahari apparently has chosen to add these ingredients and market the tea as a "fatigue-fighting brew". As far as taste goes, this tea does have a definite grapefruit flavor, although it is not an overwhelming flavor and you'll probably have to focus and seek it out to really get it. That earthy-mushroom quality I noticed in the aroma was also present in the flavor (I'm not sure if this is attributed to sub-par white tea or the herbal ingredients), and actually was more noticeable to me than the grapefruit flavor was. I found myself enjoying this tea, but certainly not loving it. In fact, after half a cup, I lost the desire to drink it, resulting in the tea cooling to room temperature. This was a fortuitous event, as I found that the tea was considerably more enjoyable when cooled, and this is the only way I would drink it again, as well as recommend it to others. The grapefruit flavor was still subtly present in the cooled tea, but that off-putting earthy flavor was almost entirely eliminated and the white tea base tasted a bit gentler. In all, if you are searching for a tea with a strong grapefruit flavor, I suggest you keep looking elsewhere, but give Kalahari's Ruby Grapefruit White Tea a try if you want a mild grapefruit flavor with a slight herbal kick. This tea rates much lower than previous Kalahari products I have reviewed, particularly their ChocoLatte rooibos series of tea blends.

— 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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