Review: Chai, Baby! White Tea & Lemon Myrtle

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Thumbs up!"I thoroughly enjoy white teas, but the oil from the lemon myrtle just keeps on giving and giving in an extraordinary way to make this blend a delicious treat above and beyond the average white. The durability over many steepings is testament to its quality."
Dan’s Teaview: 8/10
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chaibabylemonmyrtleHere we have another pricey ($13 per ounce -- again, about 2-3 times the industry standard pricing for fine teas of this variety) offering from Chai Baby. They also still implement their female-focused packaging and advertising, which appears to exclude men from their secret tea club. Which is a shame, because this is one delicious offering that deserves to reach the palette of every man and woman.

This blend is Fair Trade Certified and 100% organic and includes lemongrass, lemon myrtle, and bits of lemon rind as well. Chai Baby claims the inclusion of Bai Mu Dan white tea "buds", though many of the tea leaves appear broken and even more fragmented than the already-broken appearance of a typical Bai Mu Dan mix. It seems to be missing the white tippy bits that are normally present. Chai Baby earns strikes for not offering this in a loose-leaf form, but rather holding the tea's potential back inside mesh satchels. Since white tea requires a pinch more volume than usual, it seems even more cruel that this tea should be suffocating inside such a confined satchel. Shame, shame. For my tastings, naturally I did not hold this tea back, but cut open the satchel to give the tea room to swim in my Adagio ingenuiTEA like it deserves.

The aroma of the dried mix has a lovely white tea scent. Once the water touches the tea though, the lemony odors erupt forth. The pungency left on the spent leaves is very strong, and begs for a second (and possibly third) steeping. The resultant cup from the initial brew is pale in color, only to become lighter in subsequent cups. Without any guidance for brew time suggestions from Chai Baby, I experimented a bit. As with all white teas, I kept the temperature subdued to around 175-185 degrees, give or take. There seems to be much controversy over the "appropriate" amount of steeping time for white teas - some prefer times as short as 1 minute, while others insist on the 10-15 minute range. I generally tend toward the middle range of 3 to 5 minutes and I'm not displeased with the results. In general, this blend is a gorgeous marriage of lemon flavors that play perfectly with the white tea. Kudos to Chai Baby for concocting this blend, as it seems a true winner.

My initial cup was brewed for 3:30 and is sublime. The second cup from the same leaves was brewed for 4 minutes and tastes nearly as good as the first - slightly more watery, but with plenty of lemony flavor. Anticipating an unsatisfactory third cup from the same leaves, I brewed for 9 minutes -- yet again, this produced a superb cup, fully fragrant and citrusy, with equally lovely flavor.

The durability of this blend's flavor is testament to its quality, and somewhat offsets the steep cost to boot. As a white tea goes, this is seriously delicious stuff. I am definitely a fan of white teas, but the oil from the lemon myrtle just keeps on giving and giving in an extraordinary way to make this blend a delicious treat above and beyond the average white.

— To purchase Chai, Baby! White Tea & Lemon Myrtle, 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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