Review: KTeas Winter Holiday White

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Thumbs up!"Well worth a look if you're a fan of flavoured white teas for its white chocolate notes and its peppery finish."
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kteaslogoThe KTeas website describes this blend as follows: “Any day is a holiday with a cup of this delicious white tea in your hands. Young green leaves with white buds blend with luscious sweet berries to warm you with each sip.” Indeed, this engaging blend is a feast for the eyes, with its festive mix of reds, greens and whites. Moreover, its distinct white chocolate and cocoa aroma can be a cause for celebration in and of itself!

The ingredients are where things get a little strange. KTeas lists them on their website as “green tea with white buds, berries, and natural flavour”. However I can spot a number of apple pieces. Also I can't find anything resembling berries in my sample. These must refer to the red peppercorns that are interspersed amongst the tea leaves. Technically peppercorns are the fruit of the pepper vine but listing them as berries, as they seem to have done here, is a little misleading. Mysterious as they are, the ingredients do combine to make a tasty cup!

Following KTeas' directions, I steeped a generous teaspoon of leaves in water heated to 170 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 minutes. The clear, gold-coloured cup is scented with a more subtle white chocolate aroma, along with an emerging marzipan undertone. The tea leaves and the apple pieces, (along with the flavouring I imagine) lend an impressive amount of nutty sweetness to the brew. The white chocolate flavour is at the fore. The peppercorns add just a hint of cinnamony spice, adding to the depth to the sweetness. There are also some bitter-sweet notes akin to the flavour of juniper berries in the finish. A second 5 minute infusion seems to bring out the role of the apples in the blend. The profile is now more tartly fruity but otherwise largely unchanged. A third 6 minute infusion is definitely drinkable although losing some of its lustre. The sweetness is now a bit muted but the peppery finish is still going strong.

I found the body a little thin to make for a truly decadent brew after a 4 minute steep. I would recommend steeping this tea for about 8 minutes. The body is much improved by the longer infusion time and the pleasant peppery sweetness becomes more pronounced. No bitterness develops whatsoever. I have a feeling that these leaves could be brewed indefinitely with no adverse effect.

This naturally-sweet, nutty cup would make an excellent desert tea. It could also be used as an alternative to hot chocolate. Although there are many richer chocolate blends out there, it still delivers a lightly chocolaty punch. Overall this is an interesting blend that is well worth a look if you're a fan of flavoured white teas.

— To purchase KTeas Winter Holiday White, 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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