Review: Joy’s Teaspoon Riesling

Bai Mu Dan Tea, Black Currant Tea, Blue Mallow Tea, Cornflower Tea, Fruit Flavored Tea, Joys Teaspoon, Rose Hip Tea, White Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"It was, in the strictest sense, what one would expect a white [wine] tea to be."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9/10
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Alcohol and tea – for some unfathomable reason, it is a match made in heaven. I’ve had tea-infused liquors, tea leaf-brewed beers, and tea-beers of my own devising (hit and miss), and I’ve concluded that there needs to be more. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I’ve had gin-basted green tea, whiskey-scented Ceylon, and icewine-infused white tea. All met with alc-approval. I hoped that Joy’s Riesling could be added to that prestigious list.

Ingredients for their Riesling white included Bai Mu Dan, Cui Min (a type of white tea I was unfamiliar with), rosehip peel, freeze-dried blackcurrants, flavoring, mallow blossoms, and cornflower blossoms. In the tea profile’s description, it mentioned that the flavoring used was fresh juices squeezed from actual grapes. I wondered if they were from Riesling varietals. That would’ve been something.

The mélange certainly smelled like grapes and had the appearance of a fresh, wild garden. I would’ve thought the combination of mallows and cornflowers would’ve given it a deeper blue hue, but that wasn’t a big deal. Finding the rosehip peels wasn’t that difficult, but I couldn’t quite make out the blackcurrant pieces. Oh well.

Brewing instructions called for a two-to-three-minute steep in 176F-194F water. I went with 1 heaping tsp. of leaves in 8oz of 180F water for three. It was a flavored White Peony; I wasn’t worried about ruining it.

The liquor infused to a lovely white wine-ish, pale gold with a sweet and welcoming aroma. It…basically smelled like white wine that’d been put over a fire. The currant/grape lean was incredibly strong. Taste-wise, oddly enough, it began with a dry forefront. That then transitioned into a berry profile followed by a floral, white tea-ish taper-off. It was, in the strictest sense, what one would expect a white [wine] tea to be. Minus the pretentious headache.

— To purchase Joy’s Teaspoon Riesling, 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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