Review: White August Tea Morning Geisha

Green Tea, Pomegranate Tea, Raspberry Tea, Uncategorized, White August Tea Co. Add comments
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Its OK"A pleasant way to quench your thirst, especially if you take the time to re-steep the leaves a couple times..."
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Morning Geisha is one of White August's best selling teas. It combines toasted green tea with raspberry and pomegranate pieces. Unfortunately more information was not available on the website. As a consumer I am much more likely to make a purchase when a complete list of ingredients, including the specific type of tea used, and steeping instructions are provided. Be that as it may, it is a very attractive looking mixture, fruit pieces conspicuously mingling among leaves of various shades and sizes. The aroma of the dry blend is dominated by bold and tart raspberry notes.

Since no instructions were available, I decided to play it safe and use a low brewing temperature. I steeped a generous teaspoon of leaves in 8 ounces of water heated to 65 degrees Celsius for 2 and a half minutes. At that temperature even the most finicky green shouldn't complain! The blend brews to a faintly fruit scented, greenish-gold cup. A happy mixture of raspberries and pomegranate flavours shine at the forefront. The leaves lend a mostly mineral flavour, followed by a moderate amount of bitterness to the finish. Light and graceful on the palate, this tea is refreshing, even if a bit too heavy on the astringency to my taste.

My second brew is much better than the first. After a 3 minute-long infusion, the leaves lend a much more buttery feel to the cup this time around. The astringency initially present is much more subdued as well. The fruit flavours are gentle and refined, yet provide a tangy lift to the finish. Overall there is much more smoothness and balance on the second round.

A third, 3 and a half minute-long brew is also successful, although getting to be a little thin, texture-wise. Light and refreshing, the pomegranate and raspberry notes are tart and sweet, without being overbearing. The flavour from the leaves seems somewhat diluted but quite smooth and without any bitterness at this point.

Iced, this blend is equally good. The fruit flavours and the leaves' astringency provide a thirst-quenching profile. A little bit of sweetener goes a long way in making the raspberry and pomegranate notes pop out a bit more.

I would take care not to brew this tea too long, as it does have a tendency to become bitter, even when using a low temperature. While not spectacular, this is a pleasant summery blend. It's simple yet sophisticated and a pleasant way to quench your thirst, especially if you take the time to re-steep the leaves a couple times...

— To purchase White August Tea Morning Geisha, 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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