Our Mandarin Cream tea awakens the senses with oolong loose tea leaves, hints of cream and a stimulating citrus finish. Blended with lemon myrtle, marigolds, and natural essence of vanilla, Mandarin Cream is a rich and smooth tea experience with an utterly heavenly aroma.
Ingredients: Organic Oolong Loose-Leaf Tea, Organic Lemon Myrtle, Marigold Petals, Natural Flavors
Leaf Type: Oolong (flavored)
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Serving Size: 1 - 2 teaspoons per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 195°F
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
The Persimmon Tree Tea Company first hit my radar a little over a year ago when I was looking to branch out and try new tea. What caught my attention was the fact that I could pick up a sample of their tea for only $1.25 or a 5 pack (plus a sample of German rock sugar) for $5. There are a number of tea companies that offer sample sizes, but not very many do so at such a low price. I immediately ordered five samples to try out and a month or two after that I ordered five more. Now, just over a year later I have found a number of teas I can't live without, especially during the summer months. I was delighted when the contacted me recently and offered me the chance to select two teas to share with you. I spent hours going back and forth over my choices and ultimately settled on one of their bestselling teas, Mandarin Cream.
I'll fully admit that I had never looked very closely at this tea before, despite it being one of their best sellers. The name turned me off a bit, I thought perhaps it might be an orange cream tea. As I've mentioned before, I'm absolutely not a fan of oranges, or anything strongly citrus flavored. There have only been a few exceptions to this so I tend to shy away from them completely. Imagine my surprise when I finally read the ingredient list and discovered that this blend had nothing at all to do with Mandarin oranges. Rather than the orange cream flavored tea that I had feared this was a blend of pouchong, lemon myrtle, and vanilla.
When I first opened up the tin I was greeted with the heavenly scent of vanilla. This wasn't the artificial scent of vanilla I've come to expect of many vanilla teas. No, this smelled like I had opened up a new package of vanilla beans. Did I mention that it smelled heavenly? I love the scent of vanilla beans! Once the tea had been steeped the vanilla flavor mellowed out a little and I could taste the subtle floral flavors from the pouchong base as well as a hint of citrus from the lemon myrtle. When it comes to citrus teas I find that I prefer the subtle flavor that lemon myrtle adds. It gives a hint of citrus flavor without the overwhelming tartness of real lemon.
Now that I've tried this tea I'm kicking myself for not having tried it sooner. The bright citrus flavor and sweet vanilla are the perfect springtime combination. I love that it is sweet enough on its own that I don't have to add sugar to it. Since it was 45°F when I woke up I tried this hot first, but it also makes a wonderful iced tea. I'll definitely be purchasing more of this once the weather warms up!
Before I end my review today I want to mention something. If you're planning on visiting the Persimmon Tree website make sure you have your pop-up blocker turned off. They occasionally offer a promotion called Share and Receive Complimentary Tea! It shows up as a pop-up, you'll click the Facebook share button and once you've shared it you'll receive a coupon code for a free tin of tea. When I participated last year it was for a tin of White Guava, although the flavor offered may have changed..
My Rating: 92/100
Would I order this again? Yes! Boy have I been missing out, this tea was fabulous hot and even better iced.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that The Persimmon Tree Tea Company has provided me tea for review. As always, all opinions are my own.