Happy Tuesday everyone! Did you happen to catch my announcement earlier about the Midwest Tea Festival? It's an event I'm really excited about, I've lived in the Midwest my entire life after all, so for the next month I'll be dedicating my Tuesday Tea posts to sharing some of the great teas you'll see from the attending vendors. I thought I'd kick things off with one of my favorite new discoveries from last year— Tangerine Blossom Red from Shang Tea. I sampled a lot of tea during the festival, but this one ended up being my favorite, plus the shop it hails from is local to the Kansas City area (you can find them over at Crown Center.)
The flavor of this tea varies greatly depending on how you prepare it. If you follow the package directions it's strongly floral with hints of an almost orange-like citrus. I actually found it to be a little overpowering this way, even though I love floral teas. Instead I prefer to cut the amount of dry leaf I use in half, which produces a lightly floral cup with strong hints of citrus and a slightly sweet undertone. This is one of those teas that gives you a lot of wiggle room in terms of preparation, so it can be prepared to fit a variety of tastes, but brewing it at a higher temperature tends to bring out a somewhat astringent note. If you're a fan of floral oolongs or even jasmine scented teas this will be right up your alley.
Would I order this again? Absolutely! I sampled several dozen teas during the festival, but this was definitely my favorite. It ended up being one of my summertime staples last year.
Where to Purchase
Made from fermented white tea leaves and tangy tangerine blossoms added towards the end of the fermentation process. A pleasant, citrus flavor complements the deeper, nutty Red Tea base.
Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 195 - 205°F
Steep Time: 1 - 2 minutes
This tea was stolen from my mother because I was a glutton and drank all of mine before I remembered to share it with you. Fortunately for you, I have a generous mom who didn't mind me running off with her new favorite tea so I could snap a few photos. Thanks mom!
I am in no way affiliated with The Midwest Tea Festival, it's just a really cool event I'd like to see succeed. Upon my request I have been provided with a press pass for the event, admission for one guest, and samples from several of the vendors.