Tea of the Week for June 12, 2017: Papaya in the Watermelon Patch (White Tea)!
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Tea Description: I love, love, love watermelon. I think it's safe to say that when I was a youngster, it was one of my favorite foods and definitely my favorite fruit. I would sprinkle it with a little salt - just the way my dad would do - and I'd devour it.
Papaya - on the other hand - is a fruit that's fairly new to me in comparison. I can't remember ever having tried it as a child. In fact, I think that I was in my late 20s when I first tried it. I liked it alright, but I don't think it would've ranked as one of my favorites.
But when I pair the two - watermelon and papaya - the result is delightful! The white tea (Bai Mu Dan!) is soft and has a natural melon-y note to it so it plays well to the two fruit flavors. The delicate flavor of the white tea allows the watermelon and papaya to come forward. I taste the sweet, juicy flavor of the watermelon and just a hint of buttery sweetness from the papaya.
This tea is remarkably refreshing. It tastes great hot or iced and I think this is a tea you're going to want to have around during those hot summer months ahead!
ingredients: white tea & amaranth petals
organic ingredients: dried papaya, dried watermelon & natural flavors
As I was blending this - I found myself wondering why I was going with a papaya and watermelon blend when I could have just gone watermelon. I mean - this Bai Mu Dan is gorgeous as well as delicious and would make a remarkable base for a solid watermelon flavored tea. But then I thought, hey, I already got the ingredients for this! I've got the dried papaya, I've got the dried watermelon - enough for a blend of fruits but not enough for watermelon to go solo. So let's just roll with this plan!
And I'm glad I did. I love the combination of watermelon and papaya. They play together really well - and the light, crisp flavor of this Bai Mu Dan complements the two fruit flavors very well.
It's sweet but not cloying. It's refreshing and relaxing to sip. I tested it hot and as delightful as it is served hot, my mind kept thinking about how amazing an iced tea this is going to make!
to brew: using a teaspoon (or the nifty bamboo scoop that came in the subscription box!) measure out 2 tsp (or 2 scoops) of leaf to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 170°F) and steep for 3 1/2 minutes. Strain and let cool for 5 minutes (or refrigerate it to serve as iced tea) and enjoy!