Featured Reblend for May, 2018!
I considered calling this "Pineapple Angel food Cake White Tea v.2" or something like that, but technically, my previous reblend of this tea would be v.2 because I used a different base than the original - and since I didn't call that one v.2, I don't think I should call this one v.2, nor would it be correct to call it v.3 since I didn't call that one v.2 . . . so I guess it's just like the continuing evolution of Pineapple Angel Food Cake White Tea!
Frank blended the The very first (original) batch of this tea. That batch utilized Shou Mei White Tea for it's base. While I did enjoy that blend quite a bit, I've never been a big fan of Shou Mei (although in the last couple of years, I've found good use for it as a companion to Houjicha and I've liked the blending of Shou Mei and Houjicha quite a bit) - so when it came time for me reblend it shortly after the takeover, I used Bai Mu Dan instead of Shou Mei. I absolutely loved that batch!
So I was a little bit - unsure - about reblending it with a slightly different base (using a combination of Bai Mu Dan & Yue Guang Bai) but since I've utilized this base a couple of times recently with success, I decided to give it a go. And you know what? I think I might like this blend the best! The Moonlight White (Yue Guang Bai) seems to add just a little more depth to the flavor - allowing the notes of angel food cake and pineapple to play on the palate. Here, I taste angel food cake prominently with pineapple serving as more of an accent flavor - which is how it should be when you're having a slice of angel food cake topped with pineapple. The pineapple shouldn't dominate.
As I continue to sip, the pineapple becomes a little more assertive but still does not attempt to overpower the cup. This is so good!
Frank's original description of this tea went like this:
I blended our premium shou mei white tea with freeze-dried pineapple and organic flavors to create a soothing cuppa yummy. The pineapple is a very strong scent when you smell the dry tea, but tasting it, you definitely get the flavor of soft, vanilla, spongy angel food cake underlying the sweet pineapple. All it’s missing is the ability to chew it, and for me, the flavor is so spot on, it makes me want to start chewing to feel that soft, chewy, spongy cake. I have a feeling this one is going to be very popular.
And here's my description of the reblend:
As a subscriber to 52Teas back when this tea was first intruduced (I think it was either September or October 2013!) I had the opportunity to try that first batch and I quite enjoyed it. But when a couple of our Kickstarter campaign backers purchased the "You Choose The Reblend" incentive and selected this tea as their reblend choice, I decided I could try to make this tea even better!
I was originally planning to keep the shou mei base but to be honest, I just haven't found many shou mei teas that make me all that excited. So instead, I changed the base to an organic White Peony. Other than that, I stuck pretty close to the recipe except that I decided to add a couple of minced up vanilla beans to enhance the vanilla notes in the cake-like flavors of this tea.
And with these changes, I do think that I achieved my goal and made a yummy tea even yummier!
I like to think that with the slight changes I've made to this recipe (I didn't use candied pineapple this go around, just freeze-dried pineapple) - I may have actually perfected the recipe. Try it and see what you think!
Taster size is approximately 12g
ingredients: white teas
organic ingredients: freeze dried pineapple, vanilla beans & natural flavors