Recently, I went to a tea tasting at the Tazo Tea store. Last Saturday (May 4, 2013), I walked into the Tazo Tea store right as Megan (the store manager) and Aaron (a Tazo tea partner at the store) were just getting started on a tasting of three white teas:
This was a lot of fun. While I have been to many coffee seminars, I have been to far fewer tea tasting events. All three teas were white teas, as I have already mentioned. The Silver Needle was the lightest in flavor profile, though interestingly had almost a buttery aroma! Berryblossom White was a fantastic tea. I bought a tin of the loose leaf Berryblossom White to take home with me. I love the cranberry aroma from the tin, and I like its light berry and floral, refreshing flavor. It had a very clean finish as a hot tea. The friend I was with (Kristen) far preferred the Organic Vanilla Apricot tea, though I thought it had an odd lingering flavor as a hot tea.
While I was there, I tried the Berryblossom White Tazo tea as a sparkling iced tea! I have said this many times, but I really do hope that some day Starbucks launches sparkling teas in all of their stores:
I bought some tea while at the Tazo store, and I have been making the Berryblossom White tea as an iced tea at home since then. I do add a little sugar. This tea is one of the best iced teas in the Tazo lineup. However, I have discovered through some trial and error that it is super important not to over-steep a tea! I think I've got it down. It really takes no more than 3 minutes to steep this tea as an iced tea. I'm sure the tea experts reading this already know how important it is not to over-steep a tea.
Take a look at the rest of the photos from tea tasting! Both Kristen and I enjoyed our trip to the Tazo Tea store!