I admit that I often judge a tea by its price tag. It’s unfortunate, but true. All too often, I’ve had the old adage of “you get what you pay for” proven when it comes to tea; and all too often, cheap tea has tasted… well… cheap. That’s not to say that tea should not be affordable, but there is a fine line between affordable and cheap, and generally, I prefer the taste of affordable tea over the taste of cheap tea, and am willing to fork out a couple of extra dollars for drinkability. So to say that I was surprised at the price tag of this tea from Trader Joe’s would be an understatement!
I had tried this tea prior to purchasing – a friend of mine had sent me a tea bag about a year ago, and I quite enjoyed it; in fact, it was one of the better pomegranate teas I have tasted. So when I went shopping at Trader Joe’s recently and looked through their tea selection, how surprised I was to find that this box of tea was only $2.99! Most White Teas prices are elevated, so it’s a shocking moment to find that this white tea was under $5.00.
Trader Joe’s describes this tea as:
A Tea that takes abundant antioxidants to a whole new level – white tea with pomegranate. This tea is a delicate balance of rare white tea with the wonderful tart fruitiness of pomegranate. White tea is similar to Green Tea in that it has undergone very little processing and no fermentation, preserving the antioxidant benefits. Some say white tea has even more antioxidant benefits than green tea. This variety has a light, sweet and delicate taste which pairs well with the sweet-tart taste of pomegranate. White tea has the least caffeine content compared to other tea varieties. Steep teabag in water below the boiling point.
The flavor of the tea itself in this blend is indeed sweet and light – very delicate. However, it is discernible amid the other flavors in the blend. The pomegranate flavor is also nice, not too tart, with a pleasing sweetness, and is contrasted well with the addition of lemongrass and hibiscus, which adds additional layers of tartness, but not so much that it is overwhelmingly sour. In fact, I think that these additions help play to the characteristics of the pomegranate, which I have found tends to be either very understated, or completely overstated in most pomegranate flavored teas.
The tea brews to a very pleasing, clear pink color – it would be nice to serve at a little girl’s tea party! (And, my youngest daughter – age 7 at the time of this writing – loves it!) This tea also makes a wonderful and refreshing iced tea! I recommend sweetening the tea just enough to bring out some of the naturally delightful flavors of this tea, bringing a lovely contrast between the tart and sweet.
So, if you’ve been avoiding white teas because of the cost, here is one tea that you can enjoy without tea shopper’s remorse!