White Christmas is a black tea, with apricot and white chocolate flavorings. It is a limited season tea for Winter 2012 from Lupicia. This tea comes in loose leaf and bagged form.
I received this tea from Lupicia’s monthly newsletter. The newsletter comes with a sample! To get on this deal, check out that link. More or less, you need to do a $30 order online or in store.
Hmm.. why am I drinking a christmas tea in mid January? Well, I did get this sample I think in early December, I should of drank it then. Whatever, it’s still winter.
FYI, this tea I’m reviewing is in bagged form, flavor might vary in loose leaf.
DRY LEAF: Smells kinda fruity. Huh? I guess I feel as if this tea should be minty. You know, like Stash’s “White Christmas”? I loved that tea until I had loose leaf tea.
STEEPED: 2 minutes over boiling water. Annoyingly, the package did not have English instructions, so I guessed the steep time. I was off my 30 seconds, oh well, I don’t want oversteeped black tea. White Christmas smells very fruity.
TASTE: Apricot! Very much like apricot and it is the first thing I taste! The apricot here is pretty natural tasting and well done, mixed with a little sweet and creamy taste. The black tea here is light and more present end of sip. No bitterness or dryness in this tea. Good clean black tea flavor too.
COMMENTS: The apricot flavoring is VERY well done here. Actually, this has to be the best apricot tea I’ve had so far. It’s not bitter and weird-dried-apricoty-sulfur taste. This tea is great on its own, Lupicia suggests using milk, but I probably won’t try this tea with milk as I think that it would take away the apricot flavor.
I drank my small pot of tea in record time and wished I had more! I love when that happens.
If you want to try a good apricot tea, give this one a shot! Even if you aren’t into black tea, this one is quite light – so it could be enjoyed by non-black tea drinkers. I could be convinced to purchase some of this, but I more so will be on the lookout for other Lupicia apricot teas. Lupicia does fruity teas VERY well and one could never have enough fruity teas.