Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for another Let’s Talk Tea post, this time around it features 2017 Natural Redhead a pressed black tea from White 2 Tea. before I get into this review if you haven’t already read my pervious post featuring White2Tea you can read that here. The 2017 Natural Redhead is a pressed black tea from Yunnan, made in the dianhong style. Made from large leaf varietal material, the tea is sun dried, with no machine processing involved.
Before I get into my review I just wanted to take a moment to talk about how much I love White2Teas packaging. The packaging for the sample that I was sent and the packaging for the cake are both amazing in different ways. A lot of tea companies out there don’t seem to think that they need to put a lot of effort into the packaging for samples and they really could learn a lot from White2Tea. I love the sketch style artwork that features on the same packets (line drawings are just so aesthetically pleasing) and I love how much attention and detail is put into the artwork on the packing for their cakes. I think it’s the uniqueness of each one that makes me like them so much, they definitely get added style points from me.
The dry leaves of this tea had much more of a sweet & fruity aroma than I thought they would, there was a slight malty notes to it as well but it wasn’t as strong as I expected it to be. Lots of teas & tisanes really are taking me by surprise recently and I’m loving It. I was really surprised by the amount of tea in my little sample packet because it felt so light, I’ll definitely be storing what I have left of this so I can document how it changes as it ages.
You all know I love black tea so you won’t be surprised to hear that I absolutely loved this tea. Like I said though it did take me by surprise I wasn’t expecting it to be anywhere near as fruity as it was, in its top note red berries were the most prominent, with a little bit of a strawberry note coming in afterwards. It had a very soft malt to it, a very light honey like sweetness and even a peach note in the aftertaste. I loved how much this tea changed throughout the steeps I did (I did 14 in total with 3g of tea) and I can’t wait to see how it ages over a few years. I will admit that it was a much softer tea than I was expecting it to be but that’s not a bad thing at all, compared to a lot of a black teas I’ve had it an extremely smooth mouthfeel. It’s definitely one I could see becoming an everyday tea for me.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
You can find out more about White2Tea and purchase this pressed black tea for yourself here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on twitter (@teaisawishblog) and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all on Sunday. Happy Steeping! – Kimberley