I've been on the search for a good white tea after reading about all the great health benefits. I found one on sale at Publix by Saluda. I wasn't familiar with the brand so decided to pass until I could look into them a little more.
However, later I went shopping with a friend and we both decided we were going to buy some white tea, somewhere, somehow. We visited a couple of stores that only carried green teas and black teas before finally finding one that carried two Lipton versions and a Celestial Seasoning white tea.
I love Celestial Seasoning teas but this time price won me over and the two of us decided to try the Lipton Island Mango & Peach White Tea. Good choice! I love the tea.
I've learned already not to boil the tea bag IN the water. I heat the water then dunk the tea bag for 2 - 3 minutes. Usually with my black teas I leave the tea bag in the cup --- the stronger it gets, the better! However, white tea gets bitter if it stays in the hot water too long.
I sweeten it with a little Stevia in the Raw and it's perfect.
Not so with my other choice. I couldn't resist picking up this delicious sounding Lipton Black Tea - Vanilla Caramel Truffle. It sounds yummy. I don't eat sweets but don't mind a touch of sweet in my tea. However, I like to taste the flavor that's promoted on the box. I also like a tea that is strong enough to taste, period.
This one has no flavor, but it does have a great smell! Maybe that is part of the problem - it triggers the part of the brain that craves the taste. When all your taste buds get is a watered down faint version of the flavors promised, it rejects and dislikes what goes into the mouth...
If I put milk in any quantity in the tea it turns the tea almost white just to give you an idea of the tea's weakness. I am going to double up on the tea bags to see if it will help. Next I'll add a bag of regular tea with the Vanilla Caramel Truffle and see if I can't make it a little more "tea-eee". I don't think I'll be able to do anything about the lack of vanilla and caramel flavor though.
I'm going to check with my friend to see if she is having a similar experience with the two teas. I'll keep you posted!