As far as I’m concerned, there are few foods that are as cool as the cucumber. Not only are they incredibly hydrating, they also contain little to no calories, and are full of nutrients! In honor of entering June (which also happens to be National Iced Tea Month) and anticipating warmer weather, I decided to seek out this spa-inspired white tea blend from Adagio Teas called White Cucumber. Here’s hoping that it is as refreshing as it sounds!
White Cucumber comes packaged in a medium sized foil pouch that is mostly white, but also features some green accents. It is resealable, and labeled efficiently. From a visual standpoint, this tea appears to be made of White Peony/Bai Mu Dan white tea. This particular batch looks to be somewhat minced; there are branches sprinkled in amongst the fuzzy tea buds and mix of young tea leaves. The listed ingredients are: white tea and natural cucumber flavour. White Cucumber’s dry aroma is vegetal and borderline savoury. As much as it smells like fresh cucumber, at times it also smells just like [dill] pickle, which can be a bit off putting, but also isn’t an out of place quality to possess.
Adagio recommends steeping White Cucumber for 3-5 minutes in 80°C water. Instead of using the white tea preset on my kettle, I opted for a slightly cooler temperature of 175°F and steeped this tea for three minutes.
After steeping for 3 full minutes, White Cucumber has brewed to a golden, amber-like colour. The scent has toned down quite a bit, but is still a mix of the white tea base, as well as the cucumber, which to be honest, has translated perfectly into the overall flavour of the tea. The pureness of the white tea dominates for the most part, with the cucumber lingering towards the end of each sip. It tastes a lot like a melon-infused water. It’s such a smooth and crisp flavour overall. As the cup cools more and more, I can definitely taste the promise of White Cucumber excelling as an iced tea, especially with some sweetener added. Light and super refreshing, it’s like
The way the delicacy of the cucumber and white tea came together was really seamless, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Neither flavour dominated the other; it was a perfect marriage. I wasn’t disappointed whatsoever. Overall, White Cucumber pulled off a really light, but refreshing flavour profile. It made for a pleasant sipping experience as a hot tea, but makes for an awesome iced tea, just the same. This is easily one of my favourite white teas that I’ve tried in a while.
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Stay tuned for a green tea full of juicy red fruit!
Until we steep again…