Starfruit/ Strawberry from ESP Emporium – Tea Review

Starfruit/Strawberry is a unique fruity white tea blend from ESP Emporium, an online tea seller.

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Okay - ESP Emporium - your shipping price SUCKS! At the time of this blog post, it’s $7.95 (unless you spend $45, then it’s free). I purchased my tea over a sale weekend, and they sent it First Class USPS with tracking. Come on, shipping 4 oz of tea probably costed $3-$4! My tea came with a coupon code at least! ESP Emporium has a big selection of fruity teas

Anyways, onto the tea – STARFRUIT TEA???? YES! I’ve never seen starfruit tea! I love starfruit, it was my favorite fruit as a child. When I saw this tea, I went into some kind of TEA RAMPAGE and needed to have it, despite the crappy shipping costs.

DRY LEAF: Very tangy and fruity smell! Also, Starfruit/Strawberry has a great appearance – huge starfruit slices, papaya cubes and little red petals.  Impressive appearance!

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I couldn’t locate any strawberry chunks.FYI, the papaya cubes like to settle to the bottom since the tea and starfruit is so light. I had to dig out the starfruit to mix the bag better. SO MUCH STARFRUIT!

Starfruit Strawberry from ESP Emporium - Oolong Owl Tea Review (1)this was like 2/3 of the starfruit in my 50gram bag!

The ingredients doesn’t state what kind of white tea this is – however on the website states it is Pai Mu Tan/ Bai Mu Dan romanization confusion.

STEEPED: Very clean, sweet strawberry smell with a hint of sweet florally white tea. I did a 185F steeping for 2 minutes. The recommended steeping is 176F to 194F for 2 to 3 minutes.

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I snacked on the starfruit and…. they taste like white tea!

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Also, when I was steeping and later pawing through the steeped tea, I noticed I got a lot of twiggy bits.

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TASTE: Light juicy tea that is nicely naturally sweet. There is a light strawberry and tropical flavor. I can pick out a teeny bit of starfruit – the inner core of the fruit. The aftertaste is surprisingly mellow and almost fluffy. The white tea base is okay, I found it a little flat than other white blends I’ve had.

Sweetened, this tea changes form drastically. The strawberry flavor is candy like and I can pick out the papaya.

Iced, this tea is even more juicy. The fruityness is bright, good and I oddly pick out a little floral. I didn’t get pics as I inhaled this very fast!

COMMENTS: Chunky teas like this are cool, but I’m not sure if I’m getting the right spread of tea base and chunks. I didn’t get any sour notes as stated on ESP Emporium product page. As much as I like the appearance, I’m tempted to go in my tea pouch with scissors and cut up the starfruit.

The bad, I was expecting more fruit flavor with tarty funky starfruit and I wish the white tea base was nicer. However, the flavor is nice, light and fruity. The visual appearance of this tea is awesome and it makes a good sweetened, iced tea!

Hey, tea blenders – lets see more Starfruit teas!

2 thoughts on “Starfruit/ Strawberry from ESP Emporium – Tea Review

  1. Thank you for this review. I LOVE Starfruit and miss the starfruit punch I had in Costa Rica when I visited some 13 years ago. I find ESP teas to be best reserved for ice teas in the summer. I have really liked a few of their teas but most for me are a miss.

  2. Pingback: Organic Mango Pear Deluxe from ESP Emporium – Tea Review | The Oolong Owl

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