Recently, the founder of a new tea company contacted me to introduce her innovative product. The name of the company is TeaDrops, based in Los Gatos, California. The concept behind their products is to provide tea drinkers with a quick and convenient way to enjoy tea without sacrificing the quality of the tea.
TeaDrops currently offers three products: Rose Earl Grey, Golden Amber White, and Cardamom Spice. The tea leaves, spices, and other solid ingredients are finely ground, then bonded and shaped into stars. To brew the tea stars, simply drop one star into a mug, add hot water, and stir. It’s very simple, and very convenient. No strainers, no tea bags, no left over leaves, no waste.
I received my nicely wrapped package, complete with a string tie sealed with wax. Each box contains eight individually packaged stars. To learn more about TeaDrops, and to place an order, visit their website at www.myteadrops.com.
I decided to try the Rose Earl Grey first. The Rose Earl Grey consists of all organic ingredients. The package containing the star has been opened, and a welcome scent of roses and vanilla is filling the air. Let the journey begin…
The tea leaves are ground, blended with the other ingredients, and shaped as a five pointed star. The aroma is sweet and floral, with scents of vanilla, roses, and light citrus.
One tea star was placed in a twelve ounce (350 ml) ceramic mug. Purified spring water was heated to 205°F (96°C). After pouring water over the tea star, a quick stir with a spoon was all that was required.
The infusion produced a liquor with a dark brown, slightly creamy color. Sediment was evident, and the liquor was opaque. The aroma had scents of vanilla, roses, and light citrus. The body was full, with a smooth, easy sipping texture, ignoring the sediment. The taste was very sweet, with dominant flavors of vanilla, roses, cane sugar, and light citrus. The natural taste of the tea could also be distinguished from the taste of the other ingredients. The aftertaste was sweet.
As I approached the bottom of the cup, the sediment appeared quite heavy. I simply swirled my mug before the last few sips, and the sediment blended to an easy to drink concentration. Having familiarity with loose leaf teas, craft beer, and homemade wine, sediment is not something that bothers me. However, if you are turned off by sediment, you may want to let the infusion settle for a minute or two after the initial stirring before sipping, and avoid the last two sips. Try to think of the sediment as a quick shot of good tasting fiber. A quick swishing of clean water will wash any sediment remnants down. It’s nothing to be afraid of.
I truly think these TeaDrops are a very innovative idea, and that it will find a market among the convenience tea products. The aroma and taste were very clean and pleasing. The process of making the infusion was incredibly simple. The appearance of the stars is eye catching, as well. I was skeptical that the infusion would become bitter after a few minutes, due to the tea leaves not being pulled out. I am happy to say that this was not the case, and any bitterness that may have been produced was lost in the overall taste of the infusion. I look forward to trying the Golden Amber and Cardamom Spice, as well as any future product developments from TeaDrops.
Best of luck to Sashee and the TeaDrops team! Keep up the interesting work. Cheers!