Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Bentley’s Finest Tea/Boston Tea Company
Dark, bountiful blackberries tartly sweeten our premium high-grown blend of Chinese and Indian black tea. Brew this fruity tart tea and get a taste of nature’s wild blackberries. Keep your tea fresh for many breaks to brew with this beautiful and reusable black tin; that’s portable too! Drink a cup of royalty with Bentley’s Finest Tea!
This tea makes me think of my little girl (who is not so little anymore – she’s 9!) because while she enjoys most types of fruit, blackberries are her favorite. In the house that we lived in a few years ago, we had a blackberry bush and she would eat them fresh off the vine!
The aroma of this tea is much what I would expect with a blackberry flavored black tea – it smells like blackberries and black tea. No big surprise there. That being said, it is a very pleasing fragrance – sweet, fresh and fruity.
The cup possesses a very nice balance of flavors. The black tea is a medium-bodied tea with a somewhat mellow presence. It is not overly aggressive and yet it is able to hold it’s own and isn’t overpowered by the fruit. There is a light-to-medium astringency. By that I mean that it starts out quite light, to the point of being barely there. But by mid-cup, the astringency becomes a little more prominent and provides a dry finish.
The berry flavor is sweet but not overly so, with a twinge of tartness that arrives upon the palate in the aftertaste. It has a very distinct blackberry taste to it; that is to say that it doesn’t taste like “berry”… it tastes like blackberry. And it tastes good!
There is a wine-like essence to the cup with the berry flavor and the somewhat dry finish. But I think I’d rather sip on this than a glass of wine! Especially during chilly days such as this – I am finding it very comforting. And as delicious as this is hot, it is just as refreshing iced.
Another fine tea from Bentley’s Finest!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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