Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
Our Blackberry Green Tea has a sencha green tea base, which adds sweetness to the wonderful fruity blackberry flavor.
Made with all natural flavorings.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, Blackberries grow EVERYWHERE! Seriously, we even have wild Blackberry vines growing along the highways (although I wouldn’t recommend picking berries from those vines). They are also my youngest daughter’s favorite fruit, so it is a good thing that they are so prolific!
But even though blackberries are easy to find in fruit form up here, it isn’t as easy to find blackberry flavored tea. There are lots of strawberry teas, and some raspberry teas and blueberry teas… but when it comes to blackberry teas, they just don’t seem to be nearly as popular. So I was very pleased to find that Culinary Teas has a blackberry flavored green tea.
And it is delicious! The green tea base is a Sencha tea – which brings a fresh flavor and buttery tone to the cup. It isn’t overly grassy, but there is a faint hint of vegetation which gradually builds on the palate. By the time I was finished with the cup, I could notice the vegetal taste a little more than when I first started, but it never became very noticeably strong.
The blackberry flavor is on the sweet side. There are notes of true berry flavor in there, mixed in with a blackberry flavored candy-like (or bubblegum-like) taste. It isn’t too confectionery, though, it seems to fall somewhere in between the two … not quite true fruit, not quite candy-esque.
It has a very refreshing flavor, and the true test … my daughter gave it a big thumbs up! I steeped my first cup to enjoy as a hot tea, and enjoyed it so much that I brewed up a half gallon of it for the fridge immediately afterward.
This has a sweetness to it (as I’ve already mentioned), so it doesn’t really require sweetening, but it is quite nice with a little lemon (this helps to bring out some of the tart tones of the berry) or a bit of mint. The mint addition makes for an especially refreshing tea!
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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