Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
Our blueberry Vanilla Cream tea has juicy blueberries with a dollop of vanilla cream. This is a guaranteed favorite.
Freshly baked blueberry muffins – that was the image that came to mind the moment I tore into this pouch and took in the fragrance that filled the air. It is a strong berry aroma with hints of vanilla. It smells really delicious, and my mouth began watering.
When the tea is freshly brewed and still steaming hot, I found the taste to be a little harsh. The flavors were there, but the black tea just came off a little too intense. As the tea cooled to a drinkable temperature, though, the flavors began to come alive and I could taste the blueberry and vanilla cream. YUM!
The black tea base is the strongest flavor and as a tea lover, I think that’s just how it should be. It has a bracing flavor to it and a fair amount of astringency, but I notice that the astringency isn’t overly drying. It cleanses the palate, though, allowing the drinker to enjoy a sweet aftertaste of berries and cream.
The blueberry and vanilla cream combination is delicious and sweet with a slight berry tartness that is softened with the vanilla notes. At the start of the cup, the overall flavor reminds me of a blueberry muffin, and the black tea contributes a slight bake-y kind of taste to enhance that experience. But as I near the bottom of the cup, I found that the blueberry and cream flavors developed and it tastes a bit more like vanilla ice cream that’s been topped with hot blueberry sauce. Both tastes are very delicious, indeed.
As an iced tea, the blueberry and vanilla cream seem to meld (quite harmoniously, I might add) with the taste of the black tea flavor and create a very seamless taste that is a little berry, a little creamy, and a little brisk black tea. The flavors are less defined, although I’m finding this united flavor to be extremely refreshing and delicious. So good, in fact, I’m finding it difficult to put the glass down long enough to type! I guess that’s a sign telling me it’s time to stop writing about this tea and start drinking it.
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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