Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Adagio Teas
All Black Flavors Blend – Blueberry, Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip
This blend was crafted by none other than our own Jennifer Bliss (aka TeaEqualsBliss)! So naturally I was very excited to try it.
The dry leaf aroma is very blueberry with notes of vanilla. The fragrance of chocolate in the background is very tempting. The brewed tea has a slightly different scent, smelling a bit like a blueberry cupcake… with chocolate chips. YUM!
I have often complained about the black tea base from Adagio, as it can sometimes be on the harsh side. I kept that in mind as I brewed the tea, and took care not to steep it more than 3 minutes. With my first couple of sips when this tea was very hot, I found that it was still just a tad harsh, but, as the tea cooled to a drinkable temperature, the harshness had disappeared, and the delectable flavors of blueberry, vanilla and chocolate had developed nicely.
The blueberry is the strongest note, and it has a fruity, sweet taste with a berry tingle that hits the palate near the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. The creamy vanilla tones seem to weave their way in and out throughout the sip. The chocolate arrives about mid-sip. The chocolate is rich and smooth, lending just the right touch of bitterness to this sweet-tasting tea. I like the way the vanilla and chocolate work together.
I like this best served hot (not piping hot, of course, but cooled just enough to a drinkable temperature) with a little bit of agave nectar to bring out some of the more elusive notes of the flavors. It is a very tasty treat – with far fewer calories than a dessert (even with the agave nectar)!
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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