Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
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I was so happy to see that this tea – originally released as a 52Teas’ tea of the week – brought back for one of the SBT iced tea blends. It was one of those ‘memorable’ blends, and I knew that it would make a killer iced tea!
Now that I have my new Breville One-Touch (I really, really missed this appliance for the two weeks I was without it. I can’t begin to express how much I missed it.) I hot brewed this large tea bag, steeping it for 2 minutes for the first quart, and then steeping it for 2 1/2 minutes for the second quart to make a half gallon of iced tea. Chilled it overnight, and now I have a pitcher full of deliciousness.
And it is delicious! When I first opened the pouch, I could smell the blueberry and blackberry. It’s a strong, distinctive aroma that I can smell now that I have a chilled glass of iced tea in front of me. It’s not quite as fragrant as a hot cup of tea would be, but I can still smell notes of sweet, juicy berries.
This is really good. I believe it’s as good as I remember the original tasting, which is quite a thing because usually the original teas from 52Teas are at least a little better – sometimes, it’s the reverse, but more often than not, the original 52Teas release is better – but this tastes every bit as good as I remember the original tasting. The blueberry and blackberry flavors are strong and they taste like sweet, fresh, ripe berries with just a hint of that berry tart that tingles on the tongue in the aftertaste.
The black tea is also discernable – it’s a brisk and refreshing black tea. It’s strong without overpowering the flavors, and this is one particular blend where I don’t want the flavors to be overpowered because there really is a very pleasing balance between blackberry and blueberry.
As I said before, the original version was one of those memorable black tea blends from 52Teas – it was one that I sort of hoarded for a while so that I could steep it for iced tea because it was such an incredibly good iced tea! I generally am very happy to share any of my teas with people because I have a lot of tea.
No, seriously, I have a lot of tea. Go into your nearest Teavana and see their tea wall … I have more tea than that. Not joking.
So, it’s a rare moment when I find a tea that I’m reluctant to share with others. But the original of this blend was one that I sort of kept to myself so that I could get as much iced tea out of it as I could. That’s how yummy this is. I’m so happy that 52Teas ‘accidentally’ recreated this for the Southern Boy Teas line!
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!