Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: 52Teas
I think this is going to be a popular summer treat for a lot of folks. It’s a beautiful hay-like shou mei with real whole freeze-dried blackberries and organic blackberry and cream flavors.
Learn more about this blend here.
Oh YUM! I was excited to try this Blackberries & Cream Shou Mei from 52Teas, mostly because I love blackberries and it’s not the most popular flavor of “berry” teas out there. One would not have a difficult time finding a strawberry or raspberry flavored tea, or even a blueberry tea, but blackberry? Not quite as easy to find. And living here in the Pacific Northwest, blackberries grow EVERYWHERE (even places you don’t want them to grow), and my family and I are quite fond of them.
And this is really yummy! Frank did these flavors justice in this blend. I can taste the sweet-tart berry notes, and the creamy notes are exceptionally good. I love how the creamy flavors of the “cream” and the natural creaminess of the white tea meld together perfectly to create a delectable berry and cream treat!
It is sweet and flavorful, with a berry flavor that doesn’t taste too candy-like to me. Oh sure, I’ve got a sweet tooth and I don’t dislike berry candy, but I like how the blackberry flavoring here tastes more like I just finished eating a ripe and juicy blackberry rather than tasting like I just finished eating a blackberry lollipop. Although … I wouldn’t mind having a blackberry lollipop either. Mmm!
Imagine, if you would, blackberries that have been cooked with just a little bit of sugar to help release their flavors, and then topping a bowl of vanilla ice cream with the cooked blackberries. Now … allow your mind to imagine just a bit further, and imagine that ice cream sundae liquefied and added to a cup of freshly brewed Shou Mei white tea. Yeah … that’s what I’m talking about!
And that’s what this tea delivers. There’s a serious yum factor going on in my teacup right now!