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!
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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