Blueberry pie. If I am being honest, I don’t think I have ever had it. I have had Apple Pie, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Pecan Pie, even Bumbleberry Pie which I believe has blueberries in it. Never Blueberry Pie. I do like the sounds of it though and I am all on board for pie teas so this Blueberry Pie tea from TeaTaxi seemed like a winner. I would prefer if it weren’t a white tea though, at least that’s how I feel going into this even before trying the tea as my usual preference is for non-white bases. Also, seeing no blueberries in the leaf was a bit disappointing. However, you never know until you try…
What I will say is the lack of blueberries in the leaf does nothing to lessen the blueberry flavor in the hot tea. It is definitely present. More than just present, it is at the forefront of this tea. And it is not just fresh blueberry flavor either. Instead it is the rich and sweet flavor of pie filling…blueberry pie filling (or at least what I imagine blueberry pie filling to taste like). Alas, at least for me, the white base takes away from the flavoring. That can be due to my personal bias against white teas, especially the heavily floral white teas of Bai Mu Dan (White Peony) and Shou Mei. The base does contribute a bit of a baked good vibe due to the hay and wheat-like notes, but the floral component takes over at the end of the sip and leaves a potpurri-type flavor in the aftertaste.
I had extra leaf so I tried making this iced as well. Unfortunately, the blueberry flavor I enjoyed in the hot cup seems to have subsided and is lingering in the bottom of the sip acting as more of a base for the floral, and almost bitter base, instead of the star of the tea. As such, I don’t recommend this method.
I think this tea exceeded some of my expectations and met others. In the hot tea, the blueberry flavor was better than I thought it would be while the base was as I anticipated. Consequently, I enjoyed this tea well enough, but don’t think I will be seeking it out again. It was worth a try though and for those that enjoy blueberry pie AND white teas, this might be something you should check out.
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Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: DAVIDs Tea
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