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Third of the “top six” of the new teas. I will finish the top six, I think, and then get to the rest.

If I have to knock this one down a few points for anything, it’s unoriginality. Berries. White tea. Yawn. Seeeen it!

Still, this is a much better version of a berry white than Imperial Acai Blueberry. Kind of a shame, because blueberries aren’t the strongest note here, and that means I’m still looking for a damn blueberry white that I really like. (Lord, I think I may never find one…) But good, because Imperial Acai Blueberry is just so fussy and prone to bitterness, and this one doesn’t seem to have that flaw. It’s not bitter after a two minute steep, at least.

I do wish that whoever it is at Teavana that sleeps with hibiscus flowers under their pillow would find a new foodstuff to be obsessed with, because at its hottest, hibby is the first thing I tasted in this tea. (Is that normal? For hibiscus to be the most prominent ingredient at a higher temperature?) As it cooled though, more berries came out.

I’m finding myself now sipping it comfortably and rather thoughtlessly, which is nice. Actually, I’m finding the sweet and sour more balanced now (with the caveat that I did add sugar to this, albeit less than I usually do). I’m afraid that I don’t know what either elderberries or black currant taste like on their own, but I can definitely taste the grapes.

Not outstanding, but solid. If I didn’t have so many teas already, I might consider adding this to my collection. It would be a good lighter morning tea (for mornings on days off, when you don’t need something strong to wake you up), or maybe with lunch.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Have you tried DT’s White Tiger? It’s a really nice blueberry white, far less flavor-heavy than some of their other blends.

Daniel Scott

Yes. I absolutely HATE it, unfortunately. It actually makes me ill to drink, and I can’t taste blueberries in it at all…just the terrible base that makes me sick. :(

Daniel Scott

…I should add, I thank you for the suggestion, though. I’ve seen a lot of people who like that one (and who DO taste the blueberries). I just seem to have a weird personal reaction to the base tea.

Autumn Hearth

Hehe “I do wish that whoever it is at Teavana that sleeps with hibiscus flowers under their pillow would find a new foodstuff to be obsessed with”. Me thinks elderberry and black current also have tart notes that kinda blend with the hibiscus and then their other notes just read as “dark fruit” (or at least they did with the WonderBerry which really just could be a darker version of Raspberry Soirre).

Alphakitty

Ah, worry about that. I hope you eventually find your perfect blueberry tea!

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Alphakitty

Have you tried DT’s White Tiger? It’s a really nice blueberry white, far less flavor-heavy than some of their other blends.

Daniel Scott

Yes. I absolutely HATE it, unfortunately. It actually makes me ill to drink, and I can’t taste blueberries in it at all…just the terrible base that makes me sick. :(

Daniel Scott

…I should add, I thank you for the suggestion, though. I’ve seen a lot of people who like that one (and who DO taste the blueberries). I just seem to have a weird personal reaction to the base tea.

Autumn Hearth

Hehe “I do wish that whoever it is at Teavana that sleeps with hibiscus flowers under their pillow would find a new foodstuff to be obsessed with”. Me thinks elderberry and black current also have tart notes that kinda blend with the hibiscus and then their other notes just read as “dark fruit” (or at least they did with the WonderBerry which really just could be a darker version of Raspberry Soirre).

Alphakitty

Ah, worry about that. I hope you eventually find your perfect blueberry tea!

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

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