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drank Blueberry Cocktail by SpecialTeas
255 tasting notes

I’m going to try this again. My first date with Blueberry Cocktail was disappointing. The hibiscus taste (or at least I think it is hibiscus) runs away with the whole gestalt. There are ample blueberries in the dry tea. Plenty of blueberries! And yet, perhaps, the other components overwhelm the blueberry.

For me, the hibiscus comes across as a loud and brassy citrus-y note, but without the clear flavor of an orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime.

Preparation
6 min, 15 sec
Kristin

I agree with the hibiscus comment. I also thought it had a lot of grape flavor. But, the more I drank it, the more I liked it. And I love the way it makes the house smell like blueberry pop-tarts. I didn’t like this one when I first tried it, but I just ordered a whole bag of it yesterday. BTW, it tastes great cold.

Kristin

Did you add any sugar to this? If not, try it with a little sugar or agave nectar.

teabird

Blech. Too much hibiscus ruins so many otherwise-good fruit blends

Doulton

I did add some sugar. I think this might be ok as an iced tea but I don’t think I’ll buy it again. Yes, I’m going to, in the future, avoid tea with added hibiscus unless it gets excellent reviews.

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Kristin

I agree with the hibiscus comment. I also thought it had a lot of grape flavor. But, the more I drank it, the more I liked it. And I love the way it makes the house smell like blueberry pop-tarts. I didn’t like this one when I first tried it, but I just ordered a whole bag of it yesterday. BTW, it tastes great cold.

Kristin

Did you add any sugar to this? If not, try it with a little sugar or agave nectar.

teabird

Blech. Too much hibiscus ruins so many otherwise-good fruit blends

Doulton

I did add some sugar. I think this might be ok as an iced tea but I don’t think I’ll buy it again. Yes, I’m going to, in the future, avoid tea with added hibiscus unless it gets excellent reviews.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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