Blue Q

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This tea is a little bitter, but tastes better with milk.

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Wrote a more detailed review for future posting at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but my general observation is that this is more of a gift/novelty item than a tea for a serious oolong-o-phile. Getting more of plum blossom than plum fruity.

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My coworker asked for some boiling water from my kettle for noodles, so I thought, “Ah! Good excuse for more tea!” Jaime kindly sent me this one!

The rose and berry mix in a very delightful way. This is sort of like a low rent Marco Polo, I think! It’s a little bitter, even though I steeped it for barely two minutes. I suspect it’s the fact that it’s Indian tea, and of the “dust” persuasion ;) I put a half teaspoon of sugar in after tasting it, and it helped round it out a bit. In spite of that, it’s one of the better tea bags I’ve had! The rose is present but not cloying or “rose lotion.”

I’m really enjoying this, and I’m glad I have one more bag to have the next time someone asks me for some boiling water out of my kettle in the afternoon :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Okay, so the packaging totally sold me on this one. The little happy wiener dog has “Ooo-long tea” printed across his long body. EEEEE! And then Jaime had a nice review of this, and I was looking for some handy-dandy tea for work, and so I bought this (plus the Jasmine Earl Grey — with an adorable owl in a tea cup on the box!, and their “Live Forever tea” which had just enough cheesiness for me to buy it).

It’s really amazing that I held off so long on A&D’s teas because their packaging is lightyears beyond this. Oy, I’m a sucker.

I was even hesitant to try another plum-type tea since my only “plum tea” experience was from the insta-tea packet that AmazonV so generously shared with me. And that was a bit bizarre. :)

Anywho, my first cup of this is surprisingly nice! It has a gentle gentle plum scent that almost comes off as floral. I think that I’m also getting a taste of paper from the bags, but I’m not 100% sure. This being at work — I had no control over parameters and of course we got busy. So I think that I may have understeeped this and it’s also now a very cold cup. Therefore I’ll be holding off on giving this a rating. I’d guess that it’s at least a 70. NE

janieteo

tea box looks cute, i wonder does the tea taste nice too. where to buy this tea?

Rabs

It’s fine for a bagged tea. I bought it from the Blue Q website http://www.blueq.com/teabags/ but it looks like they no longer have it. But it seems like it’s available on amazon.com :) http://www.amazon.com/Certified-Organic-Ooo-long-Todays-Special/dp/B004F5E94Y

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This is the weakest of the Blue Q teas I’ve tried, although perhaps I didn’t steep it long enough. Probably about three minutes. It looked really dark at that point. It’s slightly peachy, and I can only taste a hint of ginger, but it is not wowing me.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Not a fan of floral teas but I could not resist the adorable packaging. I am such an easy target for marketing. As usual, I am pleasantly surprised. The rose flavor is just a subtle note, as is the berry, and the black is decent. A nice little variation. I will probably get some more just because I am afraid they are going to discontinue these teas soon, and it makes me feel kind of desperate.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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My dad said he was going to send me some tea. I thought that was strange, since he’s not a big tea drinker, but he knew I was into it. So he sent me some Blue Q teas, which I keep calling “joke” teas, because he thought they had funny names and I own a bunch of their goofy magnets. The teas are much better quality than you would expect from a novelty company! However, I just don’t like chamomile at all so this one found its way to the company breakroom where someone snatched it up. Godspeed, funny tea.

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175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec
janieteo

i read that you are a big tea drinker. i don’t drink a lot of tea but do collect the empty wrappers which i already have about 12000 wrappers from all over the world in my collection. i was wondering if you can keep the wrappers for me so i can use it to trade with other collectors. I am living in Belgium . my email address is [email protected]

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Not a huge fan of this, although as far as green teas go, it’s pleasantly herbaceous and the orange is subtly refreshing. Green tea lovers might like it, and FWIW, I finished the cup. Also, I will probably always keep a box of it on hand so whenever green tea fans come to my house I will be able to hand them a tea packet with a kitten on it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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This was a pretty impressive flavored bagged tea! Thanks LiberTEAs! The first steep was a tad tart-berry with floral-rose highlights but nothing I couldn’t handle. I must say I enjoyed the 2nd steep a better tho…the tartiness was minimal and the berry shined thru with the rose underneath…it was juicier without being as tart as the first steep! Nice!

TeaEqualsBliss

Oh! It’s also smells a little like wine :)

Juliet Earth

cute box and sounds pretty yummy

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drank Tea Merci Berry & Rose by Blue Q
4383 tasting notes

I received this in my secret santa box from Jaime – thanks Jaime!

This is a very flavorful cuppa. I didn’t expect much since it’s a bagged tea but it really tastes nice. The rose is prominent, and the berry flavor whispers through. I found that a little bit of agave nectar helped bring out the strawberry a bit, so I recommend the addition.

A nice tea! Thanks Jaime!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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OLD LADY TEA!!!!!! Seriously, smells like a room in an old church where a bunch of older ladies were meeting and their musty perfume hangs in the air. Wowsa. I’m both repulsed by and compelled to drink this tea. So utterly perfumey and rather blech, but I keep sipping! I think that I have a problem. I will never purchase this again (if I try, then I need a major tea intervention), but I think that I’ll finish the box. Bizarre but true. The graphics on the box (owl in a teacup!) is the best part of this tea. M

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

It is sad when Earl Grey is bad.

Rabs

I don’t think that I could call this Earl Grey at all. There may be a hint of bergamot in there somewhere, but It’s just FLORAL! in a perfumey soap kinda way.

~lauren.

Doesn’t sound pleasant at all!

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85

I think I may like this better at 3 minutes than at 4! This is one of the best oolongs I’ve had, bagged or otherwise. The plum flavor is such a great compliment to the oolong, and a very nice change from the usual peach flavored ones.

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3 min, 0 sec

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Oh, that’s simply lovely. Very nice oolong base, light and delicate. The plum isn’t too strong, but is an accurate plum and compliments the oolong perfectly. I find it very delicious and refreshing. So glad that I picked this up the other day. If you’re looking for a flavored oolong, I’d highly recommend this one!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Rabs

I’m so glad that you’ve tried this and it wasn’t bad! I stumbled across several Blue Q tea sets online and wondered if they were decent (the packaging is too cute) — I just might have to try this and several of their other offerings. :)

Jaime

I’ve only tried this one and the berry rose. The berry rose is even better!

Rabs

OOoooOOooooo! I’m gonna have to place an order. I was quite curious about their Earl Grey too. I’ll keep ya posted!

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drank Tea Merci Berry & Rose by Blue Q
902 tasting notes

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drank Tea Merci Berry & Rose by Blue Q
902 tasting notes

Oh, my. This smells just like an English rose garden. The kind where you’re supposed to wear fancy dresses and gloves and walk around carrying an umbrella to protect your delicate skin from the sun.

It tastes like rose water, mashed up ripe strawberries, and strong black tea. I brewed for 5 minutes, but I think I’ll try 3 next time, cause there’s just a hint of bitterness from the tea that I’m tasting, and I think I’d notice more of the berry & rose without that there. It’s still delicious, and I’m very happy to have found this in my town!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Oh Berry & Rose, please work your magic for me this morning. How I loathe being on call on the weekend… First call started at 8am, Berry & Rose will hopefully be my salvation. ;)

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mmm…Berry & Rose latte with my breakfast this morning…damn that’s good stuff. I cooked it on the stove as one would chai. The milk and sugar really helped to bring out the strawberry. :)

Jaime

A berry & rose latte sounds delish! I’m going to have to find me some of this tea!

Cofftea

I’d personally leave out the milk, but the tea itself sounds AMAZING.

amandajo

It is wonderful by itself as well. :)

amandajo

And Jaime… www.blueq.com There’s a where to buy section with a store locator and online ordering is available as well. When I purchased it at a local Health Food store it was less expensive.

Meghann M

Rose teas are among some of my favorites, but I’ve never had one with berry. And served latte style? This sounds great!

Jaime

OMG BBQ!! Apparently there’s a store in town where I can buy their tea!! Yup, I know where I’m going after work.

amandajo

That’s awesome! :D

Jaime

I’m now the proud owner of Berry & Rose and the Oolong with Plum! I’m gonna doctor myself up and hopefully be able to taste one of these in the morning.

And who knew a head shop sells tea? They even had teapots and tea sets for sell!

Meghann M

Just went to the site and I may have another shop to stop at on Wednesday! The teabags have the cutest art on them. I really love the kittens on the green tea orange. Thanks amandajo for pointing me in the direction of another tea company:)

amandajo

No problem Meghann, glad to be of service. ;) Wouldn’t it be awesome if all tea websites had store locators?

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Not quite sure how, but this tea made a bad day one heck of a lot better! I was at work yesterday and irritable as all get out. I had tucked a bag of this in my purse earlier in the day. I brewed a cup. A few minutes later I was changing my tune. It truly smells like fresh cut roses. The taste is also incredible: its like drinking a bouquet with a fine black tea and there’s a little sweet berry tossed in. It’s very smooth and just different enough to make it special. Aromatherapy? Taste therapy? All I know is that it did the trick! :)

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