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Ok, I’m being bad and really should be at work right now, but had a dentist appt this morning and didn’t eat before, then had to wait the 30 min for the fluoride before eating after, and then I got sidetracked making tea… Bad!!

So, my first attempt at brewing this one myself. I have high hopes, of course! The tea is chock full of dried berries – enough so that I used 2 tsp of tea to ensure I got lots of flavour :)

The aroma is that of a tart-sweet blueberry pie. Delicious. (It just occurred to me that I should have brewed up some White Tiger too! Drat!) The flavour is very much like the aroma, although with perhaps a bit less tartness. Blueberry Jam is a perfect descriptor, because it’s not tart enough to taste like fresh blueberries, but has more of a hot, cooked, sweetened blueberry flavour. I’m not getting too much of the base tea here, but it might just be hiding – part of the reason I was regretting not having brewed up White Tiger was because it would be interesting to compare the combination of blueberry flavour with different tea bases, because that might help me to pick out the subtleties of each base that I can’t normally distinguish from the tea as a whole. I think this would be an especially effective experiment with these two because I feel like the blueberry flavour here is quite similar to that in White Tiger (which is great because I loved it!).

Oh, and that astringency I noted from the first time I drank this, as the tea of the day? Completely non-existent. I did go with only a four minute infusion though.

ETA: Second infusion was kind of weak. I tried some of the berries out of the infuser though, and BOY were they delicious! So I think it just needed a longer infusion. I would like to try this mixed 3:1 with Bear Trap, and see if it doesn’t make a fabulous iced tea (although it probably would alone too, a bit of bite would be great!)

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

I found this very similar to white tiger as well. I really like both of them.

Kittenna

Yes, I really like the blueberry flavoring, be it natural or artificial!

Daniel Scott

You think this one and White Tiger are similar? I like this one, but White Tiger makes me wanna upchuck. Not even Cherry Potion was as actively unpleasant to me as White Tiger.

I don’t know why I seem to be the only one who doesn’t actually taste blueberries in White Tiger at ALL, but I’m not kidding when I say I don’t taste them. I think I taste the pomegranate, and I’m not sure what else, but it’s icky. I think it’s the base.

Anyway, I agree about this one having that cooked, sweetened taste to it! It really is like jam or blueberry filling.

Kittenna

Hmm, yeah, I thought the blueberry flavours were similar. White Tiger is perhaps a bit more perfumey, though. I did find that shorter infusions of White Tiger worked best, and gave you a nice, hot blueberry flavour :D

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tigress_al

I found this very similar to white tiger as well. I really like both of them.

Kittenna

Yes, I really like the blueberry flavoring, be it natural or artificial!

Daniel Scott

You think this one and White Tiger are similar? I like this one, but White Tiger makes me wanna upchuck. Not even Cherry Potion was as actively unpleasant to me as White Tiger.

I don’t know why I seem to be the only one who doesn’t actually taste blueberries in White Tiger at ALL, but I’m not kidding when I say I don’t taste them. I think I taste the pomegranate, and I’m not sure what else, but it’s icky. I think it’s the base.

Anyway, I agree about this one having that cooked, sweetened taste to it! It really is like jam or blueberry filling.

Kittenna

Hmm, yeah, I thought the blueberry flavours were similar. White Tiger is perhaps a bit more perfumey, though. I did find that shorter infusions of White Tiger worked best, and gave you a nice, hot blueberry flavour :D

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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