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As per many suggestions, I steeped this at a lower temperature for only 2.5 minutes. It does wonders for the flavors. This tea smells and tastes delectably of blueberries! Yum!! However, I am not picking up on cream cheese flavors (although a bit it is creamy in texture). I am not complaining though because it is still a deliciously flavorful drink.

I would say it is similar to DAVIDs Blueberry Jam except less artificial tasting and with a stronger sweet blueberry flavor. In fact, I would say this flavor is probably what DAVIDs was aiming for as this has a more sweet blueberry jam (or perhaps even more like blueberry pie filling) taste while Blueberry Jam tastes more like juice.

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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

I find the cream cheese and pastry notes come out more in the second infusion.

VariaTEA

I infused it a second time and got nothing. It tasted like water.

Fjellrev

Weird! I always let it steep longer though and find that there’s a better balance of notes.

VariaTEA

I let it steep for a minute or so extra and mostly just got hot water. I will try letting it go longer next time to see what I get.

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Fjellrev

I find the cream cheese and pastry notes come out more in the second infusion.

VariaTEA

I infused it a second time and got nothing. It tasted like water.

Fjellrev

Weird! I always let it steep longer though and find that there’s a better balance of notes.

VariaTEA

I let it steep for a minute or so extra and mostly just got hot water. I will try letting it go longer next time to see what I get.

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For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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