Initially, I felt that the bergamot was far too present on this inspired berry marshmallow fluff tea. Then, as it cools a bit, the bergamot begins to back down to manageable levels.
Nice cup. The berry malt marshmallow is just beautiful.
“Initially, I felt that the bergamot was far too present on this inspired berry marshmallow fluff tea. Then, as it cools a bit, the bergamot begins to back down to manageable levels. Nice cup. ...” Read full tasting note
“Lugging this around in a carry cup on this appallingly humid day. Berry goodness. I’d like more vanilla, but perhaps that’s a familiar refrain from me. I’m sitting on university campus and am jus...” Read full tasting note
“Another tea that I kept poor notes on, but if I recall correctly, it was a delightfully creamy/marshmallowy fruity tea, again with great resteepability.” Read full tasting note
“It’s a nice change to be able to experience a berry-flavoured tea that actually tastes like real berries and not artificial flavouring. I can actually taste the raspberry and strawberry in this,...” Read full tasting note
Tea of the Week for April 24, 2017!
Most of our blends with marshmallow root are genmaicha blends and I love those, of course, but I also have a fondness for marshmallow root in other types of teas. Marshmallow root has become one of my favorite herbs to work with because it softens/lightens a tea and adds a really delightful fluffy marshmallow-y taste to the cup at the same time.
With this blend, I started with a base of organic black teas from China and India. To those, I added an abundance of berry flavor – strawberry, blackberry & raspberry! – and some vanilla bean and bunch of marshmallow root. Then I added just a kiss of bergamot and a barely there hint of bourbon essence. It may seem like there’s a whole lot going on with this blend – but the focus starts on the black tea and then makes way for the berry and marshmallow notes. The other flavors add just a hint of something else in the background – like a little surprise “treasure” for your palate to discover!
This is a very tasty tea – bursting with delicious berry flavor with a soft, fluffy marshmallow background note.
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Lugging this around in a carry cup on this appallingly humid day. Berry goodness. I’d like more vanilla, but perhaps that’s a familiar refrain from me.
I’m sitting on university campus and am jus amazed at the number of American plates: Connecticut, NY, and Florida. And that’s just here in front of me in this corner. Not surprised but amazed. Apparently, the numbers are in the tens of thousands, or more, since this administration came to power. Really something.
And yes, I am aware that the exchange rate favours Americans, but the it usually does.
OK, back to my tea sipping.
It’s a nice change to be able to experience a berry-flavoured tea that actually tastes like real berries and not artificial flavouring. I can actually taste the raspberry and strawberry in this, and the marshmallow root truly does give this a fluffy background texture.
Am I detecting a mineral note from the base? I swear.
Not sure how i ultimately feel about this one. It was on my list of teas i needed to try but having tried it, i think i can pass. It’s a nice black strawberry/berry tea but there’s something not quite harmonious about this blend that doesn’t work for me. Thanks for all these samples VariaTea!
Final Count: 56
While superficially reminiscent of the old Fantasy Island blend from David’s Tea, this blend is boozier, brighter, and more acidic (thanks, Bergy). There’s also no coconut, but it makes up for that in vanilla marshmallow, and even more berries.
It’s surprisingly juicy, with all the sweet-tart dimensions that blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries bring to the table. It’s a refreshing cuppa, even when consumed hot, without milk. The vanilla and the woody fluff textural quality of the marshmallow root gives it that desirable berry dessert vibe. The bergamot is actually not that blatant, merely complimenting the lush berry flavours with its floral/citrus profile.
If you love Bluebird’s Vicky’s Spongecake, DT’s Fantasy Island, or AQTT’s Black Cherries in Sweet Cream you’d probably enjoy this too.
This sample was generously provided by 52Teas. Thank you!
Flavors: Bergamot, Berries, Blackberry, Marshmallow, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tart, Vanilla, Wood
I got this as a sample with my last 52Teas order. I put it off because I saw that bergamot was one of ingredients. I am not fond of bergamot. Earl Gray is not a fave! But either my cup didn’t have much bergamot or it is so light I can barely taste it. I enjoyed this cup. It had a mellow strawberry flavor that avoided the fake or “children’s cough syrup” version of strawberry, and it didn’t taste like sickeningly sweet strawberry candy either.
I’ve realized that strawberries are a hit or miss ingredient for me in teas, especially in black tea blends. I’m finding that it almost has to be the primary flavor in a black tea for it to jive on my taste buds. I don’t dislike the blend, but I probably would’ve loved it had the strawberry been excluded altogether. Another delicious base and the other berry flavors are quite nice. The bergamot and bourbon essence are not really discernible at all. I’ve had it both hot and iced. It makes for a pleasant little cuppa, but, sadly, the combination of berries just didn’t work for me. I’ll sipdown the rest of my small stash, but it’s not a tea I’d repurchase.
Flavors: Berries, Marshmallow, Strawberry
Hope no one missed me! I had been out of town, going to the hospital every day for a few weeks. I had to rush to the hospital ten hours away when my dad had his brain surgery. He is doing surprisingly well… better than the surgeon expected! He has weakness on his right side but can mostly function. His aphasia is worse since the first event and will need work but he is still Dad! Even his dyslexia is back (ever since I’ve known him it seemed to be no problem for him but its just another thing on his plate) but it is great that he knows that its back which will help. Luckily my dad is super strong and is doing so good with all of this! I can’t even imagine. All from a tooth infection and he is always worried about his teeth/goes to the dentist on schedule. So he is back home now, and I am back with my tea collection. It was a nice reminder that grocery store teas are impossible. I searched so many stores and only saw a few tins of Harney. That is awesome for Harney though! THANK YOU to all those wonderful online tea shops that supply me (and spoil me) with awesome teas! Also great news for tea shops: Teavana is closing! Woo hoo!
I finished my sample size of this lovely tea today, a current favorite. But I have my big pouch on stand by.