After my traumatic weekend without tea, I redeemed myself with two delicious cups on Monday. First thing, I opted for a new favorite, White Peony. However, last night, I decided to go with something new… Blueberry Cocktail. The very name got me excited.
Composition: Blueberries, grapes, hibiscus, beetroot, berry leaves, black currants, and natural flavors. I always wonder what the vendor means by “natural flavors”. As opposed to what?
Dry Visual: Blueberry Cocktail reminds me of a high fruit content trail-mix. The blueberries, grapes, and black currants really stand out and are complimented by the rest of the ingredients. Thanks Dragonwater for the great picture!
Dry Aroma: Scrumptious! The smell of berries was absolutely delicious – I was tempted to grab a handful and taste. Okay truthfully? I am still tempted.
Flavor: While not a huge lover of fruit teas, I was pleasantly surprised by Blueberry Cocktail. After the delicious smell of the dry tea, I was fearful of being disappointed by the taste. I assure you, Blueberry Cocktail held its own. I could immediately taste the various berries – especially the blueberries and grapes. The other ingredients were masked, but I cannot say I expected anything different. My initial taste was without sweetener and there was a slight tartness evident. However, I added about a level teaspoon of Sugar-In-The-Raw and Blueberry Cocktail was completely transformed. The sweetener eliminated the tartness and enhanced the natural sweetness of the tea. It was delicious.
As is my custom, after drinking about 3/4 cup, I allowed the remaining 1/4 cup cool. My final recommendation? Blueberry Cocktail would make an awesome flavored sweet tea.
Liquor: A rich, dark purple. Almost the color of eggplant, but not quite.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 3- 5 minutes. I brewed for 4 minutes, but question the intensity of the flavor if brewed for 1 additional minute. I’ll try 5 minutes the next time I brew Blueberry Cocktail.
If you are looking to make a break from the ordinary, you may want to give Blueberry Cocktail a try. Hot or cold, I think you will be impressed if you enjoy fruit flavored teas. Stop by and share you experience, if you have already tasted Blueberry Cocktail. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!