Another day, another tea favourite! #JulyTeaFaves! At this point in time, Tetley is a true powerhouse in the tea industry, and has been for close to two centuries! I have been drinking variations of their teas for as long as I can remember, with many flavours to choose from, and decent prices to boot. One day I was rifling through the cupboards at home, and stumbled upon this container of Tetley’s Blueberry Green. I was immediately intrigued. The flavour was one I haven’t experienced in a tea before, and really delivered, making it an instant favourite of mine.
Blueberry Green comes packaged in a round cardboard canister complete with a blue lid (perfect for resealing!), and 24 round tea sachets nestled inside. For the purposes of this review, I cut a couple of the sachets open to get a closer look at the tea, which happens to have a very minced appearance to it. The colour of the green is not 100% uniform. There is a mix of both light and dark coloured tea leaves, as well as other neutral tones. To be honest. it’s pretty comparable to a spice blend, like Italian seasoning. The listed ingredients are: green tea and natural flavours. The aroma is undeniably rich in juicy blueberries. Personally, it brings about strong feels of nostalgia.
Tetley suggests steeping Blueberry Green for 1-2 minutes in 80°C (175°F) water and serving it “clear”/plain. I steeped this green tea closer to two minutes.
After close to two minutes, Blueberry Green has a beautiful amber like colour that takes over the whole cup, as well as a rich blueberry scent post-steep. This tea has a very natural tasting blueberry flavour with the bonus of natural sweetness. You don’t have to search super hard for the blueberry, but you also still get the essence of the green tea base. There’s a good balance. For a green tea, it is smooth and a pleasant cuppa overall. There is no bitterness, but the closer you get to the bottom of the cup, a level of astringency certainly develops. Although I don’t find it to be overly unpleasant or overwhelming to the tastebuds.
Tetley’s Blueberry Green is not only a (rare) affordable grocery store find, I also consider it to be a great “dupe” for whenever I am out of Blueberry Matcha. It has a very similar flavour, but with less of the fuss. I have yet to try this tea cold, but I’d imagine it would also be quite enjoyable that way. I’ll be sad to see this one go once I finish up my current stash, but I’ll be savouring/hoarding what I have left for the time being.
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Until we steep again…