In recent years, I’ve become obsessed with any and everything blueberry flavoured, even though strawberry is still my number one/go-to berry of choice. Admittedly, I’m still very much on the fence when it comes to fruity (more specifically, ones with berries) black tea blends, but the smell of DAVIDsTea’s Blueberry Jam is honestly too promising to dismiss. The biggest red flag I have going into reviewing this tea is the fact that it contains stevia extract. Stevia, in the past, has had a way of cursing me with the nastiest of headaches, so I’m crossing my fingers that it isn’t too heavy handed in this tea.
Blueberry Jam comes packaged in a resealable foil pouch, with a navy blue sticker in the top right corner to signify this blend as a black tea. The loose leaf appearance is literally one ingredient away from looking very one noted, if it were not for the addition of the cornflower petals. It’s a much needed pop of colour. Otherwise, among the blend, I can still see the pieces of black tea, the various berries and dried fruit. All the components are accounted for. The listed ingredients are: black tea, black currants, blueberries, elderberries, cornflower petals, stevia extract, organic raspberry and natural blueberry flavouring. I love how fragrant this tea is, and how spot on the aroma is. Sweet, fruity goodness!
DAVIDsTea recommends steeping Blueberry Jam in 95°C (200°F) water for 3-5 minutes. I steeped it for three full minutes in water heated to 95°C.
Blueberry Jam has brewed to a liquor that is of a darker brown, it appears that colour has most likely leached from the berries into the cup. The scent is not as berry forward once steeped, I can smell the maltiness of the black tea making a stronger appearance. Despite my skepticism, I really like how all the ingredients came together to create a truly enjoyable flavour. The blueberries, thankfully are not lost in the mix, and taste pretty realistic. A bit tart, but still juicy. There isn’t any bitterness, just an astringent, chalky quality to the mouthfeel. I blame the stevia 100%; it contributes a natural sweetness to Blueberry Jam, alongside all of the dried fruit, so I wouldn’t bother adding any additional sugar. But a splash of milk really helps to elevate the richness of this tea, taking it into the realm of dessert teas.
Past encounters with DAVIDsTea’s Blueberry Jam were all misses, no hits, but today I can actually say that I was able to produce a decent cuppa of this blend. There was certainly a jam-like flavour to this tea, so I would say they pretty successful captured the essence of blueberry jam. My only real complaint is that the stevia extract should still be eliminated altogether. Even though it wasn’t prominent in the flavour, it was apparent enough to still give me the beginnings of a headache. Overall, I’m glad that I decided to revisit this fruity black tea. I’ll finish off the ounce I have left, but probably won’t repurchase again.
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Stay tuned for “Matcha Madness” all next week!
Until we steep again…