Passion Berry Jolt is a black tea blend that I’ve had in my possession for just over a year now, and is considered one of Tiesta Tea’s “top sellers” online. I initially received it along with three other tea samples in a monthly subscription box (cc: Sips By), but today I’m revisiting it for the purposes of reviewing. As it starts to warm up more and more, it only seems right to gravitate towards more fruit forward teas, such as Passion Berry Jolt. My only hope is that the “passion berry” portion of this tea ultimately holds up against the black tea base, and doesn’t fade into the background.
Tiesta Tea’s Passion Berry Jolt comes in a red resealable pouch with black accents. I’m a fan of the bright colouring, and the overall design of the packaging. There’s even a small “window” towards the middle that helps to give a preview of the tea inside. The addition of flower petals contribute a nice jolt of colour, if you will, to the appearance of the dry leaf. Chunks of the candied pineapple can also be spotted throughout the black tea base. The listed ingredients are: black tea, pineapple bits, natural passion fruit flavours, cornflowers, marigold petals, and raspberry bits. To me, I smell a combination of passionfruit and pineapple, and not much of anything else.
Tiesta Tea recommends steeping 1.5 tsp of their “Energizer Teas” in 8 oz. water heated to 195°F for 3-5 minutes. I heated my kettle to 95°C (200°F) and steeped Passion Berry Jolt for three minutes.
I’m glad I didn’t let this one brew past three minutes, because for me, it most likely would have been undrinkable. At this point, it has a deep, reddish orange hue. Exactly what I would expect out of a black tea. There is a slight malty note, but it’s really the tropical fruit that dominates the scent of Passion Berry Jolt. As for how it tastes, I’m feeling pretty indifferent. The Assam base is unfortunately borderline bitter tasting. The fruit, on the other hand, is heavier on the passion(fruit) than it is on the berry, which I personally don’t mind too much… But there is also a strange sour quality that keeps throwing me off, possibly tartness coming from the raspberry? Once Passion Berry Jolt has had a chance to cool down, a lot more of its natural sweetness is able to come through, making it easier for me to imagine enjoying this as an iced tea.
For a blend that literally describes itself as a “raspberry passionfruit black tea”, I thought Tiesta Tea’s Passion Berry Jolt was just okay/missed the mark. The flavour is full bodied, naturally “sweet”, but not completely balanced. I’ll finish what is left of my sample packet (possibly test it out as a cold brew), but I can’t really see myself re-purchasing any more of it.
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Stay tuned for my upcoming post which features a pear flavoured white tea!
Until we steep again…