This tea blends together the taste of juicy blueberries with premium white tea from Fujian province, China. Very fragrant, like freshly harvested 'highbush' blueberries (the aromatic variety). Soft, rounded mouthfeel with a clean, refreshing finish. A customer favorite, this tea is delectable both hot and cold.
Ingredients: White tea, blueberries and natural blueberry flavor
Leaf Type: White
Where to Purchase: Adagio
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 2 heaping teaspoons per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 180°
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
It really amazes me how much my opinion of this tea has changed and I have to question Adagio's quality control a little. I was in the mood for something blueberry today so I dug through my pile of samples. I had just seen an unopened package of the white blueberry in there while I was organizing the other day. It had completely slipped my mind that I had already rated this on Steepster a little over two weeks ago and already had an open package. The taste between my two packages of tea were so different it's hard to believe that it is the same tea. What really bugs me is that both packages of this tea were purchased within two weeks of each other, I double checked.
I was really disappointed this time around because there was absolutely no blueberry taste to it at all, just a hint of sweetness. Also, the smell wasn't nearly as strong in the package. I had to figure out what I had done with the other one so I could compare. If the packages hadn't been labeled I would have thought these were two totally different teas. Adding sugar helped bring out the blueberry flavor that was lacking, but I really hate sweetening my tea.
As for my original review, I'll go ahead and post it below.
I was worried to start out with because the scent is overwhelming when you open the package, but this had a very nice subtle blueberry flavor that goes well with the white tea base. It’s perfect for when I want just a hint of something in my tea without an overwhelming fruit flavor. I find that many companies overwhelm their white teas with fruit flavor and that isn’t what I’m looking for at all, I enjoy white tea and want to be able to taste it. I was kind of surprised not to have any real blueberries in the package since they’re listed in the ingredients (this was something I noticed in both packages). I’m nearly through my sample pack and I assumed they had just fallen to the bottom because they were heavier, but no, I have no blueberries at all.
This is another tea that I think would be great iced, but I’ve enjoyed it hot so much I have yet to get that far. (I drank the second package hot as well since the weather is on the chilly side. I would have to say my second pack would not have been very tasty iced.)
Would I order this again? Probably not, the quality control issue is a problem with me.