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Tuesday
Jan212014

Tuesday Tea - Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish Green - 52teas

Tea Description:

This week’s tea is a revisiting of our very popular (and just re-blended (again)) Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, this time with a green tea base. We used premium Young Hyson and Chunmee green teas with freeze-dried blueberries and organic flavors to make this delicious tea. Don’t miss your chance to grab a pouch of this before it’s gone. 

Ingredients: Young Hyson and Chunmee green teas, freeze-dried blueberries, and organic flavors 

Other Information:

Leaf Type: Green (flavored)

Where to Purchase: 52teas

Suggested Brewing Tips:

Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 8oz serving

Water Temp: 175°F

Steep Time: 2m

Review:

52teas is a company I want to love, they release such intriguing sounding dessert teas every week in limited edition batches (which means if you want one you had better jump on it, not every tea gets reblended, although this tea is currently available.) The last two weeks they have released holiday themed teas, Eggnog Honeybush and Peppermint Bark Black, both of which sound quite tasty, but by the end of January I'm pretty burned out on Christmas themed teas so I decided to pass on them.

At this point I've tried over twenty blends from 52teas, I love to order such delicious sounding teas because they allow me to splurge without the guilt of empty calories. Unfortunately I seldom come across one that I really love so I've been ordering from them a lot less and instead relying on the travelling tea boxes going around Steepster to help me try out the few that have caught my eye. Back in October I got a chance to sample Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish Black which had been on my shopping list for quite some time. While it ended up being one of my favorite teas from 52teas to date, I thought it could be better. Then I found out that Frank, the mad scientist behind 52teas, blended a version with a green base and I was in heaven. I have found that I don't particularly care for the black base that he uses for his teas, but I've enjoyed several of his green teas, so I knew this was meant to be. 

I broke my tea buying hiatus for this tea, which is pretty big news since I try very hard to stick to not buying teas just before Black Friday (which is when I do the bulk of my tea buying.)

Just like with the black version of the tea, you can smell the blueberries immediately upon opening the package. Once steeped the blueberry flavor takes center stage, backed up by the flavor from the green base. It is a surprisingly tart flavor for a dessert tea, I was expecting to see more of the sweet aspect of blueberries in this blend. Also like the black version of this tea, I have trouble picking out the danish and cream cheese flavors. I expected them to be more apparent with the green base, but unfortunately they aren't. Every once-in-a-while I get a sharp note that is somewhat reminiscent of cream cheese, but I really have to search for it.

I find that I really prefer to drink this tea sweetened, which is unusual for me since I'm pretty anti-sugar when it comes to my tea. In this case a few pieces of rock sugar help smooth out the sharp notes of the blueberry flavoring, helping to give it a more believable danish flavor. The only problem with adding sugar is that it completely masks any hint of cream cheese that I picked up before.

In the end I did end up really enjoying this tea, just like I knew I would (I'm a huge blueberry tea fan.) It makes a nice hot drink, but I think it is better suited to spring/summer and iced tea weather. Speaking of iced tea (because it really makes sense to do so when it is -2°F,) if you enjoy iced tea you may want to check out the Southern Boy line of iced teas offered by 52teas. They're next on my list to try and the flavors are just as imaginative as the line of loose leaf teas they offer.

My Rating: 79/100 

Would I order this again? Possibly. I could see this in my rotation for iced tea this summer, but as I mentioned before, not all of the teas are reblended so it may not be available (although this one tends to be reblended fairly regularly.) 

Disclosure:

I'd like to be open with my readers and let you know up front when I have been provided something for free to review as it does happen from time to time. In this case, I was not provided with anything from 52teas and paid for this with my own money. As always, all opinions are my own. If you are a company and would like to send me an item for review feel free to drop me an email.