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Organic Blueberry Jam

Blueberries are among my favourite fruits… Yum!

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Blueberries might just be the greatest fruit around – after all, they’re the star ingredient of North America’s favourite muffin.  And hundreds of years before moms were making them into jams, jellies and cakes, blueberries were called “star berries” and revered for their healing powers.  Another little known fact about blueberries is that they make for one great cup of tea – when you blend them with black tea, elderberries, cornflowers and stevia, it’s the perfect companion to your morning toast.

What I think:

I am sold on the dry tea smell.  It smells like super sweet blueberry juice – my mouth’s watering already.  The black tea is filled with cute little flower petals and dried-up berries.  When steeped, the tea smells light but delicious and turns a very dark brown.

The first sip is heavenly.  The blueberry is so vivid, and the stevia is a surprisingly nice addition.  The tea has a bit of a bitter taste and is not quite as sweet as I would have liked it, but it’s great nonetheless.  I find myself savoring the moment the tea hits my tongue, and the aftertaste – but not the in-between part, which is when the bitterness kicks in.

I’m a little iffy about adding milk to a blueberry tea, but I’ll try anyway.  Like with the Salted Caramel I blogged about recently, I find that milk takes away the bitterness and makes the flavour more consistent from start to finish.  I added just a pinch of brown sugar and found that it really brings out the fruity flavours.  Like many teas that came before, this is a tea I prefer with milk and sugar.

I think this tea would make a great iced drink – with sugar, hold the milk.  It’s fruity enough to take the place of a juice, but is missing just a bit of oomph that can be found in brown sugar.

This tea is going to be way up there on my list of fruity teas.  It’s not tart like very many others I’ve tried, and the fact that it has a black base lets you play around with adding milk – which is almost always a good call.  Warm, it makes a great autumn/winter tea, and I think it would make an extraordinary iced tea in the summer!

Note: I made this tea again – steeped for the full length but at a lower temperature, and the initial slight bitterness I experienced was nonexistent.  I didn’t lose any of the delicious blueberry flavour either!  Problem solved!

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