Boo-Berry Cotton Candy Zomba

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Freeze Dried Blueberries, Green Tea, Natural Flavours
Flavors
Beany, Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Fruity, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal, Candy
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Mastress Alita
Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 oz / 350 ml

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  • “Happy Halloween! It’s my mom’s birthday today (I got her a birthday advent with coffee samplers; I never could convert her to tea but respect our differences!) When I moved into this condo last...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Sad sipdown! I steeped this as a round two before heading to work thinking I could squeeze in that second cup, but I barely touched it while waiting for it to cool, so I transferred it into my...” Read full tasting note
    84
  • “Apparently I never got around to writing a tea note on this one. I drank it up ages ago and memories are now foggy, but it was a nice cuppa while it lasted. Cotton Candy is a very thin, light candy...” Read full tasting note
    82
  • “Sipdown (228) This tea is almost 2 years old so it is about time to say goodbye. It has blueberry cotton candy flavor still. And the zomba really gives this a nice, rounded flavor. Alas, there has...” Read full tasting note
    77

From 52teas

This tea is part reblend, part re-imagining. One tea that sold pretty well was the Boo-Berry Cotton Candy Green Tea that we reblended as part of a “You Choose the Reblend” incentive from our start-up Kickstarter campaign. I happened to have some Zomba Steamed green tea from the Satemwa Estate in Malawi on the shelf and I was trying to think of something to do with it – and since Halloween was approaching, I thought, “Ohh! How about the Boo-Berry Cotton Candy but with the Zomba steamed green tea base? That should be spook-tacular!”

And it is! This is hauntingly delicious! (OK, enough of the Halloween wordplay, already!)

An abundant blueberry AND cotton candy flavor to this – with a lovely sweet, creamy note that hints at vegetation from the Zomba base.

So tasty!

I know I’ve said this before, but I have the greatest job on earth! Not only do I get to think up teas to blend – but I also get to be the first one tasting them! Now, granted, that first taste doesn’t always work out quite as planned, but more often than not, the tea tastes amazing.

Like now! This is so good! I actually kinda figured it would taste great because I loved Frank’s original batch of this tea and I loved my reblend that we put out a couple of years ago. Yes, this IS somewhat different due to the Zomba steamed base, but it’s still quite delightful!

The blueberries play well with the cotton candy essence – the cotton candy is, of course, sugary sweet and the blueberries are also sweet but there’s enough tartness to them that it offers a hint of contrast. The flavor of the green tea is light yet lush, with notes of vegetation – but mostly, it’s smooth and refreshing.

Really, really good. YUM!

Ingredients: fair-trade, rain forest alliance certified green tea, organic freeze-dried blueberries, and natural flavors

Brewing Instructions: because the leaf is rather bulky and doesn’t really measure very well, I recommend using a tea spoon (the kind you stir your tea with, not the kind you measure baking ingredients with) and measuring out about a heaping spoonful of the tea to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 175°F) and let it steep for about 2 minutes. Strain and allow to cool for a few minutes (five-ish) and enjoy!

This tea doesn’t need to be sweetened, but a little bit of sugar will bring out the cotton candy notes and make it taste just a bit more like blueberry cotton candy.

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8 Tasting Notes

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Happy Halloween! It’s my mom’s birthday today (I got her a birthday advent with coffee samplers; I never could convert her to tea but respect our differences!) When I moved into this condo last summer I rescued a completely black cat with Granny Smith apple green eyes (I named her Chiya, the Nepalese word for tea!) and she seems to be full of the “Halloween black cat” spirit today as she’s a huge ball of energy this morning; last night the wire snapped clean in half on her favorite chaser toy, so we are having to make due with an older chaser until the replacement shows up. (Obligatory Halloween kitty photo for those that like cat pictures: http://bl.canadia.info/photos/Chiya%2001.jpg )

I decided to brew this one because it is one of my oldest teas, ergo a good sipdown candidate, and the title seemed appropriate. I measured out 2.5g of green tea leaf and then added in several blueberries to the leaf separately, and steeped for 2 minutes in 175F water for my work thermos. The tea is quite nice; I can actually get a lot of the base green tea notes shining through, with a slight vegetal note that is a bit beany. I actually do taste a bit of a cotton candy vibe, as the tea is quite sweet, and leaves a sweet/fruity aftertaste on the tongue. A lot of teas with blueberry notes taste very thick, syrupy, or artificial; the blueberry here is present but doesn’t have that “blueberry pancake syrup” vibe I get from other blueberry teas, it tastes a bit more on the fruitier side and a little more subdued so I’m getting more of the base tea notes pulling through. I also feel a little tang of tart berry at the back of my tongue balancing the sweet candy-like flavors that is really pleasant.

I’m really enjoying this tea, and finding I like how the flavors seem to pop even more as my thermos cools, so I think I may like this even more as a cold brew; I may try that out with some of my leftover leaf (I do love flavored greens as iced teas). I think it hit the mark well though, and is a satisfying warm cup on a cold Halloween morning.

Flavors: Beany, Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Fruity, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
AJRimmer

What a beautiful kitty!

Martin Bednář

Wonderful kitty (we actually have very similar one) and wonderful tea. Is something more to want?

Bluegreen

“…a completely black cat with Granny Smith apple green eyes..” – I liked that descriptive detail. Came strait from a discerning tea review.

derk

Hi Chiya :)

LuckyMe

Chiya is a beautiful cat!

Mastress Alita

Thanks! She is quite happy that her replacement teaser wands have arrived! (Such a spoiled beast!)

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Sad sipdown! I steeped this as a round two before heading to work thinking I could squeeze in that second cup, but I barely touched it while waiting for it to cool, so I transferred it into my water bottle and took it to work. Was so delicious lukewarm! Hoping to have more of this in my life someday. How I wish I could just make some 52teas all-star favourites order and stock up in one go.

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Apparently I never got around to writing a tea note on this one. I drank it up ages ago and memories are now foggy, but it was a nice cuppa while it lasted. Cotton Candy is a very thin, light candy flavour and sometimes that made the tea come across as watery- otherwise, I can’t think of other complaints right now.

Edit: I found some leftover tea in the back of the cupboard and I rescind my “watery” comment. The flavour to tea is full and complete; overall, the tea is delicious. On a second note, it’s really annoying to find a tea in your cupboard after you’ve unchecked it from your stash list.

Flavors: Blueberry, Candy, Cotton Candy, Vegetal

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Sipdown (228)

This tea is almost 2 years old so it is about time to say goodbye. It has blueberry cotton candy flavor still. And the zomba really gives this a nice, rounded flavor. Alas, there has been definite flavor deterioration and so this last cup is a fraction of the deliciousness of the first. That is my fault though.

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