On the Eighth day of Christmas . . . this is one of my faves, so I am happy that it won the votes to be in this year’s box. Bold black teas, sweet blackberries, tasty pastry notes. The note of warm cinnamon. It’s all there. Yummy!
“On the Eighth day of Christmas . . . this is one of my faves, so I am happy that it won the votes to be in this year’s box. Bold black teas, sweet blackberries, tasty pastry notes. The note of...” Read full tasting note
“On a recent trip to Georgia, we stopped at a farm that sold turnovers and pies. Blackberry has always been one of my favorite flavors, so we opted for a blackberry turnover. It was more like a...” Read full tasting note
“I went through name deja vu again this morning when I scratched off the foil on my 52Teas advent packet, so I opened up my tea inventory .xls file and sure enough, I have an unopened packet from...” Read full tasting note
“#adventageddon Day Twenty – 3/6 This was my first time trying this tea, but it smelled amazing in the packet and it actually steeped up quite beautifully – probably the best of the advent teas...” Read full tasting note
Tea of the Week for August 27, 2018!
I live in the Pacific Northwest and blackberries are abundant out here. So abundant, in fact, that you can find them growing just about everywhere and they’re definitely a favorite fruit in my house. Because they are a favorite and it’s been a while since my last blackberry tea – I wanted to celebrate summer (as I hope it’s coming to a close soon!!!) with another blackberry tea.
Now, I must confess, I’ve never actually had a blackberry dumpling but one day while browsing the web I found a recipe for blackberry dumplings and I thought they sounded amazing – so I decided that I should make a tea. Normally, I’d find someplace to try the thing I was trying to recreate in tea form – or at least make the thing – but this time, I decided to try the tea first. They don’t call me the mad tea artist for nothing!
I started with a blend of rich black teas – Yunnan, Ceylon & Assam – and then I added a bunch of blackberries, a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and a buttery, dough-like essence to complete the dumpling.
YUM! This tea is really delightful. The spice is just enough to enhance the berries without overwhelming the blend. The background has an almost ‘cookie dough’ kind of taste to it. And of course the tea is robust and completes the overall experience (because if I were to make blackberry dumplings, I’d of course make a pot of tea to go with, right?
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On a recent trip to Georgia, we stopped at a farm that sold turnovers and pies. Blackberry has always been one of my favorite flavors, so we opted for a blackberry turnover. It was more like a donut stuffed with fresh blackberry compote, and was served with vanilla ice cream. Absolutely decadent and wonderful. This tastes just like that! It has a jammy blackberry flavor, with a bit of cinnamon. The pastry note is distinct as well. I absolutely loved this tea.
Flavors: Blackberry, Cinnamon, Pastries
I went through name deja vu again this morning when I scratched off the foil on my 52Teas advent packet, so I opened up my tea inventory .xls file and sure enough, I have an unopened packet from 2018. I have problems, people! So this one is going into the tea stash and out comes the older one because obviously it. needs. drunk. now!
Opening up the packet, that blackberry smell is amaaaaaaaaaaaaazing! I get a rich blackberry aroma, and there are big ol’ dried berries in there tempting enough to just eat (would I eat two-year-old dried berries? Hmmmmm…) but I’m also getting a creamy sort of aroma… like blackberries floating in a thick bowl of whipped cream, or blackberry yogurt.
I used three grams of tea leaf for 350ml of water and then added in about three freeze-dried blackberries to the mix after weighing to the infuser to steep for three minutes. My cup is a dark cup of black tea, with a strong blackberry aroma. The cream aroma isn’t as strong steeped as in the dry leaf; the maltiness of the black tea is creating more of a baked pastry aroma, with a sweet cinnamon spice note and a subtle molasses undertone.
I’m getting all those things in the flavor, and it’s quite nice. The base tea is malty, bready, subtly spicy; I’m getting a juicy blackberry flavor, with a cream/vanilla sweetness that fills out on the back of my tongue, and a subtle note of cinnamon. As far as tasting like a fruit-filled pastry, it really hits the nail on the head.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Blackberry, Cinnamon, Cream, Fruity, Malt, Molasses, Pastries, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla, Yogurt
#adventageddon Day Twenty – 3/6
This was my first time trying this tea, but it smelled amazing in the packet and it actually steeped up quite beautifully – probably the best of the advent teas today, actually. It was a nice sweet, and kind of syrupy berry note and the impression that I got was that it was intended to kind of replicate the taste of a jammy blackberry dumpling filling. At first it was kind of a generic berry note but as the tea cooled it tasted a lot more blackberry to me. Apart from that I thought there were some nice sort of buttery, pastry notes in this cup along with the faintest hint of warming spices like nutmeg.
I’ve actually not had a blackberry dumpling before but this feels like a good recreation of one! VariaTEA mentioned today that she’s a really big fan of 52Teas’ Blackberry flavouring and that she thinks people overlook it in favor of the amazing banana flavouring and I think I agree – I feel like I’ve definitely been sleeping on this tasty flavour!
I have no idea what a blackberry dumpling is so I have no idea if this is accurate. It tastes good though. Sil was super kind and shared a serving and this is a whole lot of delicious blackberry flavor. Actual blackberry flavor, true to the fruit and distinct. It is also a warming cup thanks to the cinnamon and maltiness of the base. It tastes like a blackberry dumpling of sorts. Whether it is a dumpling or not, I do not know. Still I enjoyed trying this one a lot and would happily revisit it should it be reblended and I were placing a 52 Teas order.
Very nice, “solid” tea. I would actually love a little more blackberry, but I can definitely taste it and I do get a hint of buttery pastry, too. The base is smooth and strong. This makes a really nice morning tea. I do like it better with a little sugar or sweetener, but it just needs a touch to bring out the berry.
Flavors: Blackberry, Malt, Pastries
Tea from this morning. Wanted something extra specially delicious since last night was not a great kiddo night – cluster feeding and refusing to sleep anywhere but on mama! plus the realities of her coming early in terms of income etc are starting to sink in. bah! Nurse home visit today – so wanted to make sure i was functional when she was here. So this was the tea i pulled out. So glad i could sneak another package of this one in my last order. I really do enjoy the black teas with fruits that anne creates – especially blueberry/blackberry bolder fruits. Happy to have this one for a while longer.