This was a free sample in my Bird & Blend order, and honestly it’s probably about time that I finally try this tea – it is, after all, Bird & Blend’s “signature” tea that uses butterfly pea flower – and not only that but it was the first tea I ever came across with butterfly pea flower as an ingredient so it really introduced me to that ingredient, concept and trend.
I’ve put off trying it though because of the green tea base – oops…
Steeped up, it truly is an absolutely gorgeous dark pigmented blue colour – I can totally see why this was so ground breaking when it was released initially, and why people would totally eat it up. Especially with that “blue raspberry” flavour that plays so well of the steeped leaf colour. The tea actually does smell really fruity and candy sweet, like a blue raspberry slush puppy. It’s making me feel really nostalgic!
The taste doesn’t live up as much to the smell in my opinion – it’s fruity and has a raspberry note but I think it lacks the punch of sugary sweetness that blue raspberry flavoured anything has. Like, blue raspberry is not a natural flavour – it should be almost fluorescent blue and just dripping in sugar. This is too mellow/natural to actually fit the vibe, in my own opinion. However, the raspberry notes that I am getting really aren’t unpleasant at all.
The unfortunate thing is that the green tea base is so appartent – it’s really grassy, almost like a wheat grass shot! Loaded up with all that chlorophyll “goodness” that I hate so much. So, for that reason alone, it’s not something that I would want to have on hand.
I totally see the market though and why this does so well! I would recommend it to someone looking for an interesting/unique fruity green tea, it’s just not for me.