I came across this tea while shopping at World Market. The stunning deep blue color and the intoxicating blueberry aroma that wafted out immediately grabbed me. Since I was fasting that day, I wasn’t able to taste it but it was enough to convince me to come back later and buy a tin.

Although advertised as a beauty tea, the blend itself is pretty interesting in its own right. There are over a dozen ingredients including green rooibos, butterfly pea flower (for color), rosehip, blackberry leaves, schizandra berry, lemon balm, hibiscus, etc. It’s as if they tried to cram every herb under the sun into this tisane.

The tea brews up a pale violet with a jammy blueberry flavor that’s up front and center. This is accented nicely with a touch of lavender and a slight tartness from the undercurrent of hibiscus. The instructions call for 1 teabag in 6oz of boiling water for 5-7 minutes but I found that it amped up the woodsiness of the green rooibos. For me, 10oz and 3 minutes produced the most balanced cup.

Love sipping on this in the evening. I find it more relaxing than chamomile and the purple color is a treat for the eyes.

Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Hibiscus, Lavender

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, philosophy, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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