Monday, May 18, 2015

My Cuppa: I've got the blues!

When attending tea functions, conversations naturally turn to all things related to tea. One brand in particular that I noticed was mentioned quite often was for a company called Celestial Seasonings. I've heard of this company, but have never had the chance to try their products.

Whilst out shopping in a health food store recently, I came across their packages lined up on a shelf. There were many different blends of teas and herbal infusions. Wanting something light with the warmer weather approaching, I decided to go for a tisane called True Blueberry. It was something different than what I normally drink. Plus, I love blueberries! 

True blue!

True Blueberry contained other ingredients besides blueberry flavouring. The list included:

  • Hibiscus
  • Rosehips
  • Orange Peel
  • Natural Flavours (Contain Soy Lecithin)
  • Blackberry Leaves
  • Wild Blueberries
  • Blueberry Leaves

The aroma that escaped the box upon opening was so delicious! Fresh, fruity, and floral. The directions on the box indicated to use 1 teabag for every 1 cup of water and steeping for about 4 – 6 minutes. I always like to cool down the water after boiling for about 3 minutes before using it.

As the water began to change colour and appear more like a red wine, I was hit with light scents of blueberries, oranges, and flowers. The taste was tart and tangy. I could detect flavours of blueberries and oranges with each sip. It was quite pleasant actually. The box did indicate that the drink could be sweetened, but I think that would work best drunk cold over ice. I rather liked the tartness. 

Nope...not wine!

True Blueberry is definitely a summertime drink methinks. I can see it being enjoyed in a punch or mixed with an alcohol component to make cocktails. The only thing negative I found was that the products are not offered as loose leaves, but it’s a minor issue.


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