Review: Tiesta Tea Blueberry Wild Child

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Thumbs up!"Perky, playful and tart, I would save this one for the afternoon rather than the evening, as it's got a rather invigorating character. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.1/10
Other Teaviews: Erika gave it 7/10, Vanessa gave it 6/10, JennH gave it 8.5/10
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As I've previously mentioned, I'm not too fond of Tiesta Tea's categories. Having to wonder whether what you're looking for is a slenderizer, a relaxer, an energizer, an immunity booster or simply “forever young” is not all that easy. This particular herbal blend can be found under the “forever young” label. The ingredients are listed as follows: “apple pieces, hibiscus, elderberries, apple bits, pomegranate arils, blueberries”. I'm not sure what is the difference between apple pieces and apple bits. Perhaps the good folks at Tiesta could enlighten us? There is also some inconsistency between the list of ingredients and the contents of my sample, as it clearly has blue petals in it. The writeup mentions cornflower and mallow blossoms but it would be nice if they were included in the official list, so everyone can be sure of what they are ingesting.

The blend is very colourful to behold: large pieces of dried fruit are sprinkled with blue, red and purple flower petals. To the nose, the intense aroma is all at once fruity and flowery. I can pick out the blueberries but there are lots of other competing scents as well. This is not a tisane for the meek and mild, hence the name I guess!

I steeped a heaping teaspoon of tisane in 8 ounces of boiling water for 5 minutes. The cup is slow to colour. It eventually turns a pretty shade of ruby red. It's aroma is tart and fruity, with a vague medicinal edge to it. The hibiscus leads the way with it's characteristic tartness. It quickly gives centre stage to the apple, pomegranate and blueberry pieces however. The blueberry flavour is present, especially in the finish, but not quite as much as I would expect it to be. The pomegranate dominates the blend with a ferocious intensity: this tea is so sweet, it feels like I'm drinking warm juice. Since the flavours are so concentrated, I suspect that this would make a great iced tea.

I tried infusing the blend a second time for 7 minutes. The cup was a bit more smooth and subdued but still very, very sweet and fruity. The pomegranate is again the main player here. This is one of those rare fruity tisanes where a second steep is worthwhile.

I'm not sure if anyone will longer for consuming it, but this blend does make for a tasty cup. Perky, playful and tart, I would save this one for the afternoon rather than the evening, as it's got a rather invigorating character. I would recommend it to those looking for an intensely fruity herbal tea, particularly for serving iced. Children would probably also love this blend because of it's juicy, sweet taste.

— To purchase Tiesta Tea Blueberry Wild Child, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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