|"Poured over ice, with or without sweetener, this is one refreshing berry beverage."|
As you may have guessed, this is a white tea with a plentitude of berry ingredients. More specifically: blueberries, raspberries, schizandra berries and strawberries. It also contains green tea, rosehips, hibiscus & jasmine flowers, natural lychee and plum flavoring. Yes, that’s a veritable cornucopia of ingredients vying for your attention. But they all complement each other perfectly, believe it or not.
As a hot tea, this leaves a bit to be desired. As the cup cools, the flavors become more pronounced and enjoyable, but on the upper end of the temprature scale it's a bit much. A slight astringency and citric bite become more and more apparent as the temperature drops. The berries’ natural sweetness comes through, as do the slightly sour notes. By the last sip, it became painfully obvious that this is screaming to be brewed into a pitcher of cool, refreshing, summertime iced tea. So I wasted no time getting down to that business.
As a tall, cool beverage, the flavors of this tea really come together as a cohesive whole. That said, there is also less impact from the flavor. Not that it weakens, necessarily, but rather the astringency, the sour, the sweet – all of those elements dissipate (perhaps as a result of sitting in the pitcher longer than it does in the teacup as a hot beverage?). But poured over ice, with or without sweetener, this is one refreshing berry beverage. Sadly though, it does not evoke the 70s soul legend one iota. Oh well.
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