Review: Talbott Teas Blissful Blueberry

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Its OK"The blueberry flavour is gently fruity and not overly tart, the hibiscus in this blend playing thankfully subdued part."
Sophie’s Teaview: 6.8/10
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This tisane boasts all natural, organic ingredients. Blueberries, apple pieces, rose hips, hibiscus, cornflower petals, black current leaves, and natural blueberry and strawberry flavours are listed as the ingredients. The silky pyramid sachet is half-filled with the pretty, colourful ingredients, leaving plenty of room for them to swell. The blueberry scent is mild enough to seem natural but strong enough to be distinct.

I followed the recommended instructions on the sachet's wrapper, steeping the teabag for 6 minutes in boiling water. The cup displays an attractive reddish-purple colour. The blueberry aroma is again subtle but distinct. Taking a sip, the flavour is gently fruity and not overly tart, the hibiscus in this blend playing thankfully subdued part. As a whole, the other ingredients play a good supporting role to the blueberry flavour. However, this is a blend that just begs to be sweetened. Without any sweetener to give it some relief, the blueberry flavour seems a bit tame. Like most fruity tisanes, it doesn't deal well with being re-steeped. I don't recommend trying to brew this again, unless you're looking for lavender-coloured hot water.

While turning over my compost recently I found out the hard way that the silky sachets such as used here are not bio-degradable. While they do leave more room for the ingredients to infuse and look fancier than traditional paper teabags, the latter are more eco-friendly. It seems odd to me that a company that would pride itself on having all organic ingredients, would sell its teas in individually wrapped, non-recyclable packaging. I appreciated the gentle, well-blended blueberry flavour of this tisane but this offering isn't so spectacular that I would seek it out again, especially with all the disadvantages it's packaging presents.

— To purchase Talbott Teas Blissful Blueberry, 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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