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A nice, very mild green tea, with a primarily blackberry taste and smell.
I really like green tea. It was by far the thing I drank the most prior to expanding my horizons. I’d order Tazo China Green Tips literally by the case every couple months. It’s nothing special, just a nice, mild, easy to drink green tea, usually with a very good price, on the order of $0.15/bag, though as of this writing it currently seems to be closer to $1/bag on Amazon! I would NOT suggest trying it at that price – you will be very disappointed.
So anyway – when I visit davidstea.com, the green section is and has always been one of my first stops, and that is likely where I found this gem.
The tea itself smells mostly like blackberry to me, which is an absolutely wonderful smell. It almost smells like it should be a little sweet, but I didn’t find it so at all.
Being a green tea, the steeping instructions call for 1-2 Perfect Spoons at 85 degrees for 3-4 minutes. As with everything, I use two spoons, and do my first steep for just three minutes to provide for a slightly more potent second steep at 4 minutes. You can get two good steeps out of this easily doing exactly that. I believe I have tried for a 3rd before and it came out a little too weak to be worth it to me.
The tea itself once steeped still smells a lot like it does dry – blackberry is the dominant scent for sure, with a faint hint of jasmine. The flavour is very much the same – very, very mild, not a trace of green tea flavour that I can detect, mostly just a nice, mild blackberry.
Being so mild, this mixes well with practically anything. I’ve mixed it with flavoured white teas, flavoured green teas, and even that very plain Tazo green tea I mentioned to give it a bit more of a green tea flavour. You almost can’t go wrong mixing this with anything you can think of. Two of my favourites have been Pomegrateful and Sicilian Lemon. I believe I once did a 32 oz steep of this with 2 Perfect Spoons of Blackberry Jasmine, 1 bag of Tazo China Green Tips, and 1 Perfect Spoon of, I think it was Pomegrateful, and it was absolutely incredible.
They seem to sell this as more of a summer, iced beverage – but I’ve only ever had it hot, and I absolutely love it that way. Being considered a “summer beverage”, they seem to be trying to clear it out now for fall, so I’m trying to stock up. Hopefully if they are clearing it, it returns next summer!
I will continue drinking, and mixing this through the fall, and for as long as I have some or can keep getting more – so look out for some more detailed posts about some of the wonderful mixing combinations I try.
This is absolutely a staple in my collection at present, and makes an incredible base for any kind of fruity mix. I would absolutely recommend trying this to anyone who likes lightly fruity or berry tea.
Until next time, happy steeping!