drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
107 tasting notes

Starting to think that I can’t actually give a fair review to any tea I haven’t made at home. I got curious about the white tea I chuckled at earlier, so I took a bag of this home with me last night and had it with breakfast this morning.

And…it was…pretty good, actually.

I steeped it fairly cautiously the first time, at 75 degrees and only for two minutes, and took it with honey. I wasn’t expecting much, but this one surprised me by being the most enjoyable Tazo I’ve tried so far.

It smells like artificial fruit in the bag, and it’s definitely got a strange, artificial-seeming aftertaste that is quite tart. I guess I’m supposed to assume that’s the “natural cranberry flavouring.” I don’t know. And I’m not very familiar with white teas yet, so I have no mental comparison and cannot comment on the tea, although I suspect it wouldn’t be nearly as nice without flavour.

Still, this one does, indeed, taste a lot like drinking blueberry muffin. I cannot taste cranberry at all, but I certainly don’t want to. Not bad for breakfast! I decided to go for a second infusion and see what I got out of it. So, in a “give no f-cks” manner, I steeped the bag a second time for about 4 minutes, at a hotter temperature (not sure what, maybe 80 degrees) and took it with white sugar (I hate wasting good sugar!). It was a bit weaker, but still not bad! So then I figured at school I will just go back to SBUX after the first cup and ask for a hot water refill and get two cups for the price of one out of them.

Which is what I did at school today…and the tea just wasn’t as good. I cannot figure out why it seems so difficult to get decent tea at school. Even stuff I bring to school just doesn’t taste quite right. I keep thinking it’s the water, but maybe it’s just the drinking it from a cardboard cup that’s ruining things. Gah!

I will, hopefully in the relatively near future, be trying some straight whites, and then I will come back to this and see if it still seems decent enough.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

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I currently work for Teavana. But I just work there, and my opinions about any of their teas are entirely my own and not meant to be reflective of the views of the company.

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