Berry Blast

Tea type
Fruit Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Berries, Blackberry, Blueberry, Fruity, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Medicinal, Menthol, Raspberry, Tart, Berry, Floral, Rosehips, Fruit Punch, Sweet, Tangy, Artificial, Grapes, Black Currant, Cranberry
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Bulk, Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 27 g 181 oz / 5347 ml

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  • “The second fruit mix of my herbal sampler. Interesting. The Fruit Medley has one more type of berry in it than the Berry Blast, otherwise they have the same berries. But the first ingredient in...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’m trying this iced today as it seems we are finally getting a little Spring here in Upstate, NY! About time too…anyway I’m really get a tart flavor to this when iced and I love it. I can really...” Read full tasting note
    96
  • “It always starts out well for me with these teas, and by “these” I mean adagio’s fruit tisanes, because I unfailingly adore the scent of the dry mix. This one is no exception. It smells strongly of...” Read full tasting note
    65
  • “Berry Blast. I cannot tell you how little the name of this tea won my favor. Anything called Berry Blast is not going to be a loud favorite of mine. The best it can hope for is guilty pleasure. ...” Read full tasting note
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From Adagio Teas

Berry Blast is a delicious blend of natural fruits and spices that brews up a mouthwatering cup of herbal tea. Entirely caffeine-free, this blend holds a special appeal for kids and sweet-toothed adults. The flavor is all-natural, emanating from black currants, cranberries, raspberries, elderberries, bilberries, hibiscus flowers, and rosehip peels. The cup has a bold and slightly tart flavor, with a juicy clean finish.

Ingredients: Hibiscus, Rose Hips, Cranberries, Natural Forest Berries Flavor & Blueberries

About Adagio Teas View company

Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at www.adagio.com and in many gourmet and health food stores.

25 Tasting Notes

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2036 tasting notes

The second fruit mix of my herbal sampler.

Interesting. The Fruit Medley has one more type of berry in it than the Berry Blast, otherwise they have the same berries. But the first ingredient in the Berry Blast is black currants. Are those considered berries? In the sample tin I smell hibiscus, and something winey, which is likely the currants. The mixture is similar in consistency to the Fruit Medley but more monochromatic. It’s all variations on a theme of dark red/purple.

This one does give me the dark magenta liquor of hibiscus mixtures, and a very hibiscusy aroma along with the wine I got from the dry mix and a sweet berry note.

The flavor is a little disappointing compared to the aroma. (I must confess, though, to having had to drop a couple of Ricolas to ward off a coughing frenzy, and I am still getting a residual Ricola head-butt in the back of my mouth. No worries, though. I have enough for at least one more sampling and can revise if necessary after tasting with a purer palate.) Mostly, there just doesn’t seem to be enough of it. I used about twice as much of the mix as I would tea per cup, and it still isn’t delivering a deep flavor.

It’s not overly tart despite the presence of hibiscus (after two samples I’m coming to think that Adagio, at least, has got the proportionality of hibiscus to other flavors right in fruit tisanes), but it’s not quite as sweet as the Fruit Medley. I’m guessing because Berry Blast, mysteriously, has no strawberry where the Fruit Medley does. Dried strawberries should be granulated and sold as sweeteners. Really.

I was hoping for a pronounced wine-like flavor from the currant. I remember really liking the Teas Etc. currant black tea because of it’s red wine without the alcohol flavor. But though I get a wine fragrance here, I’m getting only a slight bit of wine taste, mostly right at the beginning of the sip.

Will have to taste minus the Ricola and see how that changes my current impression, which is that this is good but given that I seem to be off fruit tisanes, not destined for an order any time soon. I’d put the Fruit Medley ahead of this, most likely, and I’m not rushing out to get that one either.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Yep it’s a species of Ribes berry native to central and northern Europe and northern Asia and is a perennial. That’s one of the things I don’t like about Adagio- too many duplicates/near duplicates- this and fruit medley, green chai and spiced green, and masala chai and oriental spice.

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421 tasting notes

I’m trying this iced today as it seems we are finally getting a little Spring here in Upstate, NY! About time too…anyway I’m really get a tart flavor to this when iced and I love it. I can really taste the current and other berries in my cup. I did add a little sweetener to this as it is a force of habit with anything iced. But this is very yum and I really need to get more of this asap. I only have enough left for one more cup and I am pretty sure I forgot to order some in my last Adagio order…

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2238 tasting notes

It always starts out well for me with these teas, and by “these” I mean adagio’s fruit tisanes, because I unfailingly adore the scent of the dry mix. This one is no exception. It smells strongly of blueberries, to the extent that I had to double check I’d picked this sachet up and not Berry Blues. I can pick out the cranberries, also, as a kind of red-fruit tinged with sourness. I’m not sure what “natural forest berries flavour” might constitute, but, looking at the dry mix, I’m sure there are at least a couple of things in there that haven’t been explicitly identified. Blackcurrants, for one, I think. In any case, the pieces are relatively large and generous, and the mouthwateringly strong scent is making me really look forward to this. On to the tasting…

While brewing, the scent develops to quite an incredible strength, I can see why it’s called Berry Blast! It’s a lovely, deep, dark, bittersweet forest berry scent. The taste is similar. I can definetly detect the hibiscus, which is what usually ends up ruining fruit tea for me, but it’s not overpoweringly strong. The blueberries don’t really come out in the flavour, but it has a definite blackcurrant-y, wine-like flavour, with the sour tang of cranberry to finish. It’s bittersweet, for sure. The initial sip has quite a lot of natural fruity sweetness to it, but the aftertaste is slightly drying and quite sour. It’s not a bad thing, though, and I’m actually quite enjoying the contrast.

This is another tea I’d like to try iced in the summer. It definetly has the strength to stand up to being watered down a little. I should probably start making a list, because I’ll undoubtedly forget otherwise. Anyway, this is one of the more pleasing fruit tisanes I’ve tried recently. I’m a fan of deep, dark forest berry-like flavours, although the hibiscus does spoil the overall effect. If it wasn’t for that, this tea would be right up my street. As it stands, I’m still on the lookout for a hibi-less tisane. Not bad by any means, though.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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22 tasting notes

Berry Blast. I cannot tell you how little the name of this tea won my favor. Anything called Berry Blast is not going to be a loud favorite of mine. The best it can hope for is guilty pleasure. That said, I have already another hibiscus tea on here and it was rated highly.

The liquor is…well, I mean, come on, it’s a hibiscus tea. It’s deep red/purple, which is unsurprising when you take into account that it has hibiscus and blueberry in it.

The smell is just awful. It is a terrible sort of fruit roll-up dark blue-raspberry nightmare. The brewed tea is more subdued and bearable.
And the first sip…..

…Is pretty damn good. It’s got a dry sour-pucker that lends itself to a certain sort of mood. It reminds me of a less passionfruity version of Tazo’s Passion.

It’s really quite impressive. I still refuse to openly admit I drink something called Berry Blast, so I’m renaming it. Standby for its new name…
Gummiberry Juice. See? Far more dignified and pop-culture-referency!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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7 tasting notes

On this hot summer, nothing like a refreshing berry blast. cold with ice is a very good option. A soft sweet taste.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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19 tasting notes

For about the last year and until I joined Steepster a couple weeks ago, I’ve been on a tea hiatus. I took my tea supply down to almost nothing — by which I mean, I had one black tea, one oolong, and a couple of herbals in my cupboard … and that’s all. My goal was always to come back to tea-drinking but to be more intentional about it and enjoy it more by starting with a clean slate.

Well, the slate is clean! Now comes the fun part! I call it “Operation Build My Cupboard”: order a couple samplers from a given supplier, sip my way through them, and pick the best few to reorder. The goal is to create a collection of teas that’s limited to the ones that I most enjoy. I’ve started with Adagio because their samplers are single-serving and affordable. Forty-three samples came in the mail today. I’ll let myself reorder a maximum of five, the best of the bunch. Wish me luck!

Okay, so here’s the first note: Berry Blast. (Terrible name! It sounds like a sports drink.) This tea smells impressive while steeping. It’s jammy and sweet, but with a slight tang in the background: it smells like when you’re making a blueberry pie and you’re cooking down the filling and you’ve just added the lemon juice. Mouth-watering!

The flavor is a little different and, unfortunately, not quite as satisfying. The tartness overpowers the berry flavors, which are more on the order of a diluted juice than a thick jam. Of the berry flavor that does come through, I taste more blackberry than blueberry, which surprises me given that there were so many blueberries in my one-teaspoon sample! I was hoping the flavors might balance out as the cup cooled, but they didn’t. The hibiscus just became more pronounced.

I enjoyed this cup, but I wasn’t in love with it. Probably not a contender for re-ordering. On to the next cup!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

Verdant Tea has a nice sampler for the cost of shipping I believe, and I think you pay only $5 and get five teas. Teavivre used to have a similar deal and they asked you to put it your blog info to get five teas for a low shipping cost. Most people just put in steepster and they username here. I am sure there are more and lots of people to help as enablers.

Also, Harney and Sons offers some of their teas in sample sizes and they are usually $4 a pouch. Shipping is always free with Harney, no matter the order size.

StrangeButTrue

Thanks for the suggestions! I was aware of the Harney & Sons samples, although their selection of sample sizes seems very limited right now. But I’ll check out Verdant Tea and Teavivre!

Martin Bednář

What-cha for quality and affordable tea samples! Well, that is good for “orthodox” teas :)

Cameron B.

Simpson & Vail also has some nice sampler boxes, and very reasonably priced teas in general.

StrangeButTrue

Thanks for all of these suggestions, y’all!

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4032 tasting notes

Another cold brew.

If I’m honest, I expected to like this one more. The beginning of the sip is fine, all mixed fresh berries and hibiscus. But something a bit herbaceous comes out midway through and it’s throwing me for a loop. I was guessing maybe raspberry or blackberry leaf, but there isn’t any in the ingredients list. Maybe it’s from the “forest berries flavor”…?

Either way, it makes it taste a bit medicinal to me, and I’m not a fan. :(

Flavors: Berries, Blackberry, Blueberry, Fruity, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Medicinal, Menthol, Raspberry, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 23 g 1000 OZ / 29573 ML

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143 tasting notes

Got this as part of my herbal sampler pack. Very hibiscus floral, but with a sweet slightly tart flavor that doesn’t get too tart. Little bit of a medicinal cherry flavor, but not too bad; maybe from the forest berries flavoring? What’s nice is it tasted nice hot or cold and with no sugar. Good if you want to add a tarter berry flavor to blends.

Flavors: Berry, Floral, Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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4191 tasting notes

This is thanks to SkySamurai! A bunch of single Adagio samples were thrown in the advent package as extra padding. Hey, I’m all for tea being used as bubble wrap. haha. I wasn’t expecting much from this. It looked like mostly hibiscus/rosehips and tasted like mostly hibiscus/rosehips. Where are the BERRIES???
Steep #1 // 9 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
2021 Sipdowns: 5

Flavors: Hibiscus, Rosehips

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59 tasting notes

Very good iced after a tough workout, and with generous honey. Would buy again in 3oz.

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