Another new tea – and one I have been very excitedly waiting to talk about!
I’ve thought that a pancake tea would be a very fun idea for DT to do for a long time. The maple flavour that is used in other DT blends, like Maple Syrup Oolong, is so perfect for that concept and there’s just a lot of fun directions you could take the idea while sticking to DT’s “style” of blend. Personally, I thought something like Banana Pancakes was probably the route that would end up being explored – but I am thrilled that we went with Blueberry Pancakes instead!
I joke that there isn’t a blueberry tea from DT that I don’t like and this tea is not about to be the exception. There’s just something about the way DT blueberry teas manage to balance that jammy sweetness with a bright juiciness that speaks to me on a different level than the way a lot of other companies approach blueberry. That fun balance of sweet and syrupy blueberry with juicy bright blueberry is perfection here – and I think it makes a lot of sense for the tea. I remember having blueberry pancakes as a kid, and every now getting the bite with the super plump blueberry that just exploded in your mouth. That’s kind of what’s happening here, but with each sip!
And of course the maple is great! It could have been this flavour that was too heavy handed or too sweet, but I think it’s just balanced enough to not be the main flavour focus (that should be the blueberry!) while also not being lost at all. It’s like pouring the perfect amount of syrup on your pancakes: you don’t want them to be dripping with syrup but you definitely want to taste it in each bite or, in this case, sip.
The only thing I don’t love is that you can’t add milk because of the hibiscus in the blend. It’s a bit of a Catch 22 though, because I know that without the slight addition of hibiscus the flavour of the blueberry wouldn’t be as juicy/pop as much and I don’t think I want to give up that flavour quality either. So kind of sucks – but I do have other DT blueberry blends that I can add milk to (like my beloved Blueberry Jam) so I guess I can live with it.
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