Blueberry White - T7 Tea
Tea : Blueberry White Iced Tea
Producer: T7 Tea
Website: Blueberry White
Website description: White Blueberry tea blended with white tea from Fujian Province, China, blueberries, and natural blueberry flavor. It has just the right amount of blueberry flavor and sweetness. The best thing about this tea is that there is no bitterness even if you steep it a little longer. It’s a great both hot and Iced tea. Blueberry white tea pair great with white pear.
- Water: 32 oz
- Temperature: 80 F outside in direct sunlight (Sun Tea technique)
- Steep Time: 4 hours for 3 gm
My Review System: https://artofthepair.com/tea-overview/
Iced Tea Technique
- All iced teas are brewed using direct sunlight for a minimum of 4 hours.
- Only 3 gm of tea is used per 32 oz / 1 Quart of water .
- Once tea is brewed, it’s strained and placed into refrigerator to cool to under 40F (typically overnight).
- Samples are evaluated without ice, fruit additions (such as lemon) or additional sweetener.
- Iced tea is consumed within 24 hours of brewing.
My Overall Impression (Score of 85.0%)
I can not stress this enough…. I love this tea. When I discovered it last year, I had to make sure that I kept a stash on hand for sun brewing. It’s exceptionally smooth but has a robust structure that’s hidden as it does have tannin and body to it. However, it’s hidden in the flavors and easy drinking nature.
The price as of 6/7/23 is $17 for 3 oz (w) or 85 grams.
- 85 gm / 3 gm for steeping = 28 brews
- 28 brews from package = app 61 cents per brew (4 – 8 oz servings)
While this initially may seem high, let’s look at the brew servings. After dividing out for 4 servings at 8 oz, the cost per cup is 15 cents per 8 oz serving. Definitely affordable and amazing value.
Side note: You can get 8 oz of tea for $26. This is an even better value based on the calculations below.
- 8 oz of product = 226 gm
- 226 / 3 per brew = 75 brews
- At 4 cups per brew, the cost per brew is 34 cents or 5 cents per cup.
- Opening the package, you are immediately hit with intense blueberry and raspberry with notes of candied lemon rind. The aromas are strong (but a hint artificial).
- There are some underlying notes of malt, dried grass, and floral notes.
- In the cup, it feels muted as compared to the bag’s intensity. However, it still shows great notes of fresh picked blueberries in the field (if you have gone blueberry picking, you understand this aroma) with a few notes of floral, dried grass and an herbal note( hard to distinguish).
- From the first taste, this tea is exceptionally refreshing with lots of structure.
- Great notes of blueberry, black raspberry along with black currants. You can find hints of herbal along with a touch of dried toasted malt.
- The finish has a hint of white pepper and breaks away clean leaving you wanting more.
- It’s off dry with moderate tannins (that hold firm but are hidden) and good acidity.
- Aromas (4.3/5)
- Flavors (8.4/10)
- Overall impression (4.3/5)
- Total score = 85.0 percent (17.0/20)
Foods to Pair and Why
- Grilled chicken salad pairs with the flavors, smokiness with the toast, aromas, and sweetness.
- Fresh blueberries since this will pair with the aromas, flavors, acidity, and sweetness.
- Grilled strip steaks with sauce will pair with the aromas, flavors, and acidity.
- Blueberry, corn, and feta salad pairs with the acid, flavors, aromas, and mouthfeel.