Friday, April 6, 2012

Braswell's Select Blueberry Black Tea

Although I did not review any of the others, this is not the first Braswell's tea that I have had. As is likely with most people who pick one of these up, I was originally attracted to Braswell's drink because of the unconventional packaging. Each Braswell's Tea comes packaged in a fancy, reusable glass topped with a jar-style lid, which gives the drink a very "homemade" feel. The lid is designed to be removed and thrown away, so (for those who were wondering) the glass wouldn't really function as the jam jars that it is clearly intended to emulate, but the unconventional lid does allow for a natural threadless glass design. The labels on the front and back are also made to peel straight off and don't leave any annoying adhesive mess behind, making Braswell's container perfect for reuse. 

Braswell's Blueberry Black Tea is...well, it's very fruity. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the blueberry flavor is quite natural and refreshing, but I really couldn't taste very much of the tea in this drink. I was hoping for the flavors to be more balanced, but the taste of the blueberry completely overpowers whatever hint of tea may have once been in the beverage. Although this was a little bit disappointing, I have to say that I really did still enjoy the drink. From what I've experienced, blueberry tends to be a tricky flavor, and I have had a lot of blueberry-themed drinks that were either way too strong and sweet, or too diluted to really taste. But Braswell's has found a very happy medium, as the blueberry is prominent and sweet, but still light enough to be refreshing and very easy to drink. 

Although I did like Braswell's Blueberry Black Tea, I would be likely to recommend some of the other flavors first (I especially like the pomegranate blackberry tea) before I got around to this one. Overall, this is a great drink, but I was somewhat disappointed that the tea was not more noticeable. However, if you like blueberries, this is definitely one to try out.

Verdict: Recommended

Purchased: Whole Foods Market [Greenville, SC]
Size: 11 fl oz [325mL]
Price: Somewhere around $2.99 [I have since lost the receipt]

1 comment:

  1. I haven't tried Braswell's Blueberry Black te yet, but will next time I get to Whole Foods. I always get their Watermelon Raspberry White Tea. It is the most refreshing drink that I've ever had. I have a pantry full of their beautiful reusable glasses and give my new ones to my church mission store. They give them to men who are getting back on their feet. Great idea.