I’ve taken some day trips to some more northern parts of Maine and seen a lot of huge blueberry fields owned by Wyman’s. They are quite pretty and have a red hue. Every now and then, they have massive fires to burn all the old bushes. They call it “Thermal Pruning”. Although I’ve never seen this before, it sounds pretty neat. Maine is the largest producer of wild blueberries in the US.
I came up with an idea for a placemat sorta thing for my tea, and my lovely partner made it for me. I think it came out great. (Also, yes I know it’s not fall yet but I love fall so shhh)
Ingredients: black tea, wild Maine blueberries, blackberry leaves, cornflower petals, natural flavors
Steep 1 1/2 tsp per 8 oz nearly boiling water 3-5 min.
It smells fantastic. Very forward blueberry scent with a mild black tea coming in after. It almost smells sweetened.
Contrary to the aroma, the blueberry flavor takes a huge back seat. Admittedly, I was a bit taken aback by this since I figured that blueberry would be the strongest flavor. This isn’t a bad thing, it just took longer to grow on me. It has a very smooth black tea favor, with some light blueberry notes. I always felt like cornflowers never add much flavor but they contribute creaminess and smoothness to the tea.
I really enjoyed this tea. I used to go to Dunkin’ Donuts and get blueberry ice coffee from them all the time and it was great. This sorta reminds me of that but it’s a lot better. Overall I’d call it a good afternoon tea.
Tea can be found here.