Since the end of the year is here, I thought a bright ‘magic’ changing tisane would be the perfect way to end it!
Description: “Sweet and juicy, with a nostalgic blue raspberry flavour[.] Pop of acidity when you add lemon[.]”
Instructions: 1-2 Perfect Spoonfuls | 16 oz/475 ml | 95℃/200℉
Review: Butterfly pea flowers have been a popular ingredient in teas and tisane blends for the last few years because brewing it creates the bright blue/indigo colour liquor. I have tried the flower a few times in the past and find the changing colour aspect always fun and enjoyable.
The DAVIDsTEA Magic Potion dry blend was full of butterfly pea flowers, and dried berries and fruit with a sweet, fruity, berries, and tart smell. After steeping for 6 minutes, the wet blend had a floral, sweet, berries, and current smell.
The liquor was a pale indigo colour, with little flower partials floating at the top of the liquor and a fruity candy-like smell. The liquor had a sweet floral, candy, and fruity taste with a lingering of stevia.
To change the colour, I added the juice of half a lemon which turned the liquor from an indigo colour to a bright magenta colour. The liquor became rather sour as lemon overpowered the taste.
After trying the tisane a few times, the perfect balance was a few drops of lemon juice, just enough to change the colour slightly pink. The liquor still had some of the original fruity and berry taste and the lemon cuts down the sweetness and pairs well with the berries. Regardless with or without the added lemon, the stevia taste was still very present. Adding the lemon also made the liquor slightly cloudy. Lastly, I did not find the liquor started off as bright blue as the picture shown on the website.
Overall, this would be nice tisane for someone who enjoys a sweeter tea and the colour changing aspect. It may be a bit of trial and error to find a good balance where the lemon doesn’t overpower the other flavours but also changes colours (if that is what someone wants). A fun tisane to end the year off with (3/5 rating).
- Type: Herbal tea
- Origin: Unknown
- Caffeine: Caffeine-free
- Other: Kosher
- Ingredients: Currants, apples, rosehips, butterfly pea flowers, raspberries, natural (kiwi, blackberry, bilberry) flavouring, blackberries, stevia extract
- Company: DAVIDsTEA
The question of the post: Have you ever had butterfly pea flowers before?