Hello, folks! Welcome to part 2 of our lofty blend battle! Today we’ll be talking a closer look at Kev’s blend, Beach Breeze Tea, and wrap up with some final thoughts on Blendbee. Here we go!
The Opposition’s Blend: Beach Breeze Tea
Ingredients: White tea, chamomile, coconut flakes, ashwagandha root, holy basil, coconut flavorMy SO has a vast fondness for coconut, and would probably love to add it to every food we eat in some capacity, so it was only natural he’d want to make a tea featuring it as the primary flavor. Since the blend is meant to emulate lazy beachy days, he thought it would be appropriate to add the chamomile, ashwagandha root, and basil due to their stated relaxing properties. The white tea is meant to be a subtle base flavor, allowing the coconut to truly shine through- and it certainly does! After just opening the bag, the coconut scent really jumps out, it even seems to stick to the back of your throat after you inhale. It’s strong, but not artificial- as you can see from the photo above, there are a lot of real coconut flakes in the blend. Smells like paradise. 🙂 The white tea leaves are also quite noticeable! I was half expecting to see tea dust, given how reasonable Jamah’s prices are, so I was pleasantly surprised when I could easily identify the leaves in the blend.
As with the Cat Nap tea, we steeped Beach Breeze using freshly boiled water and leaving it to steep for about 5 minutes, though for this infusion I just used my normal steel infuser. Muslin bags are great for some teas and are eco friendly, but I just find them to be a bit of a hassle and can be crumby to clean. 😦
As Beach Breeze steeped, I could swear I had a tiny coconut votive candle burning somewhere. It smells that good, and the scent is that full! After what seemed like forever, it was finally time to sample the brew. The dominant flavors were that of chamomile and coconut, and I thought they complimented each other well with their similarly sweet (but not too sweet) tastes. The white tea was a great choice as a base, providing body without adding any hugely noticeable flavors. The basil and root weren’t really present, but this could just be attributed to the strength of the other ingredients.
When he created the blend, my SO had a soft, sweet taste in mind, and I think Beach Breeze ended up being a little more vibrant than he had anticipated- though he still enjoys it very much. Beach Breeze truly puts the punch in Hawaiian Punch! ..Did that joke work? I’ll see myself out now. We’re going to try putting the brew on ice next time we make it, I can see it as a truly badass smoothie or bubble tea base!
Now.. we’ve had a look at both of the blends, so who won? I knew the answer would be difficult to come up with since we first had the idea for the competition. (We probably should’ve invited in a third party to test out the blends and select one, but oh well! This isn’t terribly serious. )While we both went for a “relaxing” theme, we seemed to veer off in far different directions as far as flavor profiles go. However, since Beach Breeze seems like it will excel at being iced, and Cat Nap is delicious hot.. can I just say we both won in different categories? Everybody wins! Peace in our time! YAY! 😛
It’s been an absolute pleasure to try out BlendBee’s services, and we’ll certainly be ordering from them again soon. Jamah was quick to answer my emails and was a huge help in offering advice on how to make our blends the best they could be- going so far as to brew them up herself to make sure they were exactly what we wanted and tweaking them accordingly before sending them to us. Our package arrived quickly and the teas were wrapped beautifully- it is obvious how much Jamah cares about both her products and her customers and her effort really shines. The prices are fantastic, and the fact that a sample bag of tea is only $2.50 is a great excuse to just go crazy and try making a bunch of different blends. There’s a lot of ready-made blends you can order right off the site that look great as well, and even a monthly subscription service. Whatever you want, I can pretty much guarantee you that Jamah’s got it. 🙂
Thanks for reading through both parts of this review! I very much enjoyed writing it, and hope to do more cheesey tea blending competitions in the future! By the way, if you’re interested in trying either of our teas for yourself, enter the same ingredients into BlendBee’s custom tea form, and mention in the comment box that you’d like to try Beach Breeze or Cat Nap specifically. I’d love to hear what you think of them! Don’t forget to use the discount code ‘blackcatbytes’ in checkout to receive 15% off of your offer as well!
Thanks again guys! 🙂