Discovering a new tea is always exciting and from the first sip of Yunnan Sourcing Wild Tree Purple “Sweet Ya Bao” White Tea I instantly knew it belonged in my blueberry iced tea recipe. My original recipe was just sencha and blueberries. Our local farmers market has blueberries on sale a few times of the year and I always grab as much as my freezer can handle for the summer. Normally I brew them up with just Sencha, but this Ya Bao really takes the recipe to a whole new level.
I’ve got a review planned for next month on this Ya Bao so all I’m going to say is that its unlike anything I’ve had before. I’ve also heard it called “birds beak” or “sparrows tongue” which some of you may be more familiar with. The flavor profile is distinctly evergreen with notes of pine and juniper, making my Bluebird Bliss Iced Tea something really special.
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly and healthy drink this is it. Packed with antioxidants and fruity punch flavor a serious winner.
Bluebird Bliss Iced Tea Recipe
7 grams of Sencha (Upton Tea Importer)
1.5 grams Ya Bao (Yunnan Sourcing)
1.5 cups frozen blueberries
7 cups of water
Pinch Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 Cup Sugar (or to taste)
Bring blueberries, 3 cups water, and a pinch of kosher salt to a rapid boil then turn to low and mash with a potato masher until all berries are broken up. Cover and simmer for ten minutes.
After 10 minutes add both teas, stir and cover for another 10 minutes off heat.
Once the remaining time is up, strain the tea into a pitcher and add sugar, stirring to combine. Next, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice the remaining water and stir again before refrigerating until cold. Serve over ice, frozen blueberries or both.
This is an iced tea that kids and adults alike with love!