Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for another Let’s Talk Tea post, this time around it features Luisa a delicious tisane from Teas & Trees.Luisa was used in ancient times to ease stress problems, anxiety, insomnia and even nervousness states. It also has been shown to prevent muscle damage and boost the immune system.Drink it 1-2 times per day for two weeks for better results.
Ingredients: 100% Verbena
Herbal – Grassy – Savoury – Citrus (Lemon) – Fresh
These leaves when dry have a strong herbal and grassy aroma, I could pick out a slight citrus note but it wasn’t strong at all and you would really have to be looking for it to be able to pick it out. I tend to be a fan of blends with verbena in them, so I was hopeful that I would enjoy it on its own. It smelt very savoury and that tends to put me off teas and tisanes but you all know I would never feature/review a tea without trying it. Before trying this, I was just holding out hope that the lemon notes would be much stronger in the taste than it was in the aroma. One thing I did know before trying this was that I was going to have to add some sweetener because I’m not a fan of super savoury tisanes and I knew that I wasn’t going to enjoy it without that. Just a little tip for you if you are going to steep this yourself the leaves are very light, so I would suggest using double the amount you would use with a normal tea.
Tea Tasting Notes
Brewing these for 3 minutes with boiling water produces a golden liquor that has a fresh and herbal aroma. Sadly, the citrus note from the aroma was around the same strength in the taste and got even stronger after I added some honey. As nice as this was I think I don’t think I’m a huge fan of pure verbena on its own if this were part of a blend it would round it off so well.
I’m not ready to completely write this off yet though I’m going to cold brew it and try adding it to some different blends and see if I enjoy it a little more. I think it would make a great base for a tisane ice pop or a tisane cocktail/mocktail. Keep an eye on both this review or Instagram because I will be coming back to change my overall rating once I experiment with this.
Overall Teacup Rating: 3 ½ / 5
You can find out more about Teas & Trees and purchase this tisane for yourself here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on twitter (@teaisawishblog) and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all on Monday. Happy Steeping! – Kimberley