Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea Post and this time around i’m going to be reviewing Birchley’s Sour Berries blend. Not to long ago now Birchley’s very kindly sent me a box jam packed with some of their best teas and tisane to try and having only tried a tea blend from them before this time around I wanted to try one of the tisanes they sent. I won’t lie from the name alone I was a little bit nervous to try this blend, I’m never normally a fan of Sour things (and sometimes they can set my migraines off) so by picking this blend I was really pushing myself out of my comfort zone.Here’s what Birchley’s have to say about this blend on their Facebook page : ‘’The sour berries is a blend unique to us, we were experimenting with making our own fruit tea blends without using flavourings.We used freeze dried Cranberries and Raspberries, mixed with Hibiscus and raspberry leaf for a natural fruit blend. We decided to name it sour berries simply because of the sour flavour.”
Ingredients: Freeze Dried Cranberries, Freeze Dried Raspberries, Hibiscus Leaves & Raspberry Leaves.This blend has a very very light aroma and all I really got from it was a ever so slight cranberry note and a somewhat sweet underpinning. I honestly couldn’t pick out anything else at all but berry based tisanes are often like that as berries deliver on taste rather than aroma. Once i left it to acclimatise the aroma did get a little stronger but not much so rather than waiting around for it I just jumped straight into trying it, to see if it would deliver more in taste that it did in aroma.
Tea Tasting Notes
As I said previously when it came to try this blend I was really nervous because I’m never really good with sour foods/drinks and I was worried that this was going to be far too sour for me and end up setting off a migraine like sour stuff normally does, But it was actually really rather mellow, light and soft and It wasn’t really sour at all to be honest (thank god). The berries were definitely the shining star of this blend and really came to life the moment I started steeping Filling the room with a delicious berry crumble like aroma something I didn’t expect from this blend at all. When I took my first sip I’ll be honest I was expecting stronger berry flavours from it but I honestly really enjoyed the fact that it was so light, mellow and sweet. It’s definitely a naturally sweet blend and doesn’t need any added sweetener at all.For this tasting session I steeped this tisane hot and as nice at it was something just tells me that it would have been much nicer cold brewed. But that’s completely down to personal taste I’ve always preferred fruity blends like this cold brewed they just seem to shine a lot brighter and have a much fuller flavour. All in all this is a really tasty blend and I enjoyed it a lot more than I ever thought I would, I just would have liked it to be a little stronger when steeped hot. I have a feeling this is going to be absolutely incredible cold brewed and will probably make a great base for a mocktail I’ll definitely be experimenting with this tisane over the next few months to see what I can do with it.
Overall Teacups Rating: 4.9/5
If you want to find out more about Birchley’s you can do that here. As always if you have any questions either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley