Hey there Teacups! I hope you’re all doing well I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Very Craftea’s Blue Apple & Lime Tisane. I was very kindly sent this tisanes along with a selection of others to review and I’ve been so excited to this this one because it’s a tisane that included Butterfly pea flower and while I’ve seen a lot of other blends with it in I’ve never tired one. I know that i probably wouldn’t have chose to by this tisane while looking on the website as it’s a little bit out of my comfort zone so I’m very glad that Very Craftea chose to send this to me in the package they sent.
Here’s what Very Craftea have to say about this tisane on their website: ‘’This caffeine free tea is a magical blend that borrows from tastes of Thailand. The kaffir lime leaves and apple pieces provide an uplifting sweetish flavour to the gorgeous blue liquor provided by the Butterfly Blue pea flowers. This tea is natural, mild and full of antioxidants (anthocyanin). Tip: Adding a few drops of lime juice to the tisane will turn the blue into a beautiful purple!’’
Ingredients: Dried apple pieces (28.5%), Cinnamon, Kaffir lime leaves (15%), Blue Butterfly pea flowers (15%), Spearmint, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Flavouring & Citric Acid (acidifier) (V)Aroma wise this blend doesn’t give away much! It’s ever so slightly fruity because of the apple and the lemongrass and lemon verbena give off strong citrus note but other than those notes I couldn’t pick out anything else. I was expecting the spearmint and the cinnamon to be quite strong but they didn’t come forward at all. My first impression of this blend was still a good one though and the muted aroma of the blend despite it’s usually strong ingredients really intrigued me and got me thinking about what this blend was going to taste like once it had been steeped.
Brewing Instructions: Steep 2 tsp per cup for 4-6 mins in 95-100°C water. Do not add milk.
Tisane Tasting Notes
Despite how popular they seem to be right now I’ve not yet had the chance to try a blend with butterfly pea flower in it before so I was really excited to see that it was one of the ingredients in this tisane and I couldn’t wait to see 1) what it added to the taste of the tisane and 2) the colour it was going to turn the liquor of the tisane. As soon as I poured the water over the dry tisane the vivid blue instantly appeared and I was honestly quite surprised by how bright it was I wasn’t expecting that at all. For this tasting session I wanted to try it both with the added lemon (or lime) juice to change the colour and see how much it effected the blend taste wise. Without the lemon juice this blend is herbal, fruity, has a strong citrus kick and a natural sweetness which I assume is because of the apple pieces. I could have continued to drink it without the addition of lemon (or lime) juice as it was delicious without but I really wanted to see how much it would affect the colour and the flavour.
I’ll be honest I wasn’t expecting the lemon to have much of an affect on the overall look of the blend as I only added small amount due to not wanting to throw the whole blend off balance but even with the small amount I added the change was instant. Just like the blue of the blend the purple was just as vivid and of an absolutely beautiful shade this is hands down one of the most aesthetically pleasing tisanes I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. The addition of the lemon juice rounded this blend off perfectly it amplified the natural citrus notes and seemed to make it taste a little sweeter to I was expecting it to be far to tart for me but it was far from that. What I love about this blend is that unlike a lot of blends out there that have had butterfly pea flower added to them for a gimmick this tisane really benefits from it and you can tell that a lot of hard work has been put into creating it. I’ll deffinelty be experimenting with what I have let of the sample I was sent and trying this iced because I can imagine it would be even better when prepared that way.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Very Craftea and Purchase this magical tisane for yourself, you can do both of those here. As always if you have any questions at all 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