Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing LibberTea’s – Cranberry Rose Sencha. Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know that I’ve tried a few LibberTea blends in the past and so far I’ve really enjoyed almost all of them. Due to bad health throughout most of last year this one has been sat in my “to be reviewed box” for a while so I’m really glad that I’ve been able to finally get around to trying it and reviewing it for this series.Here’s what LibberTea have to say about this blend over on their website: ”LibberTEA’s Cranberry Rose Sencha Green Tea creates a unique flavour of fresh cranberries combined with raspberries which blend perfectly with our China Green Sencha. Vibrant cranberry jewels, ruby raspberry pieces and delicate rosebuds beat a soft but enchanting rhythm which will delicately awaken your taste buds.”
Ingredients: China Green Tea, pink rose petals, cranberry pieces, freeze-dried raspberry pieces, freeze-dried cranberry pierces.
Tea Tasting Notes
I’ll be honest cranberry isn’t my jam I have never really enjoyed it very much as it’s far to sharp for me, so as a result of that I hardly ever reach for blends that have cranberry in them so if I were shopping for myself there is no way I would have picked this blend out to try. I was a little bit hesitant when it came to trying this blend but I shouldn’t have been as my sample didn’t really have much cranberry in it so I knew it wasn’t going to be overly sharp. Still though, because I really don’t enjoy hot cranberry and hot fruity notes in general, I did go ahead and have this blend iced because I knew that If I was going to give this a fair chance I had to drink it the way that I normally would outside of doing tasting sessions for this series.
I steeped this for 2 mins and 45 seconds and then I poured it over ice to chill it. I found that when I want a quick iced tea this is what works best. I’m very glad I chose to ice this because it mellowed out the vegetal notes of the Sencha and made the base of this tea quite light and refreshing. The classic vegetal notes were definitely still present but it wasn’t overpowering and in no way shape or form astringent or bitter and actually rather sweet. Which in turn allowed the cranberry and rose come through much stronger than I thought they would see and there wasn’t much of either in my sample.They weren’t very prominent but they were present and that’s what matters. Yes I would have liked them to be a little bit stronger but I’m glad that they were able to come through at all with such a small amount of both in the sample. I was expecting the cranberry to be quite sharp as it normally is, hence the reason I don’t like it in tea but this time around it was actually quite sweet.There was a little tartness but it was a nice tartness that paired quite well with the natural sweetness of the blend. I couldn’t really pick out the raspberries in this blend but that could have been because there might not have been much raspberry in my sample.
The rose was like everything else quite subtle but it added a nice floral note to this blend that wasn’t soapy or overpowering and it tied everything together quite well. I definitely recommend trying this iced because the subtler notes of this blend are truly able to come through and shine in their own right. It’s naturally quite sweet so you definitely don’t need to add any kind of sweetener at all; you would overpower everything with it and it would just be like drinking sweet water. This is definitely a spring/summer blend and it would make for a nice refreshing treat on a hot day.
Overall Tea Rating: 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about LibberTea or purchase some of this blend for yourself, you can do both 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
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*