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 – Old Love (Fruit Tisane). As you all know I’ve tried a few blends from LibberTea so far and I’m now getting to the end of the samples they sent me during 2019. I had hoped to have finished reviewing these a long time ago but my health had other ideas and as you know I had to push a lot aside during 2019 to focus on my health and there were a lot of days when I couldn’t lift my heed let alone get my laptop out and write posts. But I’m not getting through the backstop of teas/tisanes I needed to review and I’m so thankful to the companies who did send me things in 2019 for being so understanding when It came to me doing their reviews.
This blend has been in my review box for a while and I’ve been so excited to try it because I knew that it had strawberries, raspberries and apple in it. which are three of my favourite fruits especially when it comes to fruity tisanes. So I was really excited to see what this tisane had to offer.
Here’s what LibberTea themselves have to say about this tisane over on their website: ” This luscious blend of fruits and berries reminds us of Granma’s garden. We have ennobled the sweet and juicy strawberry and raspberry flavours with a nuance of mild, tangy rhubarb flavour. This unforgotten old love provides us with a memorable and nostalgic experience each time.”
Ingredients: Hibiscus blossoms, rose hip peel, apple pieces, elderberries, blackberries, flavouring, freeze dried whole blackberries, freeze-dried strawberry and Raspberry pieces.
Tisane Tasting Notes
Although this tea is packed with fruit the strawberry really shines through Which I was expecting to be honest with the main ingredients being Hibiscus, because that normally overpowers a lot of things even when iced. The main flavours I get from drinking this tisane iced are Strawberry, Apple, Raspberry, and blackberry. Of course the hibiscus base comes through but because I iced this tisane and I didn’t leave it to steep too long its just a nice slightly tart base and doesn’t have that overly harsh bite to it like it has done before.
Sadly I couldn’t really pick out the rose hip or the elderberries which did disappoint me because I think the elderberry note would have been a great addition to this tisane. I cold brewed this for a few hours and honestly that was more than enough any longer than that and the hibiscus would have gotten too sharp for me. But you could also steep this hot, add a little honey and then pour it over ice adding in a little honey balances it out a little more but you have to make sure you have enough ice in your cup because this doesn’t work hot or warm.
I deffinelty think that this would be a great blend to experiment with during the summer because something tells me it would be really nice either steeped in sparkling water or topped up with berry flavoured sparkling water after being iced or cold brewed. With the strawberry being one of the stand outs for me I deffinelty wish this didn’t have so many acidic notes in it so I could have made a iced strawberries and cream latte with it but If I had does that it would have just resulted in the milk curdling. I can’t speak about weather or not this blend is nice hot but It was delicious iced so I can imagine if you do like hot fruity notes it would be your cup of tea. I just can’t stomach hot hibiscus or fruity notes so preparing the sample I had hot would have just been a bit of waste.
You guys all know what I’m like when it comes to Hibiscus based tisane, there’s hardly ever a time when I enjoy them let alone want to repurchase them afterwards so this was a ground breaker for me. Unlike other fruity bends with a hibiscus base this one is so well balanced with the other ingredients and doesn’t over power any of the other ingredients. To me this is the perfect tisane for spring because the refreshing fresh berry taste it has to that reminds me of fresh fruit desserts and picnic drinks. Once my tea buying ban is over I’ll deffinelty be repurchasing some of this as I think it will be a great tisane to have in my collection for when I want a refreshing fruity treat.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Libbertea and purchase some of this tisane 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