Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Twist Tea’s – Summer Berries tisane which is part of their current cold brew collection. They very kindly gifted me their cold brew collection along with a cold brew bottle and so far I’ve really enjoyed all that I’ve tried from this cold brew collection, they have been perfect for the hotter days we have had in the UK this summer.
The cold brew bottle holds the perfect amount of iced tea to fill my water bottle so it’s been helping me make sure I stay hydrated and helps me to be able to try multiple cold brew Teas and Tisanes throughout the day. So if you’re into cold brewing Teas no matter the weather outside I highly recommend purchasing one.
Here’s what Twist Tea themselves have to say about this tisane over on their website: “Packed with sweet fruit and floral hibiscus, this brew is equally great hot or cold. Looking great and tasting even better, this delicious infusion is an English summer garden in a cup. Without the rain. This infusion contains hibiscus, widely believed to relieve tension. Delicious and soothing, which has to be a good thing, surely?”
Ingredients: Hibiscus, Apple Pieces, Rosehip, Elderberries (6%), Freeze-dried Raspberry (4%), Strawberry Pieces (1%), Orange Peel, Natural Flavouring.
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this tisane two ways: cold brewed (on its own) and then cold brewed with just a little bit of honey added). The reason I didn’t even chance trying this steeped hot is because its made to be cold brewed and I don’t like blends with hibiscus and berry flavours in them hot, my stomach just doesn’t agree with that flavour profile being hot and it makes me feel ill so I didn’t want to waste any of this tisane on a cup that I wasn’t going to enjoy. I never normally sweeten most tisanes I have cold brewed aside from the ones that have hibiscus in them as a prominent ingredient like this one. You all know my journey with hibiscus has been a bit of a bumpy one and the only way I can get myself to enjoy this tisanes with it in is by adding a little honey.
But I did also try it without honey and tried to be brave and push myself out of a comfort zone. Out of the two cups I had I definitely preferred the one I added honey too. On it’s own that hibiscus note was just too sharp and tart for me that the actual berries in this blend were being overshadowed by it. I could pick out the strawberries and the raspberries but I would have loved for both of those notes to be a little bit more prominent considering it is a berry blend. The apple, elderberries, rosehips, orange peel I could not pick out at all and on it’s own it was just another run of the mill berry blend for me. I think people who love or like hibicus heavy blends would love it but for me it was looking for a bit more balance and would have like to have seen that in this blend without having to add in honey.
The cold brewed cup of this that I had with a bit of honey added was much better and this blend became much more balanced and enjoyable for me. The sharp and tart hibicus bite was softened and the strawberry and raspberry were able to shine a little bit brighter and this began to taste a lot like strawberry laces which as a sweet lover I was very happy about. I could taste the orange peels’ ever so slight citrus note in the after taste but still sadly couldn’t pick out the apple, rosehips or elderberries but other than a little bit of natural sweetness that could have been provided by the apple I don’t think that the elements I couldn’t pick out would have made a huge difference taste wise. I’m glad I decided to try this with honey added because I was able to find a way to make it work for me and I’ll enjoy the rest of the sample I have prepared that way throughout the few hot summer days were currently having.
I’m not 100% sure if it is a tisane I would rush to repurchase again as I’m not a huge fan of hibicus so I tend to shy away from purchasing tisanes that are heavy on the hibicus front but I can appreciated it for what it is and I’m thankful that I was able to find a way to make it work for me despite not being a huge of the main ingredient used. If you are a lover of berries and hibiscus though I would suggest giving this a try as it’s one of just a few berry blends like this that I have ever been able to enjoy.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.4/5
If you want to find out more about Twist Tea and purchase some of this tisane to try for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all be sure to leave them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as possible.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tisane 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.*