Hey there Teacups! I’m so glad that the weekend is here and now that bonfire night and Halloween have passed we can officially start celebrating Christmas (the festive content will be starting soon). For now though I’m back today with another Lets Talk Tea Post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tea 23’s – Red Berry tisane. So far I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve tried from Tea 23 but I won’t lie even with the good experiences I’ve had with them I was still a little worried going into this tasting session, mostly because berry inspired blends with hibiscus are never usual something I enjoy, though a lot of teas and tisanes have proved me wrong already this year and a lot of my opinions are certain ingredients and flavour profiles have definitely changed.
Here’s what Tea 23 have to say about this blend over on their website: “A sweet, fruity, and tangy infusion”
Ingredients: Apple pieces, Hibiscus, Rosehip, Freeze-dried Raspberry (4%), Freeze-dried Strawberry (4%), Orange Peel, Natural Flavouring
Tisane Tasting Notes
As you all know I’ve been trying to push myself out of my tea and tisane comfort zone so with that in mind rather than just trying this tisane iced like I normally would with a blend with hibiscus in it, I also tried it hot on its own and hot with the addition of honey. When it came to tasting it I definitely assumed I was going to enjoy the iced cup the most but you will all be incredibly surprised to hear that I actually enjoyed this hibiscus filled berry based blend the most HOT WITH HONEY! I bet you never thought you were going to see those words written on this blog. I don’t know what’s changed with my taste buds during 2020 as never before would I have even been able to stomach the way hibiscus tastes hot but this was honestly at its best for me hot with a teaspoon or so of honey.
Iced it was tasty but all I really got from it was raspberry, hibiscus and an ever so slight natural sweetness from the apple (which don’t get me wrong I enjoy that especially in the summer), but the orange, strawberry, apple and rosehip didn’t really have a chance to shine. I could tell there was much more potential to this tea hence why I made the point of trying it hot on it’s own and with the addition of honey just so I knew that I was making sure I was getting absolutely everything out of the tea.
Steeped hot on it’s own there was definitely much more depth to it. The strawberry, orange, rosehip, apple were able to come through much more along side the raspberry and hibicus which gave it a much more well rounded flavour profile, however it was little bit too sharp for me on which was only to be expected hence the decision to add in a teaspoon of honey. The addition of just that little bit of honey took that sharpness away and made this perfect for me, I was able to enjoy everything it had to offer, it’s heart warming and light and a welcome break from the heavier, sometimes drying teas and tisanes I’ve been having during the autumn season so far. I can see this being perfect for the late evening when I’m wanting something relaxing and comforting but want to stay away from caffeine as to not disturb my sleep. I also think this will be the perfect base of a alcohol free lighter mulled wine with the addition of some spices so I’ll be trying some of that during this festive season.
This is not normally a blend I would consider repurchasing as I’ve never enjoyed these kind of blends in the past, but this is different and one I would purchase again especially during this time of the year when I’m not drinking too much iced or cold brewed tea.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about Tea 23 and purchase some of this tisane to try for yourself, you cam 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