Hey there Teacups! I can’t quite believe we are over half way through The Twelve Days of Teamas 2020 already! I feel like the last week has flown by so fast but I have really enjoyed putting all of the posts together and I’m excited to share the rest of them with you all as well. Today’s featured blend from Chariteas is their Berry Fields Forever tisane. This time last year a blend like this would have been completely out of my comfort zone but I’ve had a good few fantastic experiences this year that revolved around blends with hibiscus in them, so mostly I was just really excited to get into this tasting session and see if I could finish off this year with year another amazing experience centred around a berry / hibiscus blend.
Here’s what Chariteas themselves have to say about this blend over on their website “Berry Fields Forever (formerly known as The Shining) is a blend of berries and hibiscus and is tart, fruity, and uplifting; perfect for a tall glass of iced tea”.
Ingredients: hibiscus*, rosehips*, elderberries, raisins, flavoring, blackberries, raspberries, sour cherry, black currants, blueberries, grapes. *Organically Produced
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session as always I used filtered water and I steeped this at 100°C, which I always do with my tisanes if I’m having them hot unless directed otherwise. I used the whole sample sachet and I steeped it all for around 5 minutes. I was going to try and be adventurous and only try this hot but since Chariteas say it nice iced I wanted to make sure I prepared it this way as well to make sure I could give you all a well rounded review. So, rather than steep the whole sample in just one cup I steeped it in my gravity steeper with two Teacups of water so I could have one hot and one iced, I was slightly worried it might water it down slightly as the sample wasn’t too big, but luckily that wasn’t the case.
The hot cup I had both with and without honey and probably unsurprisingly to you all the clear favourite for me was with the addition of the honey. Not that it wasn’t tasty without it, because it was and I enjoyed the prominent notes of raspberry, elderberries, blueberries and grapes (which was definitely a unique notes to find in there), all of which get there own time to shine but blend perfectly together as well, with the sharpness of the sour cherries and hibiscus cutting through.
However that being said with there being both sour cherries and hibiscus in this blend there was just a little too much of a tart bite to it on its own hot for me and each sip I took just hit my cheeks the wrong way. However, when I added in the honey that seemed rectify that and after that I was able to enjoy it a little more.
Iced I was able to enjoy this on its own no problem! Aside from the hibiscus, the most prominent notes were again the raspberries, elderberries, blueberries and grapes, with an ever so slight hit of sour cherry at the end of each mouthful. I couldn’t really pick the blackberries out in the hot or iced cups though which is sad as I do think it would have been a nice addition. Overall though I did enjoy this blend and think the fact that I was able to enjoy it a multitude of ways speaks to how good it actually is as normally I only ever enjoy blends like this iced. It’s definitely one I would reconsider purchasing especially throughout spring summer.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/5
As always if you want to find out more about Chariteas and purchase some of this blend to try 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 tomorrow. 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*