It’s been a while since my last blog entry due to my internet connection being on and off (mostly off) for the last couple of weeks. Thankfully everything is working now and I have the perfect tea to review thanks to Lu Lin Teas. They were kind enough to send me three random samples to review. The first one I chose to try is Fruity Fresh Hibiscus Tisane, the sun is shining and the sky is blue here in the UK and that combination is perfect for a fruit tea treat.
This is what Lu Lin Teas had to say about this blend:
“This caffeine free infusion is a fresh, hydrating blend of flowers and fruit creating a sweet and floral brew. It brews the most amazing red/pink colour and is the perfect blend to make sweet iced tea with or add a cinnamon stick and drink warm on cold winter nights!” – Taken from the Lu Lin Teas website.
For more information on this tea please view their website: http://www.lulin-teas.com/tea/loose-leaf/tisane/fruity-fresh-hibiscus.html
In raw form this tea is a vibrant mixture of green, red, dark purple and yellow colours. The ingredients are large for the most part and look dry, crisp and fresh.
It has a very dry woody and peppery herbal scent with a touch of flowers.
Brewing Instructions: Add 3g of tea per cup into a teapot and steep with boiling water for 7-10 minutes.
Ingredients: Hibiscus, orange flowers, rosehip, sea buckthorn berries & lemon verbena.
As my teapot holds roughly three cups full I will be using three fairly heaped teaspoons of tea. One good teaspoon of tea works out to be roughly 3g.
Once steeped this tea is dark red in colour and has a gentle sweet fruit and herby aroma. Very berry like.
The first few sips reveal a soft berry fruitiness that quickly becomes dry and herbal tasting. The hibiscus is not overly sour or tart and it’s largest influence is on the colour above all else. The rosehips are quite dominant and dry tasting but is also lightened by the subtle citrus flavours from the orange flowers and lemon verbena. All of this leaves a floral berry like after taste which sits well with the warm weather today.
All of the ingredients taste natural and uplifting. Honestly I didn’t know what to think of this blend as I am not usually a fan of hibiscus or rosehips BUT this is so light and airy that it’s enjoyable and a good exception to my rule. You get used to the herbal taste which admittedly is not for everyone (as my husband will tell you) but I like herbal tea so this was right up my street.
I agree with Lu Lin when they said that this would make a nice sweet iced tea, it really would. There is a very real summer factor about it and the blend leaves me warm on the inside.
Overall I think this is on par with some of the best herbal based teas that I have tried before and though it may not be my favourite blend of ingredients they do work well together. The fruit and berry flavours really come out the more you drink this tea.
Thank you Lu Lin Teas for letting me try this lovely blend.
My overall rating will be 7.5/10.
Please visit Lu Lin Teas website for more information on their wonderful teas. They stock a good variety and have something for everyone.