De Oliveria Tea House – After Dinner Mint

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Thanks to the lovelies at De Oliveria Tea House for sending me some of their tea all the way from Australia to the UK for me to try. Today I’m sipping on their After Dinner Mint.

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De Oliveria Tea House
THEIR MISSION: TO PROVIDE THE EXPERIENCE OF COMFORT AND SELF-INDULGENCE THROUGH THE JOY OF A WARM CUP OF TEA, WHILE STAYING ECO-FRIENDLY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY.

To find out more: https://deoliveirateahouse.com

After Dinner Mint

For this Tea blend De Oliveria Tea House uses Organic Rooibos, Organic Spearmint and Organic Buchu Leaf.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the minty notes of spearmint , with an almost sweet notes coming through from the buchu leaf. You aren’t able to overly smell the rooibos within the blend.

The blend itself is very intriguing to look at , the buchu leaf is almost spiked like but the redy brown of the Rooibos adds an added colour splash to it.

Let’s get brewing !

Whilst brewing the the aroma Of the tea changes to allow the spearmint to really sing. There other ingredients are no longer really noticeable within the smell.

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I just love looking at the brewed leaves.

Like with most tea blends that have Rooibos within it the brewed tea liquid is that or brown with a redy tinge. However with the spearmint the brown has a more swampy green tinge to it.

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Let’s get sipping !

First sip and hello mint !

I am a massive fan of the use of spearmint within a tea blend. It adds a less harsh minty tang but also a much added sweetness to the blend which you don’t get with other types of mint. The tea has other added sweetness through the use of buchu leaf.

There is a slight tang to the after taste of this tea blend and because I’ve never tried a tea that has buchu leaf in I am presuming this is what I’m able to taste.

The only slight down side to this tea is that taste wise the roobois is not overly apparent. It’s not something are you able to easily detect within each sip. More of an every few sips it pops up and says hello! Which isn’t a bad thing as it allows the spearmint to do its thing.

However as the name suggest it’s after dinner mint so mint and particularly the use of the spearmint is exactly what this tea blend brings to the cup !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Framework Wellness Tea – Detox

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All the way from America I’m able to be sipping on Detox thanks to Framework Wellness Tea

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Framework Wellness Tea is dedicated to provide premium, certified organic, vegan, non-GMO, responsibly sourced tea in biodegradable packaging.  Our mission is to produce tea that is beneficial to physical wellness while still being the most flavorful, delicious tea available.  

For more information or try Framework Wellness Tea then hit the link https://www.frameworkwellnesstea.com

As some of you may know I’ve just been on my tea travels and been exploring the lovely city of Amsterdam and embracing all of its culture and sights, so a little detox is in order.

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So here’s hoping that Framework Wellness Tea has created a detox tea that tastes amazing as well as receiving some much needed benefits !

Detox

For this blend Framework Wellness Tea uses: Rooibos , currants, orange peel, cornflowers, Acai and natural flavourings. All of which are organic ingredients.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with that familiar Rooibos flavour yet with underlying notes of fruity the floral aspects. It’s very intriguing smell wise so I hope it tastes this way too.

Let’s Get Brewing!

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Whilst brewing the aroma of the rooibos intensifies and becomes even more prominent in its smell, I’m just hoping this doesn’t over shadow the other flavours within the blend when it comes to sipping.

Like any tea that contains Rooibos the brewed liquid is a redy shade of brown.

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Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious . Some Rooibos teas tend to not always be that sweet but with the use of orange and currants and Acai. I’m actually fairly surprised about how much you can taste the Acai within the blend.

The flavour combinations itself almost tastes similar to that of grenadine syrup. Fruity and sweet.

Through the use of the cornflowers it just adds an extra flavour depth. It works perfectly alongside the fruity flavours and brings the flavour of Rooibos almost down a flavour level as within some blends it can over power a tea taste. However not with this one.

So if this is what a detox tea is then I’m all in, Amsterdam Detox here I come!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Framework Wellness Tea – Slenderize

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All the way from America I’m able to be sipping on Slenderize thanks to Framework Wellness Tea

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Framework Wellness Tea is dedicated to provide premium, certified organic, vegan, non-GMO, responsibly sourced tea in biodegradable packaging.  Our mission is to produce tea that is beneficial to physical wellness while still being the most flavorful, delicious tea available.  

For more information or try Framework Wellness Tea then hit the link https://www.frameworkwellnesstea.com

Slenderize

The idea behind Slenderize as a tea blend is to boost metabolism and minimize cravings to help thin your frame.

For this blend Framework Wellness Tea uses the following ingredients : Organic Pu-erh Tea, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Orange Fruit, Organic Fennel Seed, Organic Ginseng Root, Organic Orange Peel, Natural OC Flavouring.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the aroma of the fennel seed. I’m not always a fan of teas with fennel in as it can be an over powering flavour. On further sniffing the earthy pu-erh notes and the sweet fruity tones start to come through, which I’m hoping will intensify when brewing.

Let’s get brewing!

Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea completely changes from that of when you first open the pouch . The Pu-erh side of the tea certainly intensifies and provides an almost earthy aroma when combined with the cacao nibs. I’m only picking up a light hint of the Orange peel but will we be able to taste it.

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I’m not too surprised with the brewed liquid being a browny tone from the
Pu-Erh within the blend.

First sip is very inTEAresting ! It is not what I was expecting at all based on its aroma in both its dry state and while it was brewing. To me the main body of the sip is a very peasant combination of the pu-reh and cacao providing the intensity and earthiness to the tea which is instantly uplifted by the refreshing whack of orange. Which until the sipping process the Orange side of the tea has been fairly dormant but it just takes this tea to the next level.

I was slightly concerned with the intensity of the fennel seed in the aroma stakes that it would completely engulf this tea however it’s very much an after thought in the flavour stakes. The use of the ginseng root too is only really apparent at the end of the sip when mixed with fruity orangeness provides a much needed but subtle warming kick.

Happy sipping 🙂

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Debonair Tea Co. – Dream On

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I love unwinding at the end of the day with a mug tea. As long as its caffeine free I’m opening to trying anything that either help me destress or get me ready for bed. Today I’m trying Dream On by the Debonair Tea Co.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are hit with the unmistakeable aroma of lavender mixed with Rooibos tea.

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For this blend Debonair Tea Co. uses Honeybush, rooibos, chamomile, lemon balm, rose petals, lavender and blue cornflowers. The ingredients for this tea was picked specifically for the qualities that they can provide to the drinker to provide a relaxing sipping experience.

Honeybush for its soothing qualities.
Camomile for insomnia, stress , anxiety & stomach.
Lavender to reduce stress and anxiety.
Lemon Balm of which reduces stress and aid sleep. For best results, it is advised lemon balm should be combined with other herbs, as found in this blend.
Rose Petals brewed as tea it can have a mild hypnotic effect and can help to induce sleep in a way comparable to medications such as Valium.
(Info from https://www.debonairtea.co.uk)

Let’s get brewing!

Whilst brewing the aroma isn’t too dissimilar to its dry state. The only slight difference being that the flora smells isn’t as pungent, allowing the aroma of the rooibos come through stronger.
With this blend I wasn’t too sure on what the brewed liquid would be like. So was quite surprised with its brown colouring although with the Rooibos tea within the blend it should have been expected.

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First sip and I am hooked! There’s just something about the flavour combination that is intriguing. It doesn’t overly taste like it smells. Some how the combination of all the flavours just work well all blended as one. There isn’t one aspect of the ingredients that scream louder than the others instead they blended together in harmony. The first half off the sip is more designated to the Rooibos and Honeybush with the after taste taking on the floral aspects. Particularly the lavender with an after thought of lemon balm with its minty flavour. Which made for a refreshing crisp sip. I was also pleasantly surprised by the natural sweetness. The only real flavour that I couldn’t detect within the tea was the camomile.

If you fancy trying out this blend for yourself to help with your sleep routine hit the link https://www.debonairtea.co.uk
Happy Sipping 🙂

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Nisi – Camomile and Lavender

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Nisi is a tea company based in Greece. They are a natural tea and herbs specialists. Focusing on the beneficial properties of Greek nature without any chemicals. Using the purity and potency of herbal healing. Nisi believes that sipping tea can be more than just a pleasure to sip on but also have many health benefits.

Today I’m sipping on two of their ingredients to make my own blend. Their Camomile and Lavender.

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Their Camomile tea is grown in Greece and tends to have a more sweet and earthy taste to it compared to camomile grown in other countries. As its produced locally it allows Nisi to know that due to the nutrient rich grounds it’s grown in allows extra strength within the ingredients.
As I like to drink my camomile primarily in the evening Nisi suggested to add some lavender to the blend, which I’m going to give a try. Like the camomile its locally sourced/grown in highly, nutritious soil for the best yield.

Let’s get brewing !

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In my infuser I firstly filled it with camomile, of which smelt super powerful in its flavour and I’m very much hoping it tastes that way too. I then popped it in the mug and filled it with water. I then added in two sprigs of lavender and left it for a few minutes to infuse.

While brewing the aroma intensified with the richness of the camomile and the lavender it was mixing together perfectly and was certainly getting the taste buds going.

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After brewing I removed the lavender and the infuser and was left with a light yellow brewed liquid.

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First sip and wowzer what a punch !

The camomile taste just shines through. Due to the naturalness of the dried camomile its flavour is very strong. It may even be the the strongest tasting camomile I’m yet to try. The flavour is so pure and rich it really is a taste sensation.

With the use of the two sprigs of lavender it provides a perfect side balance. It’s just enough to allow the lavender to add a delicate flavour to the sip so that it doesn’t over power the camomile. It works in harmony with up the camomile adding a further floral undertone.

Combined together the camomile and lavender just works. The richness and strength of the blend is just amazing and will knock your socks off. Yet it also has a pure smoothness which adds further pleasure to the sipping experiences which just exquisite. Wether this down to the pureness of the ingredients or some magical Greek goodness!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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ZO Tea – Rooibos & Rose

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Thanks to the lovely people of ZO Tea for sending me some their teas to try tea. ZO is a UK based independent tea company , which specialises in premium organic loose leaf tea. For their tea they aim to promote organic tea rituals which are designed to encourage and support wellness through the benefits of the natural ingredients used within their blends. Which I find such a wonderful ethos as I’m sure many of you like me uses tea to benefit my wellbeing.

If you’d like to find out more about ZO Tea and their tea blends pay a visit to:
https://www.zotea.co.uk

Rooibos & Rose

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Each of ZO Teas tea blends is based upon a different aspect of our wellbeing and their Rooibos and Rose is for our Balance. It has been blended to realign the body’s natural levels, from reducing fatigue to relieving bloating. It also has skin cleansing properties and bone strengthening.

For this tea ZO Tea blends:
Rooibos Natural, Nettle, Rosehip, GreenTea China Jasmine, Ginger, Fennel, Mate Green, Pu Erh Tea China, Cinnamon Sticks, Cocoa Nibs, Pink Pepper, Strawberry, Rose Petals, Cardamon.

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Upon opening the teach pouch the dried aroma is very distinctive with a Rooibos, if your a Rooibos drinker you will know exactly what I mean. There’s also the odd whiff rose and fennel.

Let’s get brewing !

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Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t change which is something that always pleases me with me a tea.

Like any Rooibos based tea the brewed liquid is a brown with a redy tinge.

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First sip is just tealicious. On first sip the Rooibos is the main flavour. It’s not until more of on after taste that you start getting the Rose aspect of the tea blend. Another distinct flavour that strongly comes from through, is that of the cocoa nibs. It adds an almost earthy flavour tea to the brew but it also deepens the Rooibos flavouring.

If there’s one slight downside to the tea is the flavour of the Rose. For me it doesn’t come through strong enough. The floral delicateness it’s most certainly there and that adds a lightness to the sip but I love rose and would have liked it to come through just a bit stronger.

A further aspect of this tea that makes it even more of a pleasure to sip is the potential health benefits that it can bring to you from drinking it. Added benefits from drinking tea is always a good thing in my books.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Heywood Teas – Roselle and Red Date

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Heywood Teas “specializes in producing high quality functional tea in Hong Kong”. They also mix their herbal ingredients based on Chinese medicinal formula.
To find out more information hit the link below.
https://heywoodtea.com
As part of their Heywood Teas combo set :

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Today I’m going to be trying there Roselle and Red Date.

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The health benefits known for drinking this tea are:

Roselle: has diuretic property and detoxify the body, facilitate weight loss, smooth wrinkles and liver health.

Red Date: Nourish blood, improve digestive health and rehydrate skin.

As you can probably already guess the Ingredients for this Tea blend was a Roselle (Taiwan) and Red Date (South Korea).

Upon opening the tea pouch, the overall aroma is very light in its nature. It has a light floral tone with under notes of date.

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Let’s get brewing !
With a recommendation of 8 minutes brewing get that kettle on.

The aroma whilst brewing has certainly intensified it smells berylicious it has a very Berry smell alongside that of the date.

The brewed aroma is a rich redy pink .

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First sip is very intriguing. It packs a real punch with its flavour and intensity. The main flavour at the forefront is that of the date followed by that of a fruity and almost floral tones of the Roselle. Or as some you may be wondering Roselle is actually another name for hibiscus which explains the berry nature and colour to this tea. I sometimes forget that in other languages/translations it may be called a word that you don’t tend to use and your left wandering what it might be.

I’m not sure how I feel about the use of the date within the blend as it’s not something I’d normally chose to eat etc. However it some how just works amongst the flavours.

One thing I do know for sure is how amazing the colour of the brew is and it certainly helps when drinking this tea to keep in sipping! With the added known health benefits from the tea as well it’s a perfect added extra to the sipping experience.

With the flavour intensity of this tea and the colour it would also make the perfect iced blend. Machine drinking an ice cold bright pink tea on a hot summers day !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Sportea

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Today thanks to Sportea I’m getting try their Tea.

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Based in Colorado Sportea aims to offer a product that will help promote health and wellness. A high-performance nutritional drink formulated for active adults and children as a nutritious alternative to other beverages such as coffee or athletic sugary drinks and sodas.
If you’d like to find out more hit the link!
https://sportea.com

For this blend Sportea uses Green and Black tea, Siberian Eleuthero Root, Ginger, Mate, Vitamin C, Trace Minerals, Electrolytes and Natural Flavourings.

Each individual ingredient for this tea has been specially chosen for its attributes so that its a tea that can deliver.

Siberian Eleuthero Root: sustaining energiser , stress fighter and endurance builder.
Vitamins and Minerals: resistance to colds, sodium and calorie free.
Matte: promotes alertness, stimulating, satisfies hunger urges
Tea/ Herbs: green and black tea, citrus taste
Ginger: soothing and satisfying, enhances circulation, no sugar/caffeine lows
Electrolytes: recovery drink , minimising muscle cramping, thirst quenching.

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So let’s give it a go!

Upon opening the tea pouch you are hit with an almost fruity aroma, with the ginger slightly coming through. You can’t at this moment overly smell the green and black tea within the blend.

Let’s get brewing !

Sportea recommends a brewing time of 3-5 minutes.

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While brewing the aroma of the is completely different to its dried state its some how comes across even more fruity than it did before . The use of the ginger is still very prominent but the smell of the Siberian Eleuthero Root is now coming through.

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Considering the black and green tea used within the blend I want expecting it to be the brewed liquid to be bright orange! However with the product being a performance based beverage I can see why Sportea may have gone down this colour.

Let’s get sipping !

I’m very surprised how sweet it is upon the first sip.
It’s quite surprising really ! As everything that the tea smells of aroma wise isn’t what you can taste. I can’t really pin point an exact flavour. Sometimes it tastes more fruity other times more gingery .
One thing I’m not getting from this tea is the flavour of the green and black tea coming through. The natural flavours within the blend are at the forefront of the taste. Having tried other performance style drinks it has a similar sort of taste to those kind of beverages.

As someone who leads an active lifestyle and from reading the benefits of other ingredients within the blend I’m all for natural benefits with potential energising effects which can be used in conjunction with healthy living.

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Black Dog Teas – Pitta Blend

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Today’s Tea Tuesday , Tea Review features Black Dog Teas and their Pitta Blend.

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The Pitta Blend is part of Black Dog Teas tea range called the Ayurvedic Blends.
“The ancient Indian doctrine of Ayur (life) Veda (knowledge) has been passed on for thousands of years helping those who follow it to find balance in their emotional, physical, mental and even spiritual energies. We can be categorised into three “Doshas” (temperaments/types), and have elements of all at the same time with one or two dominating.”

The three tendencies are :

Vata tendencies – Slim physique, creative, quick to learn and to forget, discomfort in cold climates often has cold hands and feet.

Pitta tendencies – Medium physique, sharp mind and focus, strong appetite, discomfort in sun or heat, can be impatient.

Kapha tendencies – Heavy build and high physical strength, easygoing, compassionate and reliable, discomfort in cold, damp weather.

For more info visit https://www.blackdogteas.com/collections/ayurvedic-blends

The Pitta Blend is made up of : cinnamon, cardamom, liquorice root, coriander, fennel, ginger, rose petals.

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Doesn’t the blend of colour within the ingredients just look beauTEAful.
They also smell it too! The combination of all the herbs is certainly tantalising the taste buds.

Let’s get brewing!

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The brewed liquid is of a light yellow in colour.

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First sip and it’s very inTEAresting. I don’t think I’ve ever sipped on a tea quite like this before. When knowing the ingredients I was a bit sceptical as some of the flavours I tend to avoid when choosing teas, however I’m up to trying anything once!

Each sip tastes completely different. Rather than the ingredients being fully blended each sip almost takes it turn in being one of each ingredient. Sip one cinnamon, sip two cardamom, sip three liquorice root, sip four coriander, sip five fennel, sip six ginger, sip seven rose petals. Obviously in a more random combination !

It’s the subtle herb hints of the tea combined with the floral tones of the Rose petals which makes it an almost serial sipping experience not quite like anything I’ve tried before.
There’s also something quite special knowing the pitta tendencies and the reasons behind the tea blend adds something almost spiritual to the sipping experience.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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National Iced Tea Day – Iced Hibiscus Tea

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Today is National Iced Tea Day and thanks to the Good and Proper Tea who just sent me new their teas specifically for cold brewing, I’m ready to celebrate.

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My chosen tea to celebrate today with is Iced Hibiscus Tea with Rose Hip and Ginger. For this blend Good and Proper uses: Hibiscus Tea, Rose Hip and Ginger Root , all from Egypt as part of the tea companies ethos is to use one origin country for each blend. Upon opening the tea pouch your are firstly hit with the gingery kick followed fruity berry notes.

Now let’s get our iced tea on!

1. Boil the kettle.

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2. Brew one tea bag

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I absolutely love the redy pink tone the brewed liquid leaves, it’s so vibrant and mouth watering!

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3. Top up with cold water and add some ice

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First sip is soooooo refreshing! The main flavour orientates around the combination of the rose hip and the hibiscus. The ginger notes smelt on aroma is not so prominent within its taste. The use of the hibiscus within the tea adds a cranberry like flavour to the tea and explains the fruity aroma the tea gives.

For a tea with no added sugar or caffeine it certainly provides a refreshing summer hit. If you like your tea slightly sweeter a dash of honey would be perfect, not just adding sweetness but an extra flavour to the co binational but without compromising the tea blend.

So if your looking for a perfect iced tea blend that has its own natural sweetness and packed pull of vitamin C then look no further! Now where’s the beach ?! Hehehe

Happy Sipping 🙂