Review: Tealicious Berry Chamomile.

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Thumbs up!"Rather than an overly tart “zinger” type brew, this is a smooth, sweet and fruity tisane, the orange peel's flavour pairing well with the chamomile's nutty sweetness."
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.2/10
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Containing chamomile, orange peel, hibiscus, raspberry leaves and safflower petals, this caffeine-free herbal blend presents a novel alternative to plain ole chamomile. Visually speaking it's a colourful potpourri type mixture, with lots of pale greens, yellows and oranges. The contents seem fairly evenly split between all the ingredients, rather than being dominated by the chamomile. Taking a sniff, the blend smells sweet and tart, like my favourite cranberry-raspberry cocktail... Interesting!

Tea Licious provides very minimal information about their teas. I couldn't spot any specific directions to infuse this blend on their website. Fortunately these kinds of tisanes are not tricky to brew. Relying on my usual procedures for herbal teas, I steeped a heaping teaspoonful in freshly boiled water for 5 minutes. The golden amber brew gives off just a hint of the dry blend's berry perfume. At the fore come the soothing, honeyed tones of the chamomile. The middle ground bears some rich citrus notes. In contrast the finish is lively and tart, courtesy of the hibiscus and the raspberry leaves. Each makes for a smooth, elegant and well-balanced dance from the mild to the more flavourful in character. The tisane's flavour profile seems to change along with the temperature, becoming progressively less tart as it cools.

A second, 7 minute steep is still rather pleasant. The orange peel's flavour has more emphasis now. It pairs well with the remainder of the chamomile's nutty sweetness. Although more muted, the berry flavours are still providing a little tart zing to the finish.

Although not mind-blowing, this is definitely one of the more successful herbal blends I've had in a while. For those wary of fruity tisanes containing hibiscus, let me add that its presence is very mild here and perfectly dosed to enhance the berry flavours. No more, no less. Rather than an overly tart “zinger” type brew, this is a smooth, sweet and fruity tisane. I imagine it would be a good candidate to drink iced as well. Even better, this blend is very reasonably priced and comes in a range of sizes. Well worth it!

— To purchase Tealicious Berry Chamomile., or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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