It’s Thursday, which means it’s nearly Friday, which means it’s nearly the weekend! Everything feels better when you get over the hump day so I thought I’d celebrate a bit early by reviewing a tea that’s completely different to any others that I’ve tried so far.
Why is it so different? Well…because it’s not actually a tea. Well sort of anyway. Allow me to explain. The beverage I’m drinking tonight is an infusion; a delightful sounding combination of raspberry, apple, hibiscus, rosehip and spearmint, created in-house by Leaf on Bold St. in Liverpool. Leaf, as I’m sure you are all aware by now if you’re a regular on my tea blog, is an amazing tea shop that gets creative and makes some seriously good tea blends that you can drink in-store or take home. They are also responsible for the Leaves, Root & Rind tea that I wrote a few days ago which was an intriguing combination of black tea, licorice and orange (you can read about it by clicking here).
Where were we? Ah yes, time to get wordy! Infusions are technically classed as tisanes, a word that I stumbled across roughly one week ago. This name is given to any herbal infusion usually made from dried flowers, fruits or herbs that is steeped in hot water. So basically, if there are no tea leaves involved, you’ve got yourself a tisane.
On to this tisane then and what a beautiful scent it was that met me when I opened the packet! To me it was predominantly raspberry and hibiscus but there was a hint of sharp apple and that refreshing minty scent in the mix too. I popped a spoonful it into my teapot and set the kettle boiling. Leaf have made this particular blend their Tea of the Week for this week and with that title, combined with the aroma emanating from the steeping
tea tisane, assured me that I was in for something special.
Once thoroughly brewed, I poured the beautiful pinky-red liquid into my teacup and gave it a try. Unlike the scent, it was the apple that has jostled its way to the front of the taste. Apple and raspberry is a classic flavour combination and this was no exception. The flavours didn’t stop there though, there was a sweet and floral note provided by the hibiscus and rose and it was all brought together with a underlying soft mintiness that was very subtle, but definitely there. I decided to leave the infuser in my teapot and see how the taste would change as it continued to steep. Each cup (it’s only a little cup, I’m not being greedy) seemed to encourage the raspberry to take precedent and the colour to deepen. To me it just got better and better, until sadly, it was all gone.
So there’s my first infusion, or tisane, review and it has been a great one to start with. If you want to have a look at this and the plethora of other teas that Leaf have to offer, you can check out there online shop here. I would definitely recommend a visit too if you get a chance!
Are you a fan of tisanes? Would you recommend any for me to try? Please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.