Very Berry Fruitea

I’ve not been a big fan of fruit teas in the past but I’m trying to eat less sugar and have been trying to replace my fondness for fruity drinks (smoothies and fruit squash etc) with something better for me.

I chose this one because I liked the smell of the sample in the shop. The main ingredient is hibiscus and I remember liking hibiscus tea when I was on holiday in Egypt several years ago so I thought this would be a good one to choose.

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The ingredients are: Hibiscus, rosehip, elderberries, natural and artifical flavouring, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.

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This produces a dark pink/purple liquor that looks a bit like Ribena (there was a sale on so I picked up a new tea cup as well).

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Brewing parameters: 3-5 minutes at 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit)

My brewing parameters: 5-6 minutes at 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit). I prefer waiting until it is quite cold before drinking).

Taste: It tastes a bit like summer fruit squash without the sugar. It is slightly more astringent than squash and I generally find the hibiscus and raspberry flavours the strongest,though as it contains a mixture of fruits sometimes you get a lot of one flavour over the other as your scoop contains more of one fruit than another serving does.

Subsequent infusions: It lasts for two or three infusions without the flavour changing too much. I even got four out of 5g (0.2 ounces) when I was at work one day but the fourth was quite a bit weaker.

I like this cold and think it works better as an iced tea. I will be replacing my summer fruit squash habit with this as its better for my teeth and general health. Its obviously not quite as good as fruit squash (human nature means we crave the sugar that this lacks) but it is close enough that I don’t really mind.

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