This time of the year is a period often filled with great food and drink – often alcoholic, to add to merriment and fortify against the elements. But at some point almost everyone will need to take a break from the imbibement for one reason or another.
It’s long been a problem for many non-drinkers that the scope of their libations are somewhat limited – there is only so much cola, orange juice, and tonic water one person can drink. Followers of the site will know that I am quite an advocate of iced tea and so I was very keen to try these three varieties of Special Tea from The Berry Company.
Green Tea with Blueberry – garnished with a lime wedge & fresh blueberries
This is a rather dry drink with a lovely citrus tang from the lime and a jammy, berry-vanilla note from the blueberries. A drink with great complexity and intensity of flavour.
Black Tea & Elderflower – garnished with a lemon wedge
Clean aromatics from the black tea and dry, but fresh leafy notes with a touch of smoky tannin, too. The elderflower adds a luxurious, juicy sweetness, and the citrus adds a final balance to the entire drink. For those who want a lightly tart drink, add a little lemon, and for extra intensity, add some white grapefruit.
Hibiscus & Cranberry – garnished with an orange slice & fresh cranberries
This is a lovely mix of lightly sweet, jammy, fruity notes from the hibiscus and a touch of rose. The cranberry adds balance and the orange nicely complements the rich, pink-red colour of the drink and adds a little zest.
I think this range of teas make a pleasant alternative non-alcoholic drink and will work particularly well for the in-house or in-office party, where, with a nice glass, ice, and a simple garnish, you can add that little extra zhoosh. My favourite was the Black Tea & Elderflower, but for Christmas, I think that the Hibiscus & Cranberry – perhaps even mulled – would be a good choice.
The Berry Company’s Special Tea range has an RRP of ￡1.30, available from goodnessdirect.co.uk, with a selection of 1litre flavours available to purchase via Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Whole Foods Stores.