Christmas Drinks with The Berry Company’s Special Tea

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.

Special Tea - Green Tea with Blueberry  FINALGreen 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.

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Special Tea - Black Tea & Elderflower FINAL

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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.

Special Tea - Hibiscus & Cranberry FINALHibiscus & 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.

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In Conclusion
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.

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partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… www.summerfruitcup.com Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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