Our Cherry Tea is designed for the tea lover with a sweet tooth! Anyone who enjoys a zesty and fruity drink will love the delicate flavors unleashed by this herbal tea blend. A long hot steeping of our Cherry Tea will unlock a robust drink that can please the taste buds like a modern sugared soda while adding the benefits of herbal enzymes available only in a tea. To create this fruity tea, we begin by carefully combining dried cherries with fresh and tasty sections of fresh dried apples. We then add aronia and rowan, for their astringent properties, and top off the blend with rosehips and hibiscus, for that special flowery essence that is packed into our Cherry Tree herbal tea.
Amount of water: 6 oz
Amount of Tea: 1 Flat teaspoon
Water Temperature: Boiling
Steeping Time: 5 - 8 minutes.
Black cherries rank amongst my favorite fruits. They are so delicious and it just so happens to be cherry season in Michigan. Let's just say that both my daughter and myself have consumed our fair share. Due to my love affair with cherries, I consider myself to be a good candidate to review this Cherry Tea from Red Leaf. The blend itself is attractive as many of the red fruit tisanes are and has lots of large fruit pieces. I infused this in water cut short of boiling for about 7 minutes. Due to the tart nature of rosehips and hibiscus, I also added a nice pinch of rock cane sugar to offset a bit of the tartness. The brewed cup is cherry red in nature and attractive to the eye. As I have often found that most of these hibiscus based fruit tisanes are best tasting when iced, I decided to split my sample into a hot cup and an iced cup.
The hot cup was actually better than I expected it to be. The tartness was mild in comparison to many other of these fruit tisanes featuring hibiscus and rosehips. The flavor has a natural sweetness to it that reminds me a bit of cherry juice. Natural cherry juice is a bit tart in nature and this is not a bad version of that if you are interested in something less intense. The flavor has a bit of zip to it that I am guessing comes from the aronia and/or rowan as I am not familiar them. Red Leaf's website does indicate that they were added for their astringent properties. As a hot drink it is rather interesting and better than many fruit tisanes that I have tried.
Not surprising to me, I found the iced version of the drink to be my preferred cup. This is not unlike cherry Kool-aid sans the sugar and with a bit of tartness. This has a nice cherry flavor to it and the tartness is actually taken down even another notch when prepared iced.
Overall, if you are a cherry lover as I am, then this blend is a must-try. If I were to prepare this again, I would likely allow the mixture to infuse for a full 10 minutes to allow the flavor to develop even a bit more. I personally found that just a pinch of sugar did the trick for me and would not recommend adding any more than that unless you have tasted it. I did enjoy this and would consider adding this to my personal stash. It is also worth noting that Red Leaf Tea has been offering free shipping on any order regardless of size.
Laura -Teaviews.com -Reviewer
I have to admit that when I requested a sample of Red Leaf's Cherry Tea, I thought this would be a flavored green or black tea. So I was surprised (and just mildly disappointed) to learn that this was an herbal blend. This blend consists of cherry, aronia, apple, rowan, rosehips, and hibiscus. I had never heard of two of the ingredients, aronia and rowan, before but the Red Leaf website mentions that these ingredients were added to provide astringency. The fruit pieces were large and easily discernible; similarly the flower petals were readily identifiable. As with any fruit tisane, I infused this one for a long time (about 10 minutes) to insure that maximum flavor was extracted from the fruit pieces, which can sometimes stubbornly withhold their flavors. This blend brewed to a deep cherry red, almost akin to Kool Aid. The brewed beverage had a very strong and sweet aroma that was very candy-like and really not too far off from cherry Kool Aid. I am glad to report that my initial disappointment atdiscovering that this was an herbal blend was largely unfounded. The flavor was very sweet, slightly syrupy, and primarily consisted of a strong cherry flavor. The flavor was actually very similar to those multi-colored fruit-flavored candy canes that show up during the holiday season. Because this tea was so sweet and almost candy-flavored, I found it hard to believe that this was an all natural blend, but indeed the ingredients list confirms that no additional flavors, syrups, or sugars were added. I must admit concern when I saw that hibiscus was an ingredient, as I generally don't really enjoy the hibiscus' contribution to tea blends. However, in this case, the hibiscus is not overwhelming and does provide a nice tartness to the finish. The bottom line: This is a really sweet and tangy tea with a strong cherry flavor. Cherry lovers should definitely give this one a try; those that don't love cherries may find this to be a bit overwhelming.
Vanessa -Teaviews.com -Reviewer
Red Leaf Tea’s Cherry Tea is made from Cherry, Aronia, Apple, Rowan, Rosehips and Hibiscus. Aronia, also called chokeberry, grows in eastern North America, is extremely high in antioxidants and has a taste similar to unsweetened cranberry juice. Ancient mythology describes the Rowan or Mountain Ash as a tree that offers protection from evil beings. The English claimed it was the tree upon which the devil hanged his mother. The Finnish believed that if this tree flowered two times in one year that there would be an abundance of potatoes and weddings in the fall. In any case, this fascinating tree produces a berry with a bitter taste.
Dry, the blend looks like cherries, apples and rosehips and smells like a sweet candy, although not necessarily cherry candy. I steeped one teaspoon of the mix in six ounces of water for nine minutes.
This resulted in a very thin-bodied pink liquor that smells identical to the dry ingredients and looks (and perhaps even smells) like Kool-Aid (it’s been awhile). I expected a sweeter taste than what I found and I was exceptionally happy that Hibiscus, although the predominant flavor was not overpowering.
The tea is really quite different than any other I have tasted and perhaps that is why I have difficulty describing it. It has a chalky taste, but in a good and soothing way. It leaves a pleasant immediate aftertaste and I enjoyed the tea even more after it cooled a bit. Cherry Tea is worth trying; especially since you can place a small order and Red Leaf Tea does not charge for shipping.
Two final notes. After about thirty minutes the aftertaste became unpleasant; somewhat bitter and metallic. Finally, as I was drifting to sleep I was thinking about Cherry Tea and thought the contents should have been cut into smaller pieces. Especially the apple chunks seemed rather large for trying to coax out any flavor. Surface area - if I remember my physics correctly.
Joe - Teaviews.com - Reviewer