Thanks for the wonderful sample, Stacy! This is my first purple tea ever.
I brewed up a cup, poured half into a mug and the other half into my Timolino, then dropped some ice into my Timolino so I could see what this would be like hot and iced.
Once steeped, the liquor looked very murky. Nothing wrong with that, but I wasn’t expecting that.
Hot, as usual, the hibiscus really comes through. Underneath the über tart hibiscus, I can taste mostly blueberries, and then something fresh and herbal.
Onto the iced. I think this tea is more appropriate this way. I’m getting more of what I’m guessing is the purple base, and the blueberries and strawberries are more prominent, while the hibiscus has calmed down a bit. So, there’s a better balance here. I normally never sweeten my iced teas or cold brews, but I think this would have been even better had I added a bit of sweetener before dropping in the ice cubes.
This one sure packs a punch in the tart department!
EDIT: Oh duh, didn’t realize there was basil in this. That’s the herbal note on which I was picking up.