LiberTEAs’ Tomato, Basil & Black Pepper

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When our good friend, LiberTEAs asked us to create this blend, I have to admit that I tabled the idea for a few days, thinking she would forget about it. We’ve created some unusual blends, but tomato, basil and black pepper? Really?

Well, she didn’t forget about it and though it took me a while, here we are.

We’ve blended our premium Indian black teas with just a tiny touch of lapsang souchoung, sun-dried tomatoes, black peppercorns, basil and natural flavors.

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2978 tasting notes

I can really taste the black pepper today! Perfect with polenta & veg and tomato sauce for lunch.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

I’m so hungry and this pairing sounds awesome :)


This tea is great with any remotely “Italian” food. Hmm, I wonder if you could use it in place of some of the broth in a risotto…?


Yum… yes, it sounds great with Polenta.

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4847 tasting notes

As I have been sorting through my tea stash (it’s quite an undertaking, let me tell you), I have been coming across some teas that I stashed away because I knew I wouldn’t have the opportunity to order them again, among them was this … which is one of my favorite teas from 52Teas (in the top three… probably the top 2, second only to the French Vanilla Assam) It’s so yummy. Savory and wonderful, like a nourishing bowl of homemade tomato soup (not that nasty stuff that comes in a can) … only better, because it is also tea. It’s like combining two of my favorite comfort foods in one. Now… if somehow chocolate would go well with this, then I’d be in tea heaven.

And even though it has been a while since I’ve had this, it still tastes wonderful. I do need to try this with the bacon flavored tea, which means I’m probably going to have to buy more of the bacon flavored tea… and I think that I should also try it with the jalapeno tea just for fun.



Wow…never thought that there could be a soup tea. Sounds interesting,probably great to cook with/


Dang wish I had some thanks for sharing the info in case they make it again!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Sounds good to me.


Soupy or soup like?

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3134 tasting notes

This is quite peppery today, and I can pick up a hint of smoke and the basil, but am missing out on the tomato, as I think I did last time. It’s probably because there wasn’t a chunk of sundried tomato – I should have added one in. Definitely a savoury blend, though!

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I didn’t realize this was a thing!

Lariel of Lórien

That sounds like a pasta flavour.


Yes, yes it does, haha.


Wow, that sounds very savory. Very interesting!

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8269 tasting notes

oh man i love this…except my brain thinks this is soup. not tea. thank you kittenna! really…this is super tasty delicious! It’s a savoury tea and though kittenna didn’t get much tomato, i for sure am. The black pepper adds a certain spiciness that i love. I can taste both the pepper and basil in this one. YUM! so glad i got to try this one out!

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514 tasting notes

Wow – a huge thanks to LiberTEAS for instigating a swap with me!
Not only did she send me an amazing package, she was awesome enough to send me a sample of the famous blend!!! Thank you !

The flavour is over the top. I only used 1.5 teaspoons and a pinch of seasoning salt, steeped for 3 minutes and I’m in love.

Some reviews have mentioned that you have to be in the right mood for a tea like this. I think I would agree – but luckily for me, I was in the perfect mood! I had a suuuper sweet lunch and breakfast and was craving something salty and savoury. This seriously did the trick.

The strongest flavour I’m getting is basil, with the sweetness of the sundried tomatoes and then finally the black pepper kick at the end. It’s subtle but definitely there.

My favorite part about this tea is that it tastes like tea~! It’s blended perfectly, the black base with the hint of smokiness from the lapsang souchong (it really is the perfect amount) is so satisfying.

Thank you LiberTEAs for letting me try this seriously one of a kind tea! I’m a fan. :)

(Also, this tea will be the very first review to christen my blog! ee!)


Sounds great!

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865 tasting notes

Decided to play w/ this a bit and add 1/8tsp each dried oregano and garlic powder and have it w/ my lunch (Left over buffalo chicken pizza I added pineapple and corn to dipped in tetziki sauce w/ a pear and a salad w/ cucumber, carrot, cranberries, and shreadded coconut w/ Italian dressing.)

Now this looks like tomato soup! While pale, it’s red and slightly opaque. Smells like tomato soup too!

OHMYWOW! This is so good! The oregano and garlic really beat the lapsang into submition to the point where it’s pretty much hiding. It does make the tomatoes taste as if they’re fire roasted instead of stewed though. For a person who hates tomato juice and exceptionally watery pasta sauces, I’m shocked I love this so much. This cuppa absolutely gets a 100 in my book.

A salsa flavored tea would be good! Tomato, black and red pepper, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic… maybe a version w/ a bit of watermelon and mango (the type of salsa I like on my fish tacos).

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 45 sec

A salsa flavored tea sounds amazing! This one makes me suddenly all into the idea of savory flavored teas – a whole new world has opened up to me!


I love savory teas!


I saw that, I was just hunting through your page for recommendations and about to follow you when I saw you followed me! Awesome. :)

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69 tasting notes

One thing I love: tomatoes. One thing I don’t: most black teas. Here is how good this tea is: I got mine in the mail, made myself a cup, and was not even halfway through it before I got back on and ordered the very last package of the stuff. Each ingredient stands out – smoky, sun-dried tomatoes, the flat intrigue of basil, the spicy purr of black pepper. One of the most creative and marvelous-tasting cups of tea I’ve ever experienced. Bravo, Frank.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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1683 tasting notes

Most of the teas I’ve had today have been lacklustre. Except this one. Pure yum. I must be having an off day , as it wasn’t as good as the first time I brewed some up. Can’t blame the tea though, since I had many others today and they were all somewhat meh. Even heaven’s trash. I’m feeling kinda meh so maybe I’m fighting something. again. Bah.

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61 tasting notes

Guess what tea I am in the process of reblending?

One of our VIPs from our start-up Kickstarter campaign selected the incentive to create a VIT and choose a reblend and he told me to choose my favorite reblend to reblend.

Okie Dokie – this one was one of my all time favorites and it’s one I selected because – well, I wanted to reblend it. Fortunately, my VIP was very excited with this choice – so this is the tea we’re going with. Instead of using sun-dried tomatoes in this blend, I used freeze-dried tomatoes so it looks a little different than the original batch.

This is my first taste test of the tea – and I still have some tweaking to do on it. I want a stronger tomato flavor and a more prevalent pepper flavor to it. I went really light on the Lapsang Souchong – so I’m smelling more smoke than I’m tasting so I might add just a little bit more to this to enhance that smoke a little. Or perhaps I’ll add a touch of Keemun to round out the body a little more.

Anyway – this one’s being reblended – so watch for it – it should be done within the first week or so of July (I hope)!


OMG! I guess I’m making another order soon… (I might still have 1 serving left from what you sent me like, 5 years ago!)


I noticed the discussion of a group order – if you want to also include this (even though it’s not on the website just yet – it won’t be there until next week) just email me and I can send you a paypal invoice for it.

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