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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3269 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!

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec



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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9223 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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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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2418 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #1
A new round of the teabox to try means FUN. Signups for round eight are open — check it out! I had to give this one a try. PIZZA TEA!!!!! I was amazed with the first sip and it was probably the highlight of my day. I wasn’t that thrilled to try this with the tomato as that is my kryptonite, but with only one piece of tomato in the infuser, I thought it would be okay. PLUS, the basil, which I absolutely love should have balanced out the tomato. And it does. I’m accustomed to tulsi in a tea but that usually tastes very vegetal to me, like green beans. This is more true to actual basil so…. very delicious. The black tea is perfect here with the flavors. It’s so savory and I love tasting the basil more than the tomato which I might be ignoring. There is pepper to which really adds to the pizza flavor! This is good stuff. I love it. It’s unique. I wish 52Teas would try more savory teas, or at least use more of this delicious basil.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 5 minute steep

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1846 tasting notes

I think this might actually be my first savoury tea, which is exciting enough on its own, but what’s more exciting is that it’s composed of three of my favourite flavours – tomato, basil, and black pepper are some of my favourite things in life. I’m really glad Anne decided to reblend this one, otherwise I’d have been forever wondering…

I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 2.5 minutes in boiling water as per the recommended parameters. Brewed, the scent is soup-like and a touch smoky. The taste is similar – there’s an initial note of tomato – sundried rather than fresh – that’s almost sweet in its intensity. The mid-sip is dominated mostly by the basil – which is really clear and well defined (yay!), and which cuts through some of the sweet tomato, adding an almost-vegetal, herby freshness. The pepper comes out at the end of the sip and lingers a little in the aftertaste, adding a touch of welcome spiciness. All in all, pretty perfect for a savoury tea! I can taste a hint of smoke, but it’s not overwhelming and it doesn’t drown out the other flavours – it was unexpected, at first, but it fades at the cup cools so there’s no fear if smoke isn’t your thing.

As a first experience with a savoury tea, this was a good ‘un! Another I’d happily repurchase if it became available again in the future. I’d really like to experiment with some more savoury teas now…

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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1743 tasting notes

So a friend of mine is getting married next week. I missed her bridal shower, so we went out for dinner to make up for it. For any Toronto peeps who have never heard of Scaddabush, you MUST go. They make mozzarella cheese onsite! and because it is so fresh, they don’t need to refrigerate it. The appetizer version comes in a soft gooey ball that you can cut up and squish on to bread. We had the one with honey and truffle oil on it. Best cheese I’ve ever had in my life. Seriously. I won’t go on about the other food as that would lead to a very long note!
Anyhow. I figured a packet of this tea would be the perfect fit as part of my bridal shower gift. We were at an Italian restaurant after all :P
She was very intrigued, and I did warn her it tasted kinda soupy, but that I’m kinda addicted. Oh and total agreement, it fit right in with the evening’s theme :D

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