I've had my eye on Tasty's Rosehip Tea for a while, but never took the plunge in trying it. But with all the rosehip hype going around with the oil, I thought... why not? And so, I popped a box in my shopping basket and took it home for a sampling.
A quick internet search shows that rosehip tea is supposed to have high levels of antioxidants, and is good for infllamation and arthritis. It's also supposed to have amazing healing properties, and to be antibacterial. Oh, and it's caffeine free too, of course.
After brewing, a quick sniff reminded me of just any regular berry tea. And my first few sips were quite pleasant, almost reminiscent of some of the berry teas by Lipton. Then, as I progressed through the cup, the flavours became much more intense, and the sourness started to overwhelm in the bottom third of the mug.
I thought I may have brewed it for too long - I like my teas strong and normally leave the bag in for a good 5 minutes, sometimes more. So, I tried again the next time, and left it for maybe 1-2 minutes. The same thing happened, where the sourness continued to build as you reached the bottom of the mug. It wasn't as sour as the first time I had made it, because I didn't leave it in for that long, and at first, I thought it was sort of refreshing to have something so sour on your tongue to zap you awake.
But time flew by, and I never touched that box of tea again. I'd see it in my pantry, but I would reach for something easier to drink, with equal health benefits.
My verdict? Not my cup of tea, pun completely intended. I think I'll stick to slathering rosehip oil on my face, but leave it off my palate.