Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for another Let’s Talk Tea post this time around it features two black tea blends from The Wee Tea Company. You’ll probably recognise their name from my first post featuring them that I posted last month. (You can read that post here) Having loved all of the teas that I tired for that post and some of the changing my mind on particular kinds of teas I had great expectations going into trying these two blended teas. The two teas I’ll be reviewing in this post are: Rose Smoked (Black Tea) and Highland Chai. (Both are from the Wee Tea Companies Daleroch Tea Garden).
Ingredients: Scottish Oak – Smoked Black Tea & Rose Petals
You all know me well enough now to know that I’m not a huge fan of smoked teas (the wee tea companies smoked white tea was the first to make me change my opinions on it) because of how much I loved The Wee Tea Companies smoked white tea I was a lot more confident when it came to trying this. The Dry leaves had a very strong smoked aroma so much in fact I was hardly able to pick out the rose, luckily it mellowed out a lot while it was being steeped.
I was really surprised by how much the smokey note mellowed out when I steeped this, though I won’t lie I was very happy it did. From the aroma of the dry leaves I expected not to enjoy this at all because of the intense smoked notes but because they mellowed out while steeping I actually really enjoyed it. The rose notes (although quite muted) were able to come through and I was actually able taste some of the malt and wood notes from the black tea as well (thought they were a little washed out – I didn’t expect those to be to fight through the smokey notes at all but I’m glad they were able to) . I would definitely recommend steeping this for around 5-6 mins, It was quite astringent but I added a little agave and that helped to balance it out. It has quite a dry mouthfeel but I do find that’s quite common with smoked teas & some black teas too.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4/5
Ingredients: Scottish Black Tea, Cloves, Cinnamon, Star Anise, Ginger, Dried Cranberries and Dried Orange.
You all know since my T2 Chai Masterclass this year I found a whole new love for chai and that’s only gotten stronger over the months. As a result of that I’ve ended up trying new and unique chai’s to try from all of the world, so I couldn’t have been happier when I saw that The Wee Tea Company had included a Scottish chai in the package they sent to me. The whole oranges in this blend really had me excited to try it. before trying this I had never had a chai with orange in it and I think that’s what chai was missing the whole time for me. The orange pairs perfectly with the cinnamon and the cloves and complements the black tea perfectly. For me this is perfectly balanced and it definitely has a spot on my top 5 chai’s list. (I’m going to be so sad when I run out of this). It is slightly astringent but adding a little agave fixes that straight away.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
You can find out more about The Wee Tea Company and purchase these blends for yourself here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on twitter (@teaisawishblog) and I’ll answer them as soon as possible.
Speak to you all on Wednesday. Happy Steeping – Kimberley