Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for my monthly TeaTourist review (Can you believe were at the end of February already?) This months TeaTourist box houses the Crushes & Blushes selection. A collection that is inspired by the love-fuelled adventures of the month, They compiled a selection of teas made for sharing.
Honey Red Jade Tea (Black Tea) – By Golden Tea Leaf Co
A fully-fermented black tea with a completely natural sweet honey aroma and subtle citrus notes. Hand-picked from the hills of Taiwan.
This is such a unique tea and really not what I was expecting at all. It was incredibly light and mellow and has absolutely no astringency to it at all. For a black tea it was really unexpectedly floral, pretty much straight away I was able to pick out a strong honeysuckle note that captivated me and is one of the main reasons I love this tea. There’s somewhat of a citrus note in the aftertaste that is incredibly reminiscent of an earl grey (and you all know how much I love Earl Grey). I’ve seen some reviews of this that say it has a somewhat jasmine like note but I couldn’t pick that out at all. Normally with black teas I find their mouthfeels so be rather dry but this one was incredibly smooth (I managed to do 3 steeps with the same leaves and It only got better each time – out of all of them the second steep was the best). I drank this straight as it really doesn’t need any sugar or milk because it’s so light and mellow I think both would just completely overpower it.
Overall Teacup Rating : 5/5
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Raspberry & Rhubarb – By The Tea Experience
A warming rooibos tea infused with the fresh flavour of young rhubarb, the fruity vibes of real raspberries and the floral goodness of rose and elderberry.
I won’t lie when it came to trying this for the first time I was a little bit worried about it mostly because I’m really not a fan of rhubarb. Every tea I’ve had with it in, in the past I’ve not enjoyed at all so you can probably imagine how hesitant I was to try this. Safe to say yet again I let my worries get the better of me because this tisane was delicious. When I opened the packet I was instantly hit with the aroma of what I can only describe as raspberry ripple ice cream. I was really surprised to find out that this didn’t have any vanilla in it because it smells and tastes like its packed with it. The strongest notes when it comes to the flavour of this are the raspberry, coconut and rose petals. Overall It’s a really enjoyable blend – I tried this hot first and while it was really nice I think it would truly shine when cold brewed.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4/5
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Whole Rose Buds – The Tea Makers Of London
An all-natural herbal infusion made from delicate pink tender rose buds that steep to produce a smooth soothing brew with a delightfully fragrant rose aroma.
When it comes to this herbal infusion there’s not really much I can say about it. It dies what it says on the tin. Don’t get me wrong I love rose when it mixed with other things but on it’s own it’s just too much for me. Mixed with a green or black tea these would have been perfect and wouldn’t have been as overpowering as they were on their own. I’m not saying that they were horrible but on their own the floral perfume like notes were just to much. I’ll definitely use these to blend with other tea I have though.
Overall Teacup Rating: 2/5
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Cheeky Charlie (Green Tea) – By The Kettle Shed
A light Chinese green tea infused with the citrus flavours of apple, lemon and lime.
Just from the aroma of this tea I knew I was going to love it – It’s aroma was very similar to a still lemon\limeade with an underlying vegetal note from the green tea. We all know that green tea and lemon go perfectly together and while I have them together quite a lot, I don’t think I’ve ever had a green tea with lime in it as well. While I love lemon I tend to shy away from lime because it can be quite bitter sometimes so I was a little bit nervous to see what it was going to add to this blend. Well it’s safe to say I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this blend. The lime was much stronger in the aroma than it was in the taste, which I was very happy about. The lemon was much stronger and was definitely a top note along side the soft vegetal note from the green tea. I added a little bit of honey and that just rounded everything off perfectly. I would say this would be delicious iced as well.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4 ½ / 5
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North Jetty Beach (Herbal Tisane) – By Beach House Teas
An organic herbal blend with a distinctive minty flavour, softened by the sweetness of bee pollen. Hand-blended on the Southwest Washington Coast using locally-sourced ingredients
I have to say I do sometimes get a little bit nervous when trying new Herbal tisanes because they are either amazing or horrible and I’ve never manage to find one that been anywhere in-between. This one for me was the former and was actually really tasty, I did find though that it is incredibly savoury. It was also very grassy and herbal in both aroma and taste (but all of those things can be balanced out with a little honey). The only reason this doesn’t get a full 5/5 for me is because some elements of the blend were much stronger than others and did overpower quite a bit. Also and the mint that was incredibly strong in the aroma didn’t carry through into the flavour at all, Which I was quite sad about as that’s what had me excited for this blend. Overall it’s tasty and I see what they are trying to do with this blend it could just do with a little more work when it comes to fully balancing out it’s ingredients.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4/5
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Sparkling White (White Tea) – By Hoogly Tea
Like Yin & Yang, this fruity flavoured white tea blend is perfectly balanced. Delicate Chinese white tea leaves have been elegantly blended with flowers and fruit pieces to produce a refreshingly refined brew.
I was so excited when I saw this white tea based blend in this months box because I’ve tried this before and I absolutely loved it when I tried it the first time. When I tried it the first time I tried it hot and because I was only sent a one cup sample of it, I couldn’t try it cold brewed like I wanted to so that’s what I went for this time. I’m so glad I was given a second chance to explore what this blend truly had to offer because it’s made me love it even more. Don’t get me wrong it was really nice hot with a tiny bit of sweetener but when it’s cold brewed it’s 100% perfect. I gave this a 4/5 last time because there was just something missing for me at the time, but now I know there was nothing missing and that this blend just truly shines when it’s cold brewed. I’m a huge fan of elderberry so I knew no matter what I was going to love this. It has a tiny bit of astringency to it but it doesn’t effect much.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
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You can find out more about TeaTourist and re-order this delicious heart warming box here. Remember to use the code TEAISAWISH to get 25% off your first box with TeaTourist. 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 I can.
Speak to you all on Friday. Happy Steeping! – Kimberley