Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for another Let’s Talk Tea post, this time around it features Tregothnan’s Manuka. Manuka has been grown on the Tregothnan estate since it was first introduced to the UK in the 1800’s. Honey created by bees fed exclusively on it’s flowers is famous for its medicinal properties. When infused, Manuka has a wonderful, sweet and spicy flavour unlike anything else.
Exclusive to Tregothnan, Manuka has a distinctively sweet, floral and spicy flavour. Grown at Tregothnan since it was first introduced from New Zealand in the 1800’s. Bees feed of this pretty bush to make manuka honey. Manuka bushes are celebrated for their antibacterial properties used both internally and externally and are even used by nurses to dress wounds. I’ll certainly be coming back to this blend when I have a sore throat or I’m not feeling to well I can imagine it will help to no end. Tregothnan’s Manuka tisane is sometimes likened to Rooibos or Honeybush from South Africa.
Ingredients: 100% Manuka
Floral – Spicy – Sweet – Herbal – Grassy
Before opening the packet that this blend came in I didn’t really know what to expect when it came to what the leaves were going to look or smelt like because I had never seen or tried Manuka before. I was a little bit shocked when I opened the package because the leaves of this blend looked like tiny light green seeds. I was also a little bit surprised by how strong the aroma was it escaped the package as soon as I opened it and filled my room with a Floral & Spicy aroma that was beautiful. The aroma has a nice delicate sweetness to it as well so light in fact that I’m surprised it managed to fight against the stronger notes but I’m glad it did. All in all, the aroma had me excited to try this blend and I all but hoped that all the notes I had picked up in the aroma would come through in the taste as well.
Tea Tasting Notes
After enjoying the aroma of the fry leaves of this blend so much every part of me wanted to enjoy the taste of it and to start off with I just didn’t it was far to bitter for me and I couldn’t get my tastes buds to like it. Looking back at it now I think I probably used too much of it for my first steeping and that’s why it ended up so strong and bitter. So, after finding out that I only needed to use a small amount I went back to this blend and only used 1 teaspoon of it and the resulting brew was much calmer and easier on the taste buds. There was still a little bit of bitterness there, but I managed to balance that out by adding a little bit of agave.
I’ve slowly learnt over the years not to give up on a tea if I don’t like it the first time around (just look at how much I love chai now) and I’m very glad that I gave this another chance. I still think it has a lot of potential that I’m yet to tap into to though so I’m going to do a few blending experiments with it over the next few weeks and see what I can do with it.
Overall Teacup Rating: 3/5 | I’m going to try blending this with other things (I can imagine it will be quite nice blended with matcha) and cold brewing it over the next few weeks to see if It’s a little bit enjoyable for me like that, so keep your eyes on this post, my Instagram and my twitter to see if my overall teacup rating changes (I’m sure it will)
You can find out more about Tregothnan and purchase this Manuka Tisane 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 I can.
Speak to you all on Wednesday. Happy Steeping! – Kimberley