Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post this time around I’m going to be reviewing Beach House Tea’s Cascade Meadows blend. Before I get into this post if you haven’t checked out any of my past posts featuring Beach House Teas you can find them all here. From those posts you’ll all now know that I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from Beach House Teas so far, so I went into trying this with very high expectations, I had no doubt that it was going to reach those expectations though just like the other blends I’ve tried so far. However, as this blend has black tea (Assam) in it I was really looking forward to seeing how it compared to what I’ve tried so far as they were both tisanes and they were packed full of flavour and extremely well-balanced.
• Handcrafted at The Southwest Washington Coast
• Made With Only 100% Organic, Fair Trade Herbs and Assam tea
• Artisan Loose Leaf Blend From Beach House Teas
• Blended by Hand in Small Batches
• Gluten Free/Vegan
• Contains Caffeine
Sweet – Slightly Earthy – Herbal – Underlying Malt – Somewhat Floral – Minty
Cascade Meadows is 100% organic loose leaf black tea blended with Pacific Northwest peppermint, chamomile, linden, spearmint, rose hips, lemon verbena, lemon balm & Assam tea.
I struggled to pick much out of the aroma of this blend as the mint (peppermint & spearmint) overpowered almost every other element. The only other ingredient I was able to pick out of this aroma was the chamomile which added a delicate floral note my only hope was that it would still come through in the taste with the Assam and mint both being quite strong taste wise. My fiancé and I both agreed that the aroma of this blend reminds us of a mixture between Polo & Murray mints and it has a really nice sweetness to it that I really wasn’t expecting.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I used my 150ml Teapot and tumbler, 3g of tea and since this blend has a black tea base I used boiling water.
I was worried that all I was going to get from this tea was mint as it was really strong in the aroma and overpowered almost everything including the Assam. It mellowed out a little in the aroma but making is a little more balanced but it was still very much the stand out note. The strongest notes of this tea are provided by the Mint and the Assam and aside from those two not much come through until right the back of your mouth where it becomes slightly floral and an ever so slight citrus note provided by the lemon balm & verbena come through.
It’s a little bit drying in the mouth but I find that is always the case with Assam and mint and because this blend has both of those things it almost amplifies it but it didn’t effect my enjoyment of the tea at all. When it comes to sweetness you could tell just from the aroma that this blend was going to be naturally sweet, luckily it came through in the taste and it was more than sweet enough for me though I could see why some may end up adding sweetness to it. Overall I really enjoyed this tea but I wish I could have picked out just a few more of its elements like the rosehip and the chamomile because they would have added a delicate floral note that I think this blend could really benefit from. I’m going to try this iced as I feel like the mint would result in a really refreshing cold brew.
Overall Teacups Rating: 4/5 |
If you want to find out more about Beach House Teas and purchase this blend for yourself, you can do both here. As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I get the chance.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley