Hey there Teacups! I’m back again today with another Let’s Talk Tea post this time around I’m going to be reviewing Magic & Science Gal’s Berry Blush Rooibos blend. You all know I’ve loved what I’ve tried so far from M&SG, so I always get excited when it comes to trying a new one and I always wonder if it’s going to be as good as the last one or even better. As I’ve been doing with a lot of tisanes recently I tried this both hot and iced and it was one of the best decision I’ve made during a tea tasting session yet. What I love about the teas and tisanes that The Magic & Science Gals sell is just how versatile they are. I’ve often drink them hot, iced as latte and even baked with them a lot of blends out there right can fall flat in some of those areas sometimes so these blends are a welcome break from what seems to be the norm at the moment.
Dry ‘Leaves’I always find that when a tisane has a rooibos base that is almost the only thing that comes through in the dry aroma. When dry rooibos has an incredibly strong woody/earthy and ever so slightly raisin like aroma to it and it masks a lot of the other ingredients. It does however have a very nice berry underpinning and a much stringer vanilla note than I expected. I’ve come to expect rooibos to be strong in dry aromas, so I didn’t let me put me off trying this tisane because I knew it was set to be something special because of the soft berry and vanilla notes. My only hope was that everything would balance out a little bit more in the aroma in an idea world the rooibos would mellow out and the berry and vanilla notes would become much stronger.
For this tasting session I used my 150ml Stoneware tumbler & Teapot | 3 teaspoons of the tisane and 150ml of Boiling Water | I steeped this for 3 mins as I prefer my tisanes stronger | For the cold brewed version I steeped 10 Teaspoons overnight in one of my smaller cold brew bottles. (to get a stronger result in cold brew you have to use much more tea than you would use if steeping hot – but it normally results in a much more balanced flavour in some teas and tisanes)
Tisane Tasting Notes
Just as I assumed it would the rooibos mellowed out a lot in the taste of this tisane which allowed for much stronger berry notes to come through and really let the underlying vanilla shine as well. I was a little bit surprised by just how intensely fruity this blend is because it didn’t smell overly fruity in the aroma so when I took my first sip I really was expecting anything very strong berry wise. The vanilla was much strong in the taste than it was in the aroma and it paired excellently with the berries and both gave this blend a delicious natural sweetness that meant that I didn’t need to add any honey to the hot or iced version. The rooibos instead of overpowering everything like it did in the aroma it was much more of a background note that gave this tisane a heart-warming woody autumnal feel.Berry wise the strongest out of all the berries flavour wise was definitely the strawberry and the pairing of that and the vanilla in the blend reminded me of strawberry jam tarts. Like I previously mention I tried this tisane both hot and cold brewed and for once I think this is a tisane that I enjoyed much more hot than I did cold and I can’t wait to sit down a drink this again. Because it reminds me so much of jam tarts I’m thinking about using some of what I have left in some baking, but I haven’t full decided on that yet (do you think it’s a good idea?) and I think this could be nice as a latte but I’m not sure so I’m going to have to experiment with it and see how well it works (If it works I’ll definitely write a How Do You Brew Post about it). Overall, I really enjoyed this tisane and I think that out of all of the blends I’ve tried from The Magic & Science Gals this one might be my favourite and I’ll be ordering some more as soon as my tea buying ban is over.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about The Magic & Science Gals and purchase this tisane for yourself, you can do that here. As always 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 all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley