Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Cup & Saucer Teas – Orange Tip Butterfly Tisane. They very kindly sent me a box of 4 tisanes to try not too long ago and after smelling them all this was the one I had to try first. I’ve been loving tropical fruity tisanes recently (especially iced) and with this tisane being both of things there was no way I could have waited any longer to try it.
A lot of Cup & Saucer Tea’s Blends are inspired by the peak district and here’s what they had to day about this blend particularity ‘’During long walks through Lathkill Dale in the Peak District, you’ll be surrounded by Orange Tip Butterflies; which inspired us for this luscious tea. Each sip gives tart notes of fruit, a sweet astringency with a delicious floral and orangey finish. Delicious hot or served cold over crushed ice.’’
Citrus (Orange) – Sweet Apple – Strong Cranberry – Slightly Floral (Hibiscus) – Tart – Tropical – Fruity
Ing: Luxury Hibiscus petals, Apple, Rosehip, Cranberry, Elderberry and Lingonberry pieces, Natural flavours (Cranberry pieces: Sugar, Cranberry Rice powder, Vegetable sunflower oil) – (Prepared in a factory which handles nuts so may contain nut traces. Suitable for vegans & vegetarians, Gluten & Dairy free)
The insanely fruity aroma of this blend is the reason I chose it first out of the other 4 I was sent along with it (not to say that the others don’t smells amazing a well). During the hot weather we had in the UK during ‘summer’ fruity and tropical tisanes were my go to and I’ve really grown to love them over the last few months and I think I’ll probably be drinking them for the rest of the year as well they are just so refreshing and I couldn’t limit them to just one season. When I smelt how fruity and sweet this blend is I couldn’t help but have it be the first one that I tried it smelt like a berry jam and I was intrigued to see if it tasted like it as well.
For this tasting session I used my 150ml Ceramic Teapot & Stoneware Tumbler | I used two heaping tea spoons of this tisane and boiling water. | I tried this steeped hot and iced and for the iced version I used 6 scoops of tea and cold brewed it over night in my cold brew jug (1.2L).
Tisane Tasting Notes
Remember when I said that this tisane smelt a little bit like jam… well when I steeped it hot it tasted a little bit like jam but had a bit more a of cranberry sauce feel to it. I’ve tried cranberry sauce once in my life and I don’t know why I’ve never really had it again at Christmas, so the taste of this tisane took me right back to when I first tried it. It’s a very naturally sweet blend so I wouldn’t add any sweeter to it I think it would throw everything off balance and ruin the overall flavour the blend has. As I previously said for this tasting session I tried this tisane both hot and cold and for me I enjoyed the cold brewed version slight more (surprise …surprise). But there is only one reason and one reason alone that I enjoyed it more when iced than I did when hot and it’s because of the hibiscus in the blend. When steeped hot it was just far to tart for me and almost instantly set off my heart burn.But when I tried it iced It didn’t have that effect at all and it was much more of a background note. I’m still not a fan of hibiscus hot and I don’t think that’s ever going to change but I least I can now learn from my mistakes and I know to only have this blend cold from now on. In the hot version I didn’t get much but Hibiscus, cranberry and sweet orange notes but in the cold version alongside those stand out notes from the hot version I was also able to pick out very sweet apple notes and it just seemed to have much more balance overall. Both hot and iced this was an incredibly enjoyable blend and I know that it what I have left of it probably won’t last very long. I think this was definitely the best one of the 4 blends I was sent to try first it’s given me a great first impression of Cup & Saucer Teas and I can’t wait to see if all of the other tisanes they sent are as amazing as this one is.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out anymore about Cup & Saucer Teas and purchase this amazing tisane for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick the in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley