Hey there Teacups! I hope your weeks got off to a great start, I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Niko Ceylon Tea’s – Cinnamon Orange blend. If you’ve seen the sidebar on my blog homepage you will have seen that Niko Ceylon Tea are one of my advertisers and when they first became one of my advertisers (a few weeks ago) they very kindly sent me a box of their teas to try so I wasn’t promoting a brand I had never tried any blends from before on my blog and misleading you all. It’s safe to say now that after trying a few of the blends they have to offer I’m honoured to have them advertise on my blog because the blends I’ve tried from them so far have been amazing. I wasn’t going to post reviews of these blends as I didn’t want anyone out there to think that I was only giving them a good review because they are one of my advertisers (you all know I would never do that). But after trying their cinnamon orange blend this afternoon and loving it as much as I did I simply had to tell you all about it.Niko Currently sell through Amazon (while they are setting up their own site) so here’s what they have to say on there about this particular blend: A High grown Loose Leaf Black tea blended with Dry Orange rind pieces, small Cinnamon bark shavings and floated with Sunflower petals our Cinnamon Orange blend brings you a Fruity & Crisp cuppa which is refreshing with a Warm Cinnamon tone’’.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Orange Rind Pieces, Cinnamon Bark Shavings and Sunflower Petals (V)This wasn’t the first blend from Niko that I’ve tried but when I opened it, it made me think of Christmas and I knew I had to tell you all about it. The Aroma of this blend is rather sweet and it’s stand out notes are of course the cinnamon and the orange which is why I was instantly reminded of Christmas and visits to the Christmas markets with my fiancé when I smelt it the first time. My only hopes for this blend when it came to its taste was that the cinnamon and the orange would mellow out in the taste and that the Ceylon would be allowed to shine. Those of you that know me well will know that I love black tea and Ceylon is definitely in my top three black teas and love the soft malty and woody characteristics it has and I really wanted to have them come through in the taste.
Tea Tasting Notes
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this blend I loved the aroma of it but over the last few years I’ve learnt not to get too excited about a blend just from it’s aroma far to many blends out there smell amazing but are nowhere near as great when it comes to taste. So I definitely went into trying this blend with a few hesitations but I didn’t let them stop me. Rather than mellowing the aroma from the dry leaves got even stronger once I started steeping and a deliciously sweet aroma appeared. When I took my first sip I was amazed to find that even though the cinnamon and orange were both strong in both wet and dry aroma they true start of this blend was the black tea and while the cinnamon and orange paired perfectly with it’s classic malty and slightly woody notes they took the back seat and let it shine. There are far to many blends out there right now that focus more of the flavouring than what the teas themselves have to offer and it’s nice to see that Niko have chosen to focus on the tea.For this tasting session I tried this blend straight without anything else added to it (like i always do for any teas, tisanes or blends that I try) and I really enjoy it like that it’s naturally sweet enough for me and very well balanced but I did have to see what it was like with just a little bit of sweetener added to it (I use honey) and as soon as I added that it seemed to bring out the orange and cinnamon a little more but still not enough to overpower the tea which was great. So from now on I will add just a little bit of honey when I drink this just to amplify those notes a little bit. Normally I would say that a blend like this would make for a great latte but this time around I think otherwise because this blend like most Ceylon blends is on the lighter side of black tea and the milk would definitely overpower almost everything. I can’t wait to drink through my sachet of this throughout the Christmas season. If you would like me to review any of the other teas that Niko very kindly sent me please do let me know as I would love to talk to you all about them again.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/5 | Had the cinnamon been a little stronger it would have gotten a 5/5 from me. I really enjoyed this blend and this is by no means a bad score from me. Remember what I always say … don’t let my opinions alone stop you from trying a tea that you might end up loving.
As always if you want to find out more about Niko Ceylon Tea and Purchase some of this blend for yourself (which you can do on amazon right now for £1.99 a 50g sachet which is a great offer and enables you to try quite a few of their blends) you can do both here. 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