Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Cup & Saucer Teas – Pennine Picnic Tisane. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you will know that I’ve loved almost everything I’ve tried from Cup & Saucer Teas so when it came time again for me to try and review another one of their blends I couldn’t have been more excited. I will admit that this is the blend I was the most excited about when I saw it in the package because I love pineapple and coconut and you all know how much my opinion have changed on hibiscus over this year.Here’s what Cup & Saucer Teas have to say about this particular blend on their website: ‘’Think of lovely summer walks and picnics out in the countryside, how refreshing it would be to serve this tropical fruity flavoured tisane whilst absorbing the beautiful scenery of The Peak District. Great served hot and exceptional served cold over ice.’’
Ingredients: Apple Pieces, Rosehip Pieces, Pineapple Pieces, Coconut Pieces, Hibiscus Petals and Natural Flavours. (V)The dry ‘leaves’ of this blend smell exactly like a Pina colada that’s honestly the only way I can describe it the coconut and the pineapple are definitely the stand out notes in the aroma and it’s smells very very naturally sweet. After smelling it for the first time I couldn’t have been more excited to try it. Other than the Pineapple and the coconut the only other thing I could pick out was a very slight hibiscus note and a delicate fruity apple note.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I cold brewed the sample I was sent as after smelling it I knew it would work much better cold brewed than it would iced. I used a full 30g sample to make 1.2L in my T2 Jug-A-Lot because I like my iced tea strong and flavourful and I find tisanes can loose a little of their strength when you cold brew them because you aren’t using hot water to force the flavours out of the ingredients. I’m definitely very glad that I chose to cold brew this because I honestly don’t think I would have enjoyed it hot, while Cup & Saucer Teas say that this can be enjoyed hot or over ice for me this is definitely a tisane that is made to be enjoyed over ice and it’s shines its brightest when prepared that way.
I was incredibly surprised that when I look my first sip of this that i didn’t taste coconut immediately because it was such a strong note in the aroma but only really came through in the aftertaste for me. For the most part this blend is a tropical fruit party and the hibiscus isn’t tart at all which is amazing. Fruit wise the strongest of them all is definitely the pineapple which provides a delicious natural sweetness and in turn balances out the tart bite hibiscus normally has and makes for an incredibly refreshing cup of fruity, tropical, sweet, floral goodness. I think had I have had this tea hot the hibiscus would have overpowered everything and It wouldn’t been anywhere near as perfectly balanced as it is cold.I also think that this blend would be great as a tea pop mixed with some lemonade, carbonated water or a coconut flavoured soda it just has that kind of feel to it, it’s a blend that’s perfect for summer and I will definitely be adding this on to my ever growing list of teas and tisane to repurchase next year. I’ve had a few blends like this in the past but none of them have ever had coconut in them and I think that the addition of that in this particular blend really take to a completely different level. I’m a little bit of a coconut addict and I add it to so many things so I was bound to love this blend from the get go really wasn’t I and it really does make this blend quite special. There aren’t enough blends out there that have coconut in so it’s nice to find one out there and I really hope I get to try more of them in the future.
I enjoyed this tisane so much that I would even go as fr to say that it’s probably one of the top 5 tisanes I’ve had this year and if you’ve been reading my blog throughout the year you know I have tried a lot them and that,that’s a big thing for me to say. But it honestly is amazing, I enjoyed it a lot and if you’re a fan of tropical fruits and coconut I highly recommend that you give this a try (Before I buy up all of their stock). I’m so thankful that Cup & Saucer Teas chose to put this tisane in the package they sent because it’s probably a blend I wouldn’t have gone for if I was just shopping on their website because of the Hibiscus.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Cup & Saucer Teas and purchase this blend for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley