Hey there Teacups! I hope you’re all doing well I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Steenberg’s Rose & Bergamot blend. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you will probably know that I’ve loved pretty much everything I’ve tried from Steenberg’s so far and with this blend a black tea based floral blend there was no way I was going to end up enjoying it.Here’s what Steenberg’s have to say about this blend on their website: “is a light brewing beautiful floral loose leaf tea made with Ceylon and Chinese teas, which is ideal for the afternoon or evening. Axel’s idea behind this tea was to make something evocative of classical Persia – tea and damask rose with hints of orange blossom. “I imagine fun walking in gardens with tinkling fountains and peacocks strutting their fancy stuff. So I have devised this recipe that uses light black teas, plenty of rose petals, cornflower petals and orange blossom, then added some cardamom and bergamot for that orange and sweet cardamom taste.”
Ingredients: black tea, rose petals, cardamom pods, orange blossom, cornflower, bergamot oil. (V)Before I opened the box that this tea came in I was expecting it to be heavily floral and not much more due to the use of both bergamot and rose in the same blend but it was nothing of the sort. Aroma wise the shining star of this blend is the black tea which I couldn’t have been happier about. Aside from the black tea and all its classically malty and woody notes the rose and the bergamot were definitely the strongest (but that was to be expected) neither seemed overly strong though and they paired together really well. What surprised me about this blend though was that the cardamom was able to come through despite the florals. All in all the aroma of this blend definitely made a great first impression and had me really excited to see what it had to offer taste wise.
Tea Tasting Notes
I said at the start of this post that I knew I was going to enjoy this blend before I had even tried it and I was right. This blend it’s phenomenal and I’m so glad I was given the chance to try it. I think that out of all of the blends I’ve tried so far from Steenberg’s this is definitely my favourite and I’ll definitely be buying lots more during 2019. I really struggle with teas and tisane that are heavily floral as they almost always trigger my migraines so before I took my first sip of this blend I was really worried that It was going to be too much for me with it having both bergamot and rose in it but they were very much bottom notes and really did take a back seat and let the tea shine. I didn’t expect the cardamom to come through at all but it ended up being strong than both the bergamot and the rose which surprised me a little bit as always the Add to dictionary paired perfectly with the soft malty/ woody notes of the black tea.
I love how unique this blend is you expect it so be hard hitting, heavy and full bodied but it’s actually incredibly delicate and yet still managed to pack a punch when it comes to flavour it’s the perfect blend to have with an afternoon tea or to finish off the day. It deffinelty has a chocolate like note to it so I reckon it would pair brilliantly with a delicate chocolate dessert and I deffinelty think I’ll try and make some tea infused fondant/ganache filled chocolates with the blend very soon. All in all I really enjoyed this blend it’s a lovely light tea that works best without milk (I milk would drown it out completely). The addition of cardamom adds a lovely depth to the flavour and deffinelty not something I would have expected to have been included in a blend like this. I can see myself repurchasing a lot of this throughout 2019 because I know I’ll reach for this on a regular basis when I want something that’s lighter than a lot of the other blends I have in my stash.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Steenberg’s and purchase some of 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 @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley