Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Elvin & Erwin’s – Pina Colada tisane. I’ve tried one tea from Elvin & Erwin’s so far and loved that so when it came to trying another one of their blend I was really excited to see if the was going to be just as good as their Figgy pudding blend I tried last month. (If you haven’t read that review yet you can find it here). This Pina Colada blend was the first blend I took out of the package and the first one I opened, its beautiful aroma hit me the moment the lid was lifted and from that moment on I knew I was going to enjoy this blend. If I hadn’t reviewed their Figgy pudding blend during the Christmas season this deffinelty would have been the first one I tried. Here’s what Sabrina the founder of Elvin & Erwin’s have to say about this blend and why she chose to create it: ”I (Sabrina) was raised in the desert of Arizona. As a little girl I would make 3 gallons of sun tea at a time by filling a jug with water, adding far too many Lipton tea bags and setting the jug in the sun for hours. By lunch the tea had steeped and could be poured over ice and sugared to taste. Although not the most delicate way to make a cuppa, that’s how it was done for years. Fast forward and I’m raising sons in Virginia where we get all four seasons. They get to experience all the greatest Teas the world could offer. However in the south sweet tea is King when it comes to cold teas.
The rule with sweet tea is “if you add too much sugar you should add a little more”. That’s hard for a mother to give to her children. So I figured out by adding fruit to the tea it sweetened it without negating all the health benefits. So when we sat down to decide what kind of teas we wanted to offer to the world I knew iced/cold brew would be one in honour of my childhood. I picked Pina colada because it is naturally sweet thanks to pineapple, rose hips and cherries. While the hibiscus creates such a beautiful deep colour. I feel proud to give it to my family as it’s healthy.
Tisane Tasting Notes
When I first opened the tin this tisane came in the aroma had much more of a bakewell tart feel to it but after leaving it to acclimatize for a few days that disappeared and screamed Pina Colada and was much more balanced with pineapple and coconut being the standout notes. For this tasting session I tried this tisane both hot and Iced with it having Hibiscus in it I knew I was going to enjoy it much more iced but I wanted to try it both ways to take the guess-work out of everything for you all. The hot version of this I made I steeped for 11 minutes and drank it straight (It’s a naturally sweet blend that doesn’t need any sweetener). The iced version of this I made I steeped in cold water overnight in my fridge using what I had left of my tin in ensure a great strength and again I didn’t add any sweetener. (When you cold brew blends like this one they result in a much sweeter brew overall as the flavours are treated with care and allowed to build slowly) The hot stepped version was too much for me because of the hibiscus I may have learned to enjoy it a little more throughout 2018 but I still don’t enjoy it hot there’s just something about it that I can’t stomach. The standout notes in the hot steeped version were a sweet pineapple and a creamy coconut note and the hibiscus actually helped to round off each mouthful and really sell that sweet pineapple note. With the dark colour that came from it I was expecting the hibiscus to be overly tart but it was far from it and while you wouldn’t expect it from an everyday Pina Colada it’s a welcome change and I think this blend would be very one note without it.
The cold brewed version of this blend was much more up my street and was much better in every single aspect. All of the fruity notes were much stronger and just like the hot steeped version the sweet pineapple note and the creamy coconut note were the stand outs. The hibiscus was much more muted which was a welcome change as it allowed the natural sweetness to come through as well as a slight apple note and a strong cherry aftertaste. (My guess is that the cherry is to blame for me thinking this blend smelt like bakewells to start off with).
I couldn’t pick the rosehip out of the hot or cold brewed versions but blends like the do a great job of using a number of notes to create an overall flavour rather than lots of stand alone notes which is probably why I didn’t get much apple from this as well. I would recommend having this blend iced it just shines its brightest when prepared that way, you get much more from it and all in all it’s just far more enjoyable without the taste of hot hibiscus.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Elvin & Erwin’s and purchase this amazing 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