Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Forest Witch Teas – Samwise Gamgee tisane. This blend is a strawberry and cream inspired blend with chamomile, rose and strawberry notes perfect for a gardener, and you probably won’t be surprised to hear that it is absolutely delicious. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that I’ve tried quite a few blends from Forest Witch Teas and I have loved every single one of them.
In fact, I’ve loved them that much that after opening them for my first tasting sessions for their reviews, none of them last more than a week. Mia is magic and all of her blends are beyond phenomenal and I always enjoy drinking them so much. This one is no different; in fact since doing my tasting session for the blog only a few days ago I’ve almost finished the bag of this blend that I have. This blend met my expectations and then went above and beyond them and even made me learn to enjoy chamomile. Normally I would never go for a blend that was chamomile based as it’s not really my cup of tea but this blend is different.Here’s what Forest Witch Teas have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Samwise Gamgee’s tea is a blend of chamomile, rose, rosehips, with strawberries and cream. What’s a gardener to do with all those delicious blooms and berries about? Put them into food, of course! I have a feeling Sam and Frodo were eating fairly well before they entered Mordor.”
Ingredients: organic chamomile, organic rosehips, organic strawberries, organic rose, flavour (CAFFINE FREE)
Tea Tasting Notes
Normally I really struggle to stomach blends with chamomile in them, especially blends in which the chamomile is the base on its own, there’s just something about the flavour that it gives off that I normally can’t stomach but this blend is much different. I think the strawberry with it’s natural sweetness and subtle tartness and the rose with its subtle sweet floral note seem to calm the chamomile down and make it much more palatable for me.
There are some flavour notes from chamomile that I do enjoy; don’t get me wrong the subtle apple and vanilla like notes are to die for and the mellow honey like sweetness to it means I often don’t need to add any sweetener to blends that contain it but when it is the sole base of a blend it is normally far to herbal for me. So I was so thankful that there were ingredients in this blend that took that overly herbal note away.When I heard that this blend was inspired by strawberries and cream I didn’t know what to expect but I deffinelty didn’t expect chamomile at all. However it does work perfectly and it absolutely delicious on its on without any sweetener as it has enough natural sweetness already. If like me you like to experiment with the teas you have try making this blend into a latte with soya milk. It means you have to use a little bit more tea than you normally would but its delicious and makes for such a relaxing bedtime drink and adds to the overall ‘cream’ aspect of this blend.
This blend also reminded me quite a lot of Fig Rolls/Fig Newton’s which I don’t normally enjoy to eat at all but I really do enjoy this blend so maybe I should give them a try. This Blend was so surprising for me and at this point in my tea journey it’s not very often that blends are able to take me by surprise. I’m not overly surprised that I loved it thought because I have loved pretty much everything I have tried from Forest Witch Teas and each time a try a new one of their blends I become even more convinced that Mia has some sort of magic because she’s a blending genius.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Forest Witch Teas 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