Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Magic & Science Gals – Wild Cherry Charm. Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while now will have seen The Magic & Science Gals feature on my blog quite a few times now and you’ll also know that I’ve really enjoyed pretty much every single one of their blends that I’ve had the pleasure of trying. So, when it came to doing this tasting session I had very high expectations and I just hoped that this blend would be as good as all of their other black tea based blend I have tried in the past.
Here’s what the Magic & Science Gals have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Wild Cherry Charm is an Assam black tea with rooibos. The blending sprites have truly charmed us with a spellbinding blend with Wild Cherry Charm. This tea is smooth, sweet and has hints of cherry vanilla. It is a rich black tea with a fruity after taste of sweet cherry vanilla. As you sip this brew, awareness of cherry tree blossoms will dance in through your mind. Enjoy this with honey for a smooth relaxing blend without all the cherry stained fingertips from pitting and squeezing your own fruit…the sprites have done all that for you, along with adding a few other ingredients to liven your day.”
Ingredients: Assam*, Vanilla Flavour*, Rooibos, Rose Petals*, Liquorice Root*, Calendula*, Sunflower Petals, Cacao Nibs, Cherry extract*, Caramel flavour *certified organic
Tea Tasting Notes
I was worried that the cherry elements of this blend were going to taste artificial and medicinal but they were honestly quite subtle and I’m really glad about that. I never normally reach for cherry blends are they are normally too much for me but I’m really glad magic and science chose to include this blend in the package they sent. The black tea base is a little bit drying in the mouth but I’ll be honest I was expecting that. Its quite a light black tea based though which really let’s the subtle cherry and the floral sweet rose come through and still adds a nice woody and malty element to the flavour profile.
The cacao nibs add a nice chocolate undertone to this blend that pairs really well with the caramel flavouring and the nutty note provided by the rooibos and the vanilla flavouring. To me this almost tastes a lot like a black forest gateau in a cup and as a lover of dessert teas I love that aspect of this blend. Until very recently I had never tried a blend with both black tea and rooibos in it but I absolutely love the two together so I’m going to be on the look out for more blends that include both through 2020.In terms of preparation suggestions this is best without milk but with a little bit of honey to bring the cherry and the rose out a little bit more. All in all its very nice but much lighter than I expected it to be, but at least I know for the next time that I make it to use a little more tea than I did the first time around. I haven’t tried this with milk yet but honestly I don’t think it would work. It’s all much too light and I think milk would overpower it all you would just be drinking slightly flavoured hot milk in the end. The reason I suggest to add a little bit of honey to this if you are going to drink it on your on is because without it there is a little bit of astringency to the black tea no matter how long you steep it.
In terms of steeping time I would recommend around 4 minutes if you want to make sure the Assam doesn’t get to astringent but the rooibos is still strong enough to stand out. This will deffinelty get added to the list of Magic & Science Gals blends that I enjoy and would consider purchasing time and time again simply just because of the fact that it reminds me so much of a black forest gateau.
Overall Teacups Rating: 4.9/5
If you want to find out more about The Magic & Science Gals 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 @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The Tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*