Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tealish’s – Sweetie Pie blend. This is a rooibos based blend with coconut, almond and rose. Those of you who know me well will know that I am a sucker for any blend that has coconut in it no matter what base ingredient it’s paired with (aside from Pu’erh) and I will always give it a try. When it comes to tisanes rooibos based ones are always what I reach for because I just enjoy them so much more than herbal tisanes and you can pair so many different things with them.
When Tealish very kindly let me go through their website and pick out a few teas to try this one caught my eye instantly and I knew I had to give it a try. In the past given that choice I would have gone with the blends on the website that are much more within my comfort zone but my aim through 2019 has been to push myself out of my tea comfort zone and try blends that I wouldn’t normally go for. I’m incredibly thankful to Tealish for letting me have free reign over their website and enabling me to try new things.Here’s what Tealish themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: ”The natural sweetness of rooibos provides a perfect base for decedent pieces of almond and coconut. This blend has an intoxicating and a sweet creamy taste reminiscent of amaretto”
Ingredients: Rooibos, Coconut, Almond Flakes, Natural Flavourings and Rose Petals
Tisane Tasting Notes
This tea is absolutely fantastic! It tastes just like a nice hot cup of amaretto and as someone who doesn’t drink alcohol and hasn’t for a lot of years now finding something that tastes just like amaretto is amazing. The stand out note for me is by far the almond but its not artificial or overpowering at all and it pairs perfectly with the nutty note that the rooibos has. The coconut is present but not very strong flavour wise, however it does add a nice creamy note in the aftertaste and adds a subtle creaminess to the mouthfeel as well. The two elements of this blend I wish has have been a little stronger is the cherry and the rose.
Don’t get me wrong the cherry note was strong enough to be noticed especially as the cup I made cooled down but I just wish it had have been a little bit stronger just like the almond is. The rose for me was not noticeable at all and I think that it would have added a really nice sweet floral note to this blend that would have rounded each mouthful off really well. I might buy some dried rose petals and add some to this blend myself to see what it like because I really am curious to see what it would add to this blend. In terms of preparation suggestions I would suggest you simply drink this on it’s own because it’s delicious as is without having to add anything. I also think that some of it’s notes are far too subtle and would be drowned out by adding milk, as much as I do think that it would make a delicious bakewell tart latte. It’s also naturally sweet enough that you don’t need to add any sweetener at all. I wouldn’t recommend you cold brew it as this is deffinelty a blend that works much better hot than it does cold. It will make for a delicious winter warmer and for those of us that don’t drink it makes a perfect replacement for amaretto.
I’m so thankful that the team at Tealish sent me some of their blends to review and I just wanted to take a second to apologise to them that this final review took so long to get posted. I honestly thought I had reviewed all of the blends they had sent until I moved my “to be reviewed” tea box and saw that this one had fallen behind it. I was going to try and fit this in my posting schedule in a few weeks but I didn’t want to keep the team at Tealish waiting any longer after they had been kind enough to send me some of their blends to review.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/5
If you want to find out more about Tealish and purchase some of this tisane 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