Hey there Teacups.. HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing The Magic & Science Gals – Cranberry Apple Concoction blend. As you’ll know from all of my past posts featuring The Magic & Science Gals so far I have enjoyed each and every single one of their teas and tisanes that I have been lucky enough to try. This is the last of the teas I was very kindly sent to review but I’m sure that after this The Magic & Science Glass will probably feature again on my blog at some point.
Here’s what The Magic & Science Gals have to say about this blend over on their website: ”This sweet and tangy brew is made with a blend of organic cranberries and hibiscus, with heart-healthy hawthorn, and energy-boosting spices. Cranberry Apple Concoction supports the heart and blood pressure and promotes healthy digestion.”
Ingredients: (*Certified Organic): Cranberries (naturally sweetened), Hibiscus, Rooibos, Hawthorn Leaf and Flower, Cinnamon & other organic spices, Apple Flavour
Tisane Tasting Notes
With it being cold, grey and gloomy here in the UK now I haven’t been cold brewing much tea at all so going into this tasting session I was going to try this hot, but then I remembered that it had hibiscus in it and you all know that I can’t stomach hibiscus when it hot so I decided to cold brew this blend for this tasting session instead and I’m really glad that I did. Had I brewed this hot I knew that all I would have been able to taste was the Hibiscus and maybe the cinnamon and the apple, I wouldn’t have been able to pick out the subtler notes in this blend that were able to shine when I cold brewed this like the Rooibos and the cranberries.
When steeped cold I was able to pick out pretty much every single ingredient of this blend separately. Of course the Hibiscus was present but it was tart and sharp like it would be if I had brewed it hot instead it was subtle and just provided a nice slight floral note to this blend. The rooibos provides a natural sweetness and slightly nutty taste which pairs well with the spices especially the cinnamon and the apple. The cranberry was a little bit more subtle than I thought it would be but the cranberry and the hibiscus are very similar when it comes to how they taste. The only thing I couldn’t really pick out was the hawthorn leaf but that might be because I couldn’t tell you what hawthorn tastes like to save my life.
I definitely recommend that if you are going to try thing blend and treat yourself to some that you steep it cold! That’s not to say that I don’t think it would be nice hot, I just personally can’t stomach hot hibiscus. I finished what I had of this around Christmas time because I cold brewed it and it was such a welcome break from the heaviness of Christmas food and drinks. But because of the Christmas like notes this blend has it still felt festive enough to drink even though it was cold. For the most part this was such a delicious blend and it’s quite well balanced I just wish the rooibos and spices would have been a little bit stronger. Because that the only way in which this blend falls a little bit flat for me.
All in all though I was surprised at all that I ended up enjoying this blend, you all know just how much I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tired from The Magic & Science Gals. I can’t wait to hopefully try some more of there blends in the future.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about The Magic & Science Gals 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
*The tisane 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*