Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Fernweh Argo’s – Paan Tea. As you all know Fernweh Argo very kindly let me go through their website and pick a few of their teas to try, and when I came across this one I was immediately intrigued by the combination of all it’s different ingredients and I simply had to ask them include it in the package that they sent. The fact that this has both coconut and rose in it as well as a green tea base made me hope that it was going to be delicious. The fact that it also has peppermint and beetroot in it did worry me a little bit though but I was hoping those elements wouldn’t be very strong.
Here’s what Fernweh Argo have to say about this blend over on their website: ”The leaf in the shape of a heart filled with vitamins and calcium can now bubble in your very own tea cup. Paan Green Tea generously nurses the health while sprinkling the taste buds with the swaad of pan. Liquor splashes the Betel Leaf aroma, blending with a gratifying Areca Nut scent. The first nip pleasantly instigates sweet tang of Betel Leaf infused with Rose. Liquor gradually reveals the relish saffron flavours, melding into a delectable taste of cardamom, gliding towards a minty tang, with the succulent touch of Rose and Betel Leaf flavours, leaving the authentic Banarasi Paan taste, soothing the palate.”
Ingredients: Green Tea, Rose Petals, Fennel, Cardamom, Coconut, Dates, Apricots, Peppermint, Beetroot and Saffron.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend two ways: On its own (hot) and then just hot with honey. I would have had it other ways but I just don’t think this would take milk very well so I didn’t both trying it like that. I really wanted with all of my heart for this blend to be amazing, I truly wanted to love it because I’ve been loving blends with rose in the recently, however that just wanted the case. This blend is so so far from being balanced that it’s honestly sad and I was truly disappointed. This tea has a pretty extensive list of ingredients so I was expecting it to have so many layers of depth in it’s flavour profile but literally all I could taste in this cup was rose and a bitter peppermint aftertaste.
You can’t taste the green tea, the coconut, the beetroot, the cardamom, the apricot, the dates, the saffron or the fennel and all you get is a cup that tastes like you just sprayed like perfume. The cup of this I had on its own was horribly strong in terms of the rose and the bitter mint aftertaste honestly made me feel a bit sick. I was expecting to love this blend but the fact that it has a green tea base and you can’t even slightly taste it means something is not right. You can never normally find anything that will overpower coconut but somehow even though there clearly a lot of it in there you literally can not taste the coconut at all and I’m not sure how that is possible.
After not enjoying the cup of this that I had on it’s own I decided to add in a teaspoon of honey to see what the sweetness would do and hoped that it would bring a little bit more balance to this blend but sadly that wasn’t the case. All it did was take a little bit of that mint bitterness and calm down the rose a little bit but absolutely nothing else was able to come through and I still couldn’t find any part of this blend that I enjoyed. I finished the cup I made after adding in the honey but It was far from enjoyable to drink and I had to have something to eat straight afterwards to get the taste of this blend out of my mouth.
The most disappointing thing I think when it comes to this blend is that I had hyped it up so much in my head and was expecting it to be amazing because the ingredients list sounded fantastic but this blend really does need some work doing to balance it out a bit more. I just don’t understand how I only used one sachet of this and it could be so strong and unbalanced that it was literally off putting to drink. I didn’t want to have to write another review like this but I had to be honest with you all just like I am in every review that I write, I want you all to be able to have honest opinions to read through before you spend your hard earned money and teas that aren’t worth it. There will probably be some people out there that will love this blend but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Overall Teacup Rating: 0/5
If you want to find out more about Fernweh Argo and take a look at this tea 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 do my best to answer them all as soon as I possibly can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley