Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Craft Tea Company’s – Pink Lemonade tisane. As you will all know if you read my post yesterday, I’m going to do my best through the summer months to highlight blends that are perfect for cold brewing throughout the summer. The Craft Tea Company has very kindly sent me three teas / tisanes from their website that are perfect for cold brewing that I’ll be reviewing over the next few weeks. When they arrived and I opened them all up to smell them (like I do whenever I get new tea), and after smelling this pink lemonade once I knew it had to be the first that I reviewed because it smelt delicious and I knew I didn’t have enough will power to wait longer than a few days to try it.
Here’s what Craft Tea Company have to say about this blend over on their website: ” Say hello summer with this super zingy lemon tea, perfectly blended with rose and lavender, straight out of the classic English country garden. Zesty lemon with elegant floral notes. Drink in the sunshine with this uplifting caffeine free infusion of lemon, rose and lavender.”
Ingredients: Lemongrass, Lemon Peel, Lemon Slices, Rose, Hibiscus, Lavender.
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend 4 ways: hot (on it’s own), hot (with honey), iced (on its own) and iced (with honey). I was only expecting to enjoy this blend iced because of the list of ingredients it has but the cup of this that I had hot with honey was fantastic which really surprised me. In both the hot and iced cups that I had without honey the lavender and rose were just a little bit too strong for me but the lemon elements did really well to fight against them and were still very present. The best thing about this is both hot and iced you literally could not pick out the hibiscus at all which I was incredibly happy about. Both the hot and iced cups I had of this blend with sweetener (I used 1tsp of honey in each cup) were much more balanced the addition of the honey seemed to calm the lavender and the rose a little and made this much easier for me to drink.
The best thing about this blend is all of the different lemon ingredients, I love lemon and I love lemonade (still), and the lemon of this for me is the stand out and Craft Tea did so well in that aspect with this blend. Some teas / tisanes with a lot of lemon in them can be really sour and when the lemon isn’t balanced like it is in this blend they can be really hard to drink. However, that was not the case with this blend at all, the florals pair beautifully with the lemon and do a great job at a breaking up those lemon elements so they are present in terms of taste but not overly sour and hard to drink.
This does need sweetener though for me just to weaken those hard hitting floral notes a little bit. I would recommend cold brewing this because when you do those florals get even strong. If you do want to have it iced I recommend steeping it hot, adding in sweetener and then pouring it over ice. Cold brewing this blend ruins it but if prepared in the right way its delicious iced especially if you add in a bit of lemonade (still) at the end. This would be the perfect tisane for a spring / summer tea party served either cold or iced as it pairs really well with sweet food. Though when hot, because of those florals it can be a little bit drying in the mouth but that is only to be expected from a blend with both lavender and rose.
This is definitely one I would purchase again now I have managed to find the perfect way to prepare it to my taste. I think it would be the perfect blend to have on had through the summer months when you are wanting a sweet / sour combo in your iced tea. I really do recommend doing it iced and adding in some lemonade though as it does a great job add tying everything together.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/5
If you want to find out more about The Craft Tea Company and purchase some of this blend to try it 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.*