Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing El’s Tea Shop’s – Ginger Snap Blend. I’m not normally a huge fan of ginger blends but I do love ginger snap biscuits so for me this blend was really intriguing and going into this tasting session I was really excited to see what it had to offer. There’s a few ingredients in this blend that I’ve actually never tried before so I was really intrigued to see what they would add to the overall flavour profile of this tisane. I won’t lie after my first tasting session with El’s Tea Shop I was worried going into this tasting session but I tried to make sure I didn’t let those worries creep into this tasting session to much.
Here’s what El’s Tea Shop themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Are you a Ginger lover? If not already one taste of El’s Ginger Snap Tea and you will be a lover for life! Our invigorating Ginger Snap Tea is a tantalising blend that will be sure to get your taste buds singing. This full-bodied tea includes therapeutic Organic Paw Paw Leaves which aids healthy digestion. This tea can be enjoyed at any time of the day but it’s especially perfect before and after meals.”
Ingredients: Organic Ginger Pieces, Organic Paw Paw Leaves, Organic Orange Peels, Organic Honeybush Leaves, Calendula Petals, Organic True Cinnamon.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend 4 ways: on it’s own (hot & iced) and sweetened with honey (hot and iced). Out of all of the cups that I had my favourite by far was the sweetened iced cup which I honestly wasn’t expecting at all, and that fact I enjoyed this so much iced makes me want to go back and try so many teas with ginger in that I didn’t initial like iced just to see if I like them more iced. Until trying this blend I never would have thought to ice a blend like this so I’m glad that I decided to experiment a little bit and push myself outside of my comfort zone.
It was nice hot but for me the cup(s) I had hot were a little off balance and pretty much all just ginger and orange with a somewhat savoury note that I wasn’t expecting at all and did not enjoy. The cup I had hot with honey was a little better but still not as balanced as I would have liked and a bit drying in the mouth. If you are going to try this and you want to try it hot I definitely recommend adding in at least a teaspoon of honey to your cup to balance it a little bit more and make that savoury note that for me doesn’t fit well in this tea at all and if I’m honest I’m not sure what ingredient was creating it.
The iced cups I had were much better, especially the sweetened one. The ginger is definitely the star which I did expect but I was able to pick out the orange, cinnamon, honeybush and the paw paw leaves which I do that were providing that savoury note in the hot cup which was present again in the iced cups but much more subtle and more in the aftertaste than anything especially in the sweetened iced cup. When it comes to iced tisanes I often expect fruity notes with tropical flavours so having this kind of flavour profile iced was a completely new experience for me and honestly I loved it.
This has taught me to continue to try new things and to prepare teas in as many different ways possible for tasting sessions so I can fully understand how they shine. I can tell I’m going to make it through this bag in no time and I’m really looking forward to reaching for it on hotter days. Ginger not only has a nice spicy kick when iced but also a delicious lingering natural sweetness that coats your tongue and re-emerges every time you breath in making it seem like the air itself is sweet.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.3/5
If you want to find out more about El’s Tea Shop and purchase some of this tisane to try 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 very best to answer them all as soon as I possibly 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*