Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Twist Tea’s – Passionfruit & Rose blend. If you’ve read my latest post featuring Twist Teas you’ll know that Twist Teas very kindly sent me their current cold brew collection to try out after enjoying the first blend from the collection that I tried, it took me a while to pick which blend from the collection I wanted to try next as they all sound spectacular.
The reason I ended up picking this particular blend is because the combination of ingredients intrigued me as I would have never put rose and passionfruit together as they are both quite strong in flavour I thought surely there was no way that they were going to clash out be so strong together they would cancel each other out and this would end up being a very one note tisane. Luckily that wasn’t the case at all and I actually had a really pleasant experience with this blend.
Here’s what Twist Teas themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Swap booze for brews with this delicious alternative to bubbly. Have a moment of passion with this elegant Chinese white tea, enhanced with floral notes and a passionfruit zing. This limited edition blend has been created specifically to serve cold with sparkling water.”
Ingredients: Chinese White Tea, Apple Pieces, Rosehip, Hibiscus, Orange Peel, Freeze-dried Passionfruit (5%), Elderflower, Orange Blossom, Rose Petals, Natural Flavouring.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend two ways: On it’s own (Cold Brewed) & sweetened with a little honey (Iced). I know Twist Teas say that this should be drunk cold with sparkling water but I didn’t have any in at the time of doing this tasting session so I couldn’t try that this time around however I’m sure with the right sparkling water it could make for a delicious substitution for a alcoholic drink. Out of the two cups of this that I had both were great but I think the slightly sweetened one was much more my cup of tea than the cold brewed non sweetened version which I didn’t expect actually as I never normally sweeten cold brewed / iced blends. I’m glad I decided to try it sweetened as well though because now I know that I should try it with other tisanes that I have in the future.
The cold brewed cup I made with this was much more balanced than I thought it would be with two strong elements like passionfruit and rose. The white tea base is present but all the other elements because of their natural strength do tend to overshadow it a little bit. But I’ll be honest I was expecting that and I do still think that white tea was definitely the best choice as a base for this kind of blend. In the cold brewed cup the passionfruit, rose and hibiscus were the stand out notes for me and everything else just took a bit of a back seat. I’m not a huge fan of hibiscus however so for me this blend could do without it as it adds a tart bite which you all know is one of my least favourite things.
The iced cup I made I actually steeped hot and them poured it over ice, adding in a teaspoon of honey just before I poured it over the ice. For me that worked much better than the cold brewed cup did and was much more balanced. The white tea came through a little bit more and as well as the passionfruit,rose and hibicus that are definitely the stand outs the other elements of this blend like the apple, elderflower, orange blossom were also given their time to shine and gave this blend depth. The additional sweetness provided by the honey I added took that hard tart bite of the hibicus away which I was very happy.
I’m really glad that the stand outs of this blend were the passionfruit and rose and that both of those elements were well balanced and natural. There were so many ways in which this blend could have gone wrong but just like always twist tea worked their blending magic and managed to create another delicious blend. I’m glad I found a way to prepare this that worked perfectly for me, this is such a perfect blend for summer and I’m really excited to enjoy what I have left of this during the coming heatwave we are supposed to have this week. I’m going to make sure I purchase some more so I can try it with sparkling water.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/5
If you want to find out more about Twist Teas 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 tea 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. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*