Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing The Lichfield Tea Company – Strawberry Shortcake tisane. They very kindly sent me a few of their teas and tisanes to review and out of all the tisanes included this is definitely the one I have been the most excited to try. Not only are strawberries one of my favourite fruits but this blend also has both coconut chips and roasted coconut flakes in it and you all know just how much I love coconut in blends. To me this blend sounded dreamy so when they asked which of their blends I wanted to try, this one simply had to be on the list.
I’ve never seen a company do Strawberry Shortcake in the form of a blend so out of all the tisanes on their website this one stood out to me the most. I can’t always have dessert as super sweet things can trigger my migraines so when companies do dessert inspired blends I always hope that they are amazing because finding good replacements or dessert always makes me so happy. Here’s what The Lichfield Tea Company have to say about this blend over on their website: ”A classic on any dessert menu, strawberry shortcake is always a favourite. Our fruity infusion is a perfect match between tangy strawberries, cream and vanilla.”
Ingredients: apple pieces*, rose hip peel*, hibiscus blossoms*, natural flavouring, coconut chips*, roasted coconut flakes*, orange peel*, freeze-dried strawberry pieces*, pink rose petals*, * from organic cultivation.
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this one way, on it’s own cold brewed. The reason I didn’t experiment any further with it is because it was delicious on it’s own and did not need anything adding to it and honestly that is the only way that I recommend you drink this. For once in a strawberry blend the strawberry is the stand out note and it is unmistakably strawberry and completely natural. With strawberry being quite far down on the list of ingredients I didn’t expect that, but I love it and I’m very glad it that that is just how this blend works. I was worried that the hibiscus in this would overpower everything and despite it being third on the ingredients list it wasn’t a very strong note at all and instead just provided a nice base for everything else to stand on.
I couldn’t really pick out the rose hip peel at all, and a very slight hint of orange came through in the aftertaste but all in all they are the weakest of all the ingredients in this blend. The apple however doesn’t impart too much of an apple flavour but does provide a hit of natural sweetness which is what I think stops that hibiscus from being too much and stops it from leaving behind that classic tart hibiscus bite.
Now we have to take a second to talk about the use of coconut in this blend. I wasn’t expecting too much from it but it really adds that kind of creamy note that you expect from a strawberry shortcake. I think the decision to add in both coconut slices and roasted coconut flakes is such a fantastic idea because the roasted coconut flakes impart an almost cakey vanilla like note which really bring that real dessert vibe forward. Without the coconut this blend would be nowhere near as good as it is and the fact that it pairs so well with the strawberry makes my heart so happy. This is one of the best fruity dessert inspired tisanes I’ve had in a long time. If you’re a strawberry fan I can’t recommend this blend highly enough, I promise you that you will love it.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about The Lichfield Tea Company or purchase some of this tisane 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 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.*