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 Lawn Tea Co’s – Rose Garden tisane. So far my experience with The Lawn Tea Company has been a great one, I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of the blends I’ve tried so far giving them all at least a 4.8/5. In terms of quality they have been really consistent and because of that I go into each tasting session featuring a blend of theirs with high expectations. Luckily this particular blend managed to not only live up to those expectations but blow them all completely out of the water.
Here’s what they have to say about this blend over on their website: “Rose Garden’ Fruit Tea. This Rose Garden infusion has a rose aroma and tangy refreshing taste. The best way to serve this tea: Infuse with water just off the boil. It can be served hot or cold.”
“For those who appreciate a tipple at the end of a long summer’s day, it can be turned into a syrup and added to champagne or sparkling wine. For an alcohol free alternative, add lemonade to the chilled infusion.”
Ingredients: Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Rosebuds, Orange flowers. May contain nuts.
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this three ways: Hot (on its own), hot with just honey added and then iced on its own. Out of all the cups I had you’ll all probably be really shocked to hear that my favourite was actually the hot cup I had with the honey added. Those of you who know me well will know that I never even normally chance having blends with hibiscus in hot, but I took a chance with this one an ended up loving it once I added a little bit of honey to it. I can never normally stomach the way hibiscus tastes hot but I think having another strong flavour in there like rose really helped to distract me from the fact that there was hibiscus in there. It was a little tart in the cup I had on its own but once I added in the honey any tartness quickly disappeared.
When I first smelt this and saw just how many full rose buds and rose petals were in there I won’t lie to you I was really nervous that rose note was going to be far to strong and I was going to end up drinking something that tastes like perfume but that wasn’t the case at all. The rose is prominent and definitely the star of this blend which you would expect from the name but it isn’t soapy, perfumey or overpowering. For me it was of just the right strength and did it ended up pairing perfect with the lemongrass and the hibiscus.
The lemongrass is another prominent note which is around the same strength as the rose but doesn’t overpower it. It adds a nice zestiness to it and and ever so slight sharpness but again once that honey is added the sharpness it provides seems to dissipate. I didn’t mind it though and I’m glad lemongrass was used rather than actual lemon as I think that would have been a little too much for this blend as it wouldn’t have been as excellently balanced as it is. The iced cup I had was shocking my least favourite as the hibiscus and lemongrass were much stronger and the rose took more of a backseat which completely ruined the balance of this blend. I won’t give up on it iced just yet though as I think it would be a good base for a mocktail on hotter days so I’ll definitely give that a try at some point in the future as it’s getting a little cool here now.
I’m so thankful I was given a chance to try this blend as its shown me that sometimes taking chances and pushing yourself out of your comfort zones can result in great experiences. I wasn’t expecting to like this at all but ended up loving it and had I not taken that chance I would have never known. Its shown me that when it’s done right and care and attention is put into the blending I can actually enjoy blends with hibiscus in hot. That’s not a sentence I ever thought I would write on this blog so who knows what the rest of 2020 might hold.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about The Lawn Tea Co and purchase some of this blend to try for yourself which I highly recommend you do, 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*