Hey there Teacups! Sorry about the lack of blog post over the last few days. I’m back today however with another Lets Talk Tea Post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tiger Tea Co’s – Eastern Promise blend. As you all know Tiger Tea Co have featured on my blog a few times this year and I’ve had nothing but great experiences with all of their blends I have tried so far, so going into this tasting session I had high expectations but also no doubt in my mind at all that this blend was going to live up to them. I knew going into this tasting session that I was too expect a treat from this blend and luckily it did not let me down.
Here’s what Tiger Tea Co have to say about this blend over on their website: “A warm comforting blend of rich chocolate notes, fragrant summer rose, the fresh zing of citrus orange and the exquisite aroma of green cardamom.”
Ingredients: Ceylon black tea, rose petals, marigold petals, cocoa nibs, green apple pieces, orange pieces, green cardamom.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this tea two ways: on its own (hot) and then with just honey added (hot). Out of both ways I tried this I would definitely say that my favourite was the cup I had with the honey added. The one and only reason I enjoyed that cup more than the cup I had on its own was because the addition of the honey allowed the subtler notes like the orange, cacao cardamom to come through and really did a great job of balancing everything out. It was nice on its own don’t get me wrong but it was mostly black tea and rose with a hit of natural sweetness from the apple it really reminded me a lot of rose Turkish Delight but I could just tell that there was more potential to it and luckily the addition of just a teaspoon of honey was able to bring all of that potential out.
The rose is present and unmistakably rose but not overpowering and incredibly fragrant, the apple adds a really nice hint of natural sweetness and the orange a nice zestiness. One of my favourite elements is the green cardamom that was really able to come through after I added in a little honey, it added a nice aromatic underpinning to this and really cut through all of the other notes well.
I definitely think that Ceylon was the best choice in terms of a base for this blend. I think anything heavier, stronger and more robust would outside everything else in this blend. With the use of Ceylon you get a nice medium bodied maltiness, a subtle floral note and an ever so slight hint of citrus and it perfect for this blend pairing well with the rose and the orange especially. Also the use of Ceylon resulted in this blend not having even the slightest hint of astringency to it even without the addition of the honey.
The reason I decided not to try this with milk added is because once I had tried it the two ways I have already mentioned I could tell that the addition of any kind of milk would have ruined this blend and muted everything to the point where you might as well have been drinking slightly flavoured milk rather than tea so I didn’t want to waste any of this tea even experimenting with that. I’m still certain that the one thing that this remind me of is the rose Turkish Delight and I love it for that, while it isn’t my favourite treat I enjoy it every now and then and with this tea I get that flavour without all of the powdered sugar which is the only thing I don’t like about it. This is definitely a blend I would purchase again in the future and I definitely think this would be the perfect black tea to drink in the afternoon during the spring and summer.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about Tiger Tea Co 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*