Hey there Teacups! Day six of The Twelve Days of Teamas is here and for today’s post I’m going to be doing a review and the featured blend from Chariteas that I’m going to reviewing today is their Fireside Orange blend. This is a black tea based blend with spiced orange notes. I was so glad to see Chariteas had included this in the samples they sent for this series because to me this sounded like the perfect accidentally Christmas blend, which are always the best kind of blends! If you try them for the first time at Christmas you can repurchase them all year long and you don’t have to wait until the next Christmas to have them again.
Here’s what Chariteas themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: “A naturally sweet tea, Fireside Orange is flavoured with fragrant organic spices and a hint of orange peel. Suited for a zesty morning wake up call.”
Ingredients: black tea, orange peel*, sarsaparilla*, amacha, cloves*, cinnamon*, pepper, ginger*, flavoring. *Organically Produced
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I used filtered water and I steeped this at 98-100°C for 4 minutes and 3 seconds (Chariteas recommend 3-5 and when companies say that I normally go right down the middle of that suggestion at). I tried it on its own and then just with the addition of honey. Going into this I had wanted to try it with milk added, however upon tasting it for the first time I quickly realised that this blend was not made for milk to be added and that it definitely would have overpowered many of the ingredients that make it as great as it is.
In the cup I had on its own the black tea base and the orange were the stand out stars which is definitely what I was expecting, but there was also quite a prominent note in there that was naturally very sweet and was a like a mix of liquorice and soft anis which lingers after each sip. At first I wasn’t too sure what creating that note but after doing a little bit of research I was able to find out that it was in fact the Amacha in this blend (which is a herbal tea from Japan) that was creating those notes. I’ve never tried it before but getting hints of this in this blend has definitely inspired me to try and hunt some down in 2021 and try it on its own.
In that cup on its own there were also soft spice notes, mostly clove and cinnamon and a subtle hint of pepper and ginger. I definitely would have liked the pepper and ginger to be much stronger but that’s only because I like blends with spices in them to be quite punchy.
After adding a little honey into this I feel like I was instantly able to pick out the sarsaparilla more which added a nice mix of vanilla and caramel notes to the aftertaste of this blend. I definitely instantly prefered this with the addition of honey as it just seemed to lift everything a little bit. It’s a very naturally sweet blend though so I only added half a teaspoon of honey and that’s all I feel it needed.
To me this ended up tasting a bit like orange sugar cookies and I love that about it, however it could definitely do with being much more spicy than it is. I’m just happy that Chariteas creates a Fireside blend without falling back on a Lapsang for the base. Even though it falls a little flat on the spice front I still really enjoy this and would definitely consider repurchasing it in the future.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about Chariteas and purchase some of this blend to try for yourself you can do both here. As always if 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 tomorrow. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*the tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own and have not been paid for*