Hey there Teacups! Time for Day 8 of The Twelve Days of Teamas 2020. I’ll be doing another review today but I promise the next four days will no be reviews and will actually revolve around Christmas in some way shape or form! I wanted to do a mix of posts this year as to not overload you all with either too much Christmas or too many review and all in all I think once the series is finished there will be a good balance of both. Anyway back to today, today’s featured blend from Chariteas is their Mountain Rose blend, which is a blend of Green Tea, Rosebuds, Raspberry Leaf and Flavouring.
Surprisingly this has been one I’ve been really excited for as compared to all of the other blends I’ve tried so far for Teamas, it’s flavour profile just seemed like it was going to be much more mellow and I felt like it was going to be quite a nice break between all of the heaviness of the usual Christmas / winter time blends. It also seemed to me like it was going to make for a very relaxing cup of tea to drink and honestly that’s exactly what it ended up being.
Here’s what Chariteas themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: “This Chariteas blend features balanced flavours of rose and fruit complemented by the fresh vegetal notes of an organically grown green tea.”
Ingredients: Green tea*, rose petals*, raspberry leaf*, and flavouring. *Organically produced
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I only ended up trying this hot, but I tried it both with and without the addition of honey. I steeped it for 3 minutes, in freshly filtered water that was a temperature of 85°C. The resulting cup was fresh, light, vegetal, floral, earthy, sweet, fruity and ever so relaxing to drink. In short it was exactly how I imagined it would be and I was so happy about that. I honestly could have carried on drinking this without adding absolutely anything to it as I found it to be delicious the way it was, but for this tasting session I wanted to experiment and see what adding just a smidge of honey would do to this blend.
The stand out notes of the cup I had on it’s own were the green tea and the rose but that’s clear because as you can see in the picture of the dry leaves they are the ingredients that have been used in the highest quantities. The balance though between them is perfect, I was slightly worried when I saw how much rose was in the sample because I thought it was going to overpower the green tea but it doesn’t come anywhere close to doing that.
The green tea provides a nice fresh vegetal base which of course pairs perfect with the rose, and then the raspberry leaf provides fruity and earthy notes similar to a very light black tea, but those notes are mostly in the background but they do round off each mouthful really well. The addition of a little honey seem to make those notes a little stronger and also amplify the rose but other than that it didn’t seem to effect the blend too much as I decided to only add half a teaspoon. I definitely think anymore than half a teaspoon would have been far too much though as this is a very light blend and could easily be thrown off balance.
I do wish I had taken the time to try this iced as well, as I feel like that would have worked really well too. I can definitely see myself having more of this in my stash / collection at some point once I’ve made a little more progress on sipping down my current collection. It pretty much springtime in a cup so it will be perfect to sip on both hot and iced during spring and summer. I can also see it being great at this time of year as the prefect blend to drink to break up all the heavy food and drink.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Chariteas and purchase some of this blend to try yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any kind of 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