Hey there Teacups! I can’t believe this series is almost over and I’m already writing the post for day 11. This series may not have gone the way I originally planned it to and I ay have had to compromise a little when it came to the content I wanted to create due to health issues getting in the way but I’m still proud of what it turned out to be, though I’m hoping that next year will be even better and I can put my all into making the content much more Christmas focused. But for now let’s get back to today’s post shall we, today’s featured tea from Chariteas is there Victorian Faire blend.
Here’s what Chariteas have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Crafted to compliment the sophistication of Victorian tea parties, this immaculate black tea blend is smooth and aromatic. Organically grown black tea and aged Italian bergamot are blended with rosemary and rose to create a tea worthy of the queen’s table. Victorian Faire can be enjoyed by many different palates with its complex yet balanced flavours. This tea truly shines when shared over a platter of decadent finger foods.
Ingredients: Black Tea*, Rose Buds*, Rosemary* and Bergamot* – *Organically Produced
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session like all others I have done for this tasting session I used freshly filtered water, With this being a black tea I of course steeped it for 4 and a half minutes and 98 . Overall I ended up trying it two ways on it’s own and then with just the addition of honey, considering this has rosemary in it I didn’t think this was the right kind of blend to add milk into so I didn’t waste time or tea experimenting with that this time around. I won’t lie I was very worried that I wasn’t going to enjoy this for one very simple reason.. the addition of the rosemary, everything else in this blend I knew I would love but savoury herbs like rosemary in blends are not my jam and I was worried it was going to overpower everything in the blend and make it overly savoury. But thankfully that turned out not to be the case in the end.
In the cup I had on it’s own the black tea was by far the star and provides a nice malty base with woody undertones. In terms of the addition ingredients the rose and the bergamot were most definitely the strongest and the rosemary while present is deffinelty in the background and aftertaste but adds a nice savoury note to the blend that round s off each mouthful well.
Luckily it wasn’t overly savoury at all and did a great job of cutting through the floral-sweet notes of the rose and the floral-citrus notes of the bergamot. It’s a really well balanced blend and I was so shocked to find I could drink and enjoy it without adding in any honey. I deffinelty thought I wan going to need to add in a least a teaspoon to stop it from being too savoury. The addition of honey actually seems to throw it off balance a little bit because it really masks the rosemary seem as it’s not super strong to start off with.
Had I been shopping on the Chariteas website I wouldn’t have taken a chance on this blend because of the rosemary so I’m really glad Chariteas chose it for this series because it pushed me out of another tea comfort zone. I didn’t think I was going to end this session wasn’t to add this to my tea collection permanently but I will deffinelty be purchasing of more of this when I lift my tea buying ban.
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 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 the post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. all opinions are my own and have not been paid for*