Hey Teacups! I hope the past week has treated you well, I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time a round I’m going to be reviewing Teakruthi’s – Blissful Harmony. Which is a blend of Pure Ceylon White ‘Silver Needle’ tea · Pure Ceylon Black tea, Orange Pekoe One (OP1), Those of you who have been following my blog right from the start will know that I have previously tried and reviewed this tea on my blog though the review was much shorter and I didn’t know nearly as much about tea as I do now, so I thought it was about time that I tried this tea again and did a much more in depth review of it in it’s own post.
Here’s what Teakruthi have to say about this tea over on their website: ”We picked this low grown from a region between sea level and 600m (From Ruhuna a.k.a. Southern or Matara region). This tea is flowery and light, and dark copper in colour. Black and white teas are combined in this blend for unique, contrasting flavours that cannot help but harmonise together. Much care has gone into this infusion: the black leaves are delicate and wiry and produce a refined taste, while the white tea leaves were naturally withered and gently hand-rolled before firing. Our Blissful Harmony infusion has a smooth, malty taste, and is perfect for any time of day — morning or night.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I steeped this tea western style, I used freshly filtered water at 85C and I steep it for 2 minutes. While I did steep this western style this time around I do think that because it would be a great tea to steep gongfu style and I’ll deffinelty be giving that a try in the future. Because this is a blend of Black and white tea when steeping this as to not burn the white tea leaves I steeped it at a while tea temperature and only steeped it for 3 minutes. Though there is much more black tea in this than white I didn’t want to steep it as a would a stand alone black tea because i wanted to give white tea in this a fighting chance and didn’t want to throw of the overall balance of the blend.
With a blend like this containing two teas they are completely opposites of each other in term of all the processes they do and don’t go through, You would deffinelty expect the strong of the two (the black tea) to completely over power the white tea as most blends I have had that mix the two haven’t been very balanced and are normally just a bit disappointing. However that really isn’t the case with this blend especially when you steep it under white tea temp & time it’s incredibly well balanced and its very clear that a lot of hard work has been put into getting this blend spot on.
The copper colour of this tea when steeped would lead you into thinking that this blend is strong in it’s taste but overall it’s actually quite mellow and light, with a very smooth mouthfeel that’s only slightly drying towards the back of the throat. My first few sips of this blend had a slight malt to them along with a sweet honey underpinning, and savoury earthy notes toward the end. As I carried on drinking this however i was also able to pick out both floral (like a mix of jasmine flowers and honeysuckle) and fruity notes in this blend and when all of that came together it really was a blissful harmony and I was able to completely understand why this blend was given the name it has because I couldn’t think of any better way to describe what this blend tastes like. I did go on to steep the same leaves western style after enjoying my first cup of much and the second cup was much lighter in terms of the malt and earthy notes but the floral notes were stronger which I did enjoy as well. I deffinelty think this would be great for gongfu style brewing and I have wait to give that a try.
I wasn’t really able to pick out the nuttiness in this but that could be because I brewed it for a short time at a lower temp and the black tea didn’t get as much of an opportunity to shine and there for a few of the subtler notes it could have provided were missing from the overall flavour profile. I would be interested to see if I changed the way I steeped this how much it would really change the overall flavour profile. This blend deffinelty proved me wrong and I love it when teas do that, I loved how relaxing it was to drink and just how perfectly balanced it truly is. I would deffinelty consider repurchasing this tea again in the future as it’s great to drink at any time of the day and perfect for any season really.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Teakruthi and purchase some of this tea 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 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*