It’s been a few days since my last post but I haven’t been slacking, I’ve been away since Friday on a mini break with a couple of friends. We always try to get away a couple of times a year and this trip we headed down to the Gower in South Wales hoping for some surf, sun and a few local beers to relax with afterwards. We found them all with Llangennith Beach providing the waves and Gower Gold Ale providing the refreshment.
So back to reality and back to the tea blog. Actually surfing provides a pretty good link to introduce the tea at the centre of this blog post as it comes all the way from Australia! I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of a delivery the other day from a tea company named Tea Blossoms, who have been keeping Australians well stocked with amazing teas since 2005.
As the name might suggest, Tea Blossoms specialise in blooming or flowering teas but also offer a wide range of pure and blended teas and tisanes (or teas like fruit blends or rooibos that aren’t made from actual tea leaves) that are created to, in their own words, ‘make tea drinking popular again’.
Luckily for me Tea Blossoms popped a few of their blooming teas into their delivery but as I read my way through the different options, it was actually one of their black tea blends that caught my eye the most. Don’t you worry though, the flowering teas will definitely be making an appearance soon!
The black tea blend in question is called Black Lemon Berry and is an intriguing sounding blend of robust black tea, lemon and mixed berry flavours, and also rose and marigold petals. All of this combined sounded very far removed from any of the teas I’ve tried on here so I without wasting any more time (it was the post-work cup of tea after all) I set about making my first Tea Blossoms cuppa.
To say that this was a bagged tea doesn’t really do it the justice it deserves. Rather, it was a quality loose leaf blend contained in a little silky pyramid which saved me hassle and meant my tea was all measured out I wouldn’t have to wash my infuser up afterwards! With that all taken care of, all I had to do was boil the kettle let the tea steep, remove and most importantly, enjoy.
And enjoy I did. The blend had a lot going on in terms of flavour but all the different elements seemed to combine very well indeed. The black tea had all the power you would expect from an Assam or Ceylon but it was mellowed nicely particularly by the rose petals. The lemon and berry flavours provided a sweetness and acidity that meant the cup was perfectly poised somewhere in the middle of the two, creating a well balanced and highly flavourful cup of tea.
The Black Lemon Berry was a great introduction to what Tea Blossoms had on offer. With so many different flavour notes in one tea, I can imagine it being pretty tricky to make them all balance and work together like they did so to say I’m looking forward to trying some of their other blends is definitely an understatement. It was a cup that I could enjoy on a regular basis, especially with the silk pyramid making things so easy! You can take a look at all the teas that Tea Blossoms have to offer at www.teablossoms.com.au
Have you ever tried any Tea Blossoms tea? What did you think? Please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.