Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Jolly Brew Tea Co’s – Blood Orange Marmalade tisane (I know it isn’t technically a tea but I’m not sure I really have the time to do a separate series just for tisanes). This tisane is the last from box of sample sachets that they very kindly sent me not too long ago but just because it’s the last one doesn’t mean this will be the last time you see them on my blog as I’ll be treating myself to a couple of their blends that I’ve had my eye on during my tea buying ban and I’ll no doubt end up reviewing them for this series (their pumpkin spice inspired blend sounds amazing).
Sweet – Citrus (mostly orange/bloody orange) – Light Apple Notes – Very Light Bitter Note – Underlying Hibiscus NotesI wasn’t sure what to expect at all aroma wise from this tisane I’m vaguely familiar with the aroma of bloody orange, but I’ll always smelt a little bit to bitter for me, so I never tend to have a lot of teas or tisanes with it in. You certainly can not escape the fact that this has orange in it because that’s the first note you are hit by in terms of the aroma when you open the bag slowly but surely a sweet apple note and an underlying hibiscus note comes forward through so when you open your bag of this tea be sure to leave it to acclimatise a little and I promise you will notes so many more notes. This tisane as weird as it sounds as an aroma that smells fizzy I know that you will all probably read that and think I’m crazy but that’s the only way I can describe it in fact it reminds me a lot of a fizzy drink we have here in the UK called orangina (which I loved as a kid) so I was excited to see if it would taste as similar as it smells.For this tasting session I used my 150ml ceramic teapot and stoneware tumbler | 2 heaping teaspoons of the tisane and 150ml of Boiling water | At a later date I also tried this iced and for that I brewed 1.2L of it in my T2 Jug-A-Lot I used 10 scoops of tea (it sounds like a lot but you have to use that much to get a strong result from cold brew).
Tea Tasting Notes
As I said toward the start of this post I’ve never been huge fan of blood orange so I was really worried that because of that I wasn’t going to enjoy this blend (especially steeped hot) but I’ve had a lot of blends surprise me recently so I tried this hot and Iced to see which one I would end up enjoying the most. Before trying either my assumption was that it was going to work the best when it was iced but I couldn’t have been more wrong. For once I think this is a tisane that I enjoyed much more hot than I did iced which took me by surprise considering it has hibiscus in it, the orange notes came through much stronger in the hot version than they did in the iced and they were much sweeter and didn’t have the classic bitter note that I always associate with blood orange which is the aspect of this blend that I was the most sacred of. The apple notes were also much sweeter and stronger and the rosehip and hibiscus mellowed out a lot and really did become background notesIt’s naturally quite a sweet blend so I wouldn’t suggest adding and sweetener to it because you would probably end up throwing off the overall balance. It was nice iced don’t get me wrong, but I think I enjoy it much more when it was steeped hot. For me when it was steeped hot it reminded me a lot of the non-alcoholic mulled wine you can get at Christmas markets and it’s made me event more excited for the frosty winter months to get here. I’m going to try steeping this hot but at double strength and add in come cinnamon and nutmeg I feel like it’s the perfect base for a alcohol free Christmas drink and I can’t wait to experiment with it. Thank you to Jolly Brew for sending me some amazing blends to try over the last few months I’ve really enjoyed them all and I can’t wait to try some more in the future you’ve made such a lasting impression on me with these blends that I was to see if all the others you do are just as amazing.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Jolly Brew Tea Co and purchase this tisane for 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