Hey There Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Forest Witch Tea’s – Pippin Took blend. Mia (the founder) very kindly sent me this blend along with some of her other Shireling blends to try out and I’ll be honest I’ve been looking forward to trying this one for a while now (because it’s a Earl Grey blend and you all know just how much of a fan of Earl Grey blends I am). Not only does it have an Earl Grey base but it also has a little bit of a twist to it as Mia has added almond to it which I’ve never seen before as part of an Earl Grey blend.
So, going into this tasting session I was excited to see how the classic notes of an Earl Grey would pair well with almond as I never would have put the two together myself. I’ve tried a lot of tasty but very run of the mill Earl Grey in my life so I’m always looking for blends that have a little twist to them as I’m kind of bored of just normal Earl Grey right now and I think I will be for a while. I’ve just had far too much Earl Grey in my life and I think I’m slowly starting to back away from it unless it has some sort of twist to it to make it stand out.
Here’s what Forest Witch Teas themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: ”With bardic song and dance tendencies, Pippin inspired an Earl Grey tea full of bold flavour. You won’t be forgetting it anytime soon, just like Pippin! A deliciously malty black tea base followed by that famous bergamot flavour, creamy almond flavour, with orange and cornflower for colour. It’s obviously great to sip on before your next night in the tavern, singing away until the wee hours of the morn.”
Ingredients: Organic black tea, Organic orange, Organic cornflower, Flavourings
Tea Tasting Notes
Surprisingly the almond and the bergamot pair really well together which I was quite surprised about but both are soft and not overpowering. Which I wasn’t expecting at all because the almond element of this blend come from flavouring. Normally when flavouring is used to add something to a blend it ends up resulting in it being to strong and artificial but that wasn’t the case with this blend, it’s far from it and it actually takes the slight astringency you normally get from an earl grey away.
I normally put honey into my earl grey but this one is naturally sweet enough that I didn’t have to which is a welcome change for me as I’m trying to cut down on how much honey I use. The black tea base is strong, malty and robust but it’s not so strong that it overshadows the bergamot or the almond and all of this blends separate elements just pair really well together and each gets a moment to shine throughout each sip. The only thing I wish I could have tasted more of is the orange as I couldn’t really pick that out at all.
In terms of preparation suggestions this blend is tasty both with and without milk but the milk makes the almond a little lighter and also takes away some of the sweetness. So if you are going to have it with milk (I prefer it without) you will probably have to add a little bit of sweetener. I’m yet to make a latte with this blend but something tells me it would make an absolutely delicious latte. Because this blend is rather light I would recommend using more than you would for a cup on it’s own if you are going to add milk or make a latte because you’ll need to make sure you can actually taste the tea through the milk. Nobody wants to drink slightly flavoured hot milk do they.
I don’t think there will honest ever come a time when I try a Forest Witch Teas blend and I don’t love it. I can’t wait for my tea buying ban is over so that I can treat myself to so many more of their blends.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Forest Witch Teas and purchase some of this blend 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