Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tiger Tea Co’s – V Is For Viscount blend. Going into this tasting session I won’t lie, I was feeling both excited because I love Viscount biscuits as a kid, but I was also feeling really anxious because this blend does have mint it in and strong mint can trigger my migraines and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to enjoy this blend because of that. Luckily the overall experience I had with this blend was a great one.
Here’s what Tiger Tea Co themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: “A sumptuous feast! This smooth, creamy classic – with velvety tones of vanilla and chocolate combined with the dazzling mint.”
Ingredients: Ceylon Tea, cocoa nibs, vanilla pieces, cinnamon, peppermint, coconut shavings, marigold petals, Yerba Mate, liquorice root.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend three ways: on it’s own (hot), with just honey added (hot) and with both milk and honey added (hot). Out of all the different ways I tried this my favourite was definitely the cup with milk and honey added. On its own as balanced as it was, it was missing something and needed a touch of sweetness to round it off and tie everything together. It definitely does what it says on the tin and tastes pretty similar to Viscount biscuits from the chocolate elements, the soft mint, the creaminess and the slight vanilla note that added the subtle biscuit taste that really completes it all. But it does need that honey, well for me anyway as I expected it to naturally sweeter and the addition of just a little bit of honey just made it feel a smidge more indulgent.
Sadly for me in both the cup of this I had on its own and the cup with the added honey the mint was a little too much for my head. It’s not overally strong or anything but because it is a trigger of mine I’m just sensitive to it. The honey definitely helps to soften it a bit, however I didn’t give up on this and I managed to find the perfect way to prepare it for me that softens that mint much more and makes it overall a much more pleasant experience for me and my migraines brain and all it took was the addition of some soya milk. It reminded me a little of Adagio Candy Cane blend once I added in the milk which is one of the only blends with mint in it I am able to enjoy without it triggering a bad migraine.
The choice to add in coconut into this was a great decision on behalf of Tiger Tea Co, it doesn’t give a coconut note amidst everything else in this blend but it does a great job of adding a delicious creaminess to this blend that replicates the cream on a Viscount biscuit perfectly. Adding in the soya milk only amplifies that creaminess making for quite an indulgent cup overall. The choice of Ceylon for the base I also think was definitely the best choice for this blend its brisk, full bodied and malty and provides a nice pedestal for for all of the other ingredients to stand on. I think anything stronger would have been too much for this blend and would have overshadowed some of its best notes so I’m glad Tiger Tea went for a Ceylon base. Because it has mint in it, it was a tiny bit drying especially towards the end of the cup in the cups I had without milk but it wasn’t enough to discourage me from wanting to drink this and did effect my overall enjoyment at all.
This is such a nice blend and I’m very glad I tried it dispute there being mint in it. I’m also really glad that I was able to find a way to make it work for me so I could still drink it and enjoy it without it triggering a migraine. I don’t have enough of this left now to try it but something tells me that it would be make for a fantastic iced latte. It’s definitely a blend I’ll consider purchasing again in the future so I can experiment further with it and create some delicious recipes using it. If you’re a fan of Viscount biscuits I highly recommend you give it a try I promise you, you will end up loving it.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Tiger Tea Co and purchase some of this blend to try 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
*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*