Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with a Stateside Steeps post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Call Me Sweetea’s – Treasure Island Tisane. If you’ve had the chance to read any of the posts I did featuring Call Me Sweetea during 2020 you’ll know that so far I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve tired from them, so going into this tasting session I was interested to see if I was going to enjoy this blend as much, especially as this particular blend has hibicus in and we all know my opinions on hibiscus well enough by now. Though, throughout 2020 I did have quite a few good experiences with blends with hibicus in them so maybe this was the best time to try this blend…
Here’s what Call Me Sweetea themselves have to say about this blend: ”Need a quick getaway from the daily humdrums after a long day at work? Soothe yourself into island dreams with a tropical blend like Treasure Island! No-caffeine, no cranky pirates, and no plane tickets necessary for this vacation! You might enjoy this blend if you: Sing sea shanties in the shower, Love fruity and tangy blends, Ponder whether a small bird can carry a large coconut…| Use 1 tsp pre 8oz – Brew at 212 for 4 minutes.”
Ingredients: Honeybush, Roasted Coconut (coconut, palm oil), Hibiscus, Pineapple & Lemon Balm *Contains: Tree Nuts (Coconut) ** Treasure Island is an all organic blend
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this three different ways: on it’s own hot, on it’s own iced and then finally hot with a little bit of honey added. The hot cup that I had on it’s own was surprisingly my favourite which is something I bet you all never thought you would hear me say about a blend with hibicus in it. But, what I think it is about this blend that enabled me to enjoy it on it’s own hot despite the fact it has hibicus in it, is the fact that it honeybush is a base which is ones of my favourite tisane ingredients that not many companies use, and the fact that it has both coconut and pineapple in it which is always a winning combination in my book.
The honeybush adds a some what floral notes, lightly roasted notes and a natural honey like sweetness. It’s somewhat similar to rooibos but the thing I love about honeybush is that it’s sweeter and fuller bodied and a lot less medicinal. The coconut is present but natural and the fact that it’s roasted pairs well with the lightly roasted notes provided by the honeybush. It also adds a nice subtle creamy mouthfeel and of course it pairs beautifully with the pineapple.
The natural sweetness of the honeybush, the pineapple and the coconut did a fantastic job of balancing out the natural tartness and tanginess of the hibiscus to a point that made it so I could enjoy this blend without having to change a thing at all. It’s absolutely delicious and I’m absolutely floored by the fact that Call Me Sweetea managed to put all of my favourite things into one blend with hibicus and blend it so well that I could enjoy it not only hot but hot without honey… Danielle is such a talented tea blended and I am so thankful she gives me the chance to try out some of her blends.
As I mentioned I did have this with honey hot which was nice, but a touch too sweet for me so I probably wouldn’t prepare it that way again as I much prefer the natural sweetness of this blend instead. This is also really nice iced but definitely not as sweet and sadly the coconut didn’t come through as much, which did result in the hibiscus being a bit more prominent and the flavour profile overall being a lot more tangy. So all in all, I would just recommend stepping this as Danielle suggests and adding absolutely nothing too it because its phenomenal own it’s own and needs absolutely nothing additional to make it shine.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Call Me Sweetea and purchase some of this blend to try yourself (when it’s back in the summer) 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 tisane featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinion are my own and have not been paid for*