Review – Tea Horse Tea
Named after an old Himalayan mountain trail stretching from Southwest China to Tibet, this mail order and subscription tea supplier offers up a range of single variety and blended loose leaf teas. Fortunately, unlike the trade route of old, you don’t have to exchange your horse for the tea,although perhaps that wouldn’t be such a bad thing for they are wretched creatures. A monthly supply of tea delivered to your doorstep sounds like a jolly good idea, but it’s the blends, with their bespoke cocktail recipes that we’re really interested in.
Pistachio Rose Tea
The idea for the this blend was the result of a subscriber competition, and it combines green tea, rose petals, pistachio, Hojicha, rooibos, calendular petals, sunflower petals, almonds slices, mallow flowers and vanilla. Tasting just like the name suggests, it is complex and bold, yet not over-the-top. The signature Medina Rose cocktail, created by Julian de Feral, takes its inspiration from combining the souks of Marrakesh with the classic Mint Julep.
Silver Rose Tea
Another floral blend, this time combining silver needle white tea from China, English rose buds, rose petals and elderflower. Silver rose tea is a much acclaimed leaf, but the rose here does not overpower so as to destroy its subtleties. The signature Cider with Rosie adds some complexity via the botanicals in gin and some apple to help bring everything together.
★: Terrible, only drink for a dare.
★★: Meh, not undrinkable but best left alone.
★★★: Reasonable, middle of the road.
★★★★: Tasty stuff, well worth seeking out.
★★★★★: Incredible, booze doesn’t get better than this. You need a bottle in your life.