As a child, I lived across from the loveliest old lady who would often invite us over for afternoon tea. She’d spoil us with cookies and cakes. Accompanying the cookies and cakes during our afternoon teas with this lady was rosehip tea. Having grown up drinking rosehip tea meant it formed part of my collection of what D calls ‘my casual teas’, i.e. the teas I drink day in and day out. Rosehip teas don’t excite me.
But! I am fixated with all things apple, and I was powerless to resist when this English Tea Shop Apple Raspberry Rosehip Ripple seemed like a delicious twist on an old staple.
Indeed, I quite enjoy the range offered by English Tea Shop. Compared to other brands, their teas are more mellow — the flavours are there, loud and clear, but without screaming at you with the same intensity. With red berry teas, I find the tea tends to reach a sour note. But I guess that’s not a completely fair comparison, because there’s only raspberry in this English Tea Shop tea, and the sweetness of the apple goes a long way to balance the tartness of the raspberries. With the subtle floral notes of rosehip — I avoid pure rosehip tea — the tea is very easy to drink.
Easy to drink teas are comfort teas — the teas I drink when I don’t want to deliberate over which tea in my vast collection I want to drink — and I’m always happy to add more to that list!
This box of English Tea Shop Apple Raspberry Rosehip Ripple contained 20 envelopes. It was packed in the United Kingdom and purchased in Sydney, Australia in 2015.