What would summer be without a delicious strawberry desserts? And no strawberry dessert is more perfect than an easy to make Eton Mess. We tried its liquid cousin – Eton Mess tea from Bird and Blend tea company.
Does it take like Eton Mess?
What is Eton Mess?
If something can scream summer, it's Eton Mess. Eton Mess is a delicious, simple British summer dessert. It's made with fresh strawberries, sugar, whipped cream and meringues. In fact, Eton Mess without meringue would not be an Eton Mess.
This strawberry tea blend from Bird and Blend contains apple pieces, rosehip, hibiscus, elderberries, strawberries, liquorice root and natural flavouring. It's a fruit tea with no caffeine, which makes it great for making loads of refreshing iced tea. It's also a bulky blend, so do use more, especially if you are making an iced tea. Also, use it within the recommended time. Loose fruit teas have a shorter shelf life than real teas or most flavoured blends.
Bird and Blend suggest trying it with milk, which would be more than fun to try. We tried it the “regular” way and hot brewed it first. And to be super fair, we tried it side by side with a proper Eton Mess.
How to brew this tea?
To make a flavourful cup of Eton Mess tea, add 2 teaspoons of loose tea per cup of water. Brew it at 100 degrees Celsius for about 5 minutes. This tea contains liquorice which is naturally sweet, so it doesn't really need an additional sweetener.
Does it taste like Eton Mess? It has the sweetness, it has the creaminess, and it has a tanginess… However, hibiscus is more pronounced than strawberries. Nevertheless, the scent is full of strawberries and cream. To get the most faithful version of the real deal, add freshly cut ripe strawberries when brewing or even cold brew it with fresh fruits.
There's more tartness as it cools down, and liquorice is actually adding a great “meringue” note. With a little bit of fresh strawberries, this could be a great liquid Eton Mess for summer garden parties.
Who would like this blend? This is a proper fruity tea, so tea drinkers that enjoy tangy fruit and hibiscus teas would like it both cold and hot.
Water or Milk? Water
Day or night? Day
Hot or Iced? Both
Sweetened or Pure? Pure
What's the price? Starting from 3.50 GBP for a 20 gram pouch.
Where to buy? Bird and Blend website