Making a tea that should taste just like a popular sponge and jelly cake is not an effortless task. So, it doesn't come as a surprise that Jaffa cake tea blends are not uncommon at all.
What is Jaffa Cake tea?
Jaffa Cake tea from Birdhouse tea company is a handcrafted blend of black tea and red rooibos tea, with dried orange pieces and cacao husks. Open a box of real Jaffa cakes and you will be swept over by a delicious orange & chocolate scent. This blend is no different – it smells DELICIOUS. It honestly couldn't be closer to the scent of Jaffa cakes. Beautiful black tea leaves and red rooibos, sprinkled with cocoa husk and dried orange chunks, look very pretty too. Since it's blended with black tea, this tea contains caffeine.
How to this tea?
Just like with all flavoured dessert teas, using a bit more leaves if often better. No matter how good they sound and smell, flavoured teas are not meant to be overpowering and the best blends should allow the flavour of tea leaves to come through.
We brewed this one with 1.5 teaspoons of tea leaves in 200 ml of water at 100 degrees Celsius for about 5 minutes. You can steep it longer, and it won't get bitter.
This truly is a lovely tea with light cocoa and light orange notes. There's depth, there's richness, there's chocolate, and there's even a sponge base. Earthy rooibos dominates this blend and pairs well with black tea. However, this tea is more of a cocoa rooibos blend than a traditional orange Jaffa.
So, what is the best way to drink it? Sometimes, some teas just need a little nudge to achieve their full potential. Try adding some freshly squeezed orange juice and this tea becomes a true liquid version of a popular cake.
Is it a keeper? Definitely.
Jaffa Cake tea would be great for tea drinkers that enjoy lighter flavours and the taste of natural tea rather than a cup filled with flavourings. We recommend steeping it with a slice of fresh orange or adding freshly squeezed orange juice.