17 Aug La Tea Dah | Bron-Tea Review
I have quite a bit of a fascination with the Brontë sisters. They put so much of themselves in their writing, it’s quite difficult not to become at least a little interested in their lives in some way if you read one of their novels. Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are two of my most favourite novels ever. I just can’t resist stories about old manor houses tucked away in moody nooks in English countryside.
So. You can imagine my delight when for my birthday this year I received BRON-TEA! Yes, the Brontë sisters have their very own tea brand. What a time to be alive.
My thoughtful boyfriend got me “Emily’s Heady Heights” tea.
Emily Brontë, from what I’ve read, was quite a severe individual in comparison to her sisters. Determined, elusive and the most introverted sibling in a family comprised of extreme introverts, she was considered the “weird” one of the sisters. She spent almost all of her quiet life writing at the Haworth parsonage. Interesting fact: I share my birthday with Emily! And Kate Bush too. Spooky.
“Emily’s Heady Heights” is a “detoxing wild nettle and berries” flavoured tea all the way from the Brontë Parsonage Museum in England and is made by ethical tea company Parched Tea Bar. It is presented in simple brown paper packaging bound together with a small piece of thin rope. It has a label which describes how –
“Emily was known as the “wild one” & was a great explorer. Nettle grew wild on the paths she would have wandered. This tea is recommended to soothe after screaming for a loved one across the Moors.”
This adds such a lovely touch I think! A brew inspired by Emily’s quiet, introspective wanders through the countryside she cherished so dearly is something I can wholeheartedly get on board with.
The tea itself smells delightful, that there is berries in it is apparent immediately simply from the scent. Normally I’m not a big fan of berry flavoured tea and hoped that the tea would be more nettle flavoured than berry. However, whenever you pour it it’s a lovely red colour signalling the prominence of the berry flavour.
Usually I find berry tea to look a lot nicer than it actually tastes but I actually enjoyed my Brontea a lot more than I thought I would after realising it was prominently berry flavoured. Berry tea, as a rule, is quite bitter which I always find to be a disappointment because it looks like it would taste sweet. It looks a bit like dilute juice actually so that’s probably why I seem to think it will taste sweet.
Comprised of nettle leaves, apple, rosehip, pineapple, papaya, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, hibicus petals and bramble-berries, it is quite a complex tea, full of layers! My Brontea does have a bit of a sharp taste at first, but its aftertaste is very refreshing. Perhaps that is the nettle kicking in, to counteract the bitterness of the berries which although bitter, leave a subtle, sweet hint in their wake. It’s a lovely, unique combination of flavours. And one I’ve never tried before.
I think it will be the perfect tea to warm up with on cold winter evenings after a blustery walk up the Moors – ahem – around the block.