When I went to Disney World the last thing I was thinking of was tea. But lo-and-behold, there it was! Staring me in the face at the Epcot gift store I was in! Of the two teas I saw that were loose leaf, I bought both! My first review is of this Topsy Turvy Tea Blend.
|Blend Name||Topsy Turvy Blend|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Price per Package||$6.95 USD|
|Quantity||~ 3 oz|
|*Flavor, Aroma, Boldness|
Disney isn’t known for their food products. More for their vast collection of films and animated features as well as their collection of theme parks. Disney is more known for creativity than anything else. That being said, this Topsy Turvy Tea Blend caught my eye. And not just for the cheshire cat on it’s tin.
I could spend an hour or so discussing the relative uniqueness of the stylized packaging, even though it’s in a pretty standard tin shape. But we’re more interested in the tea here, so let’s go.
The loose leaves are medium length and twisted tight and of a blackish-grey hue. Blended with copies amounts of calendula sand safflower petals keeps this tea colorful and interesting. Once brewed the leaves produce a burgundy liquor.
The aroma of the loose material is light and overwhelmingly full of bergamot, the citrus fruit which gives Earl Grey its flavor and aroma. There are barely noticeable stone fruit scents if you spend the time to seek them out. Once brewed, the aroma turns more to oranges with undertones of bergamot and something lightly floral.
The flavor is full of punch. While Disney bills this tea as medium strength, they provide exactly zero guidance on preparation including quantity of tea to use per cup, water temperature or steep time. There’s a great deal of astringency to the brew at brew intervals from 2.5 to 4 minutes which overshadows the citrus and honeyed stone fruit flavors you can catch when brewed at a much lighter 2 minutes.
Based solely on the dry aroma I didn’t expect this brew to be as strong as it was. Experimentation is required to achieve the desired taste which makes this tea particularly bold. Icing this tea may produce better results.
Fans of astringent CTC black teas and breakfast teas may enjoy this tea from Disney.
NOTE: I could not locate the correct tin size on Disney’s website. I have linked to a collection containing three different blends in smaller stacked tins.
6 thoughts on “Topsy Turvy Tea Blend (Disney)”
Have you ever come across a tea blend that’s comparable to Topsy Turvy? It is a favorite in my household but we cannot justify a trip to Disneyland just to buy tea. I was hoping for some advice about buying something similar in bulk.
I have not found one directly comparable, but many teas contain the marigold and blue cornflower petals.
I’ll see if I can rustle something up, or you can check out Teaity.com and explore what’s out there.
good day, I can advise a site that delivers all kinds of teas in their home, they are very good in concept, they have white tea, rooibos, black and other, very good
I bought a tin of this tea, & it most certainly does have directions on how much tea to use per cup, & for how long. It clearly states on the side of the tin, “Use 1 teaspoon per 8oz of water and steep for 3-4 minutes.” It also tells how to prepare it cold on the opposite side.
I’m not certain when you bought your tin, but mine does not have any instructions on leaf quantity, temperature or volume listed on the canister.
Hillary, you can buy the Topsy Turvy Tea Blend on line.