Lewisham Tea Company – Bora Bora

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Thanks to Lewisham Tea Company I’m able to bring you today’s tea review featuring their Bora Bora tea. Lewisham Tea Company has a fantastic ethos of a tea for every mood. Focusing on sipping the “stuff that tastes good and makes us feel even better”. Sipping on a mug of tea for me is part of looking after my wellbeing , taking a moment to myself to enjoy the sipping pleasures and moment of calm a cuppa can bring. Especially if I need a bit of a boost.

With having 6 teas in their range it means their focus is purely on the tea and allowing the tea to really do the talking.
To find out more or to try one of their teas hit the link!
https://www.lewishamteacompany.com .

Bora Bora

For this tea blend Lewisham Tea Company uses Hibiscus blossoms, apple pieces, papaya cubes, currants, elderberries, blackcurrant, sunflower blossoms, cornflower blossoms, freeze dried raspberry and strawberry pieces. Now all of these sound tealicious !

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with a fruitea punch ! I can instantly make our the papaya cubes which added a super sweetness to the aroma.

Combined with all the other aspects of the ingredients it smells like opening a bag of sweeties with an underlining floral tone. It’s certainly getting my mouth watering !!!!

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Let’s get brewing!

While brewing the aroma changes quite significantly from its dry state. It’s not quite so sweet in its smell and I can almost smell notes of cocoa which is strange considering there isn’t any within the blend itself. It might just be the magic of the ingredients infusing together.

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The brewed liquid is of a deep pinky red almost red wine like in its colouring.

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With a brew time of 12 minutes I’m hoping like the amazing rich colour of the tea it’s flavour matches it.

First sip is simply BeauTEAful!

It certainly has the intense rich flavour I was very much hoping for. It’s sipping sensation is the perfect balance of fruit and floral in equal measures. Neither over powers the other but works in a perfect harmony to provide a taste sensation.
Just like the balance of the fruit and floral aspects of the tea each individual ingredient doesn’t shout any louder than the other. To me the fruity flavours of the tea come with the initial sip and then right at the end almost at the swallow (I guess that’s how you’d describe it) the floral flavours come through. A sip that keeps on giving!

This is the perfect tea for a mug of me time. It’s almost magic in a cup! Just like the name Bora Bora

I also feel this is one of those fruitea teas which would be perfectly brewed ice cold or even served with lemonade for a summer spritzer.

So thank you Lewisham Tea Company for this BeauTEAful blend !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Joes Tea Co – The Berry Best

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Thanks to the lovelies at Joes Tea Co for sending me some of their teas to try!

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Joes Tea Co was founded in 2012 where he sought after organic blends and has since won 25 great taste awards. Joe is after the best and when he means best it's referring to exceptionally sourced ethical , organic tea plantations.

If you wish to find out more about
https://joesteacompany.com

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For this tea blend Joes Tea Co uses : hibiscus, apple, spearmint, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, natural strawberry flavour and natural raspberry flavour.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the fruity tones of the tea. It smells berrylicious and it certainly gets your mouth watering. The blueberryness is the most prominent smell of them all. An added touch that I love is upon opening the packaging it says

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that’s just perfect and I think I will !

So let’s get brewing!

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Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea doesn’t overly change, apart from it is now possible to smell the spearmint which in its dry state it wasn’t obviously noticeable.

The brewed liquid is a deep redy pink, very similar to that of the colouring used within the packaging which is either really clever or pure coincidence!

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First sip is fruitylicious ! It’s strong and powerful in its flavour and it’s knows how to get your attention. Which is just what I’m after from a fruit tea. It’s not exactly possible to pin point an a exact fruity flavour other than naming it “berry” I always find the use of hibiscus in teas as adding a richness too it’s flavour quality.

It’s not until an almost after sip that the spearmint really sings. It’s quite a weird sensation Ito be honest with you. It’s like it almost keeps quiet while you enjoy the fruity notes and then wham here I am ! For a fool refreshing almost after thought. Like don’t leave me behind I’m here too you know ! Hehe however it just added to the overall sipping experience which for one I am enjoying.

I can also tell that this is the kind of tea that will be perfect served hot and cold, perfect for cooling down on a hot day or warming up on a cold one! It’s also a caffeine free blend so can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Heywood Teas – Roselle and Red Date

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Heywood Teas “specializes in producing high quality functional tea in Hong Kong”. They also mix their herbal ingredients based on Chinese medicinal formula.
To find out more information hit the link below.
https://heywoodtea.com
As part of their Heywood Teas combo set :

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Today I’m going to be trying there Roselle and Red Date.

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The health benefits known for drinking this tea are:

Roselle: has diuretic property and detoxify the body, facilitate weight loss, smooth wrinkles and liver health.

Red Date: Nourish blood, improve digestive health and rehydrate skin.

As you can probably already guess the Ingredients for this Tea blend was a Roselle (Taiwan) and Red Date (South Korea).

Upon opening the tea pouch, the overall aroma is very light in its nature. It has a light floral tone with under notes of date.

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Let’s get brewing !
With a recommendation of 8 minutes brewing get that kettle on.

The aroma whilst brewing has certainly intensified it smells berylicious it has a very Berry smell alongside that of the date.

The brewed aroma is a rich redy pink .

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First sip is very intriguing. It packs a real punch with its flavour and intensity. The main flavour at the forefront is that of the date followed by that of a fruity and almost floral tones of the Roselle. Or as some you may be wondering Roselle is actually another name for hibiscus which explains the berry nature and colour to this tea. I sometimes forget that in other languages/translations it may be called a word that you don’t tend to use and your left wandering what it might be.

I’m not sure how I feel about the use of the date within the blend as it’s not something I’d normally chose to eat etc. However it some how just works amongst the flavours.

One thing I do know for sure is how amazing the colour of the brew is and it certainly helps when drinking this tea to keep in sipping! With the added known health benefits from the tea as well it’s a perfect added extra to the sipping experience.

With the flavour intensity of this tea and the colour it would also make the perfect iced blend. Machine drinking an ice cold bright pink tea on a hot summers day !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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OTeas – Cranberry Delight

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The sun is shining , the birds are singing and the kettle is boiling !

Today’s Tuesday Tea Review features OTeas and their Cranberry Delight Tea.

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I just love a herbal tea in the late afternoon and as this ones naturally caffeine free too it won’t be keeping us up all night.

For this blend OTeas uses apple pieces, carrot flakes, grapes, beetroot pieces, cranberry slices and natural flavourings.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with a supper FruiTEA hit of the ingredients combined. There isn’t one an ingredient that shouts smell me more. The only thing that comes to mind when thinking about the aroma of the dry blend is strawberry laces. The liquorice type red cable sweet. Hopefully you know what I’m going on about?!?…

Let’s get brewing !

The aroma of the tea whilst brewing doesn’t overly change from its dried state , this always a bonus as it can be a fairly good indicator to what the tea might taste like. The only minor difference in its smell compared to the dry state is possibly just lost some of its sweetness.

The brewed tea liquid is just what it says on the tea box, a bright cranberry red.

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First sip is just tealicious. Your instantly hit with a fruit cocktail which is excites the taste buds leaving you wanting more. I’m even surprised that from its aroma it does actually taste like the strawberry laces. If that’s not a taste that takes you back to your younger days I don’t know what will. Not going to lie but I am a little shocked by how good it does taste. It’s not very often that you get a herbal tea which completely matches its aroma and taste so well done OTeas.

The only thing that puzzles me with this tea is the name of Cranberry Delight. As you can see from the ingredient list cranberry is not the only ingredient and isn’t essentially the obvious flavour within this blend. However neither are any of the other ingredients. However the cranberry certainly doesn’t let you forget that it’s there. The almost sweet and sour tang certainly adds a a twist to the sipping experience and alongside the other ingredients does like it names suggest make it a delight to drink.

The sweetness of the tea will certainly give you that much needed sweet sensation without the added guilt. Bonus !

Now this tea is also the perfect brew to be a oh no I forgot to drink my tea and now it’s gone cold, come on we’ve all done it at some point !
The fruity flavour makes it a perfect cold brew and allowed the cranberries to add an extra sharpness to sipping experience.

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Whittard – Strawberry Serenade

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What do most of enjoying lots more of than normal in the weekends, yup you’ve guessed it drink TEA!!!!!!!

Well I know I do anyway!

Plus any excuse to pop into my local Whittards to see what’s on offer. With christmas now a distant memory it’s time to try some new teas.

Today I’m sipping on Strawberry Serenade . It’s a been a bit of a blustery dull day today so the I was drawn to this tea based on its vibrant colour.

The tea combines : Apple, Hibiscus, 11% Rosehip, 8% Sweet Blackberry Leaves, Flavourings, 1% Strawberry Pieces, 1% Safflower Petals

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Pouring a little sample does mean the aroma can sometimes be a bit lacking but with this tea it’s fruity vibes hit you straight away. Mmmm berrylicious !

Considering the ingredients which make up the tea it is surprisingly strawberryish. However while sipping on the tea I feel more of the serenade side of the tea comes through and less of the strawberry. This isn’t a bad thing as its a lovely fruity boost to a dull day regardless and allows for the flavour of the other ingredients to sing through.

This tea is also very versatile as its a perfect hot or cold tea! Some fruity and warm for winter but ice cold for the summer would be perfect too.

Knightsbridge – Raspberry and Peach

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The heatwave is in full swing and so I’m in search of a FruiTEA to help get me through it! Even better if it works or hot cold.

So today I’m trying Knightsbridge – Raspberry and Peach.

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This blend uses: Apple Pomace, Hibiscus, White Hibiscus, Blackberry Leaves, Chicory Root, Elderberry, Rosehip, Liquorice Root, Raspberry, Peach Juice & Natural Flavours.

A lot of ingredients for a tea named after just 2 of them!

Upon opening the tea box, you are instantly hit with a mixed sweet fruity aroma it almost reminds me of sherbet! Mmmmmm

Let’s get brewing!

The aroma while brewing is completely different gone is the sherbet and hello Peach Melba!

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Here’s hoping it tastes as good as it smells!

The brewed liquid is of a pinky orange tinge which was to be expected considering the ingredients within the blend.

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I always find with herbal fruit teas the longer the brew the richer the taste. So I tend to brew closer to the 5 minute mark then perfect temperature to get sipping.

First sip is delicately fruity!

I’m not really sure that you can individually taste the raspberries and peach but more a perfect blend of the two. Peach Melba in a mug, hey would it be weird to add a scoop of vanilla of ice cream to the mug?! Maybe another day! It’s a tea that stays the same taste through out the whole sipping experience which is always a bonus in my book. It’s not an overly strong punchy herbal tea but it is light and fruity.

Sometimes you just know when a tea will be just as nice cold and this is one of them, lots of ice and a slice of lemon and this would be the perfect summer cooler! Hey maybe the ice cream idea wasn’t so bad although. Au where one of you guys can try it first and report back !

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Happy Sipping 🙂

National Iced Tea Day – Iced Hibiscus Tea

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Today is National Iced Tea Day and thanks to the Good and Proper Tea who just sent me new their teas specifically for cold brewing, I’m ready to celebrate.

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My chosen tea to celebrate today with is Iced Hibiscus Tea with Rose Hip and Ginger. For this blend Good and Proper uses: Hibiscus Tea, Rose Hip and Ginger Root , all from Egypt as part of the tea companies ethos is to use one origin country for each blend. Upon opening the tea pouch your are firstly hit with the gingery kick followed fruity berry notes.

Now let’s get our iced tea on!

1. Boil the kettle.

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2. Brew one tea bag

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I absolutely love the redy pink tone the brewed liquid leaves, it’s so vibrant and mouth watering!

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3. Top up with cold water and add some ice

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First sip is soooooo refreshing! The main flavour orientates around the combination of the rose hip and the hibiscus. The ginger notes smelt on aroma is not so prominent within its taste. The use of the hibiscus within the tea adds a cranberry like flavour to the tea and explains the fruity aroma the tea gives.

For a tea with no added sugar or caffeine it certainly provides a refreshing summer hit. If you like your tea slightly sweeter a dash of honey would be perfect, not just adding sweetness but an extra flavour to the co binational but without compromising the tea blend.

So if your looking for a perfect iced tea blend that has its own natural sweetness and packed pull of vitamin C then look no further! Now where’s the beach ?! Hehehe

Happy Sipping 🙂