OTeas – Cranberry Delight

Time for Tea Please?

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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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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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

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Dandylion Teas – Blueberry Millefeuille

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The wether recently has just been soooo miserable ! So what do you do on a wet stay at home day , drink tea of course ! (Well slightly more tea than a normal day)

Today I’m sipping on a tea by Dandylion Teas and their Blueberry Millefeuille. Part of Dandylion Teas ethos is to develop tea which pairs with food. Or in this case taste like one!

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For Blueberry Millefeuille blend consists of Chinese green tea, freeze-dried blueberries, hibiscus, rosehip, apple, elderberries, lemongrass, orange peel, calendule petals, sunflower petals and flavouring.

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Upon opening the tea ouch you are instantly hit with a wave of berry goodness! The main smell in its dried state is that of the blueberries , and you are able to see about 5 whole dried ones within the tea pyramid.

Let’s get brewing !

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While brewing the tea aroma doesn’t overly change. The main smell sensation is that of the blueberries with a little added citrus zing.
This tea needs a little stirring magic to really bring out the bright pink brewed tea.

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First sip and I’m surprised at just how delicate the tea actually taste, must be influence of the the desert of its name sake!

For me what hits you with sipping this tea is the perfect balance of all the flavours. Firstly you are hit with the berry elements within the blend but then the zing of lemon grass takes you into the floral notes. If anything the only ingredient that doesn’t shout out through out sipping is the green tea. You would hardly know that the tea is a green tea blend until the tea is slight cooler.

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It’s the perfect tea for an afternoon pick me up which you’ll get from the green tea but without actually tasting it and that isn’t essentially a bad thing as berry floral combo lets you forget the green tea side and it’s not a disappointment!

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Tazo – Passion

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Today I’m sipping on Tazo passion !

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The aroma coming from the teabag is prominently that of berry tones. The tea itself is made up of: hibiscus, orange peel, rose hips & passion fruit flavors.

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Well all of those ingredients are certainly hitting the spot so can鈥檛 wait to try.

Brewed aroma super fruity with a zingy after kick.

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It鈥檚 brewed liquid is a rich winey colour a deep pink red. This combined with smell it really is making my mouth is already watering.

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First sip wowzers!

It鈥檚 so intense and rich in its flavour. Despite not overly specifically tasting of one over riding flavour.

It鈥檚 fruity yet sour at the same time. The taste buds are tingling! I鈥檓 not sure I鈥檝e ever drank a tea that has surprised the mouth so much. It鈥檚 like sipping a fruit based tea then sucking on a lemon. (Hopefully you know what I鈥檓 talking about). It鈥檚 a crazy combo but it just works!

The further you sip the Sourer it gets but it鈥檚 just a joy.

The name passion is perfect for this tea, it packs such a kick and I鈥檓 certainly feeling zingy! It鈥檚 caffeine free too but this tea will give you a buzz.

Now if you think you can handle the tea you will not be disappointed !

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Tetley – Super Fruits

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It’s that time of year when flu and colds are flying around and thanks to Tetley I’m hoping their tea is going to give me a much needed boost to get through the winter months.

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Today I’m trying Tetley Super Fruits. This tea is specifically for giving you a much needed boost when feeling tired and fatigued. With added vitamin B6 in a cranberry and elderflower flavour.

The tea blend includes: hibiscus flowers, rooibos, rosehip, natural flavouring, liquorice root, elderflower (1%), raspberry (1%), cranberry juice granules (1%), vitamin B complex (1%) [nicotinamide, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, biotin, vitamin B12, mannitol (wheat)], elderberry(0.5%).

On opening the box of tea you are able to smell the fruity from the word go.

Time to brew !

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I prefer my herbal teas really strong and tend to leave the tea bag for as long as possible I know might sound weird and sometimes I don’t even take the tea bag out !

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As expected with the cranberry the brewed liquid is a rich dark pink colour. On brewing, it keeps it fruity aroma but with ab almost menthol tinge.

Upon first sip it was lovely !

The fruity tones of the raspberry and cranberry are main flavours being followed up with the underlying rooibos tea kicking in afterwards. The final component of the sipping experience coming is a menthol kick. It’s certainly adds a boost per sip. Which is exactly what the tea aims to do.

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Here’s hoping the benefits of added vitamins will give me a much needed boost to get through the winter blues !

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Aldi – Prosecco Tea

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Tea can suit any occasion and for someone who doesn’t drink alcohol I’m always on the look out for teas that might just be the flavour equivalent. So I’m hoping to see in the New Year sipping on Prosecco Tea by Aldi.

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The tea combines Apple, Apple Pomace, Hibiscus, Elderberry, Rosehip, Favlouring (0.1% Prosecco Powder)

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On opening the tea pouch the sweet aroma of the apples combined with berry tones of elderberry is an intense punch to the senses. Almost mouthing wateringly so. I’m very eager to try now.

The aroma while brewing is still rather sweet but less apple comes through than it did within its dry state. The berry tones are more prominent but it still smells crisp and fresh.

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The brewed liquid is that of a light yellow in colour not too dissimilar to that of a glass or prosecco. Just minus the fizz!

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It’s light in flavour but it’s not disappointing ! More of a leave the tea bag in longer kind of tea. It is a refreshing drinking experience with its fruity tones with crisp Apple and berry working together rather than outshining each other.

Now I don’t actually know what prosecco tastes like but I’m guessing not quite like this however it doesn’t take away from the pleasurable drinking experience and I’ll certainly be raising a mug of this as the clock strikes midnight.

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Here’s to bringing in the new year as we mean to go on.

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M&S Bursting Blueberry, Pomegranate & Acai Berry

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In the spirit of keeping summer going as long as possible it’s time to celebrate those last few summers with a perfectly fitting tea brought to use from Marks and Spencer with their Bursting Blueberry, Pomegranate & Acai Berry. The packaging is very summery and certainly colourful meets my need to maintain some summer vibes!

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Like many teas there tends to be some added extras within the blend, in the case of this tea all together we have:
Hibiscus 路 Rosehip 路 Dried Apples 路 Dried Beetroot 路 Flavourings 路 Dried Blueberries (7%) 路 Acai Berry Juice Granules (7%) 路 Goji Berry Juice Granules 路 Pomegranate Juice Granules (6%). (Info direct from box).

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On opening the tea bag the aroma is light and fruity. A sweet blend of berryness with apple tones. I’m looking forward to brewing this !!!

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The aroma of tea while brewing come across with its blueberry fruity tones.

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The brewed colour of the tea is a rich dark purple almost blueberry like which is fitting to the aroma.

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First sip is intriguing ! It’s not possible to identify a specific flavour. It’s a combination of warming berries, with the after taste being that of the Acai berry. It’s one of those tea that actually perfectly it’s name as it’s certainly bursting berry. The perfect fruits of summer.

It’s also one of those teas that would be perfect ice cold too.

If like me you are hoping to hold on to summer a little bit longer then this could just be the tea for you. Even better it’s a caffeine free tea too.

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Twinings – Sweet Summer Fruits

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I just love a flavoured black tea, so I’m really excited to try TwiningsSweet Summer Fruits. )

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As soon as you take the tea bag out of the packet you are instantly hit with a fruity aroma. It’s not easy to pin point a particular fruit flavour but it’s certainly a mixture of berry flavours.

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Get that kettle on !!!

Brewing for the recommended 3/4 as twinings suggests to guarantee the best flavour.

Seeing as it’s a summers day what perfect tea to try. The brewed aroma isn’t too dissimilar to it straight out of the packet. One thing that the aroma does remind me is that of a summers pudding which I guess fits with the theme on sweet summer fruits.
As expected for a black based tea it’s a dark brown in brew colour.

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First sip doesn’t disappoint.

For a black based tea I just love the fruit combination with it, it just works perfectly together. They work alongside each other without over powering one and other. For a black based tea is light and fruity in one context yet dark and punchy at the same time.

If your looking for a black based summer tea that doesn’t disappoint in flavour then this could be the tea for you !

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