Whittard – Christmas Tea

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With there only being 3 sleeps to go it only seemed appropriate to have a festive brew. Today I’m sipping on Whittards – Christmas Tea .

For this blend Whittards uses a Black Tea with Flavouring. Reading the box it says flavours of spice and citrus.

Let’s get Brewing!

Each tea bag is individually wrapped.

Upon opening the tea envelope you are instantly engulfed with the orangey notes. With underlying tones of the black tea and spices.

Whilst brewing the aroma of tea really changes from its dry state. The black tea is now very much at the forefront of smell. With the spiced and citrus flavour aspect is now taking a back seat.

Like most black teas the brewed liquid is of a dar brown colouring.

As this tea is a flavoured a black tea , then I’m choosing to drink it black with no milk. However if you want to use milk , go for it , as teas unique to you.

Let’s get Sipping !

First sip is just tealicious! It’s rich in flavour and depth. The black tea really sings and packs a punch. However this tea is unique in which it has a two part sip.

This is where the first part of the brew tastes of one thing in this case black tea with the second part of the sip almost an after taste but not quite is where the citrus and spices start to shine.

The citrus side of the tea packs an orangey punch but adds an almost lightness to it . Taking the edge off the black tea. Which on the second part of the sip the black tea mixes with the spices where I’m getting aniseed and cinnamon notes.

The three aspects of the tea work together in perfect harmony with a strong fruity spice kick sip by sip. The perfectly warming blend just screams festiviTEAs and is the perfect tea for the Christmas period.

Happy Sipping 🙂

De Oliveria Tea House – Sweet As Apple Pie

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Thanks to the lovelies at De Oliveria Tea House for sending me some of their tea all the way from Australia to the UK for me to try.

De Oliveria Tea House


The formation and this behind De Oliveria Tea House is unlike any other I’ve heard of before. You may need to grab tissues!
(Taken from their website https://deoliveirateahouse.com)

De Oliveira Tea House was inspired by a man named Eugene de Oliveira. A beautiful, intelligent, creative and warm hearted man who lit up any room he was in.

Our family tragically lost Eugene on May 27th, 2019, a few weeks after his 27th birthday.

While we no longer have the blessing of having him around physically, we have the gift of his presence and his vision for the future.

Each tea we blend and package is full of love, devotion and hope.

We dreamt that through these teas, we could give our customers the same warm comfort Eugene gave us. We want to create a legacy he’d be proud to lend his name to.
Now if you weren’t already feeling inspired by story then you might do just now as these awesome people also reinvest $1 from each tea pouch sale in Kiva Loans to help those less fortunate get on their feet.
Now if that’s not a better reason than to spread the tea love I don’t know what is!

Sweet As Apple Pie

For this blend De Oliveira Tea House only uses organic ingredients of the following: Rooibos, Honeybush, Apple Pieces, Cinnamon, Vanilla Pod Powder & Ginger.

On opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the sweets sea of the vanilla and fruity tones of the organic apple pieces . It’s almost hard to even distinguish the Rooibos and Honeybush aspect of the tea in its smell straight from the pouch.

Let’s get brewing !

Upon brewing the aroma of the tea completely changes to that of its dry state. It allows the Rooibos to really sing and allows the cinnamon and ginger to warm and develop as the flavours intensify.

As expected with a tea blend that contains Rooibos is a brewed liquid that has a brown redy tinge.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip hellloooooo Rooibos, which is first taste followed then by the after taste of the apple chunks. Despite its aroma the tea isn’t overly as sweet as I expected it to be. However I find that the tea being this way allows for the flavours of vanilla, ginger and cinnamon to naturally enhance their flavours and natural sweetness. Despite the Rooibos and Honeybush having what at times can be an “overpowering” flavour , this blend manages to allow the other ingredients to have turn not just separately but individually.

This blend is also pretty unique I’ve had plenty off apple teas and even more Rooibos teas but together nope ! It’s a new one for me and a lovely guilt free apple pie perfect for autumn weather and cosy nights in.

Happy Sipping 🙂


Balaggan – Ginger Chai

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When the lovely people from Balaggan contacted me about trying out some of there chai, I obviously jumped at the chance !

One thing that strikes straight away about Balaggan Tea is their packaging, it’s bright ombré effect along with the golden detail is exquisite and just screams India to me! It would certainly grasp your attention.

Today I’m going to try out their Ginger Chai.

The ingredients for this tea are: Indian Assam Black Tea 50%, Ginger 30%, Spices (fennel, cardamom & cinnamon) 20%.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with an almost fruity ginger aroma. It’s almost like smelling a Christmas pudding . Its smell being rich, intense and enticing.

While brewing it is the aroma of he tea that blossoms being balanced with cinnamon notes. The brewed liquid is of a dark brown colour.

First sip and helloooo ginger ! With 30% of the blend being ginger I was ready for a kick and you get that as well a punch. It is great ! I love it when a tea does what it says it will.

Unlike other chai teas where the spices attack from the front within this blend it’s used for warmth and flavour but as a second element after the ginger. Where it’s followed on by the third and final flavour the Assam.

The blend is almost like magic , it’s warming and heartfelt and is very much a hug in a mug ! The ingredients combined in the quantities that it has been allows for a taste sensation in perfect quantities.

A mug of Balaggan Ginger Chai will certainly cheer you up.

Happy Sipping 🙂

teapigs – Spiced Winter Red Tea

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January just seems to be going on for ever ! Now don’t get me wrong I love January particularly as its my birth month , but it just seems never ending. The weather can’t make up its mind snow no snow, wind no wind, what ever next ! Now there’s no better way to brighten up a dull winter day than cozying up with a mug of tea.
To add some extra heat to my cuppa I’m giving teapigs spiced winter red tea a try.

This tea blends together rooibos, flavours, orange peel, gingko, orange blossom, cinnamon, ginger root, cloves, safflower.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with the spicy tones of the ginger mixed in with the fruity orange notes all mixed together with that distinct rooibos smell.

After brewing for around 4 minutes you are left with a browny red colour.

The aroma while brewing is not too dissimilar than to its dry state other than the prominence in the cloves.

First sip and I am intrigued. Sometimes you drink a tea and you can instantly taste a certain aspect of the tea. With this brew it allows all of them to work as one. The main flavour of the tea which I’m getting, is a strong mix of the cinnamon, ginger and cloves with very subtle tones of the rooibos.

Another bonus of this tea is that it’s a brew that tastes the same from start to finish and is consistent in its flavour and aroma.

This tea certainly provides you with a lovely spiced sipping sensation and no it’s not going to blow your socks off but it will warm you from the inside out. Making it a perfect winter warmer.

If you fancy giving this tea try then hit the link below:
Happy Sipping 🙂

teapigs – apple and cinnamon

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A fruity tea is always good with me !

So when teapigs sent me some of their favourite festive treats to try I was very much looking forward to trying out the apple and cinnamon tea. I love coming home and having a brew a much needed hug in a mug after a long day at work here’s hoping this tea could be the perfect antidote.

Now someone get that kettle on!

As soon as you open the tea pouch your engulfed with an overload of cinnamon with an after kick of apple ! Yummy! I love a bit of cinnamon wether in tea, cakes or porridge count me in.

The overall aroma doesn’t actually change whilst the tea brews.

The brewed liquid is almost a golden brown in tone which is spot on considering the ingredients of: apple, cinnamon, apple pomace, roasted chicory root, citric acid, sweet blackberry leaves, natural flavourings

First sip wowzer!

It certainly is cinnamony , which is at the fore front of the sip followed up very nicely with apple. The fruity and spicy combos of all the ingredients is just perfect. One thing I might suggest is leaving the tea bag in for as long as possible if you really want an intense flavour, trust me it’s worth the wait, plus it needs to cool slightly anyway and nobody needs to burn their tongue.

This definitely a tea for all you sweet toothers out there. If I had to compare it to anything it’s like drinking an apple crumble minus the custard ! Just what you need for snuggling up to on a winters day.
Now if that sounds tempting hit the link ….

Happy Sipping 🙂

Mulled Spiced Tea – Simpli Special

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Today we’re looking at Mulled Spiced Tea by Simpli Special .


A black based tea with cinnamon, Jasmin and cloves. On opening the tea you are instantly hit with the spiciness of the tea with the Cinnamon and the cloves hitting your nose and getting your mind racing !



For a black tea I was surprised of the reddy tinge to the brew but it all adds to the festive feeling.

The brew itself lacks the aroma that the loose leaf had straight from the pack, which is slightly disappointing but let’s hope it tastes better!

Hmmmm it didn’t !

I brewed the tea for a good 3 minutes and for a black tea decided to take the leaves out and not add any milk. It was lacking in the intense punch I hoped for from the smell of the tea. Maybe I didn’t brew for long enough or maybe it’s just not what I hoped for. It didn’t dampen my festive spirit just made me hopefully to find better.

Tea Treat – Gingerbread

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It’s officially December so not only have I put my xmas decorations up its time to start the festive bakes!

Today’s Tea Treat is Gingerbread !!!

Christmas without gingerbread just wouldn’t be christmas ! So here’s my gingerbread recipe for you all to try.

350g Plain Flour
1 Tsp Ginger
2 Tsp Cinnamon
100g Butter
85g Golden syrup
175g Sugar (brown preferably but I ran out and used white!)
1 Tsp Bicarbonate Soda
3 Tbsp Milk
1/2 zest orange

Get your festive bake on!

*Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together, bring to the boil and let it boil for 2 minutes
*Remove from the heat and add the bicarb and allow to puff up, cool for 15mins
*Sift the flour and spices
*Add the cooled liquid along with the rest of the ingredients to the dry mix
*Mix and need to form your dough
*Roll and shape (using cutters etc.)
*Bake 180 on a lined tray for 12 mins/till browned
*Allow to cool before eating.
These biscuits are great they can last for days in an airtight container, or make extra dough as this recipe freezes !






Tea Treat – Mince Pie Muffins

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Today being the first of December and the festive period in full swing, it was only right that I share with you an alternative to the classic mince pie.


So let’s bake !

You will need

175b SR. flour
100g Sugar
1tsp mixed spice
3 eggs
1 jar of mincemeat
2 tbs milk
Icing sugar for dusting


* preheat oven to 180 degrees
* using the all in one method mix everything BUT the method together
* place the muffin cases into the tin (around 7) , fill the cases around 1/3 with the cake mixture.
* add 1 heaped teaspoon of mincemeat to each case
* use the remaining mixture to cover the mincemeat
* bake for 15/20 mins till golden brown.
* to serve dust with icing sugar or why not try adding some brandy butter to the top.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Brewmas!

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It’s that time of year when we’re starting to think about Christmas gifts ! As a tea lover giving and receiving tea as a present is my idea of perfect, so here are just a few teas available that might tickle your tea lovers taste buds this Brewmas !


1. English Tea Shop – Chistmas Organic Tea Collection
2. Brew Tea Co. – Festive Box Set
3. Taylors of Harrogate – Spiced Christmas Tea
4. Jolly Brew – Scrumptious Spiced Apple
5. Twinings – Merry Christmas Winter Spiced Tea
6. Teapigs – Spiced Winter Red Tea

Happy Sipping

The T Junction – Apple and Cinnamon

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Today I’m introducing you to The T junction apple and cinnamon loose leaf tea !

The T Junction is a local tea company based in Norwich , Norfolk , England. They specialise in loose leaf teas and freshly ground coffees. As you may have seen in one of my previous posts for Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a T Junction Hamper.

Today I am trying the apple and cinnamon loose leaf tea received within this hamper.

There were no recommendations on the pack to quantities but I added half a tea spoon of the tea leaf into my mini tea pot infuser placed in my mug and poured in the hot water.

While brewing I could lightly smell the cinnamon and apple which was yummy! And reminded me of Christmas !

I left the infuser in for around 5 minutes , based on it being a black tea so I didn’t want it to be exceptionally strong !

On drinking the tea it was very light and warming. Especially as I have a cold right now and it was very much needed!

On tasting the tea apple was the distinguished flavour not over powering but it was more pungent than the cinnamon. For this being my first try of this tea I loved it although I am hoping the cinnamon might come through more on my next try. Particularly when I don’t have a cold!