Rare Tea Co. – Lemon Verbena and Lemongrass

Time for Tea Please?

It’s that time of year when only certain types of tea are hitting the spot and thanks to the Rare Tea Co. I’m able to sip on there Lemon Verbena and Lemongrass.

Rare Tea Co.

Their “aim is simple; to source and supply the world’s best tea, directly from farmers and their tea gardens”. We travel the world in search of unique tea gardens and the skilled men and woman who craft the finest tea – where each harvest captures the most delicious flavours that their particular corner of the world can offer. (Direct from website) .

To find out more or to try Rare Tea Co. Hit their link : https://rareteacompany.com asda

Lemon Verbena and Lemongrass

I love the packaging that Rare Tea Co. Uses the tin makes perfect for reusable purposes but the packaging is also bold and effective. It certainly makes me want to try it.

Let’s Get Brewing

For this blend the Rare Tea Co. Uses Vibrant Lemongrass from Sri Lanka and Malawi which has been blended with soft, smooth Malawian Lemon Verbena.

As soon as you open the tea pouch as opposed to the tin you are instantly engulfed with distinct lemony aromas of the lemongrass and the verbena.

For brewing this blend I’ve decided to make my own tea bag with a reusable cloth tea bag.

Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t massively change from its dry state. Other than it’s not as sharp/ harsh in its smell.

As to sort of be expected with a tea blend that contains lemongrass and lemon verbena the brewed liquid is of yellow colouring.

Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip is just wow!

This blend is super punchy and full on with its flavour. The lemongrass and the lemon verbena are a perfect match . They continuously work together to provide flavour and contrast.

The Lemongrass packs a super punch full of flavour but the smoothness of the Lemon Verbena adds soothing tones to balance the tang that you can get from the use of lemongrass.

This blend is tealicious sip by sip and it’s perfect for a flavoursom tea that soothes sip by sip and life as we know it calls for a much needed moment of calmness. Thanks Rare Tea Co. For making a blend that does exactly what it says on the tin!!

Happy Sipping 🙂

Twist – Strawberry and Rose

Time for Tea Please?

Taking time to have a cup of tea is more essential to me now than ever. Time to escape from the madness of Lockdown life. Especially after a long day at work. Thanks to Twist Tea for sending me some of there teas to try.

Twist Tea

Twist Tea was found in January 2017 by the Kavanaugh family to create ( taken direct from website) something really innovative for lovers of tea and set about creating a range of the finest whole leaf teas, herbs and fruits, blended to delight taste buds and bring a smile to its drinkers.

They’ve “always loved tea. There’s nothing like it to lift the spirits and raise a smile, whether alone or with others, out and about or in the comforts of your own home”.

That sentiment is absolutely lovely especially at the covid would we find ourselves in with Lockdown in full swing again.

To find out more info or to try their teas hit the link: https://linktr.ee/twistteas

Strawberry and Rose

For this blend Twist uses : Chinese White Tea, Apple Pieces, Rosehip, Hibiscus, Freeze-dried Strawberry (5%), Elderflower, Orange Blossom, Rose Petals, Orange Peel, Natural Flavouring.

As soon as you open the tea pouch the fruity floral aromas of the blend are coming through. While the white tea is taking a back seat.

Let’s get Brewing!

I love being able to see the tea blend through the pyramid teabags.

The aroma whilst brewing is primarily that of strawberry but on closer sniffing the Rose shines quietly through.

The brewed liquid is of a deep pink colouring. It certainly helps entice you in to want to drink it! Not that it doesn’t smell tealicious.

Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip and I am surprised at how delicate the tea sip is. The white tea within the blend adds it unique flavour as an under lying taste to the tea blend. With its clean taste. Hard to imagine a clean taste but that’s just white tea for you. Crisp and clear.

The Rose is actually more prominent within the sip in comparison to the strawberry side of the teas naming. With the use of the other ingredients the tea flavouring is fruity berry and citrus with a floral side mixed with crisp white tea.

This tea would be perfect hot , cold or as a spritzer it’s such a versatile blend.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Whittard – Christmas Tea

Time for Tea Please?

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 🙂

Twist – Orange and Lemon

Time for tea please?

Now we are full on autumn mode as well as being back in lockdown , taking time out for a cuppa is much needed. So when Twist Teas approached me about trying there teas of course I wasn’t going to say no !

Twist Tea

Twist Tea was found in January 2017 by the Kavanaugh family to create ( taken direct from website) something really innovative for lovers of tea and set about creating a range of the finest whole leaf teas, herbs and fruits, blended to delight taste buds and bring a smile to its drinkers.

They’ve “always loved tea. There’s nothing like it to lift the spirits and raise a smile, whether alone or with others, out and about or in the comforts of your own home”.

That sentiment is absolutely lovely especially at the covid would we find ourselves in.

To find out more info or to try their teas hit the link: https://linktr.ee/twistteas

Orange and Lemon

For this tea , Twist Teas blends : Apple Pieces, Rosehip, Hibiscus, Lemongrass (14%), Lemon Peel (12%), Orange Peel (7%), Orange Blossom (4%), Natural Flavouring .

On opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with citrus notes of the blend. The lemongrass is the shining light in its dry state.

The blend itself just looks tealicious!

Now this brew is part of Twist Teas cold brew range however I’m going to have it hot.

The aroma whilst brewing is a complete marriage of the two main ingredients the orange and lemon so it screams st.clements

I was rather shocked by the brewed liquid colouring of a pink shade but then remembered the hibiscus and rosehip within this tea blend.

Let’s get Sipping.

First sip is just tealicious.

The orange and the lemon are a match made in heaven. It screams St. Clements. For me it’s a 2 sip tea. At first the tea tastes of orange and then the after taste of the tea is lemon.

Despite the other ingredients within the blend they aren’t majorly noticeable. The odd occasions you can taste the use of the apple , hibiscus and rosehip it’s does change the sipping dynamic. However they are used more to support, enhance and enrich the flavour of the orange and lemon.

You can tell that this tea is made to be had cold as well as hot due to the strength of the blend. As well as the fact that the flavour stays the same strength throughout the whole cuppa.

I really enjoyed the drink as a hot brew but served ice cold or even as a cheeky cold spritzer it would be just BeauTEAful!

Happy Sipping 🙂

The Duffy Tea Company – Midnight Snack

Time for Tea Please?

Morning , noon or night I can drink tea ! The only difference being what kind of tea depending on the time of day. Today thanks to The Duffy Tea Company I’m going to be trying their evening blend of Midnight Snack.

The Duffy Tea Company “supply high quality, superior grade loose leaf tea, Beverages and accessories across Ireland and worldwide our tea is high in flavour and tastes as good as it smells” (direct from website)

To find out more on The Duffy Tea Company hit the link https://www.theduffyteacompany.com

Midnight Snack

For this tea blend The Duffy Tea Company uses. Rosehip, apple pieces, hibiscus, Melissa, linden blossoms, lemongrass, natural flavour.

As soon as you open the tea pouch the main aroma is the Lemongrass and woody tones.

Let’s get brewing !

Made up a little tea bag !

Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t majorly change there is a bit more of the fruity notes of the apple and the hibiscus but the floral notes.

I love seeing the loose leaf tea grow!

With the combination of the ingredients it was hard to predict what the brewed liquid would be.

The brewed liquid as you can see is that of a redy brown tinge.

Let’s get Sipping !

On first sip I am intrigued. It doesn’t majorly taste like it smells. The lemongrass for me is now at the back of the sip and a more woody earthy taste is at the front. It has an almost pomegranate like taste to it.

For me as the tea cools the flavour of the tea actually gets stronger.

What I love about this tea is the reasoning of the use of Melissa and Linden blossoms both of which are known to “reduce anxiety, boost cognitive function, help ease insomnia and other sleep disorders” (from website)

It’s part of my evening routine to have a bed time tea so this is a perfect brew for me and there’s always something quite comforting knowing your sipping on a cup of magic. It’s like drinking calm.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Clean Tea – Byron Bliss

Time for Tea Please?

Today’s tea review features Clean Tea and their Byron Bliss blend.

Clean Tea is a company that’s “creates blends from the heart, with our own hands, that we hope you enjoy, and will leave you feeling amazing.

Why Clean Tea? Because it is clean of chemicals or artificial flavours. Just organic, natural herbs and fruits in delicious beneficial flavours. Made with love from Byron Bay

Handcrafted and family operated by a mother and daughter team, we both have a love and passion for health and tea.” Info taken direct from their website.

To find out more or to try Clean Tea for yourself hit the link : https://cleantea.co.uk

Byron Bliss

For this blend Clean Tea uses the following ingredients : Lemon Verbena, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Spearmint, Orange Peel & Hibiscus.

As soon as you open the pouch your are instantly engulfed in a magnificent fruity aroma enriched with spearmint. It smells amazing and it’s making my mouth water just smelling it. It almost smells like one of my favourite cocktails a mojito!

Let’s get Brewing

Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea doesn’t majorly smell likes it’s dry state with the main smell being that of the spearmint. Which I’m quite surprised by.

Also surprised by the way the tea has brewed ! It looks like a planet !

After taking the brew ball out and giving it a little stir , the brewed liquid is that of a deep pink . It’s now that the aroma has changed again and it’s now the turn on the hibiscus and lemon to scream at you.

Let’s get Sipping

First sip and I am hooked ! It is just tealicious. It’s super fruity and enticing and you just want more and more of it. I can’t quite believe how well this blend works.

For me and you regulars of mine will know what I mean when I say it’s a 2 sip tea and heres another one of them!

First part of the sip is where the fruity magic happens. The hibiscus , orange peel and lemon verbena blend together in perfect harmony neither over power the other and together they provide and intense citrus berry fruity side of the tea. The second part of the sip is the spearmint which leaves you with a refreshing after taste an almost palette cleanser in preparation for the next sip.

The only ingredient within the blend that isn’t obviously tasted is that of the chamomile but there’s something almost magical in the sipping experience knowing that it’s there and it just adds to the calming effect of the sip.

This tea really is what it says on the tin it’s just bliss and I wouldn’t mind being in Byron bay sipping on this tea either !

Happy Sipping 🙂

Sriluxe – Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

Who doesn’t love a mug of tea ? I know I can’t beat it! Today I’m sipping on an Earl Grey , sent to me to try from Sriluxe.

Sriluxe is a UK based family business where they share a dedicated passion for exquisite quality tea.

“Sriluxe can promise you of the highest quality teas because our teas are coming from the lush green hills of Sri Lanka and it’s 100% Ceylon tea. Furthermore our teas are coming directly from the plantation site in Sri Lanka, so we have a close control on the quality of our teas and we make sure it’s a freshly harvested tea so you can enjoy our teas knowing it’s fresh and premium quality.” (Direct from website)

To find out more about Sriluxe hit the link: https://sriluxe.com/

Earl Grey

For this blend Sriluxe uses 100% non mixed Ceylon tea and Bergamot Oil.

Upon opening the exquisite outside packaging you are greeted with fine printed with their logo, shiny and enticing foiled wrapped tea bags.

Upon opening the foil pouch are instantly engulfed with the distinct aroma of earl grey tea. It’s not super strong in its smell but there is no mistaking what tea it is either.

Let’s get Brewing!

Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t overly intensify. I’d say it’s a bout a medium in its smell however as I’m an earl grey lover you can’t mistake the smell of an earl grey tea!

Like with any black based tea (this one being Ceylon) the brewed liquid is that of a brown colour.

It’s a little lighter than I expected it to be so wether this is an indicator of its strength we shall find out.

As always with an earl grey I always drink mine without milk , but feel free to add milk to yours if you so wish!

Let’s get Sipping !

First sip is and I need more. Now let me tell you why. This tea isn’t really like an earl grey that I’ve tried before. Now wether this is down to the ingredients / way it’s produced I don’t know. The ceylon and bergamot are very much in equals taste parts. Meaning the share the sip which isn’t always the case with earl greys.

The bergamot has a lingering after taste which I just love however for me I love a bit more bergamot and citrus but that’s just my personal flavour preference.

This tea for me is light in its flavouring and could maybe be brewed with a slice lemon which would just add some extra depth.

The lightness of the tea however is refreshing not just in its flavour but it’s attributes. It would be a great palette cleansers so would work amazingly sipped on during an afternoon tea or on a hot day when you’re not after a deep tasting tea but something more light and refreshing but still getting your black tea fix.

Happy Sipping 🙂☕️

Mystic Brews Tea – Countess Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

Nothing beats coming home from a hard day at work to sipping on a brew. A moment of calm to have for yourself and unwind. Today I’m doing just that thanks to Mystic Brew Teas and their Countess Earl Grey.

Mystic Brew Teas is a tea company

Countess Earl Grey

For the blend Mystic Brew Teas uses Black Tea, Orange Pieces, Cornflower and Rose Petals, Lime Leaves and Natural Flavouring.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are engulfed with enticing flavours. The use of the Lemon and Lime pieces are majorly at the forefront followed by the floral tones of the rose and cornflower petals. You can’t overly smell the black tea at this point.

Let’s get brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing is light in its smell but florally with a side of lemon. It’s not so punchy compared to its dry state but hopefully it won’t disappoint on the taste side.

Like any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a brown colouring.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is very intriguing. It’s not like any earl grey teas that I have tried before.

I am very surprised that the floral flavours within the blend are the main tastes. It adds an almost perfumey side to the tea that I didn’t expect. It has an added zing and sharpness from the use of the lime and orange pieces which increases the pleasure of the sipping experience.

However like it’s aroma the black tea bit is almost an after thought and flavour within the blend. This isn’t a bad thing at all it’s just unusual to have all the other ingredients within the blend be more prominent than black tea.

This tea is the perfect afternoon tea blend, it’s light and delicate and maybe I should be drinking it from a dainty tea cup rather than a mug.

The floral and fruity notes would work perfect with an afternoon / cream tea as it would cleanse the palette perfectly.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Clean Tea – Zest

Time for Tea Please?

Today we are sipping on Zest a tea blend by Clean Tea.

Clean Tea is a company that’s “creates blends from the heart, with our own hands, that we hope you enjoy, and will leave you feeling amazing.

Why Clean Tea? Because it is clean of chemicals or artificial flavours. Just organic, natural herbs and fruits in delicious beneficial flavours. Made with love from Byron Bay

Handcrafted and family operated by a mother and daughter team, we both have a love and passion for health and tea.” Info taken direct from their website.

To find out more or to try Clean Tea for yourself hit the link : https://cleantea.co.uk

Zest

Upon open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with a punch of lemon. Considering the three types of lemon based ingredients within the blend it’s hardly surprising but it appeals to the senses and it has mouth watering capabilities.

For this blend of tea Clean Tea combines :Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Peel and Ginger.

Let’s Get Brewing!

As soon as the boiling water hits the loose leaf tea the magic happens. The aroma doesn’t massively change other than the lemon grass becoming more prominent, compared to the dry state.

The brewed liquid is of a yellow colouring.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I am hooked. I do love the use of lemon in teas and this just BeauTEAful. The ingredients of the tea blend together just perfectly. Sometimes I find that teas that rely on lemongrass for its lemonness can almost be harsh in its flavour but with this tea it’s not the case.

This tea manages to be zingy without the sharpness a lemon could normally bring you because of this you can’t help going back for more.

Mellow Yellow comes to mind when sipping on this tea. It’s a calm and relaxing tea to sip on but also punchy and refreshing. It takes you away to a dreamy place. Seeing as I can’t travel anywhere at the moment a nice warm beach would do. Ahh bliss.

Having this tea as cold brew would definitely be worth a try on a hot summers day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Joes Tea Co. St.Clements Lemon

Time for Tea Please?

Today we are sipping on St. Clements Lemon, From Joes Tea Co.

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.

To find out more or to try this or any of their other teas hit the link below:

https://joesteacompany.com

St. Clements Lemon

As soon as you open the little box you are instantly engulfed with a wave of lemongrass and ginger. It’s super punchy which is giving a great vibe for this tea. It’s not until a closer sniffing that fruity citrus tones of the orange and mandarin start to peep through.

For this tea blend Joes Tea Co uses: Lemongrass, orange peel, ginger, natural orange flavour, mandarin flavour.

Let’s get brewing!

Upon brewing the tea and the aroma continues to intensify and the lemongrass becomes the biggest smell.

As to be expected given the ingredients within the blend the brewed liquid is of a yellowy Orange.

Let’s get sipping

First sip is just tealicious like it’s aroma it’s sip is punchy and flavoursome. Like I find with a lot of teas they can be what I like to call a 2 part sip. Where you start off with one flavour and finish’s with a second. With this tea the first part is the lemongrass and ginger followed by the second part of orange and clementine.

The only downside of a 2 part sip tea is that some of the flavours instead of blending together they are slightly more separated than blended as one.

Although with this tea the lemongrass is the most prominent flavour but the citrus flavours make a refreshing fruity after taste.

Happy Sipping 🙂