The Tea Bees – French Lavender Love

Time for Tea Please?

Thanks to The Tea Bees I’m able to bring you my latest tea review featuring their French Lavender Love. I love a flavoured black tea so I can’t wait to get sipping on this.

At The Tea Bees (taken direct from website) “we strive to source and supply some of the highest quality teas available globally. As a family business, we are working with some of the most experienced tea masters in the world.”

“We believe that nature is extremely powerful, and we love to reflect our values in our products, allowing you to see where we source from and the properties each tea has in responding to our bodies. Our range of balancing, well-being and relaxing blends allow us to form flavours so beautiful its hard to believe they are so beneficial too! We have even taken the time to create recipies as well as some more unusual ways to enjoy your tea, to ensure that everyone can benefit and enjoy our products.”

To find out more or to try their teas hit the link : https://www.theteabees.co.uk/

French Lavender Love

For this beautiful looking blend The Tea Bees use: Luxury Ceylon Tea, Lavender & Cornflower Petals.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the floral aroma of the lavender mixer with light undertones of the cornflower petals. The black tea side of the blend is still detectable but primarily the lavender.

Let’s get brewing !

The aroma doesn’t majorly change whilst the tea brews the lavender is still the most noticeable aroma of anything it’s slightly more mellow than in its loose leaf form.

As to be expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is a dark brown in its colouring.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious. The use of the lavender within the blend is the clear flavour within each sip. With the added extra of the corn flowers the brew is extra floraly. The black tea is at the second part of the sip which makes a major contrast to the floral side but together it just works.

This tea is the perfect blend for an afternoon sip and would be just perfect with an afternoon tea. It’s floral side makes it light and refreshing and pallet cleansing.

The use of the lavender makes the sip just that bit more calming and adds to the overall sipping experience which is just delightful.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Avantcha – Majestic Earl Grey

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We all know I love an Earl Grey Tea and today I get to try Avantcha’s blend Majestic Earl Grey.

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Their mission : “To inspire people to embrace moments of peaceful, emotive togetherness and connection – with themselves and with their friends, families and communities, by providing the best, contemporary, sophisticated tea experience with superior taste and a concierge service” (direct from website).

I absolutely love their mission statement, it sums up some of my fave things that tea can do.

“Driven by a desire to marry traditional tea culture with modern sophistication – AVANTCHA is a tribute to the timeless sanctity of tea and a celebration of serendipitous moments on the palate.”

Celebrating tea , shared with people you love what more could you want ?!

To find out more info on Avantcha hit the link : https://uk.avantcha.com/

Majestic Earl Grey

For this blend Avantcha uses Organic Black tea, natural bergamot flavouring, organic marigold petals.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the distinct earl grey aroma with a punchy floral side.

How BeauTEAful does the blend look the yellow of the marigold looks super vibrant !

Let’s get Brewing!

Whilst brewing the aroma does slightly change from its dry state. The black tea comes through a lot stronger and the marigold petals intensifies even more.

As to be expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown in colour.

Let’s get Sipping!

First sip is absolutely tealicious and I am hooked. It just tastes marvellous. The balance of the black tea with …. is on point. The floral side of the tea makes for a happy mellow sipping. It’s punchy and you know that it’s their but also allows the black tea to shine through too!

Another pleasing aspect to this tea is the flavour intensity. This tea unlike some tastes exactly the same throughout the whole sipping experience. It doesn’t get weaker or stronger but stays the same ensuring a lasting flavour.

This blend is a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

The Duffy Tea Company – London Fog Creamy Earl Grey

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Tea for me is a drink that can be drank at any time of tea depending on mood and what time of day it is for me depends on what type of tea o will choose and thanks to The Duffy Tea Company I’m able to try London Fog Creamy Earl Grey. As you all know I’m a massive fan of an Earl Grey tea but what makes this one different is that it’s caffeine free.

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

London Fog Creamy Earl Grey

For this blend The Duffy Tea Company uses: Rooibos 91% , Lavender Blossoms, Vanilla Pieces 3%, Natural Flavours and Jasmine Blossoms. As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the distinct smells of rooibos and the lavender. It is very hard to detect the vanilla and jasmine within the blend at this point.

Doesn’t the loose leaf tea just look tealicious !

Let’s get brewing!

Whilst the tea is brewing the aroma is almost the opposite to its dry state where the vanilla is now the main aroma. With the slightly under lying floral notes of the jasmine and the lavender and for once the Rooibos isn’t the main smell which tends to be the case with tea blends which have it in.

The brewed liquid is of a brownie red in colouring.

Let’s get sipping!

First sip is just BeauTEAful. It’s not like any other tea I’ve tasted before. It has all the magic of an earl grey without sort of being one. As this tea is caffeine free instead of using the black tea normally an earl grey would this blend used Rooibos. Therefore you get the distinct Rooibos flavour. However through the use of the lavender , vanilla, and jasmine the flavour just screams earl grey.

I also love the strength of the lavender it’s super punchy yet instantly calming too. With the use of the vanilla the tea is perfectly sweet so need to add anything.

This blend is perfect hot or cold and is lovely refreshing. With being caffeine free this blend is perfect for any time of day especially if just need a moment of a calm it was almost like it has magic powers with its soothing qualities.

Happy Sipping 😀☕️

Mystic Brews Tea – Countess Earl Grey

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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 🙂

Joes Tea Co – The Earl of Grey

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An afternoon tea sipping session is one of my major loves. Today I’m sipping on Joes Tea Co and their The Earl of Grey. If I could only drink one blend of tea for the east if my life earl grey would be the one so here’s hoping its a good one !

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

The Earl of Grey

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For this septic blend of Earl Grey , Joes Tea Co uses Ceylon Black Tea and Bergamot Oil. It’s obvious from opening the tea ouch and by its aroma that there is plenty of bergamot within this blend yey!

Let’s get Brewing !

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Whilst brewing the aroma of the blend doesn’t overly change the brewed ceylon becomes deeper and the aromatics of the bergamot sing further.

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As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown colour.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious. I always chose to drink earl grey teas black as I feel milk just takes something away from the blend. This can occasionally lead to a slight bitterness from the brew but that is not the case with this blend. The balance of the ceylon tea with the bergamot is just spot on. They are blended perfectly for them to be sipped in unison as a match made in heaven. The citrus of the bergamot is sharp and punch but with the Ceylon is mellowed to perfection. I could happy sit and sip this all afternoon long.

Thanks at Joes Tea Co for a. If of perfection!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Teabury – Rosy Lemon Earl Grey

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Nothing beats a cup of tea and there’s nothing more than I love doing than sipping on a mug of tea especially in the afternoon. For some reason I always choose a tea that I can have without milk. So therefore any flavoured back tea is right up my street. Thanks to Teabury able to try their Rosy Lemon Earl Grey.

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Teabury‘s motto is ‘Keep it simple’. Therefore chose to not use artificial flavours. “We love nature and all its beauty, colours, smells, tastes and goodness. We ask the question ‘Why flavour something artificially when there is so much natural beauty and goodness around?” To allow there natural ingredients to do the talking. To ensure there tea has intensity of flavour each tea is hand blended in small batches, with love and care. As to Teabury Happiness certainly is tea in a cup!

To find out more hit the link below:
https://teabury.com

With happiness it can certainly be found within a cup of tea, so let’s get the kettle on.

Rosy Lemon Earl Grey

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For this blend Teabury uses Earl Grey Loose Leaf Black Tea, Lemon Balm, Lemon Grass, Lemon Verbena and Rose Petals. Not only does it look beauTEAful it also smells it to. The use of the lemon grass combined with the Rose just adds a shuttle fruity floral note which I hope will only intensify when brewed.

Let’s get brewing!

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The aroma whilst brewing does exactly as I hoped and although the black tea is a prominent the use of the lemon grass really starts to sing with the floral notes of Rose peeping through too.
As expected with a black based tea the brewed tea liquid is that of a dark brown in colour.

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First sip is just tealicious. For an earl grey tea it is fairly light in its intensity o being a black tea, this could have been down to my brewing time or the kind of black tea that Teabury use. As previously stated I choose to drink earl grey black and this too can effect flavour. However do not for one minute think that the intensity effects the pleasure in drinking this tea.

The reasoning for me saying this is because of the way the black tea has brewed it really allows the other flavours to sing and work alongside the earl grey for the perfect sip. Too often does the black side of the tea over power the more delicate flavours within the tea blend, yet with this tea it doesn’t. I absolutely love rose within tea blends and aided by the lemon grass its a match made in heaven. It’s certainly brightening up my afternoon.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Very Craftea – Earl Grey Orange Blossom

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Today I’m sipping on my first try of Very Craftea. So thank you for sending me a selection of your teas to try. I can’t wait to get sipping on these.

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Direct from their website :
“The idea of Very Craftea was thought up one evening with my good friend Natalie, a cup of tea, some cake and trying to answer the thought provoking questions, like ‘why aren’t there trousers for dogs?’ ”
Now that is a very sensible topic but more than that it led them thinking about how great “Good company and tea. What would make it even better would be a craft kit to go along with it. Natalie then said “Oh, we’re Very Craftea – you know, like craft and tea” and that’s how Very Craftea came into existence “.
The premise was simple, sell tea and craft kits! But loads of companies sell craft kits, and even more sell tea so other than our amazing name, I needed to be different. I tackled the tea first….

I sell socially responsible loose leaf tea. What does that mean I hear you ask. Well, I work with a single tea supplier and they give 50% of their profits to address the issue of educational development in and around the under-served tea growing region of Darjeeling, so the more tea I sell, the more money can go towards projects to help. This money goes direct to the people it affects, not to a big corporation. [UPDATE: My plan for 2019 is to give back myself and I’m looking into different schemes in how to do this, so keep your eyes peeled for more updates]

Next the craft kits. A long time trying to find, modern, fresh kits which more importantly contained everything that was needed to finish it (how many times have you bought a kit, only to realise you need to buy loads of other stuff to finish it? Ain’t nobody got time for that!) So all the kits I sell are not only super fly, but also with everything contained. They are also made by other woman, in the UK who have their own small businesses.

Now I’m all for a bit of girl power especially being one myself girls helping girls and supporting them and shouting about what we can offer. Especially when these CrafTEA ladies are only in the neighbouring county !

To find out more about Very Craftea for yourself hot the link https://www.verycraftea.co.uk

Earl Grey Orange Blossom

For this blend Very Craftea uses Premium black tea, Bergamot oil flavour, Orange blossoms.

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I love how Very Craftea describes the best time to brew is when you need some caffeine and want to be all fancy. Stick that pinky out when you sip! There’s something quite quintessential about a mug of earl grey tea and I love sipping on mine in the afternoon when I just don’t fancy some milk in my cuppa.

Let’s get brewing !

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The aroma whilst brewing doesn’t overly, change other than the warmth of the liquid has heightened the Orangey flavour to become more apparent. Which when smelling along side the bergamot is just beauTEAful.

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As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is that of a dark brown liquid. Traditionally you don’t add milk to an earl grey tea but no judgement here and if you want to add milk you go for it! I love trying new earl grey yeas especially ones that have something different to offer.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious. The bergamot and the Orange blossom just works perfectly together. The flavours of the two citrus fruits adds to the fragrance
and almost floral aspects of the tea. After doing a little bit of research on orange blossom apparently it can also be an aphrodisiac ! Who’d have thought it or in this case sipped it!

For me what I love about any Earl Grey is the way other ingredients added to the “normal” blend can change the sipping experience. For me the use of the Orange blossom is just perfect. It’s not over powering in its flavour it’s enough to let you know it’s there but it also allows the bergamot and black tea to equally have its say within the blend and as part of each sip. Which is what a great tea should achieve so bonus points to Very Craftea.

This tea is one of those that’s perfect for afternoon sipping or as part of an afternoon tea.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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The River Kitchen

Time for Tea Please?

When you get an afternoon off what better way to spend it than sort by the Norfolk broads with a pot of earl grey tea and some yummy cakes.

Thanks to the river kitchen my fave eatery on the broads I was in for a treat.

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Some yummy mango and lime cake and chocolate brownie!

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Happy Sipping 🙂

The London Tea Company – Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

There’s nothing better than having a brew ! Especially when is first thing on a Tuesday morning at work. Come on all we know that we need a good ol mug of tea or twenty to get us through the day !!!!! Today I’m sipping on The London Tea Company and their Earl Grey.

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For this blend The London Tea Company uses 98% Ceylon Black Tea with flavourings.

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As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly hit with the aroma of bergamot followed by that of the black tea.
Let’s get brewing !

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The aroma while brewing doesn’t overly change from its dried state it just allows the intensity to increase.
As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark black colouring. Now I just love the aroma of an earl grey tea, so let’s get sipping!

I always find earl grey teas quite hard to describe. All I know is that I haven’t found one yet that I dislike! So here’s hoping this one lives up to my expectation.
First sip oh hello!
I like my earl greys well any tea to be fair to pack a punch and this one certainly does. The intensity of the black tea mixed with the flavourings add an extra strength that can sometimes be missing. One aspect that sings within this blend is that of the bergamot and flavour it brings to the tea with its citrus tones adds the much needed flavour sensation that everyone recognises as earl grey.

The only slight flaw in this tea for me is the fact the flavour isn’t fully as intense at the last sip. Wether this down to the way the flavourings is used within the blend I don’t know it just seems to have slightly lost its bergamot taste.

All in all this an Earl Grey worth drinking !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Savoury Tea

Time for Tea Please?

A perfect accompaniment to a good cup of tea is a homemade scone!
Today I paid a visit to Mad Hatters Tea Shop, which you can find in Wymondham, Norfolk, England and had their savoury tea.

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Which consists of a cheese scone, butter, red onion chutney, salad, coleslaw & crisps. A long side a pit of tea of your choice, of which I chose lady grey.

I just love the pairing of the floral tones within the lady tea grey blend alongside the savoury notes of the cheese scone. Making it the perfect light lunch.

Happy Sipping 🙂