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 🙂

Date Coffee Co. – Dafé

Time for Tea Please?

Today we are trying something a little bit different thanks to the Date Coffee Co. Who have sent me some of their Dafé to try. They describe Dafé as a chocolate coffee tea and so here’s to giving something a little different a go.

Dafé

(Direct from website) The Date Coffee Company brings you Dafé; a fresh tasting, naturally caffeine-free coffee alternative made from the highest quality date seeds. We work hard sourcing, roasting and grinding before delivering.

To find out more or to try Dafé click their link: https://www.datecoffeeco.com

Let’s get brewing !

Upon opening the tea pouch the aroma you are instantly hit with earthy rich tones not like anything you can compare it to.

For this brew it was recommended to use a cafetière and 16g of grounds per serving.

Like a coffee brew I was told to use a cafetière .

I brewed for around 3-5 mins.

The aroma whilst brewing was an intense version of its dry state.

On pouring it looks very similar to a black coffee. Even with a slight crema.

Let’s get Sipping!

First sip and I am very intrigued !

It’s got an unusual yet unique taste something I don’t think I’ve ever tasted before.

I don’t really know what i was expecting it to taste like. Dates maybe , given the name. It has a lovely strong taste. With rich fruity tones and is naturally sweet so think dates , caramel , sweetness and richness.

It’s a weird yet very nice sipping experience. To me it gives me the taste sensation of drinking coffee with its earthy rich notes and the colouring of it. Yet it feels like I’m drinking tea. With the calming properties it brings.

The Dafé even resembles tea if you choose to add milk. I made a mug of both to compare and a touch of milk just takes the slight bitterness off it so takes off the Americano feel to the brew.

As this blend is caffeine free it’s the perfect late evening brew for any tea or coffee lover. Due to its richness in flavour which packs a pick me up punch.

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 🙂

Avantcha – Majestic Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

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

Avantcha

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 Duchess Tea Store – Strawberry Cream

Time for Tea Please?

Today we are sipping a BeauTEAful blend sent to me to try from The Duchess Tea Store which is their blend Strawberry Cream.

The Duchess Tea Store (direct from website) “was inspired, of course, by the well-known story of Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As it was customary for the evening meal to be served very late, the Duchess complained of a “sinking feeling” in the mid-afternoon and requested that a pot of tea and light food be brought to her private chambers.”

Their “interest in the world of tea began with the fascination of visiting various tea rooms across the country. We quickly became tea afficionados and began sampling the many different flavors of tea. “

To find out more on The Duchess Tea Store hit the link : https://theduchessteastore.com

Strawberry Cream

For this blend The Duchess Tea Store uses Green Tea and Dried Strawberry pieces.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with powers of the strawberry. It’s super strong and punchy and then green tea side of the tea isn’t majorly noticeable in its dry state !

Let’s get brewing !

Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea does change from its dry state. The main aroma is that of the strawberry but now the green tea is starting to sing along with it.

As with most green teas the brewed liquid tends to be of a yellowy green nature but this one is slightly more than yellow most.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I am hooked ! Which for me is a bold statement when it comes to a green tea. I either love it or hate it, it’s my marmite of the tea world.

This tea is all about the strawberry. It’s way stronger than I expected it to taste as there wasn’t massively loads of dried strawberries within the loose leaf however that doesn’t matter. It’s super fruity and berry licious.

The fact that the green tea flavouring is only noticeable at the after sip makes you just want to keep sipping and sipping.

So if like me your not the biggest fan of green tea then this one is certainly for you !

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 🙂

House of Lilah – Tropical Escape

Time for Tea Please?

Today I’m going to be sipping on another blend from House of Lilah . This one being Tropical Escape . The name on its own is enticing enough, let along the brightly coloured design upon packaging.

At House of Lilah Creating teas that can either evoke memories or transport you elsewhere sip by sip ! To find out more about House of Lilah hit the link : https://www.houseoflilah.co.uk

Tropical Escape

For this blend House of Lilah uses : Chinese sencha (green tea), desiccated coconut , stevia, pineapple pieces (freeze-dried), mango flavouring, pineapple flavouring, coconut flavouring.

As soon as you open the pouch you are instantly engulfed with the aroma of the coconut and pineapple and very little else. Not that this is a bad thing as it screams piña colada.

Let’s Get Brewing !

The aroma whilst brewing doesn’t majorly change from its dry state the pineapple and the coconut are still the major players if anything it’s more fruity with the mango starting to coming through more.

With lots of loose leaf tea I love seeing the transformation of it. Those massive pieces weren’t in there to start with !!!!

Unlike other green tea based green teas the brewed liquid is a lot more yellow. Presumably down to the pineapple and mango within the blend.

Let’s Get Sipping!

One sip and your hooked. The tea itself is everything you smelt and more. The coconut , pineapple and mango are everything about this tea. Each sip just screams tropical paradise and brings the nostalgia to each sip.

Hot or cold this brew is the Piña Colada of teas. Having only had it warm so far it’s obvious too that this tea would be perfect iced or even as lemonade spritz on a warm summers night. Well any time really!

Despite this tea being a green tea , it’s probably the only flavour that you can’t taste! Now this isn’t a bad thing as sometimes green teas can be just too grassy. However I can’t even detect it at all but as it’s clearly in the blend at least we are still getting all the health benefits of it.

If I was to have one slight criticism of this blend is that it’s a little too sweet and without the stevia it may just allow the green tea to shine a bit more.

Don’t let that put you off trying this tea as it’s the perfect brew for any ParTEA especially for mocktails!

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 🙂

The Duchess Tea Store – Lei by Earl

Time for Tea Please?

Most of you will know how much I love an earl grey tea so when The Duchess Tea Store offered me the chance to try their Lei by Earl I wasn’t going to say No!

The Duchess Tea Store (direct from website) “was inspired, of course, by the well-known story of Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As it was customary for the evening meal to be served very late, the Duchess complained of a “sinking feeling” in the mid-afternoon and requested that a pot of tea and light food be brought to her private chambers.”

Their “interest in the world of tea began with the fascination of visiting various tea rooms across the country. We quickly became tea afficionados and began sampling the many different flavors of tea. “

To find out more on The Duchess Tea Store hit the link : https://theduchessteastore.com

Lei by Earl

For this blend The Duchess Tea Store uses black tea, bergamot , coconut and pineapple.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with amazing flavours of the bergamot and pineapple and on further shaking of the bag the coconut reminds us of its presence.

Let’s get Brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing completely changes from is dried loose state. The bergamot aroma is prominently at the forefront of the aroma. Where as in the dry state it was more of a back seat. The coconut is still not massively there but the tropical feel to the tea that you get wouldn’t be there without it.

With any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown in its colouring.

Let’s get Sipping!

First sip is just tealicious. After the brewing aroma being lighter than its dry state I am amazed by the flavour of this tea.

It’s so refreshing ! The flavours really do add a tropical vibe to the tea and it’s over all taste. The flavours of the pineapple, coconut and bergamot are match made in heaven . They work in harmony together to provide and intense rich fruity flavour yet allowing the black tea to not be forgotten about too.

It’s also surprisingly sweet. I’ve not added any additional sweetening as I don’t like to spoil the natural flavours within the blend to allow the tea todo the talking.

I also think / recommend trying this tea cold/iced as it’s a light refreshing brew and would be perfect on a hot summers day nice and chilled.

The only thing missing from this tea is the tropical setting to go with it.

Happy Sipping 🙂