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 🙂

The Tea Bees – Rainforest Paradise Body Tonic

Time for Tea Please?

It’s the start of the new year so here’s kick starting it with a much needed body tonic as I have a feeling if your like me you may have slightly over indulged this Christmas and New Year. Plus for me I’ve got my birthday added within the mix. Not that any of the celebrations were normal this time round.

Today we are sipping on The Tea Bees and their Rainforest Paradise Body Tonic.

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/

For this blend The Tea Bees uses Rosehip, Anise, Raspberry, Nettle, Liquorice, Cardamom, Rooibos, Clove, Calendula and Safflower Petals.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the intense aroma of liquorice, cardamom. They pack super punch and actually remind me of opening a bag of liquorice alsorts.
It’s only on a further more in-depth breath that you can get a slight fruity floral hint of the Calendula and Safflower Petals and raspberry.

Brewing in a homemade teabag!

Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t massively
Change. It’s just not as punchy. The nettle is starting to sing a bit more but the peppery spiced tones of the other ingredients are very much still there.

The brewed liquid is of a yellow almost turmeric in colouring , primarily down to the safflower and Calendula petals within the blend.

Let’s Get Sipping!

It’s quite a surprising tasting tea. With all the ingredients in it I didn’t really know what to expect too much with its flavouring.

The use of the anise, liquorice , cardamom and clove there is a very light spiced and peppery undertone to the tea. There is a fruity floral lightness to the blend which comes from the use of the rosehip , raspberry, calendula and safflower petals. Which give it a much needed lightness and added gentle side to the sip.

Despite their being Rooibos within the blend it’s not noticeable at all which is a bit of shame but I’m happy knowing it’s there.

Happy Sipping 🙂

T.E.A – The Enchanted Apothecary- Assam Black Tea.

Time for Tea Please?

There’s no better way than to start your day with a nice ol cuppa. Thanks to T.E.A I’m able to start my day with a mug of their Assam Black Tea.

T.E.A

Otherwise known as The Enchanted Apothecary (direct from website) :

T.E.A is a unique 21st century apothecary concept with a focus on natural products such as tea, herbs and spices that are fragrant and have a rich history which individually offer various health benefits.

T.E.A offers its followers a place to access learning resource, virtual workshops, collaboration projects, recipes and the online shop via social media. Our vision is to support you to enhanceand enrich your life with natural, sustainable and organic sources.

For more info or to try for yourself hit the link: https://gettea.co.uk

Assam Black Tea

How amazing is the packaging it’s simple yet effective !

Once opening the cute outer packaging of the tea you are left with the vacuum packaged tea. It’s even vacuumed pack on the tea estate to maintain its taste.

On opening the next pouch you are instantly engulfed with the aromas of the Assam. Which are rich and malty.

For this blend T.E.A uses Assam, Mangaldai – India. Grown 1000 ft above sea level.

Let’s Get Brewing!

Loose leaf tea to me always tastes that little bit different. T.E.A sent me a reusable tea bag to use for my brewing needs.

And they recommend using a heaped tea spoon of loose leaf Assam.

The recommend brew time is 3-7 mins so today I’m going down the middle with 5 minutes.

The brewed liquid is a coppery brown in its colouring which is common colouring for an Assam tea.

Drink how you like it with milk or like I am today black. It’s really up to you!

Let’s Get Sipping !

First sip is just tealicious. The flavour is just spot on and hits the spot thing perfectly getting rid of those morning blues.

It’s quite sweet in its taste so mixed with the earthy malty tones of the rest of the sip it makes a fantastic contrast to each sip.

Each sip also has a mixture of almost caramel like notes mixed with a citrus hint almost like an orangey kick. Which provides depth to each sip. Adding a natural sweetness.

There’s a slight almost sour taste to the tea which is most likely caused by not having milk with this tea but it adds a much needed little kick. I don’t know about you but I’m not much use till I’ve had my first cuppa of the day!

Each sip tastes the same throughout the whole mug which is just how it should be and the whole cuppa doesn’t disappoint.

Happy Sipping 🙂

TeaTeas Gifts – Masala Chai

Time for Tea Please?

Thanks to the lovelies at TeaTeas Gifts for sending me a sample of their Masala Chai to try.

TeaTeas

* Self-love, self-care & body positiviTea.*

Absolutely love TeaTeas headline and couldn’t agree with it more.

Direct from website: We want everyone to feel beautiful inside and out, so we made some little cozy treats to boost our wellbeing and self-esteem.

The more good stuff we put in our cuppa, the better we’ll feel, so we decided to ditch the powdered chai from the shelf full of sugar and additives, and make our Chai from authentic whole spice…and that’s it!

You may have been able to guess not just from the from the brand name and their packaging TeaTeas is also raising awareness and funds for breast cancer charities.

To find out more or to try their tea hit the link: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TeaTeasGifts

Masala Chai

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are engulfed with spices warming your senses and enticing you. It’s rich sweet cinnamon and aniseed being the main aromas in your face.

For this blend TeaTeas uses a mixed spiced tea blend. It’s a secret blend which is fair enough but doesn’t it look BeauTEAful.

Let’s get Brewing

Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea doesn’t massively change, it’s tones are slightly more peppery and the aniseed has now mellowed out.

As with most teas that contain black tea in the brewed liquid is of a brown colouring. The liquid may look a bit a strange to some of you but I live in a hard water area.

Let’s get Sipping

First sip is just tealicious. From the strength of the dried tea , to it mellowing whilst brewing I wasn’t sure what to expect but the blend is magic.

All the flavours work together rather than fighting against each other for your attention. By this happening it makes the tea sip sip just calming. The spiced aspects of the blend adds an extra warm ness and is like drinking a hug in a mug.

It’s not till the after sip of the tea that you get a peppery aniseed punch. Which injects an extra added heat to each mouthful.

The only downside to this blend was that my mug just wasn’t big enough !

Happy Sipping 🙂

Cuppa London – Mon Amie La Rose

Time for Tea Please?

As we’re back in lockdown here in the UK it’s now really important for some self care and for me that’s having a moment of calm with brew. Thanks to Cuppa London I’m able to bring you their Mon Amie La Rose

Cuppa London ethos for their brand focuses on how (direct from website) tea plays a great role in every family gathering, I have always been fascinated by how it can simply lighten up every one’s mood almost immediately.”

They use different tea blends etc to fit not just occasions and memories but to evoke experiences and wellness which is what tea means to me too.

To find out more to try Cuppa London for yourself visit their website : https://www.cuppalondon.co.uk

Mon Amie La Rose

For this blend Cuppa London uses: black tea, rose petals, cardamom and saffron.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the floral aroma of the rose mixed with the underlying hints of saffron and the black tea. The cardamom is less noticeable at this stage.

Let’s get Brewing!

How BeauTEAful do the rose petals look ?!!!

For this brew I decided to make a little tea bag.

The aroma whilst brewing completely changes to its dry state. The black tea along side the cardamom are now main the flavours that you are able to smell. The rose along with the saffron are now less noticeable.

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

Let’s get sipping!

First sip and I am surprised. It doesn’t taste anything like I expected to at all.

The black tea , cardamom and saffron work really well together . So much so that the Rose almost doesn’t get a look in.

The spiced aspect of the tea alongside the black tea make an almost heavy powerful sip. It’s not that the Rose isn’t noticeable. It sort of appears halfway through the sipping process. It screams here I am with a middle appearance of lightness , fresh and florally before the cardamom finishes the sip off.

Now that might sound really random but it’s the perfect way that allows all the ingredients to have a turn within each sip. Which is actually quite rare within teas.

This being said for me I adore rose within teas and I feel with just a little more a much lighter side of the tea could have shone through. Although maybe a little less on the brew time maybe could have rectified this. So I’ll have to give this a go next time.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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

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 🙂

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 🙂

Mystic Brew Tea – Creamy Caramel Rooibos

Time for Tea Please?

Today thanks to the lovelies at Mystic Brew Tea I’m spending the evening sipping on their Creamy Caramel Rooibos blend.

Mystic Brew Teas mission is to help you drink better tea. We care where our teas come from and all our tea suppliers are monitored by the Ethical Tea Partnership.”

To try Mystic Brew Teas for yourself hit the link : https://www.mysticbrewteas.com

Creamy Caramel Rooibos

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the distinct Rooibos aroma . On further sniffing you are able to detect the sweet caramel notes.

For this blend Mystic Brew Tea uses Rooibos, Calendula petals, Natural flavors. Doesn’t it just look BeauTEAful?

For this brew I made my own teabag !

The aroma whilst brewing is really sweet and intense. The Rooibos aspect of the blend unlike in its dry state is at the back of the smell. It’s the sugary notes of the caramel side of the tea that sings whilst brewing.

Like any tea that contains Rooibos the brewed liquid is of a browny red in its colouring.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I am hooked. The caramel aspect of the tea is just lovely. It balances out the flavour of the Rooibos and together they just compliment each other. Sometimes you can find Rooibos within a blend over powering but with this one it’s not the case.

The caramel side to the tea blend brings such a natural sweetness to the tea which is frankly quite amazing. Which makes it the perfect afternoon pick me up minus the caffeine.

Even as the blend gets cooler the flavours combination doesn’t change.

Happy Sipping 🙂