Tea Breaks

Time for Tea Please?

It’s crazy times that we are living in at the moment , it’s important that we stay indoors as much as we possible can to protect ourselves and others. I’m a key worker so I’m still having to go to work and provide a much needed cafe service and slice of normality at the local hospital . However nothing beats coming home to a slice of cake to unwind after a hard day. It may not be busy but being an ear to the NHS staff makes being there all the worth it.

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Stay Safe , Stay Home

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Whittards – Nutcracker Tea

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The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singling loud for all to hear! Or get pouring a massive pot of Tea. As most of my friends and family know I’m a bit of a tea but so what better way than to treat me is to buy me tea! After spending a festive weekend away with one of my besteas she surprised me with the gift of tea! A festive tea filled bauble of Whittards – Nutcracker Tea.

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Isn’t it just the cutest!
Although it’s a bit big for my tiny xmas tree, hehe.

Once popping opening the bauble tin inside you find a tea pouch filled with tea.

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For this tea Whittards blends : Rooibos, Hazelnut Brittle (sugar, hazelnuts), Pecan Kernels, Walnuts, Flavourings, Grated Coconut, Cinnamon, Stevia Leaves. Doesn’t that just sounds tealicious. Even better that its caffeine free and their for the perfect Christmas tea to sip on before bed time.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the smells of a rich fruity toasted aroma. The depths of the smells coming from the tea is very intense. The hazelnut brittle packs a very sweet intensity to the blends underdone by the coconut an almost toasted side to the nuts. It’s only within further scrutiny that that you can detect the Rooibos but it’s very subtle.

Let’s Get Brewing

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The aromas whilst brewing doesn’t overly change from what it smells like in its dry state. It’s still rich sweet and toasty but the Roobois is still the hardest to detect.

The brewed liquid as expected with a tea blend that contains Rooibos is the distinct redy brown.

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Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip is just tealicious !

I really am surprised by how nutty the tea really is! I know it’s called nutcracker but it really does fit it’s name. It’s rich sweet toasty. All the flavours work together just perfectly providing a hidden richness. It’s not until what I like to call the after taste the flavour of the Rooibos has its chance to shine. This isn’t a bad thing because it allows you to enjoy the rich nutty tones followed by the refreshingness and distinct Rooibos flavour. It’s almost like a mini pallet cleanser before the next nutty sip.

Now who doesn’t love a roasted , toasted nut at Christmas ? Not me and hopefully not you !

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

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Pickwick – Strawberry Tea

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One thing I love about going on my tea travels is finding lots of new teas to try and share in you !
Destination: Amsterdam !

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So today we are sipping on Pickwick and their Strawberry Tea.

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For this blend Pickwick uses Black tea, aromas and pieces of strawberry. Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the strawberry aroma, it’s almost impossible to detect any black tea within the blend.

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I love a flavoured black tea so I’m always very intrigued to try a new one.
Let’s get Brewing !
As soon as the hot water hits the tea bag the aroma of the black tea finally starts to shine through. It also allowed the strawberry tone to hot up.
Like with any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown colour . For me with any black based tea I drink it just like that black, without milk. This allows the real flavours for me to be able to shine through.

Let’s get sipping!

First sip is just beautiful! The strawberry flavour is super intense and actually sings louder than the black tea. Which is very rare for a black based tea. Especially one which I feel is potentially a supermarket blend. Not that it matters to me I love my tea where it comes from. It just makes a massive change for me to try a supermarket blend that tastes exactly like it says on the tin.

Unlike some black teas this blend is super light. The strawberry aspect of the tea lightens the black teas intensity and adds not just a sweetness to the blend but also the much needed mellowness tea. The strawberry flavour is also spot on and you cant mistake it for what it is. Which is just perfect.

Another thing that’s just perfect is how refreshing it is. It’s a delightful sip and the perfect afternoon pick me up tea. Perfect for an energy boost for exploring.

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Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Whittards – Orange Gingerbread

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With every season Whittards brings out a new collection. With it being Halloween this week it seemed perfect to pop in and try their new offerings with a little tea tasting. Luckily for me they had their Orange Gingerbread herbal infusion on offer in hot ….

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Or Cold ……

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For this blend Whittards uses : Ginger, Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Apple, Brittle Pieces (sugar, hazelnut, invert sugar), Sweet Blackberry Leaves, Liquorice Root, Orange Peel, Almond, Sunflower Petals and Flavouring.

The aroma from the already brewed tea is sweet , fruity with a spicy nutty under tone.

What I like about today is the options to try it hot and cold as some teas taste completely different hot vs cold . After sipping on both I am quite surprised on how similar they actually are. The pumpkin and apple work together to provide the fruity main flavour of the tea. It’s not until the after sip that the ginger and nutty aspects appear.

Unlike the hot tea the intensity of the ginger is surprisingly more noticeable in the cold brew version.

I’m not 100% on the gingerbread aspect side of the tea as the cinnamon doesn’t come through enough for me to work with the ginger to provide the needed spiced notes I was hoping. However this doesn’t effect the overall autumny perfectness if this tea. It has the balance of fruit and spice just right but maybe needs a bit more of a punch !

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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Framework Wellness Tea – Relax

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I love receiving tea post from all around the world and thanks to Framework Wellness Tea for sending me them from America to try.

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Framework Wellness Tea

Framework Wellness Tea is brought to you by Sarah and Colleen who met in 2014 while watching their children play. Further than the usual ‘mom’ chatter with discussions upon business and wellness coming up often. It was from these conversations which eventually led them to co-founding of Framework Wellness Tea in 2019.Β  Β 
(Direct from website…)
Framework is dedicated to provide premium, certified organic, vegan, non-GMO, responsibly sourced tea in biodegradable packaging.Β  Our mission is to produce tea that is beneficial to physical wellness while still being the most flavorful, delicious tea available.Β Β 

For more information or try Framework Wellness Tea then hit the link https://www.frameworkwellnesstea.com

I absolutely love the reasonings behind Framework Wellness Tea, a tea with benefits for the body is just up my street. Tea for me is beyond just a moment of calm but sipping on something that’s beneficial to my body and mind is something I’d like to try!

Relax

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For this blend Framework Wellness Tea uses : Ingredients: Organic Rosehips, Organic Blackberry Leaves, Organic Lemon Verbena, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Chamomile, Organic Orange Peel, Natural Passion Fruit Flavouring.

Let’s get brewing!

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Whilst brewing the aroma completely changes . Unlike in its dry state where you were only really able to identify prominently the camomile, once emersd per within the hot water the fruity citrus notes start to really sing. Especially the passion fruit flavourings.

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Considering the ingredients within the blend I was shocked of the brewed liquid. With the rosehips and blackberry I was expecting more of a pinky purple but with the camomile within the blend its brewed yellow instead.

Let’s get sipping!

Wow first sip is just tealicious! I was not expecting this tea to be so punchy with its flavour. It has added levels of flavour depth. From the lemon, orange and passion fruit being the initial hit of a beauTEAful fruit cocktail, followed by the berryness of blackberry and rosehip and lastly its the turn of the camomile to sing adding to an almost after taste yet not an after thought! It provides a balanced level to the tea and almost cleanses the pallet ready for the next sip. Which I am more than ready for, it certainly tickles the taste buds.

This tea has actually really surprised me. I do feel very refreshed and can feel myself relaxing by its comforting flavour and aroma it entices the senses and almost has soothing qualities. Perfect if you’ve had a hard day or just need a moment of calm.

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

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Joes Tea Co – The Berry Best

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Thanks to the lovelies at Joes Tea Co for sending me some of their teas to try!

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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

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For this tea blend Joes Tea Co uses : hibiscus, apple, spearmint, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, natural strawberry flavour and natural raspberry flavour.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the fruity tones of the tea. It smells berrylicious and it certainly gets your mouth watering. The blueberryness is the most prominent smell of them all. An added touch that I love is upon opening the packaging it says

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that’s just perfect and I think I will !

So let’s get brewing!

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Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea doesn’t overly change, apart from it is now possible to smell the spearmint which in its dry state it wasn’t obviously noticeable.

The brewed liquid is a deep redy pink, very similar to that of the colouring used within the packaging which is either really clever or pure coincidence!

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First sip is fruitylicious ! It’s strong and powerful in its flavour and it’s knows how to get your attention. Which is just what I’m after from a fruit tea. It’s not exactly possible to pin point an a exact fruity flavour other than naming it “berry” I always find the use of hibiscus in teas as adding a richness too it’s flavour quality.

It’s not until an almost after sip that the spearmint really sings. It’s quite a weird sensation Ito be honest with you. It’s like it almost keeps quiet while you enjoy the fruity notes and then wham here I am ! For a fool refreshing almost after thought. Like don’t leave me behind I’m here too you know ! Hehe however it just added to the overall sipping experience which for one I am enjoying.

I can also tell that this is the kind of tea that will be perfect served hot and cold, perfect for cooling down on a hot day or warming up on a cold one! It’s also a caffeine free blend so can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

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OTeas – Cranberry Delight

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The sun is shining , the birds are singing and the kettle is boiling !

Today’s Tuesday Tea Review features OTeas and their Cranberry Delight Tea.

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I just love a herbal tea in the late afternoon and as this ones naturally caffeine free too it won’t be keeping us up all night.

For this blend OTeas uses apple pieces, carrot flakes, grapes, beetroot pieces, cranberry slices and natural flavourings.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with a supper FruiTEA hit of the ingredients combined. There isn’t one an ingredient that shouts smell me more. The only thing that comes to mind when thinking about the aroma of the dry blend is strawberry laces. The liquorice type red cable sweet. Hopefully you know what I’m going on about?!?…

Let’s get brewing !

The aroma of the tea whilst brewing doesn’t overly change from its dried state , this always a bonus as it can be a fairly good indicator to what the tea might taste like. The only minor difference in its smell compared to the dry state is possibly just lost some of its sweetness.

The brewed tea liquid is just what it says on the tea box, a bright cranberry red.

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First sip is just tealicious. Your instantly hit with a fruit cocktail which is excites the taste buds leaving you wanting more. I’m even surprised that from its aroma it does actually taste like the strawberry laces. If that’s not a taste that takes you back to your younger days I don’t know what will. Not going to lie but I am a little shocked by how good it does taste. It’s not very often that you get a herbal tea which completely matches its aroma and taste so well done OTeas.

The only thing that puzzles me with this tea is the name of Cranberry Delight. As you can see from the ingredient list cranberry is not the only ingredient and isn’t essentially the obvious flavour within this blend. However neither are any of the other ingredients. However the cranberry certainly doesn’t let you forget that it’s there. The almost sweet and sour tang certainly adds a a twist to the sipping experience and alongside the other ingredients does like it names suggest make it a delight to drink.

The sweetness of the tea will certainly give you that much needed sweet sensation without the added guilt. Bonus !

Now this tea is also the perfect brew to be a oh no I forgot to drink my tea and now it’s gone cold, come on we’ve all done it at some point !
The fruity flavour makes it a perfect cold brew and allowed the cranberries to add an extra sharpness to sipping experience.

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Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Wan Ling Tea House – Wuyi Rock Que She

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Wan Ling Tea House Named after its tea loving founder has sent me their Wuyi Rock Que She tea to try.

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Wuyi Rock tea is versatile in the sense that it can be either drank as soon as it’s harvested or stored for many years to mature its flavours. Known as Rock teas or Yab Cha, they are an oxidised oolong tea with a deep brewed colour.

The tea gets it Wuyi Rock name from Wuyi mountain area, which is one of the largest areas to produce yan Cha/ Rock tea. The Wuyi mountains are protected under UNESCO which ensures development isn’t allowed in this area.

Now let’s get brewing!

On opening the tea pouch the teas aroma is very earthy. With the leaves being more green than black, based upon its semi oxidised tea.

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I also just love watching how the tea leaves expand whilst brewing, anyone else find this satisfying?

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The colour while brewing is is a yellowy green tinge and in some lights almost orange.

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While brewing the teas aroma doesn’t overly change from its dry state other than it gives off a green tea sort of smell.

Upon first sip I am slightly surprised. The aroma of the tea was that earthy I was surprised by its taste. Not that I was expecting a mouth full of dirt but the strength of the aroma was slightly putting me off wanting to sip the tea. Which I’ve never experienced this feeling before of an apprehension to try.

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The flavour is a lot lighter than I was expecting . I can’t overly pin point an exact flavour description for you. It’s kind of like a green tea with a slight smokey earthy notes to it. It’s an almost delicate sipping experience however I’m not sure the experience is quite for me. However don’t let this put you off as drinking tea is unique to you and what one person likes another one may not.

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚