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 🙂

Tea India – Chai Latte

Time for Tea Please?

Today I’m trying out something a little bit different, thanks to Tea India, I’m able to try their Chai Latte.

Tea India “master blenders Chirayu Booroah and Jimmy Jal Medhora have created a range of authentic tea blends inspired by their motherland, India. From Chai to Ayurveda blends they have created a tea to help you find joy, balance and contentment.” (Direct from website)

To find out more about Tea India hit the link https://www.teaindia.co.uk

Chai Latte

On opening the chai pouch you are instantly engulfed with the spiced aromas.

One perk of having a chai latte sachet is that all you have todo is open the packet , pour it into a cup , boil the kettle , pour the water in , stir and sip!

First sip is just tealicious !

Now I know it doesn’t really count as a tea but the tea and spices work perfectly together. You get enough of a kick but it’s also nice and balanced.

The latte consistency well balanced of watery yet thick too which sounds weird but if your an instant coffee/ hot choc sachet drinker you’ll know what I mean. With a nice spicy frothy head.

A chai latte is just perfect this time of year , the spices add a little kick to the autumn days.

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 🙂

Tea Treats from Tea Break Bakes

Time for Tea Please ?

Today I’m super excited to share with you some goodies from Tea Break Bakes .

Tea Break Bakes is a small business in Rawcliffe, East Yorkshire. Set up by Lizzie as a business from home while she was on maternity leave. Through the help of family and friends she was able to try and test her recipes. She’s now ready to share them with you too !

I absolutely love their ethos of “eating them with a cup of tea, and just taking a couple of minutes away from everything,” which is fitting with their name of Tea Break Bakes. As thats one of the things a cuppa means to me taking a moment away from it all , a moment to relax.

Each box is delivered direct to your door and ready for you to devour!

Let’s see what’s inside !

One of my fave breakfast teas and the perfect choice of tea for a company based in Yorkshire.

Love the packaging!

But we all want to see what’s inside!!

The Brownies:
Triple Chocolate
Chocolate Orange
Classic Brownie

The Blondies:
White Chocolate & Raspberry
White Chocolate Blondie
Cinnamon Swirl

Let’s get Brewing

Time to choose which brownie!

Based on having a steaming mug of Yorkshire Tea , I’ve decided to go with the classic white chocolate blondie.

This way the tea will be just right and the flavours will compliment each other, rather than over powering it.

The blondie itself is the perfect balance of soft and gooey yet with a crisp top.

There’s not just white chocolate drizzle but also white chocolate chunks too. The snap of the white chocolate chunks just adds a perfect extra texture to the blondie.

The Yorkshire tea works as the perfect palette cleanser as it’s not to sweet and the dash of milk works perfect with the blondie aspect.

If I was to be having a brownie I’d choose more of an Earl Grey where the perfume aspect of the tea is likely to compliment and refresh especially the bakes with fruit in it.

If you fancy giving these delicious brownies a try for yourself pop along to https://teabreakbakes.co.uk and even better until 31/12/20 you can receive a 15% discount on orders using Timefortea15 .

Happy Sipping 🙂

Triple Choc
Raspberry and White Choc

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 🙂☕️

Liverpool Tea Warehouse – Wellness Blend Turmeric Gold

Time for Tea Please?

Thanks to the lovelies at the Liverpool Tea Warehouse I’m about to start brewing up their Wellness Blend Turmeric Gold.

Liverpool Tea Warehouse a tea specialists located in the Baltic Triangle of Liverpool City centre. Where the shop contains over 200 different types of loose leaf teas, sourced from numerous countries. The business is owned by Debbie Kelly and Mark Hensby. Debbie is a trained Tea Sommelier and Mark has various business within Liverpool. It was their shared passion for quality tea led them to opening the Liverpool Tea Warehouse. For more information and check out their teas hit the link below ! https://liverpoolteawarehouse.com

For this blend the Liverpool Tea Warehouse uses : golden turmeric, cocoa peel, ginger root, fennel, aniseed and vanilla.

The tea blend itself is part of the Liverpool Tea Warehouse wellness tea blends. Where through the use Ayurvedic medical knowledge it’s more than just an ingredient within Indian cooking but also a “superfood”.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed in the spicy notes of turmeric , aniseed, fennel and ginger with an under laying earthy kick from the cocoa peel.

There’s is a sweetness to the aroma presumably from the use of the vanilla pieces and blackberry leaves.

Let’s get Brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing completely changes. The flavour combination in its dry smell to that of its now brewing smell really emphasises they cocoa aspect. It’s giving off a real rich and earthy scent.

As expected given the turmeric aspect within the blend the brewed liquid is of that of a dark yellow with an orange tinge.

Let’s get Siping !

First sip and I am beyond intrigued. After smelling the tea blend in its dry state and then its brewing aroma it doesn’t taste like I was expecting at all.

This tea is what I like to call a two part sip. By this I mean that you get two different flavour combinations all within the one sip. Therefore with this tea blend part 1 of the sip consists of the flavourings of the turmeric and the cocoa and part 2 is where the kick comes in with the aniseed , ginger and fennel.

The combination of the earthy flavours and spice is something very unique to this blend. The closest I’ve ever tried before would be a sort of chai style tea. I’m sure this tea would work well as tea latte. As the flavour is punchy and the colour would also look fantastic.

Their is also a natural sweetness to the sip so no need to add anything to sweeten it up , which fits in the wellness side of the blend.

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 🙂