We’ve all had to change and adapt over the past year showing ourselves and each other we care from a distance. Violets Tea House asked me if I’d like to try and share with you their postal tea box I couldn’t say no!
Violet’s Tea House
(Direct from website)Based in rural Warwickshire and came about from the simple pleasure of sitting down and having a nice cup of tea and biscuit as a pause to the day.
We really want to cheer up someone’s day if they are not feeling great, a special occasion or if they just need a pick me up with our Letterbox gifts. Doing so as environmentally possible as they can.
I love their sentiment and agree with the pleasure that tea can bring to someone.
I’ve not tried a breakfast blend with Safflower in but first sip is just tealicious. It adds a lovely floral hint to drinking a black based tea.
As you can see from the below photo I’ve chosen to drink it black to get the most out of the safflower (personal preference) but adding milk wouldn’t alter the flavour too much as it’s a lovely strong black tea , just how I like it !
Thanks to the lovelies at Hampstead for sending me a selection of their teas to try. Don’t you just love their packaging? Today I’m going to be trying and sharing with you their Lavender and Valerian Tea. As I love a bed time tea and it’s a vital part of my getting ready for bed routine.
Hampstead Tea was created by Kiran (direct from website) to bring you organic teas that are ethical and delicious. When I moved to the UK from India I desperately searched for great tasting tea that had no pesticides or plastics and I just couldn’t find any. Skip forward to today and at Hampstead Organic we’re incredibly proud to be continuously assessed as: ‘The Most Ethical Tea Brand’ by the Ethical Consumer.
Hampstead Tea has grown far beyond what I dreamed while packing tea in my kitchen. Our range of organic teas are stocked all over the world. Everything we produce is organic, our tea gardens are biodynamic, teas are Fairtrade, the majority of our packaging is Plastic-Free and all our teas bags are compostable. When we work with the earth, treat it and our people well, mother nature rewards us with strong, healthy crops and excellent tea.
For this blend Hampstead uses Lemongrass, Oat Flower, Lavender, Valerian Root.
Upon opening the individual tea bag parcel you are mainly hit with the aroma of the lavender and Valerian root. The other ingredients aren’t so noticeable.
Let’s Get Brewing!
The aroma whilst brewing is not too dissimilar from its dry state. It just gets a lot stronger. The Valerian aspect of the tea comes through a lot stronger. Mixed with slight hints of the lemongrass.
The brewed liquid of the tea is also of a light yellowy with its colouring. Which will mainly be down the lemongrass within the blend.
Let’s Get Sipping!
First sip is just tealicious. It’s also tastes exactly how it smells!
The Lavender and Valerian work together in perfect harmony. Complimenting each other just perfectly. The Valerian has a slightly stronger / more prominent flavour but both sing strongly with each sip.
I don’t know what it is but there is something about sipping on this tea that is just instantly calming. Each sip is just soothing and relaxing. The ingredients within this blend has been specifically used for their known calming properties and I’m not sure if knowing this is why I’m feeling relaxed or because it am ! Haha
So if your looking for a bed time tea or a moment to relax and to calm down with then this is the brew for you !
As part of my bedtime routine I always have a caffeine free tea and if it’s a tea that will help me sleep then that’s even better. I don’t know about you but it just helps me to unwind. So thanks to Teasup I’m able to try their Good Night blend.
Teasup was set up in the family home in Putney, London of Hanna and Phil who turned their lifelong passion for tea into their livelihood. Tea is always in everyone’s background and it’s just as much on the experience as well as taste.
(Direct from website) We really love tea – it’s healthy for our body, packed full of antioxidants, with a breadth of provenance and geography to rival the finest wines… and without the hangover!
At Teasup we seek out excellent quality whole leaf tea from top tea gardens across the globe. Our tea is ethically sourced because we want the tea that we drink to be improving the lives of all those working in the tea industry. We are committed to being plastic free and to environmentally friendly packaging because we want to contribute to improving the environment.
For this blend Teasup uses Camomile Flowers, Rose Petals and Lavender.
Let’s Get Brewing!
Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the floral aroma of primarily the camomile but the lavender and Rose are also detected. Together they just smell amazing.
Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea doesn’t change from its dry state. The only real difference is that as they brew they intensify and are even stronger than when dry.
The brewed liquid as that of a bright yellow which you tend expect with a camomile based tea.
Let’s Get Sipping!
First sip and I am hooked. Camomile tea is one of my fave bed time brews but with this blend the floral side of the camomile is the most prominent in the flavour.
On the second part of the sip it’s the lavenders time to shine. It’s just as strong in its taste as the camomile but compliments it rather than over shadowing it.
The only small downside to this blend is that the Rose isn’t quite strong enough. I love rose within a tea blend but the flavour and the aromas of the camomile and lavender are very much coming through strongest. Yet with the floral flavours of the blend although they are delicate together with this blend they are punchy and intense.
Another major benefit of this tea blend is that the aromas and taste of the tea are exactly the same and it doesn’t vary sip by sip.
The flavours combined instantly sooth you it almost immediately relaxes you and sip by sip it intensifies and calms. Just what you need when getting ready to sleep or if you just need a moment to yourself.
Thanks to the lovely Marilyn the founder of J&B Gift Box Co. for sending me their Tea Lovers Gift Box to share with you all.
On opening the gift box you then have a BeauTEAfuly packaged gift set.
The packaging is sleek and attractive or in their own words “gorgeous gifting made easy” . I love the use of the magnetic seal which just adds that little extra touch of class to the shiny white exterior.
The Tea Lovers Gift Box Includes:
Green Tea Face Pack
Matcha Lindt Balls
Taylor’s Tea in various varieties and flavours
My fave combos is sitting down to a cuppa tea and biscuits ! So they are perfect for a tea lovers gift box. borders biscuits are just yummy and Taylor’s tea is a top choice on tea flavour and quality wise plus the individual wrapped tea bags are packaged lovely.
The pairing of the green tea face pack which always needed for an extra bit of self care (with a cuppa or five) with the perfect accompaniment of Matcha Lindt balls. Not just based on its flavouring but an added bit of luxury. Plus who doesn’t love a Lindt ball.
So if you know a tea lover that needs a treat , a gift or you just need some self care then check out J&B Gift Box Co.
Love is in the air ! With Valentine’s Day having just been on Sunday it only seemed appropriate to have a love themed tea. Thanks to the lovelies at Femini-Tea for sending me their Sweet Romance blend to try.
Femini-tea was founded by Diána Cxapáry in 2019 while studying and realised the complexity about being a Women and wanting to others to understand their own feminist rather than vein anxious or conflicted by the female form. So she founded Femini Tea an online blog and store for and about women aiming to nourish and empower relationship between our bodies and tea learning ways to explore and nourish.
For this blend Femini-Tea Pu Erh red tea, apple, fennel, nettle leaves, pomegranate seeds, rosehip, figs, red rose, moringa, manuka honey, naural aromas.
As part of Femini-Tea ethos is to use ingredients with added powers. Pu Erh red tea has slimming and feel good properties, Rose petals are known to help with period pains and the honey isn’t used just for its sweetness but also its anti inflammatory properties. I’m all for a tea with benefits so can’t wait to try.
Let’s Get Brewing!
As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed in fruity floral aromas. With an underlying earthyness of the Pu Erh mixed with the fennel and it’s liquorice hints.
I just love watching the blend brew especially when it expands and comes alive.
The aroma whilst brewing completely changes from its dry state. The best way that I can describe the aroma and this may sound found is that is very close to that of jelly with the teas sweet and fruity notes. With an underlying hint of the Pu Erh.
The brewed tea is of a browny red colouring almost like rust which is to be expected with the use of the Pu Erh red tea.
Let’s Get Sipping!
I’ve not drank a lot of Pu Erh tea so wasn’t massively knowing what to expect so was happy to be surprised. The earthyness that you could smell within blend and even more so when it brewed is there from first sip and brings an almost like cocoay side to the taste of the tea. Mixed along side the fennel seeds which adds not just a spiced side to the tea but it also helps to enhance the flavours of the other ingredients.
The use of the flavours both fruity and floral wise don’t come across as an individual. They are very much a blended as one mix.
The tea is also quite sweet in its flavouring which is the main way that the Manuka Honey really screams and let you know that it is there.
Through this combination of the cocoay earthy notes the fruity and floral tonnes with the added help of the honey has given the tea an almost syrupy taste. The closest flavouring that it reminds me of is of a mix of jelly and grenadine. Which mixed with the Pu Erh works wonderfully. They flavours work together rather than against making it an enjoyable sip.
This tea is nothing like any I’ve tried before and with the qualities that the tea has in relation to health it makes it even more enjoyable.
What more could you need than on a cold winters day than an uplifting mug of tea. Today I’ve got the chance to get sipping on Summerdown and their Peppermint Tea. So I’m very much hoping for a hug in a mug. A little ray of sunshine !
(Taken direct from website) As a family, the Colmans have always been inspired by robust, piercing flavours. For years it was mustard, but 25 years ago they turned their tastes to mint. (For someone who’s from Norwich and knows all about Colman’s mustard , I was happily surprised of Summerdown connection).
Back in 1995, Sir Michael Colman travelled to America in search of Black Mitcham peppermint – a notoriously tricky herb to grow and one which had, 100 years before, been native to England.
Growing, harvesting and distilling our (Summerdown) very own Black Mitcham peppermint for almost three decades, all from our family farm in the Hampshire countryside.
Thanks to the slow, sustainable way we farm, Summerdown Mint has a pure, invigorating taste and aroma – unlike anything you’ll have tried before.
As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with a smack in the face with the peppermint. I also love the packaging!
The difference between this peppermint and other is that Summerdown specifically uses their own Pure Black Mitcham Peppermint Tea. Which is intensely aromatic. They also infuse the peppermint leaves with its own essential oil.
The aroma whilst brewing is fairly different to its dry state. The peppermint isn’t as intense and boom in your face. It’s slightly more mellowed. However I have a feeling this could just be a trick to the senses.
Like most peppermint teas the brewed liquid is of a dark yellow with a slight green tinge. If you look really closer you can even see the essential oil the leaves are infused with floating upon the surface.
Lets Get Sipping!
First sip and I am hooked.
I knew the slight mellowness in aroma while was brewing was a trick.
The flavour is soooo intense. It’s zingy and punchy and let’s you know that the Black Mitcham Peppermint is here! It’s quite rare for a cuppa to make you sit up and listen but this one does.
With the use of the essential oils it’s supper refreshing and tongue tingling that you can’t help going back for more. When Summerdown said there flavour and tea is unique they certainly weren’t lying. There peppermint is nothing like I’ve tried before and knowing it’s different makes it even more refreshing and not just to the palate.
Even more so this is the kinda brew that you can drink hot or cold. I even think it would make the perfect base for a Mojito or a summer spritzer.
Sitting down to a brew is one of my fave lockdown things todo. A moment to myself. Today I’m sipping on a tea by Fen Tiger Botanicals a tea company that was actually formed thanks in part to Covid.
Fen Tiger Botanicals
Fen Tiger tea started as an idea during the start of the covid pandemic. Where Keith and Paul’s Our existing business had been hard hit in April 2020 and we needed to pivot and pivot fast. With Paul’s love for tea and Keith’s knowledge within the food industry Fen Tiger Botanicals was formed.
(Direct from website) “Specialising in a range of teas that complemented the sustainable and ethical stance of our main company Organeco Ltd.
All of our teas are sourced from members of the Ethical Tea Partnership and where possible are certified organic.
At the end of the day, we love tea and we hope you will love our tea just as much.”
Well it’s a good job I do love so looks like I fit criteria ! Hehe
The packaging for the tea is truly unique to Fen Tiger. Their image is clear and it’s bold and eye catching. Plus loving the matching ribbons for extra effect.
Opening the tea pouch you are met with a vaccum sealed pack holding the tea bags.
For this blend Fen Tiger Botanicals uses: Luxury black tea, Natural dried pineapple, Lemongrass, Ginger pieces, Calendula and sunflower petals, Natural flavours.
Upon opening the pack you are instantly engulfed with the spiced notes from the ginger with the citrus undertones of the lemon. The Ceylon aroma adds an extra depth to the blend and balance the aromas of the others.
Let’s get Brewing!
The aroma whilst brewing doesn’t massively change from its dry state. The ginger and lemon are still the strongest in their aroma however the Ceylon black tea is much more prominent.
Like most teas that contain Ceylon the brewed liquid is of a coppery brown in its colouring.
Let’s get Sipping!
First sip and I am hooked. It’s quite rare to find a tea that does exactly what it says on the tin (or in this case pouch).
The balance of the main three ingredients lemon, ginger and the Ceylon work in a perfect harmony all along side each other but in perfect balance.
Sometimes black teas with flavouring can over power the other ingredients but this isn’t the case. It adds an almost lightness and refreshing aspect to the blend. It’s subtleness doesn’t take away from the tea but compliments it as it allows all the ingredients to sing.
The use of the calendula and sunflower petals is almost unnoticeable in its flavour within the tea but their use adds a further lightness to the tea which will compliment the black tea so it’s not so harsh on the palate.
This is also one of those teas that you know of you forget to drink it (not that that happens often) would be just perfect served over ice and drank on a hot day or mixed with a lemonade for a tea fizz. As it’s such versatile on its flavour it would work well hot or cold.
Although as it’s a frosty day in January hot hot hot it is! Grab a blanket get cosy and think of warmer times.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.