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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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

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 🙂

The Duffy Tea Company – London Fog Creamy Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

Tea for me is a drink that can be drank at any time of tea depending on mood and what time of day it is for me depends on what type of tea o will choose and thanks to The Duffy Tea Company I’m able to try London Fog Creamy Earl Grey. As you all know I’m a massive fan of an Earl Grey tea but what makes this one different is that it’s caffeine free.

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

London Fog Creamy Earl Grey

For this blend The Duffy Tea Company uses: Rooibos 91% , Lavender Blossoms, Vanilla Pieces 3%, Natural Flavours and Jasmine Blossoms. As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the distinct smells of rooibos and the lavender. It is very hard to detect the vanilla and jasmine within the blend at this point.

Doesn’t the loose leaf tea just look tealicious !

Let’s get brewing!

Whilst the tea is brewing the aroma is almost the opposite to its dry state where the vanilla is now the main aroma. With the slightly under lying floral notes of the jasmine and the lavender and for once the Rooibos isn’t the main smell which tends to be the case with tea blends which have it in.

The brewed liquid is of a brownie red in colouring.

Let’s get sipping!

First sip is just BeauTEAful. It’s not like any other tea I’ve tasted before. It has all the magic of an earl grey without sort of being one. As this tea is caffeine free instead of using the black tea normally an earl grey would this blend used Rooibos. Therefore you get the distinct Rooibos flavour. However through the use of the lavender , vanilla, and jasmine the flavour just screams earl grey.

I also love the strength of the lavender it’s super punchy yet instantly calming too. With the use of the vanilla the tea is perfectly sweet so need to add anything.

This blend is perfect hot or cold and is lovely refreshing. With being caffeine free this blend is perfect for any time of day especially if just need a moment of a calm it was almost like it has magic powers with its soothing qualities.

Happy Sipping 😀☕️