Teabury – Rosy Lemon Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

Nothing beats a cup of tea and there’s nothing more than I love doing than sipping on a mug of tea especially in the afternoon. For some reason I always choose a tea that I can have without milk. So therefore any flavoured back tea is right up my street. Thanks to Teabury able to try their Rosy Lemon Earl Grey.

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Teabury‘s motto is ‘Keep it simple’. Therefore chose to not use artificial flavours. “We love nature and all its beauty, colours, smells, tastes and goodness. We ask the question ‘Why flavour something artificially when there is so much natural beauty and goodness around?” To allow there natural ingredients to do the talking. To ensure there tea has intensity of flavour each tea is hand blended in small batches, with love and care. As to Teabury Happiness certainly is tea in a cup!

To find out more hit the link below:
https://teabury.com

With happiness it can certainly be found within a cup of tea, so let’s get the kettle on.

Rosy Lemon Earl Grey

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For this blend Teabury uses Earl Grey Loose Leaf Black Tea, Lemon Balm, Lemon Grass, Lemon Verbena and Rose Petals. Not only does it look beauTEAful it also smells it to. The use of the lemon grass combined with the Rose just adds a shuttle fruity floral note which I hope will only intensify when brewed.

Let’s get brewing!

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The aroma whilst brewing does exactly as I hoped and although the black tea is a prominent the use of the lemon grass really starts to sing with the floral notes of Rose peeping through too.
As expected with a black based tea the brewed tea liquid is that of a dark brown in colour.

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First sip is just tealicious. For an earl grey tea it is fairly light in its intensity o being a black tea, this could have been down to my brewing time or the kind of black tea that Teabury use. As previously stated I choose to drink earl grey black and this too can effect flavour. However do not for one minute think that the intensity effects the pleasure in drinking this tea.

The reasoning for me saying this is because of the way the black tea has brewed it really allows the other flavours to sing and work alongside the earl grey for the perfect sip. Too often does the black side of the tea over power the more delicate flavours within the tea blend, yet with this tea it doesn’t. I absolutely love rose within tea blends and aided by the lemon grass its a match made in heaven. It’s certainly brightening up my afternoon.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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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 🙂

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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.   
(Direct from website…)
Framework is dedicated to provide premium, certified organic, vegan, non-GMO, responsibly sourced tea in biodegradable packaging.  Our mission is to produce tea that is beneficial to physical wellness while still being the most flavorful, delicious tea available.  

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 🙂

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De Oliveria Tea House – Sweet As Apple Pie

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Thanks to the lovelies at De Oliveria Tea House for sending me some of their tea all the way from Australia to the UK for me to try.

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De Oliveria Tea House

THEIR MISSION: TO PROVIDE THE EXPERIENCE OF COMFORT AND SELF-INDULGENCE THROUGH THE JOY OF A WARM CUP OF TEA, WHILE STAYING ECO-FRIENDLY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY.

The formation and this behind De Oliveria Tea House is unlike any other I’ve heard of before. You may need to grab tissues!
(Taken from their website https://deoliveirateahouse.com)

De Oliveira Tea House was inspired by a man named Eugene de Oliveira. A beautiful, intelligent, creative and warm hearted man who lit up any room he was in.

Our family tragically lost Eugene on May 27th, 2019, a few weeks after his 27th birthday.

While we no longer have the blessing of having him around physically, we have the gift of his presence and his vision for the future.

Each tea we blend and package is full of love, devotion and hope.

We dreamt that through these teas, we could give our customers the same warm comfort Eugene gave us. We want to create a legacy he’d be proud to lend his name to.
Now if you weren’t already feeling inspired by story then you might do just now as these awesome people also reinvest $1 from each tea pouch sale in Kiva Loans to help those less fortunate get on their feet.
Now if that’s not a better reason than to spread the tea love I don’t know what is!

Sweet As Apple Pie

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For this blend De Oliveira Tea House only uses organic ingredients of the following: Rooibos, Honeybush, Apple Pieces, Cinnamon, Vanilla Pod Powder & Ginger.

On opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the sweets sea of the vanilla and fruity tones of the organic apple pieces . It’s almost hard to even distinguish the Rooibos and Honeybush aspect of the tea in its smell straight from the pouch.

Let’s get brewing !

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Upon brewing the aroma of the tea completely changes to that of its dry state. It allows the Rooibos to really sing and allows the cinnamon and ginger to warm and develop as the flavours intensify.

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As expected with a tea blend that contains Rooibos is a brewed liquid that has a brown redy tinge.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip hellloooooo Rooibos, which is first taste followed then by the after taste of the apple chunks. Despite its aroma the tea isn’t overly as sweet as I expected it to be. However I find that the tea being this way allows for the flavours of vanilla, ginger and cinnamon to naturally enhance their flavours and natural sweetness. Despite the Rooibos and Honeybush having what at times can be an “overpowering” flavour , this blend manages to allow the other ingredients to have turn not just separately but individually.

This blend is also pretty unique I’ve had plenty off apple teas and even more Rooibos teas but together nope ! It’s a new one for me and a lovely guilt free apple pie perfect for autumn weather and cosy nights in.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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L’ATELIERduThé – Breakfast in Asia

Time for Tea Please?

Today I’m sipping on Breakfast in Asia from L’ATELIERduThé. I absolutely love the wooden tea caddy that it comes in. Its not like anything I’ve seen before so love the uniqueness it brings. Even more so when it says that it’s completely compostable too.

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L’ATELIERduThé is a French tea company, which fuses their rich Chinese heritage with their French Palates to blend high quality global teas that taste great. Along with working with a Eco-conscious mindset.

To find out more or to try L’ATELIERduThé hit the link below.
https://atelierduthe.com

Breakfast in Asia
Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with an almost earthy aroma of a black tea.

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Let’s get Brewing!

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Whilst brewing the tea the aroma becomes slightly more mellowed. As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown in its colouring.

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For first sip I decided to give the tea a go as a black tea based on the reasoning that the tea was designed to be a lighter breakfast tea. Upon sipping the tea the flavour is typically that of a black tea. However it’s got a slight tang that is slightly more earthy than I tend to expect with a traditional breakfast tea but then this is an Asian style one. To try an add a twist or even more enjoyable sip I decide to add a splash of milk.

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Once adding the milk the sip for me has increasingly improved. By adding the milk to the brew to me it further allows the smoothness of it to finally come through. It’s almost enhanced the teas flavour and has allowed in my opinion the natural sweetness of the blend to come through. As well as making it a much more pleasurable experience.

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Moylor – Puerh

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Thanks to the people at Moylor for sending me my latest tea to try. Which is one of their Pureh Teas or to by its full name : Yunnan Seven Pu’Er Cakes 2014 yr New Tea XiaGuan Bao Yan Brick. Moylor are a company which sells Chinese Tea, who offer a retail, wholesale and drop ship,service for over 50 countries.

If you’d like to find out more about this tea hit the link below. You can also receive 10% off of your order using the code ZE10 .

https://www.moylor.com

Puerh

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Puerh his a type of fermented tea from China, within Yunnan province. Fermented tea is tea that has undergone microbial fermentation from several to months to several years. For this Pureh tea b have sent me their :
Yunnan Seven Pu’Er Cakes 2014 yr New Tea XiaGuan Bao Yan Brick 250

Upon opening the tea pouch that the tea arrived in you are instantly engulfed with that distinct fermented aroma. It’s one of those kind of smells where you are really hoping that the tea doesn’t taste like it smells!

Let’s get brewing !

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It’s. It isn’t the easiet to get the tea leaves separated from the brick or maybe I’ve just not found the magic trick of doing it !

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The aroma whilst brewing , thankfully no longer smells like it’s dry state. It does still have a slight fermentedness to but nothing like the dry tea leaves.
As expected with what is known as a dark tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown nearly black in.

Let’s get sipping!

Wow, first sip is nothing like what I expected it to be. Trust me this a very good thing. Pureh can have varying types of flavours. For me this one has a more earthy mellow flavour to it. Gone is the fermented aroma and what I expected it to taste like. It’s not overly sweet in its flavour but it doesn’t have the bitterness that some can have.

Further added to the sipping experience Pureh can quite often change its flavour during the cup allowing for combination of tastes. If anything for me the only change in its flavour was more that became slightly bitter further down the cup you drank.

Would I say I love this tea, I’m not so sure but in comparison to what I first smelt of the tea it’s a vast improvement. However I have been informed that with Puerh tea the taste of it changes depending on its age. So maybe in 6 months I’ll get a different taste.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Debonair Tea Co. – Dream On

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I love unwinding at the end of the day with a mug tea. As long as its caffeine free I’m opening to trying anything that either help me destress or get me ready for bed. Today I’m trying Dream On by the Debonair Tea Co.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are hit with the unmistakeable aroma of lavender mixed with Rooibos tea.

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For this blend Debonair Tea Co. uses Honeybush, rooibos, chamomile, lemon balm, rose petals, lavender and blue cornflowers. The ingredients for this tea was picked specifically for the qualities that they can provide to the drinker to provide a relaxing sipping experience.

Honeybush for its soothing qualities.
Camomile for insomnia, stress , anxiety & stomach.
Lavender to reduce stress and anxiety.
Lemon Balm of which reduces stress and aid sleep. For best results, it is advised lemon balm should be combined with other herbs, as found in this blend.
Rose Petals brewed as tea it can have a mild hypnotic effect and can help to induce sleep in a way comparable to medications such as Valium.
(Info from https://www.debonairtea.co.uk)

Let’s get brewing!

Whilst brewing the aroma isn’t too dissimilar to its dry state. The only slight difference being that the flora smells isn’t as pungent, allowing the aroma of the rooibos come through stronger.
With this blend I wasn’t too sure on what the brewed liquid would be like. So was quite surprised with its brown colouring although with the Rooibos tea within the blend it should have been expected.

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First sip and I am hooked! There’s just something about the flavour combination that is intriguing. It doesn’t overly taste like it smells. Some how the combination of all the flavours just work well all blended as one. There isn’t one aspect of the ingredients that scream louder than the others instead they blended together in harmony. The first half off the sip is more designated to the Rooibos and Honeybush with the after taste taking on the floral aspects. Particularly the lavender with an after thought of lemon balm with its minty flavour. Which made for a refreshing crisp sip. I was also pleasantly surprised by the natural sweetness. The only real flavour that I couldn’t detect within the tea was the camomile.

If you fancy trying out this blend for yourself to help with your sleep routine hit the link https://www.debonairtea.co.uk
Happy Sipping 🙂

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