Stash – Strawberry Pomegranate

Time for Tea Please?

One thing I love todo while staying away in hotels is looking at their tea selections. While away in Iceland I stayed in called Laugarbakki and while having breakfast came across Stash Tea.

Stash tea is actually an American brand, you may have read in a previous post that in Iceland they aren’t massive tea drinkers and have little choice on offer so I’m not surprised, plus their are a lot of American tourists.

Stash Tea got its name from tea folklore, based on tea being transported by ship, the captain would often be presented with his own fine tea otherwise known as his stash! Such an awesome way to name a tea company.

Today I’m trying their Strawberry and Pomegranate Tea.

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This tea blends together Rooibos, rose hips, hibiscus flowers, raspberry leaves, pomegranate flavour, strawberry flavour and citric acid.

On opening the tea envelope there’s no mistaking that this is a Rooibos tea , with its distinct aroma hitting the senses closely followed by that of the strawberry.

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Let’s get brewing !

The brewed aroma is not too dissimilar to that of its dry , other than the strawberry smell now being stronger than that of the Rooibos.

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Once brewed the tea is a pinky tinged brown colour.

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First sip is just delicious ! It’s not strong in its flavour but not overly delicate either. The Rooibos blends perfectly with the other ingredients to allow the taste of the tea be a perfect blend. Instead of the being the strongest taste the Rooibos works along side the strawberry and raspberry notes for a lovely berry blend.

It’s not until further down the blend that the more floral aspects of the tea to start come through as well as that of pomegranate tones. The floral notes just add an extra depth to the tea that wasn’t there before but with the berryness provide the more grenadine syrup style taste.

One thing I particularly loved about this tea is how naturally sweet it was. It certainly satisfies a sweet craving and without the caffeine!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Tea Bag

Time for Tea Please?
I don’t know about you but anything tea related always catches my eye!
Just like this bag did ! Found in White Rabbit Gifts , Norwich.
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A tea bag for your tea bags !

Happy Sipping 🙂

National Iced Tea Day – Iced Hibiscus Tea

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Today is National Iced Tea Day and thanks to the Good and Proper Tea who just sent me new their teas specifically for cold brewing, I’m ready to celebrate.

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My chosen tea to celebrate today with is Iced Hibiscus Tea with Rose Hip and Ginger. For this blend Good and Proper uses: Hibiscus Tea, Rose Hip and Ginger Root , all from Egypt as part of the tea companies ethos is to use one origin country for each blend. Upon opening the tea pouch your are firstly hit with the gingery kick followed fruity berry notes.

Now let’s get our iced tea on!

1. Boil the kettle.

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2. Brew one tea bag

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I absolutely love the redy pink tone the brewed liquid leaves, it’s so vibrant and mouth watering!

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3. Top up with cold water and add some ice

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First sip is soooooo refreshing! The main flavour orientates around the combination of the rose hip and the hibiscus. The ginger notes smelt on aroma is not so prominent within its taste. The use of the hibiscus within the tea adds a cranberry like flavour to the tea and explains the fruity aroma the tea gives.

For a tea with no added sugar or caffeine it certainly provides a refreshing summer hit. If you like your tea slightly sweeter a dash of honey would be perfect, not just adding sweetness but an extra flavour to the co binational but without compromising the tea blend.

So if your looking for a perfect iced tea blend that has its own natural sweetness and packed pull of vitamin C then look no further! Now where’s the beach ?! Hehehe

Happy Sipping 🙂

Tea Travels Iceland

Time for Tea Please?

I love a Tea Travel and having the chance to explore a different place or country to where I live. There’s a whole world out there to explore and new teas to find ! So Iceland here I come !

Like any new adventure a mug of tea to kick start it.

A mug of Earl Grey by Gestus . Served to me black just the way I like it.

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For a first time try of Gestus Earl Grey, I really enjoyed it. The aroma was very distinctly that of any earl grey tea from anywhere in the world . It was punchy and strong with a light floral tone to it. A perfect cuppa for a tea break.

In Iceland there isn’t much of a tea selection on offer like I’m used to in the UK. Which is mainly down to the locals telling me that coffee is much more favoured to tea. As you can see from this photo taken in a supermarket the little choice on offer.

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Now finding tea wasn’t the only reason for choosing Iceland but it was certainly going to fuel my way round the country. This time my adventures round Iceland is being made possible thanks to Mink Campers.

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With the help of mink campers I’m able to explore and camp my way round Iceland in complete comfort, while creating those all important memories and exploring the Icelandic landscape. In the Mink there isn’t just gas for my all important cups of tea in the mini kitchen: there’s heating , solar power for charging devices via USB, lighting, sound system and even its own Wifi!
From one of the 10,000 waterfalls

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To Glacier Lagoons

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Brewing with a view is certainly a highlight of the trip, as well all know how important a good cup of tea gets you through the day!

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As well as being lucky enough to glimpse an Arctic Fox.

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And some puffins !

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Oh and relaxing in a hot spring or two!

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Afternoon Tea Party

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For my grandparents 60th Wedding Anniversary they asked me to host them an afternoon tea party. Pulling off an afternoon tea for 50 family and friends , wasn’t that easy but was totally worth it. I even managed to get them a card from the queen for the big event.

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All washed down with lots of mugs of tea.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Tazo – Green Ginger

Time for Tea Please?

With a week till I go on holiday , I will pretty much try anything to help me not get ill! Therefore I’m looking to Tazo – Green Ginger for a much needed boost. For this blend Tazo combines; green tea, ginger, lemongrass and natural flavours.

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On opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with a massive gingery lemony kick. It can only be described in its likeness to ginger beer/ale . Here’s hoping it tastes as good as it smells!

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Time to brew!

Upon brewing this tea is when it lets you know it’s a green tea, which is now the main aroma compared to that of the other ingredients which were more prominent in its dry form.

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The brewed tea gives off a distinctive yellowy green vibe.

First sip and it wasn’t quite as I expected. I’m not really able to pin point a specific flavour. It doesn’t shout green tea but it doesn’t shout ginger or lemon grass. Which was a little disappointing considering how amazing it smells straight from the packet . Although an added plus for me is the fact you don’t realise your drinking a mug of green tea! I’m a hit and miss green tea drinker so the fact you wouldn’t overly know it is a green tea isn’t a bad thing for me.

It’s only as you get closer to the bottom of the mug that the ginger really kicks and I love the fiery kicky that it then adds to the brew.

For now I’m just crossing my fingers I’ll be fighting fit and ready for my adventures!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Tea Treat – Nutella Sponge

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There’s nothing more than I love is baking up a perfect tea treat to have a long side a nice cup of tea. This recipe is super easy and tasty.

The ingredients you will need are:
125g Butter softened (flora works too)
125g SR. Flour
125g Sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
50g Nutella (for swirling)

This recipe is super easy as it’s the perfect all in one recipe, combine everything BUT the nutella together all in one bowl till combined.

Place the mixture into a lined tin , and swirl in the Nutella.

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Bake on 180 degrees for around 16 mins , till golden (a skewer comes out clean).

Enjoy 🙂