Suki Tea – Earl Grey Blue Flower

Time for Tea Please?

Today I’m sipping on Suki Tea and their Earl Grey Blue Flower! Big thanks to the lovelies at Suki Tea for sending me this tea to try.

I absolutely love Suki Teas:
VISION:
To grow a global community of loose leaf tea drinkers, an appreciation society of the ritual in a great-tasting, ethically sourced cuppa.
And their
MISSION:
To grow the business in an adventurous, yet responsible and sustainable way that respects and values people, plant and the planet.

Suki Tea was founded in 2005 by business partners Anne Irwin and Oscar Woolley. Having both traveled in Asia and being able to see first hand ethically-sourced teas they launched Suki Tea with their aim to share the finest loose leaf teas , herbal and fruit blends from around the world.

If you wish to find out more about Suki Tea, hit the link below.

https://suki-tea.com

Earl Grey Blue Flower

IMG_7362

For this tea Suki Tea blends “Fairtrade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified East African Black tea, Centaurea cyanus flower petals and Organic natural Bergamot Oil.” I just love the vibrance of the petals. It adds an extra prettiness to the blend.

IMG_7356

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the floral aromas of the blend. I just love floral aromas within tea blends, to me just adds an extra level. Mixed with the black tea and the essence of the Bergamot Oil it smells tealicious. Here’s hoping it tastes as good as it smells!

IMG_7360

Let’s get brewing!

As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is brown in colour with a slight orange tinge. The aroma while brewing isn’t far from from it’s dry state which makes me even more excited to try. I do love an earl grey so let’s get sipping!

IMG_7364-0

First sip and I am not disappointed. It’s thankfully one of those blends which allows all three aspects of which it is made up of to sing solely and as a co,vines one all at the same time. Each sip has equal measures of black tea, bergamot and centaurea cyanus flower petals. They work just perfect together. The floral tones within the tea is just on the right level, it was strong enough to make an impact yet not over powering or underwhelming. I’m all for floral flavours and for me this tea let’s it sing just beauTEAfully.

I always drink my earl grey tea black for me it’s just weird to even think about putting milk in especially this blend with its floral tones. However like with any tea it’s a unique sipping experience to you so if you want to try it with milk you go for it!

This tea is the perfect afternoon tea , it’s light and refreshing and with the floral tonnes it makes for such a pleasurable drinking experience . To me it’s almost calming the perfect me time tea.

Happy Sipping 🙂

IMG_7363

Viridian Tea Company – Elmwood Tea Blend

Time for Tea Please?

Thanks to the lovely Kimberly the owner of the Viridian Tea Company to sending me some of her to try all the way from the USA!

IMG_7262 I love trying new teas from anywhere in the world , especially those from countries I’ve not yet been too.

Kimberly started the Viridian Tea Company through her love for tea, being able to create her own tea blends. Her teas have a unique twist where each blend has a background story and are made with love and attention. To find out more hit the link!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ViridianTeaCompany

Today I’m going to get sipping on Elmwood Tea Blend.

IMG_7333
The background for this tea blend is that it’s named after the Elmwood Cemetery, which is a historical cemetery located in Memphis, Tennessee!

For the Elmwood Tea Blend the tea consists of assam tea, dried elderberries and hibiscus.

IMG_7329

Upon opening the tea pouch you are engulfed with the rich earthy tones of the assam with sweet fruity notes from the elderberries and the hibiscus.

Let’s get brewing !

IMG_7331
I love loose leaf tea especially when you can pick out the ingredients you want more of e.g. More elderberries or more assam. Plus there’s always something magical about the way it expands.

While brewing the aroma doesn’t overly change from its dry state. Which always makes me happy. The brewed liquid as to be expected is of a dark brown colour in nature.

IMG_7332

First sip was tealicious. I wasn’t overly sure what to expect from this tea blend with the flavour combinations working a long side an Assam tea. Like its aroma the tea tastes rich and earthy. With an almost every other sip sort of combination of fruity floral hints, bringing an extra level to the tea. Assam is known for its malty flavour and the use of this within the tea blend is perfect, especially as the base for the tea blend. The use of the hibiscus and the elderberries adds an almost delicate sweetness to the tea which takes the bitterness off of the Assam without needing to add anything sweet wise to it. Making it a perfect afternoon blend.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Liverpool Tea Warehouse – Turmeric Chai

Time for Tea Please?

Thanks to the lovelies at Liverpool Tea Warehouse I’m able to bring you my latest tea review featuring their Turmeric Chai.

IMG_7270
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

Turmeric Chai

A black based tea from India is blended with cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, aniseed, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, chillies to form the teas blend.

IMG_7268
Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with aromatic fragrance with spicy tones which really get the senses and the taste buds going.

Let’s get brewing !

IMG_7266
While brewing the aroma of the tea doesn’t overly differ from its dry state other than the spice level is coming through more via the use of the chillies. Hopefully it tastes as good as it smells.

IMG_7265

With a brewing recommendation of 3-5 minutes I went straight down the middle with a 4 minute brew time. Leaving behind a browny orange tinged liquid.

First sip is a a little bit of a revelation. It’s delicate yet powerful in equal measures. The black tea is the perfect base for the blend, it’s in the forefront of the sip yet the combination of the spices adds the perfect depth to the tea. Allowing almost all the aspects of the tea to be combined as an equal.

The turmeric within the tea doesn’t just add to the slight orangey tinge to the tea but it also adds to a slight bitter earthy taste. This combined along side the spices within the blend adds an extra flavour and depth to each sip. Especially as Turmeric is believed to have menu health benefits such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. As well as having anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. Just another added bonus this tea has.

I also love the use of the chillies within the blend as it adds a slight kick to the sipping experience and in doing so tingles the senses.

Happy Sipping 🙂

IMG_7269

Wan Ling Tea House – Wuyi Rock Que She

Time for Tea Please?

Wan Ling Tea House Named after its tea loving founder has sent me their Wuyi Rock Que She tea to try.

IMG_7225
Wuyi Rock tea is versatile in the sense that it can be either drank as soon as it’s harvested or stored for many years to mature its flavours. Known as Rock teas or Yab Cha, they are an oxidised oolong tea with a deep brewed colour.

The tea gets it Wuyi Rock name from Wuyi mountain area, which is one of the largest areas to produce yan Cha/ Rock tea. The Wuyi mountains are protected under UNESCO which ensures development isn’t allowed in this area.

Now let’s get brewing!

On opening the tea pouch the teas aroma is very earthy. With the leaves being more green than black, based upon its semi oxidised tea.

IMG_7226
I also just love watching how the tea leaves expand whilst brewing, anyone else find this satisfying?

IMG_7228-0
The colour while brewing is is a yellowy green tinge and in some lights almost orange.

IMG_7230
While brewing the teas aroma doesn’t overly change from its dry state other than it gives off a green tea sort of smell.

Upon first sip I am slightly surprised. The aroma of the tea was that earthy I was surprised by its taste. Not that I was expecting a mouth full of dirt but the strength of the aroma was slightly putting me off wanting to sip the tea. Which I’ve never experienced this feeling before of an apprehension to try.

IMG_7235
The flavour is a lot lighter than I was expecting . I can’t overly pin point an exact flavour description for you. It’s kind of like a green tea with a slight smokey earthy notes to it. It’s an almost delicate sipping experience however I’m not sure the experience is quite for me. However don’t let this put you off as drinking tea is unique to you and what one person likes another one may not.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Whittard – Strawberry Serenade

Time for Tea Please?

What do most of enjoying lots more of than normal in the weekends, yup you’ve guessed it drink TEA!!!!!!!

Well I know I do anyway!

Plus any excuse to pop into my local Whittards to see what’s on offer. With christmas now a distant memory it’s time to try some new teas.

Today I’m sipping on Strawberry Serenade . It’s a been a bit of a blustery dull day today so the I was drawn to this tea based on its vibrant colour.

The tea combines : Apple, Hibiscus, 11% Rosehip, 8% Sweet Blackberry Leaves, Flavourings, 1% Strawberry Pieces, 1% Safflower Petals

IMG_7160

Pouring a little sample does mean the aroma can sometimes be a bit lacking but with this tea it’s fruity vibes hit you straight away. Mmmm berrylicious !

Considering the ingredients which make up the tea it is surprisingly strawberryish. However while sipping on the tea I feel more of the serenade side of the tea comes through and less of the strawberry. This isn’t a bad thing as its a lovely fruity boost to a dull day regardless and allows for the flavour of the other ingredients to sing through.

This tea is also very versatile as its a perfect hot or cold tea! Some fruity and warm for winter but ice cold for the summer would be perfect too.