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 Brews Tea – Countess Earl Grey

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Nothing beats coming home from a hard day at work to sipping on a brew. A moment of calm to have for yourself and unwind. Today I’m doing just that thanks to Mystic Brew Teas and their Countess Earl Grey.

Mystic Brew Teas is a tea company

Countess Earl Grey

For the blend Mystic Brew Teas uses Black Tea, Orange Pieces, Cornflower and Rose Petals, Lime Leaves and Natural Flavouring.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are engulfed with enticing flavours. The use of the Lemon and Lime pieces are majorly at the forefront followed by the floral tones of the rose and cornflower petals. You can’t overly smell the black tea at this point.

Let’s get brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing is light in its smell but florally with a side of lemon. It’s not so punchy compared to its dry state but hopefully it won’t disappoint on the taste side.

Like any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a brown colouring.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is very intriguing. It’s not like any earl grey teas that I have tried before.

I am very surprised that the floral flavours within the blend are the main tastes. It adds an almost perfumey side to the tea that I didn’t expect. It has an added zing and sharpness from the use of the lime and orange pieces which increases the pleasure of the sipping experience.

However like it’s aroma the black tea bit is almost an after thought and flavour within the blend. This isn’t a bad thing at all it’s just unusual to have all the other ingredients within the blend be more prominent than black tea.

This tea is the perfect afternoon tea blend, it’s light and delicate and maybe I should be drinking it from a dainty tea cup rather than a mug.

The floral and fruity notes would work perfect with an afternoon / cream tea as it would cleanse the palette perfectly.

Happy Sipping 🙂

L’Atelier du Thé – Pink Panther

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What better way to spend an afternoon than sipping on a brew ! Thanks to the lovelies at L’Atelier du Thé I bring you their Pink Panther.

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 their teas hot the link !

https://atelierduthe.com

Pink Panther

For this tea blend L’Atelier du Thé uses : Black Tea, Dried Strawberries and Natural Strawberry Flavour.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the strawberry tones of the loose leaf tea. Is mouthed wateringly enticing and here’s to hoping it tastes as good as it smells!

Let’s get brewing !

The aroma whilst brewing doesn’t differ too much from its dry state which is a very good sign indeed.

With any black based tea even with an added flavouring your expecting to get a brown brewed liquid. This tea is no exception to this.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious.
The balance of flavour is just perfect. The black tea aspect of this blend is just right and it’s not over powering the strawberry. It is able to shine through along side the black tea base in perfect harmony. Which is an amazing find within a tea blend.

The use of the strawberry within the blend brings an add sweetness to the sipping experience. It’s just uplifts the tea and almost takes off what can be a bitter side to the tea sip with a black tea.

Any black tea with a flavouring I personally always drink black and recommend that you do too. I can’t help but feel that with this tea if you were to add some milk it would give off a strawberry milkshake vibe.

This is tea isn’t one to be rushed. It’s the kind of tea for a full on moment. It’s flavour is to be savoured. Light and refreshing but dark and sweet too. This tea is one of great things where you really do get from the blend what it says it’s going todo and that is a sip worth enjoying at a leisurely pace.


A BeauTEAful brew!

Happy Sipping 🙂

Tea Treat – Earl Grey Scones

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When being in lockdown it’s important to,fill your time with things you love doing or haven’t had a chance to do in a while and for me that’s baking. Although I’m still working I’ve found extra time in the day to fill with things I’ve not done in a while.

So today I’m back baking scones. For today’s ones I’m keeping with the the tea theme and baking some Earl Grey flavour ones.

The Ingredients

1lb Self Raising Flour
4oz Butter
4oz Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
Milk
3 Earl Grey Tea Bags
1 egg (optional)
Round cutter

Method

1. Brew half a mug of tea using all 3 tea bags and steep for 5/10 mins and then leave to cool.

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2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees, Weigh out the flour , sugar , butter and baking powder and rub together to form bread crumbs.

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3. Alternating the tea and the milk till a damp dough is formed.

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4. Form in to a round dough , flatten the dough by hand to the height of your cutter. (I choose to flatten by hand instead of rolling it out to keep as much air in the dough).

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5. Cut out as many rounds as you can and place on to a greased/lined baking tray. Re roll and repeat stage 4 & 5 again till the dough is used.

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6. Glaze the scones with an egg wash or milk wash .

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7. Bake for aprox 12-15 mins till golden brown or till flicking the bottom of your scones sound hollowish.

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8. Cool and then serve.

I’m choosing to serve mine with lemon and lime curd and some sweetened cream cheese. Delicious .

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Enjoy with a lovely mug of tea.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Afternoon Tea – The Assembly House

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As a belated birthday treat off of my mum I was treated to afternoon tea at The Assembly House in Norwich Norfolk. I absolutely love their afternoon teas and the setting is just amazing for it!

Outside

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Inside

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I could stare at that decor and those chandeliers all day long!

The afternoon tea is of a set menu but there are lots of choices of tea to choose from all of which are from a local tea company , Wilkinsons.

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Every time I come here I like try at least 1 or 2 teas and always a different blend.

Today I’ve gone for the Peach blend. A China black tea with dried peach pieces.

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You get a large pot of tea filled with loose leaf tea and a tea strainer to keep the bits in. The only downside of this way of having tea is that you don’t have control over the final strength as you aren’t able to remove the loose leaves. Which is fine for me as I love a strong tea.

As a black based tea with fruit flavouring, it’s brewed liquid of a brown colour. With its fruity aspect within the blend I will drink it black as I find flavoured black tea with milk a bit weird ! However that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!

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Firs sip is light and refreshing. With some fruit black teas it can be too dark and out shine the fruit flavour. With this tea its full of flavour and the peach out powers the black tea aspect of it making it tealicious. The other perk of this tea is that it’s a great pallet cleanser for all the aspects of an afternoon tea.

The Main Event

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You get so much choice from delicate sandwiches, to warm scones and lots of sweet treats ! You can even ask for more of everything!

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Would highly recommend!
Happy Sipping 🙂

Afternoon Tea – The Assembly House

Time for Tea Please?

For my friends 30th Birthday we treated her to a surprise afternoon tea at The Assembly House, in Norwich! Like most of you tea lover we do love a spot of afternoon tea.

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Even so when the sweet treats were themed to the seasons.

Other than the sweet treats, sandwiches , scones and hot appetisers choosing the perfect tea to coincide was essential. After consulting the tea menu….

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I settled on Lavender Black.

Let’s get brewing !
Upon receiving the teapot you can self brew, the tea is loose within the tea pot and then you have your tea strainer to catch the loose leaf as you pour.

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Taking the lid of the tea pot to smell the aroma you can instantly tell why it’s got it’s name as the lavender is very much doing the talking over the black tea.

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As you can see like with any black based tea the brewed liquid is that of a dark brown colour.

First sip is just tealicious. The use of the Lavender is just perfect! The floral side to the brew just adds an added depth and intrigue to a normal black tea. I’ve had lavender in more herbal style teas but it’s almost like it pushes the taste boundaries working alongside each other. There’s just something about it that just works.

Drinking this tea black, to me makes it work perfectly with all the different flavour combination that the afternoon tea has. The lavender works like a pallet cleanser allow not just a refreshing sip but also allowing the food to be enjoyed without the tea being over powering.

It makes the sipping experience even more teatastic because the lavender is also grown and dried in Norfolk where I am so it’s just that little bit more special.

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Jay and co. – Black Tea with Mango and Passion

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I love a flavoured black tea! Thanks to Jay and Co. for sending their Black Tea with Mango and Passion to try.

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Jay and Co. as the name suggests was founded by Jay who has meticulously researched for authentic teas. Who bases his principles on quality , taste and community. With his mission being “to help coffee lovers and tea fans enjoy the finest flavours from around the world – at an affordable price”. Where he has researched and searched for quality products which delivers in taste but also is a fair deal on farmers.

Creating a beverage that makes time for you , a moment to relax of sharing time with others. Creating an experience from the drinking experience. Which is just a lovely way to think about tea.

To find out more info the hit the link!
https://www.jayandco.co.uk

Black Tea with Mango and Passion

For this blend Jay and Co. uses: Indian Black Tea, Mango , Passion Fruit and Papaya.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the fruity aromas of the mango and passion depth with added earthiness from the black tea.

The blend it self is so pretty to look at with the colours standing out against the black tea.

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Let’s get brewing!

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The aroma whilst brewing isn’t too dissimilar from its dry state. Other than the black tea aspects brewing through stronger.

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As expected with any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown in colouring.

Let’s get sipping!

First sip is just tealicious. Its sweet yet sharp and provides contrast and texture through each sip, the balance of the flavours is just perfect considering how contrasted it can be. The fruity aspects of the tea are sweet and punchy and add an exotic twist to the tea. It’s natural sweetness just adds a summery vibe to the taste experience. Extra depth of flavour is added to the tea through the use of floral tones of rose petals , cornflower and sunflower. It doesn’t just look pretty within the dry blend it adds a lightness and almost delicate aspect to the tea which you don’t always get with black based teas.

Due to the added flavourings within the black tea I choose to drink it without milk as to me it just doesn’t right, however tea is a unique sipping experience so if you wish to drink it with milk go for it ! This blend is a perfect afternoon sipping blend with fruit and floral tones for a refreshing afternoon tea fix.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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The River Kitchen

Time for Tea Please?

When you get an afternoon off what better way to spend it than sort by the Norfolk broads with a pot of earl grey tea and some yummy cakes.

Thanks to the river kitchen my fave eatery on the broads I was in for a treat.

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Some yummy mango and lime cake and chocolate brownie!

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Happy Sipping 🙂