Lewisham Tea Company – Chocolate Spice

Time for Tea Please?

Thanks to Lewisham Tea Company I’m able to bring you today’s tea review featuring their Chocolate Spice Tea.

IMG_3323Lewisham Tea Company has a fantastic ethos of a tea for every mood. Focusing on sipping the “stuff that tastes good and makes us feel even better”. Sipping on a mug of incredible tasting tea that does what it says on the tin for me is part of looking after my wellbeing , taking a moment to myself to enjoy the sipping pleasures and moment of calm a cuppa can bring. Especially if I need a bit of a boost. Which as part of lockdown I certainly need now more than ever and maybe you do too!

With having 6 teas in their range it means their focus is purely on the tea and allowing the tea to really do the talking.
To find out more or to try one of their teas hit the link!
https://www.lewishamteacompany.com .

Chocolate Spice

For this Tea Lewisham Tea Company blends: Assam tea, cocoa, barley malt, roasted chicory root, ginger, cardamom, black pepper.

This tea has been blended with our wellbeing in mind. The use of Cocoa has been shown to increase serotonin and dopamine levels. As well as being packed with other antioxidants to help boost immune system and increase focus. A tea with added extras is always a bonus to me.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with all the aromas blended together. Ultimately you can smell the spiced aspects blended with cocoa and not so much of the assam tea.

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Let’s get brewing !

Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea in its dry state completely changes and transforms into its name sake chocolate spice. The aroma of the chocolate is now at the forefront of what you are able to smell. The spice is still lingering however it’s the chocolates turn to sing. The assam tea is still taking a slight back seat but judging by the teas name chocolate spice that’s exactly what’s a brewing. So I’m excited to see what it tastes like.

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The brewed liquid as expected is a dark brown in its colouring due to the Assam tea within the blend.

Let’s get sipping!

First sip is just tealicious. It’s very rare to find a tea that does exactly what it says it’s going too. It’s really strong in its flavouring which of course I love.
As I do love a strong brew. The tea is a pleasure to sip on it, it incorporates every single aspect of what ingredients it has within the blend. From the cocoa bringing the initial flavour to the sip followed by spicy tones and malty notes from the Assam tea bringing an earthy spicy hit which brings a warming aspect to the sipping experience.

The overall sip is heartfelt and warming and a hug in a mug. Which sometimes you just need from a good brew after a difficult day.

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Chocolate Spice Latte

Due to the spiced aspects of the tea I thought I’d mix it up and try it as a latte.
Todo this first steep a chocolate spice tea bag in a few cms of hot water.

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Then steam some hot milk

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Pour to the brim on the mug leave the tea bag in (it intensifies the flavour)
Sprinkle some chocolate on top and drink!

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Personally I prefer the tea on its own black it allows the real flavours to completely sing however it’s a nice alternative and a great way to make the tea versatile for your needs.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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.

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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 🙂

Balaggan – Ginger Chai

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When the lovely people from Balaggan contacted me about trying out some of there chai, I obviously jumped at the chance !

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One thing that strikes straight away about Balaggan Tea is their packaging, it’s bright ombré effect along with the golden detail is exquisite and just screams India to me! It would certainly grasp your attention.

Today I’m going to try out their Ginger Chai.

The ingredients for this tea are: Indian Assam Black Tea 50%, Ginger 30%, Spices (fennel, cardamom & cinnamon) 20%.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with an almost fruity ginger aroma. It’s almost like smelling a Christmas pudding . Its smell being rich, intense and enticing.

While brewing it is the aroma of he tea that blossoms being balanced with cinnamon notes. The brewed liquid is of a dark brown colour.

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First sip and helloooo ginger ! With 30% of the blend being ginger I was ready for a kick and you get that as well a punch. It is great ! I love it when a tea does what it says it will.

Unlike other chai teas where the spices attack from the front within this blend it’s used for warmth and flavour but as a second element after the ginger. Where it’s followed on by the third and final flavour the Assam.

The blend is almost like magic , it’s warming and heartfelt and is very much a hug in a mug ! The ingredients combined in the quantities that it has been allows for a taste sensation in perfect quantities.

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A mug of Balaggan Ginger Chai will certainly cheer you up.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Masala Tea

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My friend recently returned from Goa, India and she brought me back a lovely set of teas ! Therefore im very excited to try this Masala tea.

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After adding the recommended tea spoon of the loose leaf per mug and as I’m using a pot I had to use a few tea spoons !

On brewing it turned a rich ready brown in colour , it is sweet in aroma .

On pouring the tea the colour of the brew deepens even more to a dark brown. The packet suggests drink with milk and sugar, although this depends on how you like it, as tea is unique. I decide to add a splash of milk to take a hint off the strength, of the blackness of the tea.

It’s rich and deep in flavour and is really enjoyable to drink . It’s got a slight after taste which I can’t pin point in flavour but it certainly entices you to keep on sipping the tea. As the tea is a blend of rich Assam as well as that of exotic spices this adds to sweetness but also the after taste.

For my first indian experience of masala tea I wasn’t disappointed and can’t wait to try it again.

Mad Hatters Tea Shop

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I’ll use any excuse to grab some tea and cake, so over the festive period I made a pit stop with some friends to Mad Hatters Tea Shop, in Wymondham, Norfolk. This is not the first or last time I will visit as I love this cute little tea shop! From the decor to the kitch teapots.

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All their cakes are freshly homemade and they always have a wide selection as well as gluten free ones! Feeling rather festive I chose their ginger and marmalade cake. It even comes served warm so that the marmalade is all gooey and seeps into the moist ginger cake. With a dusting of icing sugar, for that extra little touch

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Today’s tea choice is assam! This tea is a deep dark Amber from northern India. Some it’s an alternative to coffee with its malty flavouring, but I highly disagree! I’m a tea lover not a coffee one! I chose to drink the tea black but it would be just as nice with a dash of milk but like I always say tea is down to personal preference so drink as you wish.

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The friends I was with are coffee drinkers arghhhhhh! I will convert them to tea though ! Though they assure me their coffee is just as nice , not that I agree as I’d always prefer a pot of tea 🙂 and mad hatters have a wide selection.

To finish here’s another photo of the cakes my friends had

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If you weren’t tempted to visit before I bet you are now !