Very Craftea – Earl Grey Orange Blossom

Time for Tea Please?

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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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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 🙂

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Ace Tea – the Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

Nothing beats coming home on an afternoon and sitting down to a mug of tea. Today I’m sipping on the Earl Grey by Ace Tea London.

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The packaging is so unique and has been inspired by William Morris and his textile designs. It just adds to their tag line “Untraditionally English”. For me Earl Grey tea shouts a British Classic so hopefully I’ll be feeling extra patriotic while sipping on this tea.

Upon opening the tea pouch , you are instantly hit by the vibrant punch this tea brings. You can see the bergamot , and the other citrus peel within the blend. I’m really hoping this tea is as strong as its aroma.

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Let’s get brewing!

The brewed aroma hasn’t overly changed from its dry state. It’s still a mixture of floral and fruity tones with tea scent in the back ground.

As expected from a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown state with an almost amber tinge. I chose to drink earl grey black, as that’s the way I prefer it but if you want to add milk you go for it.

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First sip and what a punch!

It is lovely and strong, just the way I like it. I chose to brew the tea for around 3 minute mark. This for me was the perfect brewing time, as I was after a strong flavour but not too strong (sometimes it takes a few attempts to get the perfect brew time).

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For such a strong brew I was amazed at how light it almost was, not in a delicate way but it didn’t come across as heavy . Which is just perfect for a summer afternoon tea. The bergamot is full on its flavour providing strong floral tones but is set of just perfectly with the after tang of the citrus vibes making it a match made in heaven.

Happy Sipping 🙂

The Tea Junction

Time for Tea Please ?

Over the weekend, along with my sister I paid a visit to The Tea Junction, based in The Castle Mall, Norwich.

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They are an independent tea and coffee house providing loose leaf tea and teabags and freshly roasted and ground coffee. Me being me it was all about the tea!

The Tea Junction has over a 100 different types a available too. From sitting in and trying you’re brew/ flavour of choice, to a take home bag of loose leaf tea. They even have Tea menus so that you can specifically chose a Tea to suit you.

After spending a good 5 minutes deciding on which tea to try we went for an Earl Grey Reserve and a Norfolk Lavender.

The Teas

IMG_2158What I love about the tea junction is you can brew the tea for as long as you want so that the strength is perfect for you. 

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Earl Grey Reserve
So my sister went for a mug of Earl Grey Reserve but there was no way I wasn’t trying it! This blend of early grey has added zesty ness with bergamot oils. While it brews you can smell the fruity ness as well as seeing the orange segments. The bitterness of the earl grey is sweetened by the Orange and lemon peel. My sister chose to drink her tea black as that’s how she like it but I agree with her that earl grey is better served without milk to allow the full flavour of the tea to shine through.

Norfolk Lavender
Keeping it local I decided to try the Norfolk Lavender. This tea blends together Chinese teas with that of Norfolk lavender and Vanilla. The aroma is definitely that of lavender with the under tones of black tea leaf. My sister said it smells of Palma violets ! . It’s delicate and rich in flavour the lavender is just perfect and really sets off the black tea. Lavender is known for its calming qualities and it was certainly a tranquil and relaxing experience being able to sit sipping my tea. Pure Bliss.