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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Tea Junction – Blue Lady

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I love a black tea with added extras ! Today I’m trying Blue Lady by The Tea Junction

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The Tea Junction , well this particular one can be found in Douglas , Isle of Man.

The Blue Lady is made up of Black tea, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mallow flowers, orange, rose, sunflower blossom.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you aren’t just hit with the deep aroma of the black tea but also that of the floral tones of sunflower blossom, rose and mallow flowers with the fruity notes of lemon, orange and grapefruit.

Plus the combination is beauTEAfully colourful!

Let’s get brewing!

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The aroma while brewing isn’t too different from its dry state just the black base to the tea is coming through stronger but it’s lovely and floral.

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

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Today I’m sipping it black , purely because I prefer to drink black tea with floral notes without milk. However if you wish to add some then please do.

First sip is just lovely. It’s just perfectly balanced. It’s one of those teas where you know what’s in it but in a good way. The black tea is given its chance to shine just as much as floral and fruity tones. Making it a joy to sip. However and this isn’t a bad thing but for me personally there isn’t enough of the fruity hints coming through. I love a floral based tea but with an extra citrus zing it would have been just my cup of tea. Especially as it’s a black based tea.

This is the perfect alternative to an earl grey tea (if you need one) and would go especially well with an afternoon tea.

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Crate and Cup – Spice Holiday

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I was luck enough to receive a Crate and Cup selection pack for Christmas!

It’s a brand I’ve never heard of and after a but if digging I came to a dead end. Then I found on the back of the main packaging that it was created for a gift company.

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Each cute little box contains a tea pouch containing 3 tea bags!

Today I’m feeling the holiday blues and wishing it could be christmas everyday so I’m opting for Spice Holiday Blend.

The packaging may be cute it doesn’t actually give much away. According to the box Spice Holiday is made up of 96% black tea, ginger, clove and flavours,

Upon opening the pouch there isn’t really a distinct aroma of anything , the black tea smells quite fruity and by holding the tea bag up to the light it also just looks like black tea so there must be more “flavour” than its letting on.

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Let’s get brewing and seeing what we get !

The aroma of the tea while brewing does seem to have more of a spiced tinge to it, so here’s hoping it tastes it.

As expected with a black based tea it’s brown in colour and quite a bit darker than I was expecting it to be mainly because of the amount within the teabag.

IMG_3307First sip is pleasant enough. It’s not a very strong black tea and I’m drinking it without milk too. However I’m just not getting anything from this tea. Especially with it having ginger and cloves there’s no spicy kick. Unfortunately this is a tea that’s all fur coat no knickers!

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Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Sรธstrene Grenes – Chinese Spring

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On a trip to Nottingham I came across a fabulous looking store called Sรธstrene Grenes Handleskompagne which is a mix of household interior and food products . What was even more surprising was the price of their fill your own loose leaf tea range of ยฃ1.50 per bag!

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So I was more than a little excited to get this tea home to try it.

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I loved being able to scoop my own tea and taking it away ready to be brewed at home.

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In loose leaf state the aroma was very floral with the power of the rose blended along with black tea and bergamot flavour.

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Taking a fully loaded tea spoon of the tea and placing into the infuser and allowing to brew with the hot water for around 3 minutes. Due to the standardised packaging there wasn’t any brewing guidelines but just went for the average.

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I like my tea fairly strong and minus the milk on this occasion. Something about floral and milk just doesn’t seem to work in my mind but you go for it if you so wish !

As expected for a black based tea the brewed liquid is dark brown in colour.

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The aroma is not too dissimilar from the loose leaf state , just slightly less floral.

On sipping I was rather surprised by the initial taste, considering how little bergamot is within the blend, it’s at the forefront of the flavour. I was quite surprised with orangey tones. With the teas fruity tones it’s a pleasure to so sip, it’s perfectly blended to match along side the rose petals and the black tea.

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For the price I was slightly curious but it’s strong in flavour and the perfect afternoon blend. With its versatile flavour it would be a perfect suit for afternoon tea.

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Twinings – Sweet Summer Fruits

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I just love a flavoured black tea, so I’m really excited to try TwiningsSweet Summer Fruits. )

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As soon as you take the tea bag out of the packet you are instantly hit with a fruity aroma. It’s not easy to pin point a particular fruit flavour but it’s certainly a mixture of berry flavours.

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Get that kettle on !!!

Brewing for the recommended 3/4 as twinings suggests to guarantee the best flavour.

Seeing as it’s a summers day what perfect tea to try. The brewed aroma isn’t too dissimilar to it straight out of the packet. One thing that the aroma does remind me is that of a summers pudding which I guess fits with the theme on sweet summer fruits.
As expected for a black based tea it’s a dark brown in brew colour.

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First sip doesn’t disappoint.

For a black based tea I just love the fruit combination with it, it just works perfectly together. They work alongside each other without over powering one and other. For a black based tea is light and fruity in one context yet dark and punchy at the same time.

If your looking for a black based summer tea that doesn’t disappoint in flavour then this could be the tea for you !

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Bittersweet Beverages – Pink Blush

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A big thanks to Bittersweet Beverages for sending me their Pink Blush Tea to try.

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Bittersweet Beverages delicately blends, loose leaf teas with carefully selected ingredients, straight from Kairbetta Estates, within their familyโ€™s plantation in the Nilgiri Hills in Southern India.
Visit http://www.bittersweetbeverages.com to find their out more !

Pink Blush, is a blend of Nilgri Black Tea with hand picked natural rose petals.

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On sniffing the tea you are able to smell the floral tones straight away. I happen to love a bit of floralness within tea blends as it adds an extra depth to the tea.

Time to get that kettle on!

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It only seemed right to drink this tea in a cute mug to match its name Pink Blush. I absolutely love the name of the tea and feel it suits the tea brand perfectly. There’s just something about the name which intrigues.

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The colour is also a beautiful orangey brown. Which I wasn’t expecting at all.
After a recommended brewing time of 2-3 minutes I’m ready to go.

First sip is amazing !

The Nilgiri black tea certainly packs a punch. It’s not till on the after sip that the rose really comes through. I’ve never tried Nilgiri Tea before and it was lovely.

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If you love a strong brew this tea is perfect for you. The contrast between its power and the delicateness of the Rose is perfect. It works so well together and it doesn’t disappoint sip after sip.

This tea is the perfect afternoon tea, when your in need of a bit of me time and a tea full of flavour.

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Basilur – Lemon and Lime

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I was lucky enough for the lovelies at Basilur Tea to send me there Lemon and Lime , Ceylon Black Tea to try. I’ve not tried there tea before so was rather excited about receiving some TeaPost. Especially as its part of their magic fruits collection combining the power of fruit with Ceylon.

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Once opening my parcel I was super excited by the bright packaging and even more intrigued by the flavour. I love a bit of zestyness in my drinks so fingers crossed this would be perfect for me !

As soon as you open the box to reveal the tea pouch you can already smell lemon and lime hints. Once opening the pouch, as you can imagine, the aroma intensifies and the taste buds are tingling.

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Best get that kettle on!

Love the crystallised lemon and lime bits within the tea leafs!!!!

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Once brewing the tangy citrus aroma is there all warm and juicy!

As I prefer my Ceylon tea black I brewed the tea for aprox 3 minutes. I was amazed at his much the loose the leaf tea expanded while brewing, it’s massive!

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As expected from a black tea, the tea liquid is of a dark brown colour. No milk for me !

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On first sip hello lime!

The zesty fruit flavours hits you from the very first sip, it’s not over powering at all! The combination of the fruit and Ceylon work perfectly together. There’s just enough citrus to allow its flavour to shine yet allow the blackness of ceylon to sing too. It’s also one of those teas that tastes like it smells. Which to be is always bonus! Further more the the tastes lingers and fills your mouth with a citrus tang! The magic of fruits must be working!

If you fancy sipping on this zesty tea the checkout their website :
http://basilurtea.co.uk

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

358 Years of Tea in the UK

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358 Years !!!!!!

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That’s a long time for anyone to be drinking Tea , originally described as “China Drink” when first sold in the UK But known in other Nations by “Tay alias Teeโ€ but was only available in coffee houses in London. Tea didn’t become popular until the Wife of Charles the second (Catherine of Braganza) made it into a fashionable drink.

Well I’m certainly glad that tea is now readily available and in many flavours too! There’s never a dull when you have lots of tea on offer to try.

Now let’s all raise a glass (ok you got me) a MUG of Tea in celebrating 358 Years of UK Tea !!!!

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

For more info on the history of Tea visit:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2016/sep/23/fancy-a-brew-google-doodle-celebrates-358-years-of-tea-in-the-uk

English Rose

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This afternoon I’m enjoying a lovely mug of English Rose by Whittards of Chelsea.

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I love a good strong black tea and if it’s got something extra to tickle my taste buds count me in. So when I stumbled across English Rose it just sounds delightful.

Plus check out the description ! Certainly sounds yummy.

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A cream scone is a perfect pairing for a black tea.

Once the kettles going pop your round teabag in your mug! Whittards also do this as loose leaf but some times I just can’t be bothered with the mess.

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As soon as the water hits the teabag the floral tones are instantly released. Sometimes with rose I find it a bit perfumey but with this the balance is just perfect. The rose takes the edge of the bitterness of a black tea which is great for me drinking it black, the boyf loves his with milk and says it tastes better ! I don’t agree but each to their own ๐Ÿ™‚

I find a three minute brew time is great for this tea as you don’t want it too strong.

Best get back to sipping this tea it only I was sitting in a rose garden !