Whittard – Christmas Tea

Time for Tea Please?

With there only being 3 sleeps to go it only seemed appropriate to have a festive brew. Today I’m sipping on Whittards – Christmas Tea .

For this blend Whittards uses a Black Tea with Flavouring. Reading the box it says flavours of spice and citrus.

Let’s get Brewing!

Each tea bag is individually wrapped.

Upon opening the tea envelope you are instantly engulfed with the orangey notes. With underlying tones of the black tea and spices.

Whilst brewing the aroma of tea really changes from its dry state. The black tea is now very much at the forefront of smell. With the spiced and citrus flavour aspect is now taking a back seat.

Like most black teas the brewed liquid is of a dar brown colouring.

As this tea is a flavoured a black tea , then I’m choosing to drink it black with no milk. However if you want to use milk , go for it , as teas unique to you.

Let’s get Sipping !

First sip is just tealicious! It’s rich in flavour and depth. The black tea really sings and packs a punch. However this tea is unique in which it has a two part sip.

This is where the first part of the brew tastes of one thing in this case black tea with the second part of the sip almost an after taste but not quite is where the citrus and spices start to shine.

The citrus side of the tea packs an orangey punch but adds an almost lightness to it . Taking the edge off the black tea. Which on the second part of the sip the black tea mixes with the spices where I’m getting aniseed and cinnamon notes.

The three aspects of the tea work together in perfect harmony with a strong fruity spice kick sip by sip. The perfectly warming blend just screams festiviTEAs and is the perfect tea for the Christmas period.

Happy Sipping 🙂

T.E.A – The Enchanted Apothecary- Assam Black Tea.

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There’s no better way than to start your day with a nice ol cuppa. Thanks to T.E.A I’m able to start my day with a mug of their Assam Black Tea.

T.E.A

Otherwise known as The Enchanted Apothecary (direct from website) :

T.E.A is a unique 21st century apothecary concept with a focus on natural products such as tea, herbs and spices that are fragrant and have a rich history which individually offer various health benefits.

T.E.A offers its followers a place to access learning resource, virtual workshops, collaboration projects, recipes and the online shop via social media. Our vision is to support you to enhanceand enrich your life with natural, sustainable and organic sources.

For more info or to try for yourself hit the link: https://gettea.co.uk

Assam Black Tea

How amazing is the packaging it’s simple yet effective !

Once opening the cute outer packaging of the tea you are left with the vacuum packaged tea. It’s even vacuumed pack on the tea estate to maintain its taste.

On opening the next pouch you are instantly engulfed with the aromas of the Assam. Which are rich and malty.

For this blend T.E.A uses Assam, Mangaldai – India. Grown 1000 ft above sea level.

Let’s Get Brewing!

Loose leaf tea to me always tastes that little bit different. T.E.A sent me a reusable tea bag to use for my brewing needs.

And they recommend using a heaped tea spoon of loose leaf Assam.

The recommend brew time is 3-7 mins so today I’m going down the middle with 5 minutes.

The brewed liquid is a coppery brown in its colouring which is common colouring for an Assam tea.

Drink how you like it with milk or like I am today black. It’s really up to you!

Let’s Get Sipping !

First sip is just tealicious. The flavour is just spot on and hits the spot thing perfectly getting rid of those morning blues.

It’s quite sweet in its taste so mixed with the earthy malty tones of the rest of the sip it makes a fantastic contrast to each sip.

Each sip also has a mixture of almost caramel like notes mixed with a citrus hint almost like an orangey kick. Which provides depth to each sip. Adding a natural sweetness.

There’s a slight almost sour taste to the tea which is most likely caused by not having milk with this tea but it adds a much needed little kick. I don’t know about you but I’m not much use till I’ve had my first cuppa of the day!

Each sip tastes the same throughout the whole mug which is just how it should be and the whole cuppa doesn’t disappoint.

Happy Sipping 🙂

TeaTeas Gifts – Masala Chai

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Thanks to the lovelies at TeaTeas Gifts for sending me a sample of their Masala Chai to try.

TeaTeas

* Self-love, self-care & body positiviTea.*

Absolutely love TeaTeas headline and couldn’t agree with it more.

Direct from website: We want everyone to feel beautiful inside and out, so we made some little cozy treats to boost our wellbeing and self-esteem.

The more good stuff we put in our cuppa, the better we’ll feel, so we decided to ditch the powdered chai from the shelf full of sugar and additives, and make our Chai from authentic whole spice…and that’s it!

You may have been able to guess not just from the from the brand name and their packaging TeaTeas is also raising awareness and funds for breast cancer charities.

To find out more or to try their tea hit the link: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TeaTeasGifts

Masala Chai

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are engulfed with spices warming your senses and enticing you. It’s rich sweet cinnamon and aniseed being the main aromas in your face.

For this blend TeaTeas uses a mixed spiced tea blend. It’s a secret blend which is fair enough but doesn’t it look BeauTEAful.

Let’s get Brewing

Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea doesn’t massively change, it’s tones are slightly more peppery and the aniseed has now mellowed out.

As with most teas that contain black tea in the brewed liquid is of a brown colouring. The liquid may look a bit a strange to some of you but I live in a hard water area.

Let’s get Sipping

First sip is just tealicious. From the strength of the dried tea , to it mellowing whilst brewing I wasn’t sure what to expect but the blend is magic.

All the flavours work together rather than fighting against each other for your attention. By this happening it makes the tea sip sip just calming. The spiced aspects of the blend adds an extra warm ness and is like drinking a hug in a mug.

It’s not till the after sip of the tea that you get a peppery aniseed punch. Which injects an extra added heat to each mouthful.

The only downside to this blend was that my mug just wasn’t big enough !

Happy Sipping 🙂

The Tea Bees – French Lavender Love

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Thanks to The Tea Bees I’m able to bring you my latest tea review featuring their French Lavender Love. I love a flavoured black tea so I can’t wait to get sipping on this.

At The Tea Bees (taken direct from website) “we strive to source and supply some of the highest quality teas available globally. As a family business, we are working with some of the most experienced tea masters in the world.”

“We believe that nature is extremely powerful, and we love to reflect our values in our products, allowing you to see where we source from and the properties each tea has in responding to our bodies. Our range of balancing, well-being and relaxing blends allow us to form flavours so beautiful its hard to believe they are so beneficial too! We have even taken the time to create recipies as well as some more unusual ways to enjoy your tea, to ensure that everyone can benefit and enjoy our products.”

To find out more or to try their teas hit the link : https://www.theteabees.co.uk/

French Lavender Love

For this beautiful looking blend The Tea Bees use: Luxury Ceylon Tea, Lavender & Cornflower Petals.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the floral aroma of the lavender mixer with light undertones of the cornflower petals. The black tea side of the blend is still detectable but primarily the lavender.

Let’s get brewing !

The aroma doesn’t majorly change whilst the tea brews the lavender is still the most noticeable aroma of anything it’s slightly more mellow than in its loose leaf form.

As to be expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is a dark brown in its colouring.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious. The use of the lavender within the blend is the clear flavour within each sip. With the added extra of the corn flowers the brew is extra floraly. The black tea is at the second part of the sip which makes a major contrast to the floral side but together it just works.

This tea is the perfect blend for an afternoon sip and would be just perfect with an afternoon tea. It’s floral side makes it light and refreshing and pallet cleansing.

The use of the lavender makes the sip just that bit more calming and adds to the overall sipping experience which is just delightful.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Sriluxe – Earl Grey

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Who doesn’t love a mug of tea ? I know I can’t beat it! Today I’m sipping on an Earl Grey , sent to me to try from Sriluxe.

Sriluxe is a UK based family business where they share a dedicated passion for exquisite quality tea.

“Sriluxe can promise you of the highest quality teas because our teas are coming from the lush green hills of Sri Lanka and it’s 100% Ceylon tea. Furthermore our teas are coming directly from the plantation site in Sri Lanka, so we have a close control on the quality of our teas and we make sure it’s a freshly harvested tea so you can enjoy our teas knowing it’s fresh and premium quality.” (Direct from website)

To find out more about Sriluxe hit the link: https://sriluxe.com/

Earl Grey

For this blend Sriluxe uses 100% non mixed Ceylon tea and Bergamot Oil.

Upon opening the exquisite outside packaging you are greeted with fine printed with their logo, shiny and enticing foiled wrapped tea bags.

Upon opening the foil pouch are instantly engulfed with the distinct aroma of earl grey tea. It’s not super strong in its smell but there is no mistaking what tea it is either.

Let’s get Brewing!

Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t overly intensify. I’d say it’s a bout a medium in its smell however as I’m an earl grey lover you can’t mistake the smell of an earl grey tea!

Like with any black based tea (this one being Ceylon) the brewed liquid is that of a brown colour.

It’s a little lighter than I expected it to be so wether this is an indicator of its strength we shall find out.

As always with an earl grey I always drink mine without milk , but feel free to add milk to yours if you so wish!

Let’s get Sipping !

First sip is and I need more. Now let me tell you why. This tea isn’t really like an earl grey that I’ve tried before. Now wether this is down to the ingredients / way it’s produced I don’t know. The ceylon and bergamot are very much in equals taste parts. Meaning the share the sip which isn’t always the case with earl greys.

The bergamot has a lingering after taste which I just love however for me I love a bit more bergamot and citrus but that’s just my personal flavour preference.

This tea for me is light in its flavouring and could maybe be brewed with a slice lemon which would just add some extra depth.

The lightness of the tea however is refreshing not just in its flavour but it’s attributes. It would be a great palette cleansers so would work amazingly sipped on during an afternoon tea or on a hot day when you’re not after a deep tasting tea but something more light and refreshing but still getting your black tea fix.

Happy Sipping 🙂☕️

The Duchess Tea Store – Lei by Earl

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Most of you will know how much I love an earl grey tea so when The Duchess Tea Store offered me the chance to try their Lei by Earl I wasn’t going to say No!

The Duchess Tea Store (direct from website) “was inspired, of course, by the well-known story of Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As it was customary for the evening meal to be served very late, the Duchess complained of a “sinking feeling” in the mid-afternoon and requested that a pot of tea and light food be brought to her private chambers.”

Their “interest in the world of tea began with the fascination of visiting various tea rooms across the country. We quickly became tea afficionados and began sampling the many different flavors of tea. “

To find out more on The Duchess Tea Store hit the link : https://theduchessteastore.com

Lei by Earl

For this blend The Duchess Tea Store uses black tea, bergamot , coconut and pineapple.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with amazing flavours of the bergamot and pineapple and on further shaking of the bag the coconut reminds us of its presence.

Let’s get Brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing completely changes from is dried loose state. The bergamot aroma is prominently at the forefront of the aroma. Where as in the dry state it was more of a back seat. The coconut is still not massively there but the tropical feel to the tea that you get wouldn’t be there without it.

With any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown in its colouring.

Let’s get Sipping!

First sip is just tealicious. After the brewing aroma being lighter than its dry state I am amazed by the flavour of this tea.

It’s so refreshing ! The flavours really do add a tropical vibe to the tea and it’s over all taste. The flavours of the pineapple, coconut and bergamot are match made in heaven . They work in harmony together to provide and intense rich fruity flavour yet allowing the black tea to not be forgotten about too.

It’s also surprisingly sweet. I’ve not added any additional sweetening as I don’t like to spoil the natural flavours within the blend to allow the tea todo the talking.

I also think / recommend trying this tea cold/iced as it’s a light refreshing brew and would be perfect on a hot summers day nice and chilled.

The only thing missing from this tea is the tropical setting to go with it.

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 🙂

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 🙂

Pickwick – Strawberry Tea

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One thing I love about going on my tea travels is finding lots of new teas to try and share in you !
Destination: Amsterdam !

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So today we are sipping on Pickwick and their Strawberry Tea.

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For this blend Pickwick uses Black tea, aromas and pieces of strawberry. Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the strawberry aroma, it’s almost impossible to detect any black tea within the blend.

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I love a flavoured black tea so I’m always very intrigued to try a new one.
Let’s get Brewing !
As soon as the hot water hits the tea bag the aroma of the black tea finally starts to shine through. It also allowed the strawberry tone to hot up.
Like with any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown colour . For me with any black based tea I drink it just like that black, without milk. This allows the real flavours for me to be able to shine through.

Let’s get sipping!

First sip is just beautiful! The strawberry flavour is super intense and actually sings louder than the black tea. Which is very rare for a black based tea. Especially one which I feel is potentially a supermarket blend. Not that it matters to me I love my tea where it comes from. It just makes a massive change for me to try a supermarket blend that tastes exactly like it says on the tin.

Unlike some black teas this blend is super light. The strawberry aspect of the tea lightens the black teas intensity and adds not just a sweetness to the blend but also the much needed mellowness tea. The strawberry flavour is also spot on and you cant mistake it for what it is. Which is just perfect.

Another thing that’s just perfect is how refreshing it is. It’s a delightful sip and the perfect afternoon pick me up tea. Perfect for an energy boost for exploring.

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Happy Sipping 🙂