Tea Pop

Time For Tea Please?

Today I got home from work to some lovely teapost from the people over at Tea-Pop.

TEA On-A-Stick! at Tea-Pop, we believe that good health starts with the body and mind, and tea is one of natures true gifts to stimulate both, that is why we developed Tea-Pop, a pure mineral extraction of all the natural goodness tea leaves, fruits, plants and herbs. (Taken direct from website)

If you’d like to find out more about Tea-Pop or to try their teas then hit the link! https://www.myteapop.com

Today I have chosen to open tea caddy of the Herbal and Fruit Tea. Each caddy is vibrant and inviting and it certainly catches your attention. Each caddy comes with 6 individually wrapped tea pops 2 in each flavour.

Passion Fruit Punch

For the makings of this gourmet tea pop , Tea-Pop uses – 100% Natural mint tea leaves and plants. When opening the tea pop pouch however it doesn’t smell very minty the fruity sides of the teas name sake is more apparent.

Let’s Get Brewing!

One perk of this tea is that’s brewing is made super simple , just pop your tea pop in a mug and pour over with either hot or cold water ! Today I’m going for hot!

The brewing time is instant ! Which saves a good few minutes of waiting around! Always handy when in a rush.

One thing i wasn’t expecting it though was the colour of the brewed liquid. It’s more of a greeny Brown in its colouring I guess i was thinking it would be more pink based on the colour of the pop.

The aroma from its pop state also changes. It turns a way from its more fruity notes to more of a floraly type one.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I’m not going to lie I was a little perplexed . It doesn’t taste anything like I expected it too. Given the name of the tea passion fruit I was expecting the tea to be a lot more fruity than it turned out to be. I can still just about get very light hints of passion fruit but it’s not the screaming overall flavour. Although given its use of mint tea leaves this is a lot closer to the taste of what I’m sipping.

It’s not an unpleasant sipping experience it’s just not what I was expecting it to taste like. Maybe I’ve used too much water , maybe it would be better if I used to 2 pops or would it taste better cold? All plausible reasons to which could effect its taste.

It’s not a majorly sweet tea which given it’s natural and herbal uses was to be expected. Looking forward to trying more of Tea Pops teas and seeing their outcomes.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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 🙂

Afternoon Tea – The Assembly House

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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 🙂

Joes Tea Co – The Earl of Grey

Time for Tea Please?

An afternoon tea sipping session is one of my major loves. Today I’m sipping on Joes Tea Co and their The Earl of Grey. If I could only drink one blend of tea for the east if my life earl grey would be the one so here’s hoping its a good one !

Joes Tea Co was founded in 2012 where he sought after organic blends and has since won 25 great taste awards. Joe is after the best and when he means best it's referring to exceptionally sourced ethical , organic tea plantations.

If you wish to find out more about
https://joesteacompany.com

The Earl of Grey

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For this septic blend of Earl Grey , Joes Tea Co uses Ceylon Black Tea and Bergamot Oil. It’s obvious from opening the tea ouch and by its aroma that there is plenty of bergamot within this blend yey!

Let’s get Brewing !

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Whilst brewing the aroma of the blend doesn’t overly change the brewed ceylon becomes deeper and the aromatics of the bergamot sing further.

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As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown colour.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious. I always chose to drink earl grey teas black as I feel milk just takes something away from the blend. This can occasionally lead to a slight bitterness from the brew but that is not the case with this blend. The balance of the ceylon tea with the bergamot is just spot on. They are blended perfectly for them to be sipped in unison as a match made in heaven. The citrus of the bergamot is sharp and punch but with the Ceylon is mellowed to perfection. I could happy sit and sip this all afternoon long.

Thanks at Joes Tea Co for a. If of perfection!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Teabury – Spotless

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Thanks to the lovelies at Teabury for sending me two of their lovely blends to try!

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Teabury are small independent tea company with a big heart for everything organic and quality, specifically when it comes to the ingredients used within their tea blends.
Teabury‘s motto is ‘Keep it simple’. Therefore chose to not use artificial flavours. I love it when they say “We love nature and all its beauty, colours, smells, tastes and goodness. We ask the question ‘Why flavour something artificially when there is so much natural beauty and goodness around?” To allow there natural ingredients to do the talking. To ensure there tea has intensity of flavour each tea is hand blended in small batches, with love and care. As to Teabury Happiness certainly is tea in a cup!

To find out more or to have a go at blending your own tea with Teabury visit
https://teabury.com

Spotless

Teabury acknowledges that beauty comes from within and by sipping on this tea they to hope provide not just a pleasant sipping experience but the natural ingredients used within the blend should also help bring back clearer skin to its drinker! Now ifs that not a big enough reason to get sipping on a tea then what is.

For this blend Teabury uses 100% Organic Rooibos, Organic Spearmint and Organic Chamomile.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with an overload of spearmint. It’s super punchy and gets your senses going. It’s not until further smelling that you can pick out the floral aroma of the chamomile with under hints of the Rooibos.

Let’s get brewing!

Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t overly change. The spearmint is less prominent it’s almost like it’s calming down. Allowing from under its minty sweetness the chamomile to pop up and say hello!
I was also,surprised by the brewed liquid,with it being more brown in colour rather than the greeny tinge,you tend to get with teas that contain mint.

First Sip is tealicious !

It is minty fresh ! What I love about this tea blend is the use of the spearmint. Unlike other types of mint the flavour is slightly different. To me it’s adding an extra sweetness to the blend. But it’s also less harsh and rather than being pungent and overbearing, it’s pleasant and inviting. Plus spearmint is commonly used for digestion.

On almost what I call the after sip of drinking the tea is where the other two ingredients get to shine. The chamomile adds a much lightness to the tea adding the delicate floral aspect to the sip. Where as the Rooibos within the blend adds a more earthy flavour. Together the mixture of all three work in harmony with each other taking it in turns to be part of the sip. One only downside and this is personal taste wise is I’d personally prefer the taste of the Rooibos and Chamomile to be a little bit stronger with the spearmint being a little bit weaker but that’s just me.

Like with many peppermint based teas the flavour doesn’t change as the tea cools and I can tell it would be lovely served over ice!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Lewisham Tea Company – Bora Bora

Time for Tea Please?

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

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 .

Bora Bora

For this tea blend Lewisham Tea Company uses Hibiscus blossoms, apple pieces, papaya cubes, currants, elderberries, blackcurrant, sunflower blossoms, cornflower blossoms, freeze dried raspberry and strawberry pieces. Now all of these sound tealicious !

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with a fruitea punch ! I can instantly make our the papaya cubes which added a super sweetness to the aroma.

Combined with all the other aspects of the ingredients it smells like opening a bag of sweeties with an underlining floral tone. It’s certainly getting my mouth watering !!!!

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Let’s get brewing!

While brewing the aroma changes quite significantly from its dry state. It’s not quite so sweet in its smell and I can almost smell notes of cocoa which is strange considering there isn’t any within the blend itself. It might just be the magic of the ingredients infusing together.

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The brewed liquid is of a deep pinky red almost red wine like in its colouring.

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With a brew time of 12 minutes I’m hoping like the amazing rich colour of the tea it’s flavour matches it.

First sip is simply BeauTEAful!

It certainly has the intense rich flavour I was very much hoping for. It’s sipping sensation is the perfect balance of fruit and floral in equal measures. Neither over powers the other but works in a perfect harmony to provide a taste sensation.
Just like the balance of the fruit and floral aspects of the tea each individual ingredient doesn’t shout any louder than the other. To me the fruity flavours of the tea come with the initial sip and then right at the end almost at the swallow (I guess that’s how you’d describe it) the floral flavours come through. A sip that keeps on giving!

This is the perfect tea for a mug of me time. It’s almost magic in a cup! Just like the name Bora Bora

I also feel this is one of those fruitea teas which would be perfectly brewed ice cold or even served with lemonade for a summer spritzer.

So thank you Lewisham Tea Company for this BeauTEAful blend !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Moylor – Tuo

Time for Tea Please?

All the way from Taiwan I’m able to be sipping on Tuo Tea .

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Thanks to at Moylor for sending it to me to try ! Moylor are a company which sells Chinese Tea, who offer a retail, wholesale and drop ship,service for over 50 countries.

If you’d like to find out more about this tea hit the link below. You can also receive 10% off of your order using the code ZE10 .

https://www.moylor.com

What I love about connecting with tea companies from all around the world is trying new teas that you aren’t able to easily get hold of where I’m based in the UK. So I always look forward to receiving international teapost.

Tuo Tea

Thanks to Moylor I’m able to try for the first time Tuo Tea . This specific tea is from 2012 and is a High Quality Raw Puer Raw Tea Tuocha Puyu Qingtuo Tea. This tea is mainly produced in the Yunnan area. Tuo Tea can be divided into either green or black tea depending on what raw materials it’s made of. For the one I’m trying today is classed as a green one!

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Tuo Tea can either come in lumps or bricks. As you can see from the photo this one is a lump. Unlike a brick it easier to transport. The tea looks similar to a thick-walled bowl with a whole in the middle.

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Let’s get brewing !

Now I’m not going to lie but working out the best way to get the tea leaves apart was a bit of a challenge and maybe using knife isn’t the best option but needs must!

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The aroma of the tea in its dried state is quite pungent. It’s strong and almost earthy. Like a deep richness that only comes with age.

The aroma whilst brewing isn’t too dissimilar to its try state it’s just not as intense. I can’t really think of an aroma comparison for this tea to you.

The brewed liquid is of an orangey brown in its colour.

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First sip is interesting. I am very surprised and almost relieved that the tea doesn’t taste anything like it smells. However it still has an almost earthy edge to its taste. This is due to the way the tea has been manufactured and is a fermented tea, which is where the teas flavour and characteristics is formed. It has a deep richness and there’s all something nostalgic about sipping on a tea that’s 6 years old.

The sipping experience is light and refreshing as the tea has a natural sweetness to it which is surprising considering the earthy depth in flavour that the tea also has.

I think this tea is a grower , the more you try it the more I’ll like it !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Nisi – Camomile and Lavender

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Nisi is a tea company based in Greece. They are a natural tea and herbs specialists. Focusing on the beneficial properties of Greek nature without any chemicals. Using the purity and potency of herbal healing. Nisi believes that sipping tea can be more than just a pleasure to sip on but also have many health benefits.

Today I’m sipping on two of their ingredients to make my own blend. Their Camomile and Lavender.

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Their Camomile tea is grown in Greece and tends to have a more sweet and earthy taste to it compared to camomile grown in other countries. As its produced locally it allows Nisi to know that due to the nutrient rich grounds it’s grown in allows extra strength within the ingredients.
As I like to drink my camomile primarily in the evening Nisi suggested to add some lavender to the blend, which I’m going to give a try. Like the camomile its locally sourced/grown in highly, nutritious soil for the best yield.

Let’s get brewing !

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In my infuser I firstly filled it with camomile, of which smelt super powerful in its flavour and I’m very much hoping it tastes that way too. I then popped it in the mug and filled it with water. I then added in two sprigs of lavender and left it for a few minutes to infuse.

While brewing the aroma intensified with the richness of the camomile and the lavender it was mixing together perfectly and was certainly getting the taste buds going.

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After brewing I removed the lavender and the infuser and was left with a light yellow brewed liquid.

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First sip and wowzer what a punch !

The camomile taste just shines through. Due to the naturalness of the dried camomile its flavour is very strong. It may even be the the strongest tasting camomile I’m yet to try. The flavour is so pure and rich it really is a taste sensation.

With the use of the two sprigs of lavender it provides a perfect side balance. It’s just enough to allow the lavender to add a delicate flavour to the sip so that it doesn’t over power the camomile. It works in harmony with up the camomile adding a further floral undertone.

Combined together the camomile and lavender just works. The richness and strength of the blend is just amazing and will knock your socks off. Yet it also has a pure smoothness which adds further pleasure to the sipping experiences which just exquisite. Wether this down to the pureness of the ingredients or some magical Greek goodness!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Heywood Teas – Roselle and Red Date

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Heywood Teas “specializes in producing high quality functional tea in Hong Kong”. They also mix their herbal ingredients based on Chinese medicinal formula.
To find out more information hit the link below.
https://heywoodtea.com
As part of their Heywood Teas combo set :

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Today I’m going to be trying there Roselle and Red Date.

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The health benefits known for drinking this tea are:

Roselle: has diuretic property and detoxify the body, facilitate weight loss, smooth wrinkles and liver health.

Red Date: Nourish blood, improve digestive health and rehydrate skin.

As you can probably already guess the Ingredients for this Tea blend was a Roselle (Taiwan) and Red Date (South Korea).

Upon opening the tea pouch, the overall aroma is very light in its nature. It has a light floral tone with under notes of date.

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Let’s get brewing !
With a recommendation of 8 minutes brewing get that kettle on.

The aroma whilst brewing has certainly intensified it smells berylicious it has a very Berry smell alongside that of the date.

The brewed aroma is a rich redy pink .

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First sip is very intriguing. It packs a real punch with its flavour and intensity. The main flavour at the forefront is that of the date followed by that of a fruity and almost floral tones of the Roselle. Or as some you may be wondering Roselle is actually another name for hibiscus which explains the berry nature and colour to this tea. I sometimes forget that in other languages/translations it may be called a word that you don’t tend to use and your left wandering what it might be.

I’m not sure how I feel about the use of the date within the blend as it’s not something I’d normally chose to eat etc. However it some how just works amongst the flavours.

One thing I do know for sure is how amazing the colour of the brew is and it certainly helps when drinking this tea to keep in sipping! With the added known health benefits from the tea as well it’s a perfect added extra to the sipping experience.

With the flavour intensity of this tea and the colour it would also make the perfect iced blend. Machine drinking an ice cold bright pink tea on a hot summers day !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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T2 Birmingham

Time for Tea Please?

On a quick visit to Birmingham I made sure I had enough time to pop in to T2 other than there pop up shop in the London Selfridges this was my first ever visit to a fully fledged store.

What I loved about the store on first entering was the use of contrasting colours between the black fixtures and the co,our full packaging of their tea. Especially when combined with beauTEAful tea wear.

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Tea Tasting – Choc Pear Pudding

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Firstly I love the packaging design, it’s very different from their normal packaging but is still eye catching in an almost elegant way.
Time to get sipping! As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is brown in its colouring. The aroma to me is fairly light but you can certainly smell the cocoa.
On first sip it’s very intriguing, it’s light in flavour yet rich too. The contrast of the cocoa and black tea is full and rich, yet it is softened with the pear tones. The combination of flavours works perfect. Maybe a little subtle for taste but still tealicious.

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Tea Tasting – Boho Rose
I love a floral tea! I don’t know why but I just do. So I was very interested to try this tea. Especially as it was blended with sparkling water. It’s not ever crossed my mind to blend tea with sparkling water to make a fizzy iced tea of sorts.

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Not only did the name intrigue me but also the colour bright pink! Especially as the tea is inspired by Turkish delight.

Mmmmm first sip was delicious. Perfectly rich and floral with an underlying natural sweetness. Particularly as an iced brew, it makes such a refreshing sipping experience. The mix of the tea and sparkling water is just beauTEAful , if only I’d found this tea for summer brewing it would have been perfectly refreshing on a hot day.

My first T2 visit didn’t disappoint !

Happy Sipping 🙂