Knightsbridge – Raspberry and Peach

Time for Tea Please?

The heatwave is in full swing and so I’m in search of a FruiTEA to help get me through it! Even better if it works or hot cold.

So today I’m trying Knightsbridge – Raspberry and Peach.

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This blend uses: Apple Pomace, Hibiscus, White Hibiscus, Blackberry Leaves, Chicory Root, Elderberry, Rosehip, Liquorice Root, Raspberry, Peach Juice & Natural Flavours.

A lot of ingredients for a tea named after just 2 of them!

Upon opening the tea box, you are instantly hit with a mixed sweet fruity aroma it almost reminds me of sherbet! Mmmmmm

Let’s get brewing!

The aroma while brewing is completely different gone is the sherbet and hello Peach Melba!

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Here’s hoping it tastes as good as it smells!

The brewed liquid is of a pinky orange tinge which was to be expected considering the ingredients within the blend.

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I always find with herbal fruit teas the longer the brew the richer the taste. So I tend to brew closer to the 5 minute mark then perfect temperature to get sipping.

First sip is delicately fruity!

I’m not really sure that you can individually taste the raspberries and peach but more a perfect blend of the two. Peach Melba in a mug, hey would it be weird to add a scoop of vanilla of ice cream to the mug?! Maybe another day! It’s a tea that stays the same taste through out the whole sipping experience which is always a bonus in my book. It’s not an overly strong punchy herbal tea but it is light and fruity.

Sometimes you just know when a tea will be just as nice cold and this is one of them, lots of ice and a slice of lemon and this would be the perfect summer cooler! Hey maybe the ice cream idea wasn’t so bad although. Au where one of you guys can try it first and report back !

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Stash – Strawberry Pomegranate

Time for Tea Please?

One thing I love todo while staying away in hotels is looking at their tea selections. While away in Iceland I stayed in called Laugarbakki and while having breakfast came across Stash Tea.

Stash tea is actually an American brand, you may have read in a previous post that in Iceland they aren’t massive tea drinkers and have little choice on offer so I’m not surprised, plus their are a lot of American tourists.

Stash Tea got its name from tea folklore, based on tea being transported by ship, the captain would often be presented with his own fine tea otherwise known as his stash! Such an awesome way to name a tea company.

Today I’m trying their Strawberry and Pomegranate Tea.

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This tea blends together Rooibos, rose hips, hibiscus flowers, raspberry leaves, pomegranate flavour, strawberry flavour and citric acid.

On opening the tea envelope there’s no mistaking that this is a Rooibos tea , with its distinct aroma hitting the senses closely followed by that of the strawberry.

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Let’s get brewing !

The brewed aroma is not too dissimilar to that of its dry , other than the strawberry smell now being stronger than that of the Rooibos.

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Once brewed the tea is a pinky tinged brown colour.

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First sip is just delicious ! It’s not strong in its flavour but not overly delicate either. The Rooibos blends perfectly with the other ingredients to allow the taste of the tea be a perfect blend. Instead of the being the strongest taste the Rooibos works along side the strawberry and raspberry notes for a lovely berry blend.

It’s not until further down the blend that the more floral aspects of the tea to start come through as well as that of pomegranate tones. The floral notes just add an extra depth to the tea that wasn’t there before but with the berryness provide the more grenadine syrup style taste.

One thing I particularly loved about this tea is how naturally sweet it was. It certainly satisfies a sweet craving and without the caffeine!

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National Iced Tea Day – Iced Hibiscus Tea

Time for Tea Please?

Today is National Iced Tea Day and thanks to the Good and Proper Tea who just sent me new their teas specifically for cold brewing, I’m ready to celebrate.

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My chosen tea to celebrate today with is Iced Hibiscus Tea with Rose Hip and Ginger. For this blend Good and Proper uses: Hibiscus Tea, Rose Hip and Ginger Root , all from Egypt as part of the tea companies ethos is to use one origin country for each blend. Upon opening the tea pouch your are firstly hit with the gingery kick followed fruity berry notes.

Now let’s get our iced tea on!

1. Boil the kettle.

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2. Brew one tea bag

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I absolutely love the redy pink tone the brewed liquid leaves, it’s so vibrant and mouth watering!

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3. Top up with cold water and add some ice

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First sip is soooooo refreshing! The main flavour orientates around the combination of the rose hip and the hibiscus. The ginger notes smelt on aroma is not so prominent within its taste. The use of the hibiscus within the tea adds a cranberry like flavour to the tea and explains the fruity aroma the tea gives.

For a tea with no added sugar or caffeine it certainly provides a refreshing summer hit. If you like your tea slightly sweeter a dash of honey would be perfect, not just adding sweetness but an extra flavour to the co binational but without compromising the tea blend.

So if your looking for a perfect iced tea blend that has its own natural sweetness and packed pull of vitamin C then look no further! Now where’s the beach ?! Hehehe

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M&S Bursting Blueberry, Pomegranate & Acai Berry

Time for Tea Please?

In the spirit of keeping summer going as long as possible it’s time to celebrate those last few summers with a perfectly fitting tea brought to use from Marks and Spencer with their Bursting Blueberry, Pomegranate & Acai Berry. The packaging is very summery and certainly colourful meets my need to maintain some summer vibes!

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Like many teas there tends to be some added extras within the blend, in the case of this tea all together we have:
Hibiscus 路 Rosehip 路 Dried Apples 路 Dried Beetroot 路 Flavourings 路 Dried Blueberries (7%) 路 Acai Berry Juice Granules (7%) 路 Goji Berry Juice Granules 路 Pomegranate Juice Granules (6%). (Info direct from box).

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On opening the tea bag the aroma is light and fruity. A sweet blend of berryness with apple tones. I’m looking forward to brewing this !!!

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The aroma of tea while brewing come across with its blueberry fruity tones.

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The brewed colour of the tea is a rich dark purple almost blueberry like which is fitting to the aroma.

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First sip is intriguing ! It’s not possible to identify a specific flavour. It’s a combination of warming berries, with the after taste being that of the Acai berry. It’s one of those tea that actually perfectly it’s name as it’s certainly bursting berry. The perfect fruits of summer.

It’s also one of those teas that would be perfect ice cold too.

If like me you are hoping to hold on to summer a little bit longer then this could just be the tea for you. Even better it’s a caffeine free tea too.

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