Debonair Tea Co. Persian Chai

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Today’s Tea Tuesday tea review is brought to you thanks to the lovelies at Debonair Tea Co.

Debonair Tea Co. Is a family run tea company founded by Louisa and Phil Johnson as they were tired of seeing both poor and good quality tea served badly! Their mission to “make exceptional tea a daily pleasure”.

From starting as a pop up tea bar to meeting the demands of retailers the Debonair Tea Company soon expanded to sourcing and creating over 30 unique teas and infusions. Louisa is also the first person o achieve accreditation as a tea sommelier from the UK Tea Academy.

The tea company gets it name from its inspiration for high quality teas and infusions but also for the couples 1968 Bedford Debonair CA van.m

To find out more about Debonair Tea Co. Hit the link below.
https://www.debonairtea.co.uk

Today I’m sipping on their Persian Chai.

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For this blend Debonair Tea Co. uses : Chinese Rose Congou Black Tea (54%), Spices (39%) (Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fennel), Rose Petals, Lavender.

Doesn’t it just look beauTEAful !

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the floral tones of Rose and Lavender with the spicy notes blended together to add the spiced kick to the blend. It’s only on a massive big sniff that the black tea starts to sneak out. I am more than intrigued by what this tea is going to taste like given the ingredients which makes it.

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Let’s get brewing !

While brewing the aroma is very much a mixture of toasting spices with some floral undertones. More than ready for my first sip now.

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First sip is just exquisite !

I’ve never sipped on a tea quite like it. Especially a chai tea.
There’s just something perfectly balanced between the use of the rose and that of the herbs and spices which make up this blend.
The sweetness of the Rose almost magically hides any spicy aspects which can be found within some chai blends. Allowing an almost perfect match.

I wondered if the use of Rose within the chai blend may be hidden by the powerful ness of the flavour of Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon and Fennel but somehow it works alongside each other perfectly. With the added extra of the lavender it just adds perfectly to the overall blend.

There’s just something Magic about this tea and I don’t know how Debonair Tea Co have managed it but I’m sure glad they have !

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Tea India – Espresso Chai Latte

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Today I’m trying out something a little bit different, thanks to Tea India, I’m able to try their Espresso Chai Latte.

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As soon as you open the tea pouch your sense are instantly engulfed with the spicy tones which are distinct to chai tea.

As an instant tea powder it’s very quick and easy to make ! All you have todo is boil the water, pour the contents of the sachet into your mug , pour in the hot water , stir and away you go.

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While I say brewing , the aroma of the tea is more intense wether has anything to do with the use of the espresso who knows.

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First sip and hello chai tea. I always find chai tea quite hard to dres robe as chai is chai , although blends differ and are unique.

The texture of the tea sip itself is quite thick , I have a feeling this down to the use of the instant tea powder, compared to brewing the individual components like in some other chai teas.

A plus side of wanting to try this tea and now don’t hate on me for this tea lover but I do enjoy the odd latte and was very intrigued to try a tea that blended both tea and espresso. However can I taste the coffee within this blend for me not enough ! Like my tea I like my coffee strong. For me though I can tell that the espresso is present within the blend. Although not overly being able to taste it along side the other flavours I know it’s there because to my tastes buds the flavours are more intense and are enriched by the use of the espresso. Until I get sipping on another one their chai’s I won’t know if this how they choose to blend or it’s the use of the espresso.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Liverpool Tea Warehouse – Turmeric Chai

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Thanks to the lovelies at Liverpool Tea Warehouse I’m able to bring you my latest tea review featuring their Turmeric Chai.

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Liverpool Tea Warehouse a tea specialists located in the Baltic Triangle of Liverpool City centre. Where the shop contains over 200 different types of loose leaf teas, sourced from numerous countries.

The business is owned by Debbie Kelly and Mark Hensby. Debbie is a trained Tea Sommelier and Mark has various business within Liverpool. It was their shared passion for quality tea led them to opening the Liverpool Tea Warehouse.

For more information and check out their teas hit the link below !

https://liverpoolteawarehouse.com

Turmeric Chai

A black based tea from India is blended with cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, aniseed, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, chillies to form the teas blend.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with aromatic fragrance with spicy tones which really get the senses and the taste buds going.

Let’s get brewing !

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While brewing the aroma of the tea doesn’t overly differ from its dry state other than the spice level is coming through more via the use of the chillies. Hopefully it tastes as good as it smells.

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With a brewing recommendation of 3-5 minutes I went straight down the middle with a 4 minute brew time. Leaving behind a browny orange tinged liquid.

First sip is a a little bit of a revelation. It’s delicate yet powerful in equal measures. The black tea is the perfect base for the blend, it’s in the forefront of the sip yet the combination of the spices adds the perfect depth to the tea. Allowing almost all the aspects of the tea to be combined as an equal.

The turmeric within the tea doesn’t just add to the slight orangey tinge to the tea but it also adds to a slight bitter earthy taste. This combined along side the spices within the blend adds an extra flavour and depth to each sip. Especially as Turmeric is believed to have menu health benefits such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. As well as having anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. Just another added bonus this tea has.

I also love the use of the chillies within the blend as it adds a slight kick to the sipping experience and in doing so tingles the senses.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Joes Tea Co – Christmas Chai Rooibos

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ! Thanks to the lovely people at Joes Tea Co. I’m also able to start drinking Christmas. There’s nothing better than on a cold day warming up your fingers on a steaming mug of tea.

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Before even opening the tea pouch and basking in the aroma, the ingredients are already getting me into the Christmas spirit. This blend uses Rooibos, cinnamon, cardamom, mace, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, liquorice, star anise, fennel, orange peel, black pepper. All the flavours associated with the festive season.

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Let’s get that kettle on!

Upon opening the tea pouch wowzer! It’s a super intense the cinnamon and star anise are punching at your nostrils along side a ginger kick with a fruity undertone. You may not be able to overly smell the Rooibos side of things but the chai side is screaming Christmas.

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Mmmmm the hot brewing aroma is just tealicious! It certainly gets your mouth watering. The chai is so spiced and intense it’s gripping and i can’t wait to get sipping.

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First sip wow wow wow !
Now that really is a winter warmer. The intensity of the flavour is amazing. Your hooked on the flavour straight away. The combination of the fruity tones add an extra depth to each sip which compliments the spice side.

It’s not really till the almost after taste of the tea that your reminded that it’s a rooibos tea. This isn’t a bad thing at all as it makes a change to find a chai based tea that’s not black and caffeinated. Therefore an all rounder tea best for any time of day.

It’s not just an any day type of tea it’s also one that tastes the same throughout the sipping experience. Unlike other teas that has its main flavour at the beginning or the end this one is maintains its taste level throughout which is a massive bonus.

This is the perfect tea to sit by an open fire with toasting your hands and roasting chestnuts. Ok maybe sitting with your back against the radiator is more likely but you get what I’m saying.

If you fancy trying out Joes Tea Co. Christmas Chai Rooibos. Hit the link !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Balaggan – Tropical Chai

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What better way is there to spend a day off than by sipping tea. Thanks to the lovely people of Balaggan I’m able to be sipping on their Tropical Chai.

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The first thing that always get me excited about trying a new Balaggan flavour is their packaging. It is always bright and colourful and the ombre style cubes are just exquisite. Especially the gold detailing , it just adds an extra specialness to it.

Upon on open the tea box , the smell is just tealicious, it’s super FruiTEA with an underlying spiced touch. I sure hope it tastes as good as it smells.

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I love being able to see all the components , they look beauTEAful.

For this particular blend Balaggan uses: pear pieces, rosehip, cinnamon , apple pieces, lime peel, freeze dried pineapple, red peppercorns, cardamom, orange peel, sunflower petals, hibiscus & natural flavourings.

Let’s get brewing!

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I have to say I’m rather surprised with the brewed liquid. I’d describe it as being pink in colour rather than it being more of a brown that for some reason I was expecting it to be.

The aroma while brewing was completely different from its dried state. All the components are perfectly blend and provide the essence of tropical ! A fruity madness that just works.

First sip is just tealicious!

The balance of tropical with the chai is just perfect. The blends of all the fruity components all work alongside each other perfectly. There isn’t necessarily one component that shouts louder than any of the others, together they just scream tropical. Now I was a bit unsure of a tropical chai but I have to say Balaggan has proved me wrong! The spice aspects of the tea are in perfect quantities to add a depth of flavour rather than over powering the overall brew. Allowing the spicy hint to work with the tropicalness adding an almost warming aspect to the tea experience.

It’s certainly one of those teas, will add sunshine on a cloudy day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Whittards – Shanghai Chai

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Today I had the chance to pop into my local Whittards for a cheeky tea tasting! I love trying all of their teas especially as they give you the chance to try before you buy. On offer for tasting today was Shanghai Chai .

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A green tea blended with spices with a depth nutty tones. You’d almost not even realise you were sipping on a green tea. Plus what a great name.
Happy Sipping 🙂

Balaggan – Ginger Chai

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When the lovely people from Balaggan contacted me about trying out some of there chai, I obviously jumped at the chance !

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One thing that strikes straight away about Balaggan Tea is their packaging, it’s bright ombré effect along with the golden detail is exquisite and just screams India to me! It would certainly grasp your attention.

Today I’m going to try out their Ginger Chai.

The ingredients for this tea are: Indian Assam Black Tea 50%, Ginger 30%, Spices (fennel, cardamom & cinnamon) 20%.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with an almost fruity ginger aroma. It’s almost like smelling a Christmas pudding . Its smell being rich, intense and enticing.

While brewing it is the aroma of he tea that blossoms being balanced with cinnamon notes. The brewed liquid is of a dark brown colour.

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First sip and helloooo ginger ! With 30% of the blend being ginger I was ready for a kick and you get that as well a punch. It is great ! I love it when a tea does what it says it will.

Unlike other chai teas where the spices attack from the front within this blend it’s used for warmth and flavour but as a second element after the ginger. Where it’s followed on by the third and final flavour the Assam.

The blend is almost like magic , it’s warming and heartfelt and is very much a hug in a mug ! The ingredients combined in the quantities that it has been allows for a taste sensation in perfect quantities.

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A mug of Balaggan Ginger Chai will certainly cheer you up.

Happy Sipping 🙂

teapigs – Chai Tea

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New Year and New teas to try !
That’s the pure bliss of being a tea lover trying out new teas.

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So today I’m trying Chai Tea by teapigs.
According to the packet it’s Bollygood ! Now after having chai tea in India last year I’m intrigued to try!

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with a punch spicy with undertones of sweet vanilla.

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teapigs combine : black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cassia, cardamom pods, natural cinnamon flavour, vanilla.

Let’s get brewing !

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After Brewing for around the 3/4 minute mark you are left with medium brown colour and the brewed aroma isn’t quite as sweet as its dry state but you do still get the spicy tones from the cardamon and ginger.

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Upon first sip you can really taste the cardamon , it’s not at all over powering and allows the Assam tea the chance half way through the sip to have its moment then finally being followed up for the ginger burn. Nothing quite beats the ginger burn as its important to know its there! Therefore it is a perfect winter warmer , warming you up from the inside out.

This tea certainly does take me back to Goa sitting on the beach drinking tea maybe with an added dash of honey it could almost be the same tea, ahhhhh bliss!

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Fancy mixing it up then why not try this tea as a latte!
Find out more at:
https://www.teapigs.co.uk/tea/shop_by_category/all_tea/chai_tea.htm

Happy Sipping 🙂

Chai Kai – Chocolate Chai

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I love finding new tea companies and was lucky enough to connect up with Chai Kai on Instagram , their user name is: @chaikaitea so go check them out ! Oh and me too @timeforteaplease.

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Today they have sent me to try and share with all of you their Chocolate Chai , black tea blend. Well I do love chocolate and of course tea so I’m excited to see what this tea has in store, especially as it says it’s a chocoholics dream!

Safe to say I’m now dreaming of chocolate and with easter only a few days away I can’t wait to try!

Mmmm on opening the pouch you can certainly smell the cocoa shells .

For this blend :

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It all sounds an exciting combination to me and the loose leaf looks amazing too.

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Best get the kettle on.

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Placing the recommended 1 teaspoon into my infuser, on goes the water.

The aroma is magnificent chocolate just oozes out yet mixed with the spicy undertones. Going by Chai Kai Tea’s recommendations I brew the tea for three minutes! Like any new tea or just a tea in general brew to suit you, but as I’ve not tried the tea before and Chai Kai are the experts I’m listening to them!

I love being able to see the loose leaf pieces once they’ve all been expanded.

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Let’s get sipping!

It’s a very mixed sip ! One second you hit with cocoa then quickly comes the spiced sensation from the blend of cardamom, ginger and cinnamon yet all being combined with the floral tones of the sunflower petals. Together it just works!

I really love it when there’s floral tones to a tea as it just adds an extra depth of flavour and the of the sunflower petals just adds extra depth to the chocolate flavour. It almost intensifies it. The spiced aspect of the tea undertones the tea by adding an extra dimension to the sip by not over powering yet reminds you that it’s there without any horrible after taste.

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So if you’re a chocoholic like me and like a bit of spice in your life (not in the burn your mouth of sense!) then is a perfect brew for you!

For more info or to order you can find this at
www.chaikaitea.com

Happy Sipping 🙂

Drink Me Chai – Green Tea Chai Latte

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Here’s something a little bit different for you today! I’m not the biggest fan on instant tea but I was too curious to let the opportunity pass.

Today on the blog is Drink me Chai – Green Tea Chai Latte . Taking the spices of the chai and blending with green tea and honey. As an instant tea 3 teaspoons and some hot water later we had the finishing result.

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The aroma of the tea was rather pleasant of sweet spices with milky hints. The colour of the tea is of what I’d call faint green milk, which was to be expected when it’s green tea latte. Although I was slightly disappointed it wasn’t greener! Green is my favourite colour.

On first sip is the initial spiced milk flavour , due to the honey it is rather sweet. It’s not until after swallowing do you really get the green tea hit. Which is shame the two flavours aren’t more combined rather than being individual. However tea is unique to you and if you prefer it that way then that’s you’re choice 🙂

For an instant tea, it was pleasant to drink and made a nice change from drinking normal green tea. So if you’re looking for a green tea with a twist then it’s perfect for you.