Whittards – Orange Gingerbread

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With every season Whittards brings out a new collection. With it being Halloween this week it seemed perfect to pop in and try their new offerings with a little tea tasting. Luckily for me they had their Orange Gingerbread herbal infusion on offer in hot ….

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Or Cold ……

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For this blend Whittards uses : Ginger, Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Apple, Brittle Pieces (sugar, hazelnut, invert sugar), Sweet Blackberry Leaves, Liquorice Root, Orange Peel, Almond, Sunflower Petals and Flavouring.

The aroma from the already brewed tea is sweet , fruity with a spicy nutty under tone.

What I like about today is the options to try it hot and cold as some teas taste completely different hot vs cold . After sipping on both I am quite surprised on how similar they actually are. The pumpkin and apple work together to provide the fruity main flavour of the tea. It’s not until the after sip that the ginger and nutty aspects appear.

Unlike the hot tea the intensity of the ginger is surprisingly more noticeable in the cold brew version.

I’m not 100% on the gingerbread aspect side of the tea as the cinnamon doesn’t come through enough for me to work with the ginger to provide the needed spiced notes I was hoping. However this doesn’t effect the overall autumny perfectness if this tea. It has the balance of fruit and spice just right but maybe needs a bit more of a punch !

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

De Oliveria Tea House – Sweet As Apple Pie

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Thanks to the lovelies at De Oliveria Tea House for sending me some of their tea all the way from Australia to the UK for me to try.

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De Oliveria Tea House

THEIR MISSION: TO PROVIDE THE EXPERIENCE OF COMFORT AND SELF-INDULGENCE THROUGH THE JOY OF A WARM CUP OF TEA, WHILE STAYING ECO-FRIENDLY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY.

The formation and this behind De Oliveria Tea House is unlike any other I’ve heard of before. You may need to grab tissues!
(Taken from their website https://deoliveirateahouse.com)

De Oliveira Tea House was inspired by a man named Eugene de Oliveira. A beautiful, intelligent, creative and warm hearted man who lit up any room he was in.

Our family tragically lost Eugene on May 27th, 2019, a few weeks after his 27th birthday.

While we no longer have the blessing of having him around physically, we have the gift of his presence and his vision for the future.

Each tea we blend and package is full of love, devotion and hope.

We dreamt that through these teas, we could give our customers the same warm comfort Eugene gave us. We want to create a legacy he’d be proud to lend his name to.
Now if you weren’t already feeling inspired by story then you might do just now as these awesome people also reinvest $1 from each tea pouch sale in Kiva Loans to help those less fortunate get on their feet.
Now if that’s not a better reason than to spread the tea love I don’t know what is!

Sweet As Apple Pie

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For this blend De Oliveira Tea House only uses organic ingredients of the following: Rooibos, Honeybush, Apple Pieces, Cinnamon, Vanilla Pod Powder & Ginger.

On opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the sweets sea of the vanilla and fruity tones of the organic apple pieces . It’s almost hard to even distinguish the Rooibos and Honeybush aspect of the tea in its smell straight from the pouch.

Let’s get brewing !

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Upon brewing the aroma of the tea completely changes to that of its dry state. It allows the Rooibos to really sing and allows the cinnamon and ginger to warm and develop as the flavours intensify.

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As expected with a tea blend that contains Rooibos is a brewed liquid that has a brown redy tinge.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip hellloooooo Rooibos, which is first taste followed then by the after taste of the apple chunks. Despite its aroma the tea isn’t overly as sweet as I expected it to be. However I find that the tea being this way allows for the flavours of vanilla, ginger and cinnamon to naturally enhance their flavours and natural sweetness. Despite the Rooibos and Honeybush having what at times can be an “overpowering” flavour , this blend manages to allow the other ingredients to have turn not just separately but individually.

This blend is also pretty unique I’ve had plenty off apple teas and even more Rooibos teas but together nope ! It’s a new one for me and a lovely guilt free apple pie perfect for autumn weather and cosy nights in.

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ombrรฉ 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. Itโ€™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 itโ€™s used for warmth and flavour but as a second element after the ginger. Where itโ€™s followed on by the third and final flavour the Assam.

The blend is almost like magic , itโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

teapigs – Spiced Winter Red Tea

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January just seems to be going on for ever ! Now don’t get me wrong I love January particularly as its my birth month , but it just seems never ending. The weather can’t make up its mind snow no snow, wind no wind, what ever next ! Now there’s no better way to brighten up a dull winter day than cozying up with a mug of tea.
To add some extra heat to my cuppa I’m giving teapigs spiced winter red tea a try.

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This tea blends together rooibos, flavours, orange peel, gingko, orange blossom, cinnamon, ginger root, cloves, safflower.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with the spicy tones of the ginger mixed in with the fruity orange notes all mixed together with that distinct rooibos smell.

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After brewing for around 4 minutes you are left with a browny red colour.

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The aroma while brewing is not too dissimilar than to its dry state other than the prominence in the cloves.

First sip and I am intrigued. Sometimes you drink a tea and you can instantly taste a certain aspect of the tea. With this brew it allows all of them to work as one. The main flavour of the tea which I’m getting, is a strong mix of the cinnamon, ginger and cloves with very subtle tones of the rooibos.

Another bonus of this tea is that it’s a brew that tastes the same from start to finish and is consistent in its flavour and aroma.

This tea certainly provides you with a lovely spiced sipping sensation and no it’s not going to blow your socks off but it will warm you from the inside out. Making it a perfect winter warmer.

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If you fancy giving this tea try then hit the link below:
https://www.teapigs.co.uk/tea/shop_by_category/all_tea/spiced_winter_red_tea.htm
Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

teapigs – apple and cinnamon

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A fruity tea is always good with me !

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So when teapigs sent me some of their favourite festive treats to try I was very much looking forward to trying out the apple and cinnamon tea. I love coming home and having a brew a much needed hug in a mug after a long day at work here’s hoping this tea could be the perfect antidote.

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Now someone get that kettle on!

As soon as you open the tea pouch your engulfed with an overload of cinnamon with an after kick of apple ! Yummy! I love a bit of cinnamon wether in tea, cakes or porridge count me in.

The overall aroma doesn’t actually change whilst the tea brews.

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The brewed liquid is almost a golden brown in tone which is spot on considering the ingredients of: apple, cinnamon, apple pomace, roasted chicory root, citric acid, sweet blackberry leaves, natural flavourings

First sip wowzer!

It certainly is cinnamony , which is at the fore front of the sip followed up very nicely with apple. The fruity and spicy combos of all the ingredients is just perfect. One thing I might suggest is leaving the tea bag in for as long as possible if you really want an intense flavour, trust me it’s worth the wait, plus it needs to cool slightly anyway and nobody needs to burn their tongue.

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This definitely a tea for all you sweet toothers out there. If I had to compare it to anything it’s like drinking an apple crumble minus the custard ! Just what you need for snuggling up to on a winters day.
Now if that sounds tempting hit the link ….
https://www.teapigs.co.uk/tea/shop_by_category/all_tea/apple_cinnamon.htm

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Mulled Spiced Tea – Simpli Special

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Today we’re looking at Mulled Spiced Tea by Simpli Special .

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A black based tea with cinnamon, Jasmin and cloves. On opening the tea you are instantly hit with the spiciness of the tea with the Cinnamon and the cloves hitting your nose and getting your mind racing !

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For a black tea I was surprised of the reddy tinge to the brew but it all adds to the festive feeling.

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The brew itself lacks the aroma that the loose leaf had straight from the pack, which is slightly disappointing but let’s hope it tastes better!

Hmmmm it didn’t !

I brewed the tea for a good 3 minutes and for a black tea decided to take the leaves out and not add any milk. It was lacking in the intense punch I hoped for from the smell of the tea. Maybe I didn’t brew for long enough or maybe it’s just not what I hoped for. It didn’t dampen my festive spirit just made me hopefully to find better.

Tea Treat – Snickerdoodle Cake Slice

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With autumn in full swing here’s the perfect Tea Treat to brighten up those darkening days.

SNICKERDOODLE Cake Slice !!!

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Ingredients
For the cake:
250g SR. Flour
230g Caster Sugar
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
250ml Milk
125g melted butter

For the Cinnamon Sugar: 3 Tablespoons Sugar , 3 Teaspoons Cinnamon

Now get your bake on !

* In a bowl sift the flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking powder in a bowl
* Separately whisk the eggs and milk and pour into the dry mix and combine together
* Fold in the melted butter to make a smooth mix
* Pour half the mix into a greased lined baking tin and sprinkle 2/3 of the cinnamon sugar
* Spoon the rest of the mixture on top and smooth over
* Sprinkle on the remaining sugar
* Bake for around 20/30 mins or until firm
* Leave to cool in the tin (if you can wait)
* Slice and Serve

Tea Treat – Mince Pie Muffins

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Today being the first of December and the festive period in full swing, it was only right that I share with you an alternative to the classic mince pie.

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So let’s bake !

You will need

175b SR. flour
100g Sugar
1tsp mixed spice
3 eggs
1 jar of mincemeat
2 tbs milk
Icing sugar for dusting

Method

* preheat oven to 180 degrees
* using the all in one method mix everything BUT the method together
* place the muffin cases into the tin (around 7) , fill the cases around 1/3 with the cake mixture.
* add 1 heaped teaspoon of mincemeat to each case
* use the remaining mixture to cover the mincemeat
* bake for 15/20 mins till golden brown.
* to serve dust with icing sugar or why not try adding some brandy butter to the top.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Brewmas!

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It’s that time of year when we’re starting to think about Christmas gifts ! As a tea lover giving and receiving tea as a present is my idea of perfect, so here are just a few teas available that might tickle your tea lovers taste buds this Brewmas !

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1. English Tea Shop – Chistmas Organic Tea Collection
2. Brew Tea Co. – Festive Box Set
3. Taylors of Harrogate – Spiced Christmas Tea
4. Jolly Brew – Scrumptious Spiced Apple
5. Twinings – Merry Christmas Winter Spiced Tea
6. Teapigs – Spiced Winter Red Tea

Happy Sipping