Very Craftea – Earl Grey Orange Blossom

Time for Tea Please?

Today I’m sipping on my first try of Very Craftea. So thank you for sending me a selection of your teas to try. I can’t wait to get sipping on these.

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Direct from their website :
“The idea of Very Craftea was thought up one evening with my good friend Natalie, a cup of tea, some cake and trying to answer the thought provoking questions, like ‘why aren’t there trousers for dogs?’ ”
Now that is a very sensible topic but more than that it led them thinking about how great “Good company and tea. What would make it even better would be a craft kit to go along with it. Natalie then said “Oh, we’re Very Craftea – you know, like craft and tea” and that’s how Very Craftea came into existence “.
The premise was simple, sell tea and craft kits! But loads of companies sell craft kits, and even more sell tea so other than our amazing name, I needed to be different. I tackled the tea first….

I sell socially responsible loose leaf tea. What does that mean I hear you ask. Well, I work with a single tea supplier and they give 50% of their profits to address the issue of educational development in and around the under-served tea growing region of Darjeeling, so the more tea I sell, the more money can go towards projects to help. This money goes direct to the people it affects, not to a big corporation. [UPDATE: My plan for 2019 is to give back myself and I’m looking into different schemes in how to do this, so keep your eyes peeled for more updates]

Next the craft kits. A long time trying to find, modern, fresh kits which more importantly contained everything that was needed to finish it (how many times have you bought a kit, only to realise you need to buy loads of other stuff to finish it? Ain’t nobody got time for that!) So all the kits I sell are not only super fly, but also with everything contained. They are also made by other woman, in the UK who have their own small businesses.

Now I’m all for a bit of girl power especially being one myself girls helping girls and supporting them and shouting about what we can offer. Especially when these CrafTEA ladies are only in the neighbouring county !

To find out more about Very Craftea for yourself hot the link https://www.verycraftea.co.uk

Earl Grey Orange Blossom

For this blend Very Craftea uses Premium black tea, Bergamot oil flavour, Orange blossoms.

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I love how Very Craftea describes the best time to brew is when you need some caffeine and want to be all fancy. Stick that pinky out when you sip! There’s something quite quintessential about a mug of earl grey tea and I love sipping on mine in the afternoon when I just don’t fancy some milk in my cuppa.

Let’s get brewing !

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The aroma whilst brewing doesn’t overly, change other than the warmth of the liquid has heightened the Orangey flavour to become more apparent. Which when smelling along side the bergamot is just beauTEAful.

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As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is that of a dark brown liquid. Traditionally you don’t add milk to an earl grey tea but no judgement here and if you want to add milk you go for it! I love trying new earl grey yeas especially ones that have something different to offer.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious. The bergamot and the Orange blossom just works perfectly together. The flavours of the two citrus fruits adds to the fragrance
and almost floral aspects of the tea. After doing a little bit of research on orange blossom apparently it can also be an aphrodisiac ! Who’d have thought it or in this case sipped it!

For me what I love about any Earl Grey is the way other ingredients added to the “normal” blend can change the sipping experience. For me the use of the Orange blossom is just perfect. It’s not over powering in its flavour it’s enough to let you know it’s there but it also allows the bergamot and black tea to equally have its say within the blend and as part of each sip. Which is what a great tea should achieve so bonus points to Very Craftea.

This tea is one of those that’s perfect for afternoon sipping or as part of an afternoon tea.

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

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Whittards – Orange Blossom

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Like any of you #tealovers being able to try teas before you buy them is greatly appreciated. Thereโ€™s nothing worse than buying a tea getting it home and not loving it !!! Thats why I love popping in to Whittards for a bit of #teatasting .

It may not be quite brewed to the exact way you like it when tea tasting but the fact that you can get a real feel for the tea by all your senses before taking it home is a real treat . Plus you may try a tea that originally you would have written off.

Orange Blossom

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Today in Whittards (Norwich Branch) I had the chance to try Orange Blossom . A Black based tea with Orange Peel, Flavouring, Orange Blossom Petals.

A flavours black tea is always on my radar! The overall aroma of the tea is sweetly orange with undertones of the black tea poking through.

First sip is rather refreshing for a black based. Neither the black tea or the orange over power each other. They work together in perfect harmony allowing each one to sing with each other rather than for or against. The orange is strong enough to play just as big of part in the sipping experience but not hiding the fact itโ€™s a black tea.

With the use of orange blossom petals a floral tone is added to the sip which adds a further depth and edge to the tea.

The perfect afternoon tea , no need for milk but fruity and floral to add a little ray of sunshine to a cold , cloudy winters day.

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

ASDA – Lemon Meringue

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I love trying new teas and from any brand and all sorts of price ranges. So this weekend while visiting the grandparents I was more than surprised when my nanny pulled out a box of Lemon Meringue tea bags by ASDA. I’ve been expanding their tea range over the last few years so was more pleasantly surprised that my tea insights might be paying off.
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As you can see packaging is super cute and bright and covered in Lemon Meringue Pies, which just happens to be one of my favourites.

Upon opening the tea pouch, wowzer !!! The aroma is super powerful and very lemony !
Best get that kettle on before my mouth starts watering.

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Let’s get brewing !

While brewing the aroma only intensifies and the zingy lemoness is increasing. Let’s hope it tastes as good as it smells.

As to be expected from a lemon tea the brewed liquid is a dark yellow.

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First sip , yum!

The lemon certainly packs a punch, unlike sucking on an actual lemon with its sharp tang (you know the face pull) it is surprisingly sweet and rich. Almost naturally too sweet but hey this is meant to be a mug of lemon meringue tea which is perfectly sweet. It’s smooth, intense and certainly full of flavour. For what some people will label a supermarket tea it doesn’t lack flavour and for a caffeine free tea it certainly has a punch. All it’s really missing is a meringue on top.

This tea also screams cold brew, it’s lovely hot but I have a feeling ice cold will be amazing too!

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ace Tea – the Earl Grey

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Nothing beats coming home on an afternoon and sitting down to a mug of tea. Today I’m sipping on the Earl Grey by Ace Tea London.

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The packaging is so unique and has been inspired by William Morris and his textile designs. It just adds to their tag line “Untraditionally English”. For me Earl Grey tea shouts a British Classic so hopefully I’ll be feeling extra patriotic while sipping on this tea.

Upon opening the tea pouch , you are instantly hit by the vibrant punch this tea brings. You can see the bergamot , and the other citrus peel within the blend. I’m really hoping this tea is as strong as its aroma.

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Let’s get brewing!

The brewed aroma hasn’t overly changed from its dry state. It’s still a mixture of floral and fruity tones with tea scent in the back ground.

As expected from a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown state with an almost amber tinge. I chose to drink earl grey black, as that’s the way I prefer it but if you want to add milk you go for it.

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First sip and what a punch!

It is lovely and strong, just the way I like it. I chose to brew the tea for around 3 minute mark. This for me was the perfect brewing time, as I was after a strong flavour but not too strong (sometimes it takes a few attempts to get the perfect brew time).

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For such a strong brew I was amazed at how light it almost was, not in a delicate way but it didn’t come across as heavy . Which is just perfect for a summer afternoon tea. The bergamot is full on its flavour providing strong floral tones but is set of just perfectly with the after tang of the citrus vibes making it a match made in heaven.

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

The Tea Junction – Blue Lady

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I love a black tea with added extras ! Today I’m trying Blue Lady by The Tea Junction

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The Tea Junction , well this particular one can be found in Douglas , Isle of Man.

The Blue Lady is made up of Black tea, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mallow flowers, orange, rose, sunflower blossom.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you aren’t just hit with the deep aroma of the black tea but also that of the floral tones of sunflower blossom, rose and mallow flowers with the fruity notes of lemon, orange and grapefruit.

Plus the combination is beauTEAfully colourful!

Let’s get brewing!

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The aroma while brewing isn’t too different from its dry state just the black base to the tea is coming through stronger but it’s lovely and floral.

Like any black based tea the brewed liquid is a dark of a brown tone.

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Today I’m sipping it black , purely because I prefer to drink black tea with floral notes without milk. However if you wish to add some then please do.

First sip is just lovely. It’s just perfectly balanced. It’s one of those teas where you know what’s in it but in a good way. The black tea is given its chance to shine just as much as floral and fruity tones. Making it a joy to sip. However and this isn’t a bad thing but for me personally there isn’t enough of the fruity hints coming through. I love a floral based tea but with an extra citrus zing it would have been just my cup of tea. Especially as it’s a black based tea.

This is the perfect alternative to an earl grey tea (if you need one) and would go especially well with an afternoon tea.

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Twinings – Cranberry and Blood Orange

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I love a caffeine free tea as it’s perfect for some chill time or to have before bed! So I was very excited to try Twinings Cranberry and Blood Orange which I luckily received as a Christmas present. The box is bright and enticing and starts to get you wondering about the tea before you’ve even boiled the kettle.

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On brewing the tea the water becomes a bright pinky red and smells amazing. As the box says its like the sun setting over the Mediterranean Sea and I couldn’t agree more! It’s a mug of pure bliss and just what you need to relax with at the end of the day. The blood orange is the main base flavour of the tea but bursting with cranberry. So fruity and juicy and hits the spot. It’s light and refreshing and is a perfect hug in a mug on a cold winters night.

So if you’re after a tea that will brighten up any day or give you that perfect fruity boost then this is the tea for you ๐Ÿ™‚

The Tea Junction

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Over the weekend, along with my sister I paid a visit to The Tea Junction, based in The Castle Mall, Norwich.

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They are an independent tea and coffee house providing loose leaf tea and teabags and freshly roasted and ground coffee. Me being me it was all about the tea!

The Tea Junction has over a 100 different types a available too. From sitting in and trying you’re brew/ flavour of choice, to a take home bag of loose leaf tea. They even have Tea menus so that you can specifically chose a Tea to suit you.

After spending a good 5 minutes deciding on which tea to try we went for an Earl Grey Reserve and a Norfolk Lavender.

The Teas

IMG_2158What I love about the tea junction is you can brew the tea for as long as you want so that the strength is perfect for you.ย 

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Earl Grey Reserve
So my sister went for a mug of Earl Grey Reserve but there was no way I wasn’t trying it! This blend of early grey has added zesty ness with bergamot oils. While it brews you can smell the fruity ness as well as seeing the orange segments. The bitterness of the earl grey is sweetened by the Orange and lemon peel. My sister chose to drink her tea black as that’s how she like it but I agree with her that earl grey is better served without milk to allow the full flavour of the tea to shine through.

Norfolk Lavender
Keeping it local I decided to try the Norfolk Lavender. This tea blends together Chinese teas with that of Norfolk lavender and Vanilla. The aroma is definitely that of lavender with the under tones of black tea leaf. My sister said it smells of Palma violets ! . It’s delicate and rich in flavour the lavender is just perfect and really sets off the black tea.ย Lavender is known for its calming qualities and it was certainly a tranquil and relaxing experience being able to sit sipping my tea. Pure Bliss.

Tea Treat – Lady Grey Shortbread

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Todays Tea Treat is Lady Grey Shortbread. Combining two of my loves, tea and biscuits to make one delightful treat.

IMG_1675This was my first time at trying cooking with tea so I chose one of my favourite to use . Here’s my recipe that I used but the choice of tea is totally up to you but I chose lady grey for its fruity undertones.

Ingredients
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Soft Marge
1/2 Cup Sugar
1tbs Tea

Method
*preheat oven to 180 degrees
* brew one table spoon worth of tea allow to cool
*cream together the sugar and Marge
* stir in the flour
*add the tea combine to make a dough
*place into a baking tin press down, using a fork press round the edges
*bake for aprox 30 mins u till golden brown
*sprinkle with sugar and leave to cool

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Jadu Tea – Mademoiselle Grey

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Introducing you to Jadu Tea London, a luxury independent tea brand. They are named after ancient Sanskrit where Jadu stands for magic, and it is there passion to share the magic of enchanting tea. Where they focus on each individual component which make their blends.

“We share our passion with you with this unique, elegant, classic, charismatic, and luxury gift” – the JADU BOX

For more information on their ethos and products visit :
https://jadutea.co.uk/

Today I am introducing you to their Mademoiselle Grey

I loved the smell of this tea as soon as opening the pouch to get the loose leaf teabag out ! Safe to say I’m excited . Therefore I loved the smell of the tea even more while It infused. From classic early grey with Jadu’s Sri Lankan Uva black tea to the sweetness and floral tones of the red cornflowers. Made a perfect smelling blend. As I drink this type of tea black (without milk) I allowed the tea to brew for around 3 minutes before removing the teabag. Plus who really wants the teabag touching their nose while enjoying their tea!

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The firsts sip was amazing ! Instantly I was hit with the underlying citrusy tones, coming from Orange, lemon and Lemongrass. Blended with the sweetness and floral tones of the red cornflowers. Makes it absolutely to die for. The flavour combinations work perfectly alongside each other , not over powering one and other but a match made in heaven ! As previously stated and from the photos I don’t add milk to this tea, however tea is unique just like this blend is , so if you choose to add milk then go for it.

I absolutely loved this tea, it was a pleasure to drink and each sip left you wanting more.