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 πŸ™‚

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Teabury – Rosy Lemon Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

Nothing beats a cup of tea and there’s nothing more than I love doing than sipping on a mug of tea especially in the afternoon. For some reason I always choose a tea that I can have without milk. So therefore any flavoured back tea is right up my street. Thanks to Teabury able to try their Rosy Lemon Earl Grey.

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Teabury‘s motto is β€˜Keep it simple’. Therefore chose to not use artificial flavours. “We love nature and all its beauty, colours, smells, tastes and goodness. We ask the question β€˜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 hit the link below:
https://teabury.com

With happiness it can certainly be found within a cup of tea, so let’s get the kettle on.

Rosy Lemon Earl Grey

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For this blend Teabury uses Earl Grey Loose Leaf Black Tea, Lemon Balm, Lemon Grass, Lemon Verbena and Rose Petals. Not only does it look beauTEAful it also smells it to. The use of the lemon grass combined with the Rose just adds a shuttle fruity floral note which I hope will only intensify when brewed.

Let’s get brewing!

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The aroma whilst brewing does exactly as I hoped and although the black tea is a prominent the use of the lemon grass really starts to sing with the floral notes of Rose peeping through too.
As expected with a black based tea the brewed tea liquid is that of a dark brown in colour.

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First sip is just tealicious. For an earl grey tea it is fairly light in its intensity o being a black tea, this could have been down to my brewing time or the kind of black tea that Teabury use. As previously stated I choose to drink earl grey black and this too can effect flavour. However do not for one minute think that the intensity effects the pleasure in drinking this tea.

The reasoning for me saying this is because of the way the black tea has brewed it really allows the other flavours to sing and work alongside the earl grey for the perfect sip. Too often does the black side of the tea over power the more delicate flavours within the tea blend, yet with this tea it doesn’t. I absolutely love rose within tea blends and aided by the lemon grass its a match made in heaven. It’s certainly brightening up my afternoon.

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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The River Kitchen

Time for Tea Please?

When you get an afternoon off what better way to spend it than sort by the Norfolk broads with a pot of earl grey tea and some yummy cakes.

Thanks to the river kitchen my fave eatery on the broads I was in for a treat.

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Some yummy mango and lime cake and chocolate brownie!

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Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

The London Tea Company – Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

There’s nothing better than having a brew ! Especially when is first thing on a Tuesday morning at work. Come on all we know that we need a good ol mug of tea or twenty to get us through the day !!!!! Today I’m sipping on The London Tea Company and their Earl Grey.

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For this blend The London Tea Company uses 98% Ceylon Black Tea with flavourings.

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As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly hit with the aroma of bergamot followed by that of the black tea.
Let’s get brewing !

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The aroma while brewing doesn’t overly change from its dried state it just allows the intensity to increase.
As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark black colouring. Now I just love the aroma of an earl grey tea, so let’s get sipping!

I always find earl grey teas quite hard to describe. All I know is that I haven’t found one yet that I dislike! So here’s hoping this one lives up to my expectation.
First sip oh hello!
I like my earl greys well any tea to be fair to pack a punch and this one certainly does. The intensity of the black tea mixed with the flavourings add an extra strength that can sometimes be missing. One aspect that sings within this blend is that of the bergamot and flavour it brings to the tea with its citrus tones adds the much needed flavour sensation that everyone recognises as earl grey.

The only slight flaw in this tea for me is the fact the flavour isn’t fully as intense at the last sip. Wether this down to the way the flavourings is used within the blend I don’t know it just seems to have slightly lost its bergamot taste.

All in all this an Earl Grey worth drinking !

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

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Savoury Tea

Time for Tea Please?

A perfect accompaniment to a good cup of tea is a homemade scone!
Today I paid a visit to Mad Hatters Tea Shop, which you can find in Wymondham, Norfolk, England and had their savoury tea.

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Which consists of a cheese scone, butter, red onion chutney, salad, coleslaw & crisps. A long side a pit of tea of your choice, of which I chose lady grey.

I just love the pairing of the floral tones within the lady tea grey blend alongside the savoury notes of the cheese scone. Making it the perfect light lunch.

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Suki Tea – Earl Grey Blue Flower

Time for Tea Please?

Today I’m sipping on Suki Tea and their Earl Grey Blue Flower! Big thanks to the lovelies at Suki Tea for sending me this tea to try.

I absolutely love Suki Teas:
VISION:
To grow a global community of loose leaf tea drinkers, an appreciation society of the ritual in a great-tasting, ethically sourced cuppa.
And their
MISSION:
To grow the business in an adventurous, yet responsible and sustainable way that respects and values people, plant and the planet.

Suki Tea was founded in 2005 by business partners Anne Irwin and Oscar Woolley. Having both traveled in Asia and being able to see first hand ethically-sourced teas they launched Suki Tea with their aim to share the finest loose leaf teas , herbal and fruit blends from around the world.

If you wish to find out more about Suki Tea, hit the link below.

https://suki-tea.com

Earl Grey Blue Flower

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For this tea Suki Tea blends “Fairtrade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified East African Black tea, Centaurea cyanus flower petals and Organic natural Bergamot Oil.” I just love the vibrance of the petals. It adds an extra prettiness to the blend.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the floral aromas of the blend. I just love floral aromas within tea blends, to me just adds an extra level. Mixed with the black tea and the essence of the Bergamot Oil it smells tealicious. Here’s hoping it tastes as good as it smells!

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Let’s get brewing!

As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is brown in colour with a slight orange tinge. The aroma while brewing isn’t far from from it’s dry state which makes me even more excited to try. I do love an earl grey so let’s get sipping!

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First sip and I am not disappointed. It’s thankfully one of those blends which allows all three aspects of which it is made up of to sing solely and as a co,vines one all at the same time. Each sip has equal measures of black tea, bergamot and centaurea cyanus flower petals. They work just perfect together. The floral tones within the tea is just on the right level, it was strong enough to make an impact yet not over powering or underwhelming. I’m all for floral flavours and for me this tea let’s it sing just beauTEAfully.

I always drink my earl grey tea black for me it’s just weird to even think about putting milk in especially this blend with its floral tones. However like with any tea it’s a unique sipping experience to you so if you want to try it with milk you go for it!

This tea is the perfect afternoon tea , it’s light and refreshing and with the floral tonnes it makes for such a pleasurable drinking experience . To me it’s almost calming the perfect me time tea.

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

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Steeped Tea – Earl Grey de la Creme

Time for Tea Please?

I love trying new teas ! Especially teas which you aren’t easily able to get hold of in the UK. I was lucky enough to be sent a sample of today’s Earl Grey de la creme from the U.S. from a Steeped Tea rep.

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The blend combines Bergamot, Black Tea, Cornflower Petals, Natural Flavours, Vanilla

Upon opening to the pouch, the smell wasn’t overly empowering but it’s black tea notes mixed with flowers added a much delicate floral aroma.

Let’s get brewing!

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The aroma while brewing is distinctly that of an earl grey tea as you’d come to expect with a very faint smell of floral tonnes.

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I was fairly surprised by the actual brewed liquid. It’s an almost brown with an orange tinge. Where as I would have been expecting a much darker brew a lot closer to a black than what we actually have.

First sip isn’t at all what I was expecting !
Although judging by the colour maybe I should have been. It’s not overly strong considering I brewed for around 3 minutes, maybe longer would have been better.

However it’s still a lovely brew. It’s almost creamy in its flavour, the creme aspect I imagine ! Although the floral tones are no longer present, and you all know I’m all for floral.

It’s only towards the end of the sipping experience that the more milky notes to the blend comes through working with the vanilla tones to add a new depth to the brew and the creme side to the earl grey.

Even the the tea wasn’t what I was expecting , it was still a pleasant sipping experience.

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Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Tea Travels Iceland

Time for Tea Please?

I love a Tea Travel and having the chance to explore a different place or country to where I live. There’s a whole world out there to explore and new teas to find ! So Iceland here I come !

Like any new adventure a mug of tea to kick start it.

A mug of Earl Grey by Gestus . Served to me black just the way I like it.

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For a first time try of Gestus Earl Grey, I really enjoyed it. The aroma was very distinctly that of any earl grey tea from anywhere in the world . It was punchy and strong with a light floral tone to it. A perfect cuppa for a tea break.

In Iceland there isn’t much of a tea selection on offer like I’m used to in the UK. Which is mainly down to the locals telling me that coffee is much more favoured to tea. As you can see from this photo taken in a supermarket the little choice on offer.

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Now finding tea wasn’t the only reason for choosing Iceland but it was certainly going to fuel my way round the country. This time my adventures round Iceland is being made possible thanks to Mink Campers.

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With the help of mink campers I’m able to explore and camp my way round Iceland in complete comfort, while creating those all important memories and exploring the Icelandic landscape. In the Mink there isn’t just gas for my all important cups of tea in the mini kitchen: there’s heating , solar power for charging devices via USB, lighting, sound system and even its own Wifi!
From one of the 10,000 waterfalls

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To Glacier Lagoons

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Brewing with a view is certainly a highlight of the trip, as well all know how important a good cup of tea gets you through the day!

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As well as being lucky enough to glimpse an Arctic Fox.

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And some puffins !

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Oh and relaxing in a hot spring or two!

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Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Afternoon Tea Party

Time for Tea Please?

For my grandparents 60th Wedding Anniversary they asked me to host them an afternoon tea party. Pulling off an afternoon tea for 50 family and friends , wasn’t that easy but was totally worth it. I even managed to get them a card from the queen for the big event.

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All washed down with lots of mugs of tea.

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚