Pickwick – Strawberry Tea

Time for Tea Please?

One thing I love about going on my tea travels is finding lots of new teas to try and share in you !
Destination: Amsterdam !

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So today we are sipping on Pickwick and their Strawberry Tea.

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For this blend Pickwick uses Black tea, aromas and pieces of strawberry. Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the strawberry aroma, it’s almost impossible to detect any black tea within the blend.

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I love a flavoured black tea so I’m always very intrigued to try a new one.
Let’s get Brewing !
As soon as the hot water hits the tea bag the aroma of the black tea finally starts to shine through. It also allowed the strawberry tone to hot up.
Like with any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown colour . For me with any black based tea I drink it just like that black, without milk. This allows the real flavours for me to be able to shine through.

Let’s get sipping!

First sip is just beautiful! The strawberry flavour is super intense and actually sings louder than the black tea. Which is very rare for a black based tea. Especially one which I feel is potentially a supermarket blend. Not that it matters to me I love my tea where it comes from. It just makes a massive change for me to try a supermarket blend that tastes exactly like it says on the tin.

Unlike some black teas this blend is super light. The strawberry aspect of the tea lightens the black teas intensity and adds not just a sweetness to the blend but also the much needed mellowness tea. The strawberry flavour is also spot on and you cant mistake it for what it is. Which is just perfect.

Another thing that’s just perfect is how refreshing it is. It’s a delightful sip and the perfect afternoon pick me up tea. Perfect for an energy boost for exploring.

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Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Framework Wellness Tea – Detox

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All the way from America I’m able to be sipping on Detox thanks to Framework Wellness Tea

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Framework Wellness Tea is dedicated to provide premium, certified organic, vegan, non-GMO, responsibly sourced tea in biodegradable packaging.Β  Our mission is to produce tea that is beneficial to physical wellness while still being the most flavorful, delicious tea available.Β Β 

For more information or try Framework Wellness Tea then hit the link https://www.frameworkwellnesstea.com

As some of you may know I’ve just been on my tea travels and been exploring the lovely city of Amsterdam and embracing all of its culture and sights, so a little detox is in order.

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So here’s hoping that Framework Wellness Tea has created a detox tea that tastes amazing as well as receiving some much needed benefits !

Detox

For this blend Framework Wellness Tea uses: Rooibos , currants, orange peel, cornflowers, Acai and natural flavourings. All of which are organic ingredients.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with that familiar Rooibos flavour yet with underlying notes of fruity the floral aspects. It’s very intriguing smell wise so I hope it tastes this way too.

Let’s Get Brewing!

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Whilst brewing the aroma of the rooibos intensifies and becomes even more prominent in its smell, I’m just hoping this doesn’t over shadow the other flavours within the blend when it comes to sipping.

Like any tea that contains Rooibos the brewed liquid is a redy shade of brown.

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Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious . Some Rooibos teas tend to not always be that sweet but with the use of orange and currants and Acai. I’m actually fairly surprised about how much you can taste the Acai within the blend.

The flavour combinations itself almost tastes similar to that of grenadine syrup. Fruity and sweet.

Through the use of the cornflowers it just adds an extra flavour depth. It works perfectly alongside the fruity flavours and brings the flavour of Rooibos almost down a flavour level as within some blends it can over power a tea taste. However not with this one.

So if this is what a detox tea is then I’m all in, Amsterdam Detox here I come!

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

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Tea Travels – Croatia & Bosnia

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Another country , another tea Isle !

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I love exploring new countries and you can always find me down the tea Isle.

I’ve just had a fantastic week exploring Croatia and Bosnia.

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From fantastic views and landscapes to tasty treats. There were bakeries everywhere ! I wasn’t complaining !

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Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Corfu Tea Travels

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It’s time for my second summer adventure! This time I’m heading back to one of my fave places Corfu.

For our base we stayed in Kassiopi, a harbour town to the north of the island.
It’s beautiful day….

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Or night!

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And don’t get me started on how good these chicken gyros are!

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But it’s tea travels so first stop is always the supermarket !

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For once a selection of teas you can’t bye back in England, which is all part of tea adventures.

I was even lucky enough to find a selection of loose leaf teas whilst visiting Acharavi.

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I may have purchased one or two to take home.

The other bonus of tea travels isn’t just the tea but also having the chance to explore a new place, country and culture. So here’s a quick glimpse of what else I got up to!
The ruins at Old Perithia

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The crystal clear seas

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The sunsets

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The White pebbled beaches

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Boat trips

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Or just lazing on an inflatable !

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Corfu has something for everyone !

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Gozo Tea Travels

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It’s summer!
After facing redundancy with what else was I supposed to do yet get on a plane for a much needed escape and some much needed traveling. I love exploring new countries, cultures and over course their tea!

First stop this summer is Gozo.

For those of you who don’t know Gozo is the sister island of Malta.

Well on the tea front my hotel definitely didn’t disappoint!

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A mug of Twinings English Breakfast was the perfect choice plus 4 other Twinings selection for breakfast too.

Now speaking of breakfasts …..

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I certainly enjoyed my maple bacon pancakes with a side of tea and biscotti!

It also wouldn’t be me without stumbling into the tea Isle

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I just love checking out what other countries have on offer. I was quite surprised with how much was on offer as coffee certainly seems to be prominent. I have a feeling it may have something to do with its closeness to Italy as the food served in restaurants certainly reflected that.

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Not that I was complaining as I love pizza and pasta! Yummmmm

Now if the food or the tea doesn’t persuade you Gozo might be up your street maybe some of the landscape might!

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From the salt pans , to the blue lagoon , to the ornate architecture to snorkelling in the clear blue sea, it won’t disappoint !

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Tea Travels Iceland

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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™‚

Snow !

Time for Tea Please?

It’s been a long week this week due to the snow and beast from the east. Only had to walk 5 miles home one day when the buses were stopped!

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So I’m glad it’s the weekend and can filled with lots of tea and maybe a snow angel or two!

Goa Tea Travels

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This is my last instalment of my Tea Travels to Goa. I hope you’ve all enjoyed my mini adventure but there was just a few more pieces I wanted to share with you.

For my base while in Goa I stayed in Palolem , with its amazing Palm tree lined beaches. Not only that but from there you can hire kayaks and mopeds or go on dolphin and eagle boat rides.

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The sunsets are also pretty amazing here too

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Or take a Tuk Tuk / Rickshaw

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To explore the market stall lined streets and even come across a few surprises strolling down the street….

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You’ll also see a lot of Tea Stalls !

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However while there I was informed by a local that it’s all the same tea and it’s only the aroma you can smell and that it won’t taste like your expecting. So the risk is up to you. However it does still look good.

The food is pretty tasty too and not needing an excuse to have curry for breakfast was also pretty cool!

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For a further piece of paradise I’d highly recommend Cola Beach, where a natural river almost meets the sea. It’s such a tranquil place.

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Or travel further a field and discover the monkeys

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At Dudhsagar Falls (which translates as Sea of Milk ) , a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River.

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While here the freshly squeezed sugar Caine is well worth a try and only 50 rupees, it is a bit sweet but a must try.

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I also couldn’t not have a henna tattoo..

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I absolutely loved my time in Goa and would love to go back again one day.

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Thanks for reading my tea travels and Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Cafe Del Mar

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While staying in the beautiful beach resort of Paloelom , Goa just a few minutes from my accommodation was a lovely cafe come bar called Cafe Del Mar. On most occasions I ate and drank here for its location but don’t worry I’m not guilty of always sticking to the same food places I explored around the area!

What I love about all the food eateries here is that everything is so fresh and truly tastes amazing.

On this occasion it’s time to show off the Tea!

This being Ginger and Masala.

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Ginger Tea

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What I love about this tea is the getting to brew it how you like it. The ginger is already brewing but all the other components you’d traditionally drink together you can add as much as you like to your taste.

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Therefore I added the lemon straight to it, lemon and ginger is a perfect combo and honey is the best accompaniment. It was such refreshing in flavour and it was lovely knowing how fresh it is. On sipping there’s a massive ginger kick but with a zesty undertone. The honey here tastes amazing so I probably did add a bit too much ! However this didn’t effect the overall tea flavour just the sweetness but the honey tones just added extra comfort to the sipping experience.

In a total contrast to this tea you have the:

Masala Tea

I was very intrigued by this tea with its name association to that of the curry but I’m open to trying anything once!

In the words of my other half its curry in a cup! He wasn’t too wrong. There certainly was some major similarities, with not only the aroma but also in taste. Masala itself means ‘mixed-spice tea’ with a black tea base. Traditional Indian flavours include green cardamon, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and cloves ground together. When trying the tea it was quite grainy which I presume is from the ground herbs / spices. I decided to add honey too it and it did slightly improve the sipping experience. I think that the overall mix of flavours was a bit too much for me. However after researching the tea I think it would have been better as a masala chai made with milk and lots of sweetener. It wasn’t that it was unpleasant, it was just not what I expected!

Tea Advice

A quick tip when ordering tea is to make sure you ask for separate milk. This might seem like a pain but if you don’t all you’ll taste is the milk and little if the tea.

I couldn’t not just show you the tea on offer at Cafe Del Mar but some of the food too:

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It was some of the best tasting on the beachfront.

You also get a pretty decent seat for sunset if you didn’t want to venture to sunset island.

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Happy Sipping and Travels πŸ™‚