Jay and co. – Black Tea with Mango and Passion

Time for Tea please?

I love a flavoured black tea! Thanks to Jay and Co. for sending their Black Tea with Mango and Passion to try.

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Jay and Co. as the name suggests was founded by Jay who has meticulously researched for authentic teas. Who bases his principles on quality , taste and community. With his mission being “to help coffee lovers and tea fans enjoy the finest flavours from around the world – at an affordable price”. Where he has researched and searched for quality products which delivers in taste but also is a fair deal on farmers.

Creating a beverage that makes time for you , a moment to relax of sharing time with others. Creating an experience from the drinking experience. Which is just a lovely way to think about tea.

To find out more info the hit the link!
https://www.jayandco.co.uk

Black Tea with Mango and Passion

For this blend Jay and Co. uses: Indian Black Tea, Mango , Passion Fruit and Papaya.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the fruity aromas of the mango and passion depth with added earthiness from the black tea.

The blend it self is so pretty to look at with the colours standing out against the black tea.

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Let’s get brewing!

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The aroma whilst brewing isn’t too dissimilar from its dry state. Other than the black tea aspects brewing through stronger.

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As expected with any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown in colouring.

Let’s get sipping!

First sip is just tealicious. Its sweet yet sharp and provides contrast and texture through each sip, the balance of the flavours is just perfect considering how contrasted it can be. The fruity aspects of the tea are sweet and punchy and add an exotic twist to the tea. It’s natural sweetness just adds a summery vibe to the taste experience. Extra depth of flavour is added to the tea through the use of floral tones of rose petals , cornflower and sunflower. It doesn’t just look pretty within the dry blend it adds a lightness and almost delicate aspect to the tea which you don’t always get with black based teas.

Due to the added flavourings within the black tea I choose to drink it without milk as to me it just doesn’t right, however tea is a unique sipping experience so if you wish to drink it with milk go for it ! This blend is a perfect afternoon sipping blend with fruit and floral tones for a refreshing afternoon tea fix.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Lewisham Tea Company – Bora Bora

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Thanks to Lewisham Tea Company I’m able to bring you today’s tea review featuring their Bora Bora tea. Lewisham Tea Company has a fantastic ethos of a tea for every mood. Focusing on sipping the “stuff that tastes good and makes us feel even better”. Sipping on a mug of tea for me is part of looking after my wellbeing , taking a moment to myself to enjoy the sipping pleasures and moment of calm a cuppa can bring. Especially if I need a bit of a boost.

With having 6 teas in their range it means their focus is purely on the tea and allowing the tea to really do the talking.
To find out more or to try one of their teas hit the link!
https://www.lewishamteacompany.com .

Bora Bora

For this tea blend Lewisham Tea Company uses Hibiscus blossoms, apple pieces, papaya cubes, currants, elderberries, blackcurrant, sunflower blossoms, cornflower blossoms, freeze dried raspberry and strawberry pieces. Now all of these sound tealicious !

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with a fruitea punch ! I can instantly make our the papaya cubes which added a super sweetness to the aroma.

Combined with all the other aspects of the ingredients it smells like opening a bag of sweeties with an underlining floral tone. It’s certainly getting my mouth watering !!!!

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Let’s get brewing!

While brewing the aroma changes quite significantly from its dry state. It’s not quite so sweet in its smell and I can almost smell notes of cocoa which is strange considering there isn’t any within the blend itself. It might just be the magic of the ingredients infusing together.

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The brewed liquid is of a deep pinky red almost red wine like in its colouring.

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With a brew time of 12 minutes I’m hoping like the amazing rich colour of the tea it’s flavour matches it.

First sip is simply BeauTEAful!

It certainly has the intense rich flavour I was very much hoping for. It’s sipping sensation is the perfect balance of fruit and floral in equal measures. Neither over powers the other but works in a perfect harmony to provide a taste sensation.
Just like the balance of the fruit and floral aspects of the tea each individual ingredient doesn’t shout any louder than the other. To me the fruity flavours of the tea come with the initial sip and then right at the end almost at the swallow (I guess that’s how you’d describe it) the floral flavours come through. A sip that keeps on giving!

This is the perfect tea for a mug of me time. It’s almost magic in a cup! Just like the name Bora Bora

I also feel this is one of those fruitea teas which would be perfectly brewed ice cold or even served with lemonade for a summer spritzer.

So thank you Lewisham Tea Company for this BeauTEAful blend !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Joes Tea Co – The Berry Best

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Thanks to the lovelies at Joes Tea Co for sending me some of their teas to try!

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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

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For this tea blend Joes Tea Co uses : hibiscus, apple, spearmint, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, natural strawberry flavour and natural raspberry flavour.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the fruity tones of the tea. It smells berrylicious and it certainly gets your mouth watering. The blueberryness is the most prominent smell of them all. An added touch that I love is upon opening the packaging it says

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that’s just perfect and I think I will !

So let’s get brewing!

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Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea doesn’t overly change, apart from it is now possible to smell the spearmint which in its dry state it wasn’t obviously noticeable.

The brewed liquid is a deep redy pink, very similar to that of the colouring used within the packaging which is either really clever or pure coincidence!

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First sip is fruitylicious ! It’s strong and powerful in its flavour and it’s knows how to get your attention. Which is just what I’m after from a fruit tea. It’s not exactly possible to pin point an a exact fruity flavour other than naming it “berry” I always find the use of hibiscus in teas as adding a richness too it’s flavour quality.

It’s not until an almost after sip that the spearmint really sings. It’s quite a weird sensation Ito be honest with you. It’s like it almost keeps quiet while you enjoy the fruity notes and then wham here I am ! For a fool refreshing almost after thought. Like don’t leave me behind I’m here too you know ! Hehe however it just added to the overall sipping experience which for one I am enjoying.

I can also tell that this is the kind of tea that will be perfect served hot and cold, perfect for cooling down on a hot day or warming up on a cold one! It’s also a caffeine free blend so can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Heywood Teas – Roselle and Red Date

Time for Tea Please?

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Heywood Teas “specializes in producing high quality functional tea in Hong Kong”. They also mix their herbal ingredients based on Chinese medicinal formula.
To find out more information hit the link below.
https://heywoodtea.com
As part of their Heywood Teas combo set :

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Today I’m going to be trying there Roselle and Red Date.

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The health benefits known for drinking this tea are:

Roselle: has diuretic property and detoxify the body, facilitate weight loss, smooth wrinkles and liver health.

Red Date: Nourish blood, improve digestive health and rehydrate skin.

As you can probably already guess the Ingredients for this Tea blend was a Roselle (Taiwan) and Red Date (South Korea).

Upon opening the tea pouch, the overall aroma is very light in its nature. It has a light floral tone with under notes of date.

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Let’s get brewing !
With a recommendation of 8 minutes brewing get that kettle on.

The aroma whilst brewing has certainly intensified it smells berylicious it has a very Berry smell alongside that of the date.

The brewed aroma is a rich redy pink .

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First sip is very intriguing. It packs a real punch with its flavour and intensity. The main flavour at the forefront is that of the date followed by that of a fruity and almost floral tones of the Roselle. Or as some you may be wondering Roselle is actually another name for hibiscus which explains the berry nature and colour to this tea. I sometimes forget that in other languages/translations it may be called a word that you don’t tend to use and your left wandering what it might be.

I’m not sure how I feel about the use of the date within the blend as it’s not something I’d normally chose to eat etc. However it some how just works amongst the flavours.

One thing I do know for sure is how amazing the colour of the brew is and it certainly helps when drinking this tea to keep in sipping! With the added known health benefits from the tea as well it’s a perfect added extra to the sipping experience.

With the flavour intensity of this tea and the colour it would also make the perfect iced blend. Machine drinking an ice cold bright pink tea on a hot summers day !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Really Rather Good Coffee House – Summer Tea

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After a stroll around the beauTEAfully quaint Bury St.Edmunds it was time for a much needed cuppa!

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Coming out of the cathedral grounds we stumbled across the Really Rather Good Coffee House ! Now with a business name like that it was well worth a go.

Don’t worry they serve tea as well as being a coffee house, phew!

With a menu of over 20 house chosen loose leaf teas I was more than surprised at the selection of teas on offer, considering its coffee house status. For my much needed afternoon pick me up I decided on trying their Summer Tea.

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For this blend the Really Rather Good Coffee House uses the following ingredients: black China tea, with natural apricot and strawberry flavours and cornflower and sunflower petals.

I love a flavoured black tea so I was very intrigued my this flavour combination. Upon opening the brewing tea leaves you are instantly engulfed with the fruity notes of the strawberries infusing with the floral tones of the cornflower and sunflower petals.

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The brewed liquid is of a lift brown colour which you’d expect to see with a black based tea. It’s lighter shade of tone could be down to less black tea within the blend or extra fruit and floral aspects.

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First sip is just beauTEAful !

I know I was desperate for a brew by this time but I think we are going to be on to a winner!

The tea is super light and refreshing! From a personal point of you I feel this tea is perfect without the need to add any milk. This doesn’t of course mean you can’t , as tea is unique and drank to how you like it

From this tea The strawberry flavour is very much in the forefront of the sipping taste. It has a slight peach Melba twang to it. With this being blended with apricot flavouring this could be a sign of why. What else I like about this tea is the floral depth. On first sip you are hit with fruity aspect of the flavours, but on second hit you get the floral side of the tea. Together

This tea like its name sake Summer Tea is just perfect with the warmer weather. Without the need to have milk it makes a refreshing afternoon tea. I’m also sure that with its flavouring it would make a lovely iced brew!

It also made a nice change to be given an extra jug of hot water , if you need it that is. Which was a really nice touch!

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Happy Sipping 🙂

If your looking for some where for lunch then make sure you pay a visit to Papakapis Deli. Their chicken Gyros will take you back to Greece ! Banishing any holiday blues!

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Whittard – Strawberry Serenade

Time for Tea Please?

What do most of enjoying lots more of than normal in the weekends, yup you’ve guessed it drink TEA!!!!!!!

Well I know I do anyway!

Plus any excuse to pop into my local Whittards to see what’s on offer. With christmas now a distant memory it’s time to try some new teas.

Today I’m sipping on Strawberry Serenade . It’s a been a bit of a blustery dull day today so the I was drawn to this tea based on its vibrant colour.

The tea combines : Apple, Hibiscus, 11% Rosehip, 8% Sweet Blackberry Leaves, Flavourings, 1% Strawberry Pieces, 1% Safflower Petals

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Pouring a little sample does mean the aroma can sometimes be a bit lacking but with this tea it’s fruity vibes hit you straight away. Mmmm berrylicious !

Considering the ingredients which make up the tea it is surprisingly strawberryish. However while sipping on the tea I feel more of the serenade side of the tea comes through and less of the strawberry. This isn’t a bad thing as its a lovely fruity boost to a dull day regardless and allows for the flavour of the other ingredients to sing through.

This tea is also very versatile as its a perfect hot or cold tea! Some fruity and warm for winter but ice cold for the summer would be perfect too.

Black Dog Teas – Honeydew Melon

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When a surprisingly local tea company to me got in contact with me about trying some of their tea it was never any doubt that I would love too! I’m all for shopping local and trying new independent tea companies so today I’m introducing you to Black Dog Teas .

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Black Dog Teas are “passionate about our products, and dedicated to giving you the very best, with a focus on quality and environmental awareness. Starting with around forty teas we want our customers to discover new tastes and blends with us. In an effort to reduce our impact on the environment we have ensured that all of our packaging is biodegradable or recyclable. With the belief that small changes can make a big difference, we have stripped away as much as we can. We don’t use labels for our branding, instead your teas will be packed to order and hand stamped”.

That’s one thing that sets Black Dog Teasapart from other tea companies. Their packaging is simple but very effective, with its unique hand stamping and use of recycled packaging it makes a unique impact. Here’s hoping the tea packs the same punch!

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Today I’m trying Honeydew Melon. For this tea Black Dog Teas blends: hibiscus, honeydew melon cubes (honeydew melon, sugar), grapes, pineapple flakes, papaya flakes, mango flakes, flavouring.

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As soon as you open the tea pouch you are engulfed in melonness. It’s super sweet and fruity in its dry aroma and theres even crystallised melon pieces, Yes I did just eat a piece and it was delicious. There’s even deed grapes and papaya flakes maybe I’ll save those for brewing rather than eating hehe.

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Let’s get brewing !

The aroma while brewing is is completely different to its dried aroma. While the tea brews the melonness that attacked you mellows out. It allows the hibiscus to come through, Mingled with all the other fruity notes.

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Plus the brewed liquid is a sensational colour, it’s deep and redy pink almost wine like in its colour.

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I am so surprised in how sweet the tea actually is. Especially with all its natural flavourings. If you need a sweet fruity pick me up this tea will certainly hit the spot.

The melonness is so surprising. It’s flavour is just spot on. It just shouts melon. I know their are melon pieces in but it really does taste like liquid melon! The use of the hibiscus just enriches that flavour. At times it has the prominent flavour but it works along side the melon. The use of the dried fruits just adds to the taste sensation. It just adds extra strength to the fruity tones a depth that works perfectly with hibiscus and allows melon to shine.

Another thing to add to this almost perfect blend (know ones quite perfect are they hehe) is that it’s one you can enjoy hot or cold and trying this tea in warmer weather ice cold I’m sure will be just as intense , punchy and thirst quenching.

So if you love your fruity teas then Black Dog Tea Honeydew Melon is a must try !

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Happy Sipping 🙂