TSA’ I- Mellow

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When TSA’I asked me to try their Greek inspired tea. I couldn’t say no! Greece is one of my favourite countries and there tea is known for its high quality and as well its health benefits.

TSA’I

Is a Greek inspired tea company. Greek tea is known for its antioxidant qualities and their essential oils which are known to boost immunity. For TSAI the benefits were to good to not share with us tea lovers. They source all their from Greece to make sure their tea is at its finest.

To find out more or to try this tea for yourself hit the link: https://www.tsaicollection.co.uk/

Mellow

(From website) Mellow is a mix of tea and spices that combine the four seasons of the year. It’s loaded with all the good stuff that your body and mind need. The antioxidants present in the tea helps to improve your heart’s health. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory and is believed to boost your brain function.

I’m always intrigued to try new teas that potential health benefits as it just adds to the sipping experience.

For this blend TSA’I uses: orange , cinnamon, black tea , pomegranate peels, cardamom, dried apple, cloves , coriander and pink peppercorn .

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly hit with sweet aromas of the orange , pomegranate and apple. It’s rich and fruity excentuated by the spiced notes of the cinnamon, pink pepper and cardamom. The black tea and coriander is almost not detectable.

Let’s get Brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing completely changes from its dry state where the fruity tones were the main players it’s now the turn of the black tea and spiced aspects of the tea to have there time to shine. It’s still has it’s hints of orange with a light fruity tang.

Considering that this blend has black tea in it I’m surprised at how orange this tea has brewed. It is slightly on the dark dusky side but still a nice orange haze.

Let’s get Sipping!

First sip and I am really surprised by this tea! This is partly because of the conflict between that of the aromas.

This tea is very much of the flavour of that of the tea when it’s in its dry state. It’s rich in its orange flavour and with the apple and the pomegranate within the blend it’s a like sipping on a hot fruity cocktail.

The use of the spiced aspects of the blend cinnamon, cardamom and coriander aren’t used to over the power the sipping experience but hence it. What I mean by this is , is that they add depth and warmth to each sip. It’s only in the after sip in which you get that slight spiced burn sensation.

This tea does exactly what it says it mellows you. The flavours and sensation that come with each sip of this tea is like a hug in a mug and it’s certainly a relaxing sipping experience.

It’s hard to even believe that there is any black tea in this blend. As you can’t taste it other than the brew being of a slightly dark orange you honestly can not tell it’s in the blend. Which isn’t a bad thing as it allows you to be able to really enjoy all the flavours this blend is made of.

If your looking for a tea blend that will allow you a moment of calm to “mellow” and relax then this is the tea for you.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Namara Tea – Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Cream

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As you should all know by now is that I love trying new teas and flavours and sharing them all with you ! When Namara Teas asked if I wanted to try their teas and their different flavours I was more than happy to oblige.

Namara Tea was founded in 2020 by Scott McNamara (hence the name) who like to try and create new things.

(Direct from website) Namara Tea is a farm-to-table tea company that aims at serving the finest artisanal tea to our clients. Namara Tea is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Our tea comes fresh right from the farms around the world. Quality is of utmost importance to us.

To find out more or to try their teas for yourself hit the link: https://namaratea.com

Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Cream

For this blend Namara Tea uses Ceylon Black Tea, Strawberry Pieces & Marigold flowers.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the aroma of the Strawberry and the Ceylon tea.

Let’s Get Brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing is very similar to that of its dry state. The strawberry does intensify and the vanilla notes from the marigold starts to come through.

As to be expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is that of a dark brown almost black in its colouring for this blend.

Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip and I need another before I can make up my mind. The aroma of the tea in its dry state and whilst brewing the strawberry is very much at the forefront. Where as on first it wasn’t as apparent as I was hoping for it to be. This could be down to brewing time or maybe not so many strawberry bits .

The marigold petals within the blend do bring a slight vanilla notes to the blend but with the weakness of the strawberry you do get ice cream vibes. It may be even an idea of adding some milk to this blend may add to the icecream side but for my own personal preference I prefer black based flavour teas without milk. However tea is how you want to drink it.

This tea due to its lightness in flavour would be prefer blend for a hot summers afternoon sip. It has refreshing notes and would also be a great palate cleanser.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Parallel Tea Co. – Yerba Mate & Guayusa

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As you all know I love trying out new teas and thanks to Parallel Tea Co. I’m able to share with you their Yerba Mate & Guayusa blend. I’ve not tried too much Yerba Mate before but if it’s popular with footballers then I’m keen to try it. As I do love my FooTEA hehehe.

Parallel Tea Co.

Co- Founded by Elysia & Genia, Parallel Tea Co. Was to them discovering a drink that was better for them than coffee. To find a long term fix rather than a short term sacrifice but with similar benefits but better for you!

(Direct from website) almost decade long exploration of ancient western and eastern plant medicines, herbs and remedies. Along the way we not only uncovered what we consider to be the most potent ingredients that eventually became the basis for our SuperTea blend.

We believe that under the right physical and mental circumstances everybody can unlock their optimal state of performance, something commonly referred to as “flow state”.

We engineered our original blend to help maximize people’s ability to help induce flow states in a way that your traditional caffeinated beverages are simply unable to do.

To find out more or to try their tea for yourself then hit the link: https://www.paralleltea.com

Yerba Mate & Guayusa

For this tea blend Parallel Tea Co. Uses; Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Guayusa, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Turmeric, Elderberry, Hibiscus Petals, Currants.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are hit with Yerba mate and the fruity notes of the elderberry , currants and Ashwagandha.

This blend has been designed with you in mind and has many qualities per sip (info direct from website)

1. Energy: Providing a natural and sustainable, energy boost without the jitters or crash

2. Clarity: Sharply enhancing clarity, lucidity and mental focus.

3. Wellness: Improving overall well being through a strong combination of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Let’s Get Brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing changes quite dramatically from its dry state. It’s not longer so sweet in its smell and the main aroma now is of the Yerba Mate with its almost grass like characteristics.

I was quite surprised by the brewed liquid colouring. It is of a darker brown in its colouring where as I was expecting it to be more green in its colouring.

Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip and I am very intrigued!

On first try the blend is quite peppery in its flavouring with some very earthy tones. This is partly down to the turmeric within the blend.

It’s more in the after taste that you really get the turmeric flavour mixed with the more fruity floral notes of the blend. With the elderberry

For me this blend is just about sweet enough. However parallel do recommend the use of honey if you prefer a sweeter brew.

I also love the qualities and benefits behind this tea which just adds something magical sip by sip!

Happy Sipping 🙂

The Bakers Box – Hot Cross Scone

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What’s the perfect pairing for a cuppa tea ! You guessed it a Scone!

Thanks to the lovely people at The Bakers Box I’m able to enjoy a scone and a brew as well as sharing it with you!

The Bakers Box

Baking doesn’t have to be complicated so that’s why “the baker” created Bakers Box . (Direct from website) “We take away all of the complexity involved in baking, including the endless trips to the supermarket.” And cupboards full of ingredients that you only use once!

(Direct from website) Food is about bringing people together, helping you feel good and letting you know you can actually cook! With the Baker’s Box, you can achieve all of this!

I will make baking simple, it’s my mission. #bakingmadesimple

What a great way to see baking !

To find out more or try for yourself the hit link : https://www.thebakersbox.co.uk

Hot Cross Scone

I’m trying out their Chocolate Fudge scones recipe as part of their Easter Range.

I do love a scone and eaten and baked many but can’t wait to get started.

Step 1

Mix with tour water to for a dough !

Step 2

Step 3

Roll your dough out and cut to your desired shapes!

Egg wash!

Step 4

Mix your pouch 2 with water

Pour into the piping bag

Pipe on your cross !

Step 5

Bake ! For approx 13 mins

Leave to cool and then enjoy!

Although this waiting for them to cool business was hard to resist hehe especially when they came out soooo massive ! So maybe make smaller ones or not !

These scones are absolutely tealicious!

There light and fluffy , soft on the inside with a light crispness on the outside.

The balance of chocolate and fudge is just perfect and they work so well together. Even where the fudge has caramelised it adds a lovely crisp sweet touch.

The actual scone dough itself is sweet enough but allows the fudge and caramel to bring its own sweetness and it’s a perfect harmony!

Enjoy with a mug of tea of your choice.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Strathearn Tea – Finest Earl Grey

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I love an Earl Grey Tea because of how versatile it can be and how a mug of it can just calm and chill. So when Strathearn Tea asked me to try some of their tea I knew their finest Earl Grey was the best place to start.

Strathearn Tea

Is a Scottish Tea Company based in Perthshire, born from the pandemic situation that paused the world, established in 2020 with a clear mission to give back as much as possible and to elevate “the classics” . Using over 20 years of expensive within events and catering to focus on tea.

(Direct from website) In a short space of time we have established charity links with the Terrence Higgins Trust and Kindness Glasgow Homeless Team, so every purchase you choose makes a real difference to others.

To find out more or to try for yourself hit the link: https://www.strathearn-tea.co.uk

Finest Earl Grey

For this blend Strathearn Tea : uses black tea flavoured with bergamot oil. Through using their dedicated processing to create their finest blend. Taking their method back to the traditional way of making an Earl Grey Blend.

Let’s Get Brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing doesn’t massively change from that of its dry state. As it brews the aromas of the bergamot is much more prominent and packing a punch.

Here’s hoping it tastes as good as it smells as I do love an earl grey tea !

As to be expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is that of a brown colouring . It’s not quite as dark as I would expect it to be but that doesn’t necessarily represent the strength on the blend.

Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip and I am very surprised. I know I said the colour may be deceptive but I very much happily surprised by the punch of this blend. When Strathearn Tea said finest they did mean finest !

Each sip is light and refreshing the brew itself isn’t heavy on the palate at all.

I always drink earl grey without milk as personally I feel it changes the taste too much for me and I want the tea todo the talking. However if you want to add milk you go for it tea as always is unique to its drinker.

I really am also surprised by how much the bergamot comes through with each sip. The reasons I’m very pleasantly shocked is because Strathearn Tea make their earl grey the traditional way with purely just bergamot oils. This isn’t a bad thing as the flavour you fully expect from an earl grey tea is very much there and very much in your face.

The black tea and the bergamot oil work in harmony together so each sip is a working balance of the two flavours and aromas. Neither over power the other or is weaker than the others in its taste to each sip.

With spring on it’s away and the prospect of outdoor socialising this tea is going to be just perfect.

Plus with its palate cleansing qualities it’s the perfect partnership for an afternoon tea / tea party.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Me Tea – Mindful Me

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I’m sure it’s the same for many of you but for me taking the time for a cuppa tea means having a moment of me time , a time to pause or reflect for a minute of calm. Thanks to Me Tea I’m able to try their Mindful Me.

Me Tea

Hannah, David and our Cockapoo Gus, the faces behind Me Tea.

(Direct from website)
We started Me Tea as we believe tea is not only a great drink, but it provides a sense of escapism, comfort and reassurance. During lockdown we started drinking a lot of tea and it was always to match our mood, whether it was…

Tea to wake up…🔋
Tea to sleep…😴
Tea to feel calm…😌
Tea to make us feel good..🤩

“When life is busy it makes the reason for why we started Me Tea even more important, to reclaim “time for me”” which I couldn’t agree with more!

10% of Mindful Me tea profits are donated to a range of mental health Charites. Which is such a great sentiment knowing your drinking tea for your own mental health while doing your bit towards helping others with theirs.

To find out more or to try Me Tea for yourself hit the link: https://www.me-tea.co.uk/products/me-tea-sample-pack

Mindful Me

For this blend Me Tea uses: 100% organic Ingredients: Quince, date (date, rice flour), apple, fig (fig, rice flour), grape (grape, vegetable oil), orange peels, natural flavouring, apple quarter, pomegranate, cardamon, goji berry, strawberry, chokeberries, lavender, marigold, mallow, cornflower blue, rose petals, elderflowers, cudweed.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with intense orange tones. It’s very sweet in its aroma almost like opening a bag of pick a mix.

It’s only upon further sniffing that your able to make out the quince and floral aspects within the blend.

Let’s Get Brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing isn’t too dissimilar to that of its dry state. The orange is still at the forefront but notes of the elderflower and cornflower are starting to show more too.

The brewed liquid is of a yellow in its colouring. With all the different ingredients I wasn’t too sure what the colour would be but it’s like a ray of sunshine and I’m hoping this blend will be like that too.

Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip is a lot light than I expected. The flavour is just lovely but doesn’t start off as strong as it could do. It gets more intense as you sip so I’d advise keeping the loose leaf in an infuser/homemade tea bag whilst drinking. The packaging does recommend a brew time of 15 minutes.

The main and most distinct flavour sip by sip is that of the blood orange. However with all the other fruit flavours and florals working along side together it’s almost like a tutti frutti combination.

It’s very naturally sweet and is giving sherbet vibes from the combination of the fruit and sweetness that mixed together it brings.

This is also the perfect blend to drink not just hold but cold the flavour is that nice and mood lifting that it would be lovely either way and even maybe infused strong and with lemonade and ice for a little spritz.

The tea itself could be very versatile depending on what mood you are in.

The tag line for this tea:

“Find a moment to yourself to reflect, find calm and to be mindful”

Which just fits this tea perfectly. The ray of sunshine that this tea brings allows your mind to relax and become engrossed in its flavour and be in the moment and have some times for yourself.

Happy Sipping 🙂

House of Medusa – Black Tea With Forest Fruits

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Most of you should know by now how much I love a flavoured black tea so when House of Medusa offered me the chance to try their Black Tea with Forest Fruits I was more than happy too! Even more so when it was coming to me from Belgium.

House of Medusa

House of Medusa is a tea company in Belgium but don’t worry they do post internationally ! They specialises in making sure the products are honeys and fair and make sure their products are of the finest quality. Producing a tea that is bespoke.

To find out more or to try their tea for yourselves hit the link: https://www.houseofmedusa.be

Black Tea with Forest Fruits

I absolutely love the effect of the packaging the shiny black with turquoise and black detailing and the bold image is really effective. The branding is perfectly matched to their namesake.

For this blend House of Medusa uses Black tea, strawberry, raspberry, blackberries, currants, blackberry leaves , strawberry leaves and natural aroma.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with fruity berry aromas of the dried strawberries , raspberry, blackberries and currants. It’s really strong and enticing and starts to get the mouth watering.

Let’s get Brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing isn’t massively different to its dried loose state. If anything the berry’s are now becoming hydrated and more intense but the black side of the tea is starting to be more apparent too. Which I’m hoping this will be how it tastes too.

Love being able to see the berry’s rehydrating and adding colour to the blend.

As to be expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is that of a dark brown in its colouring.

Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip and I am hooked.

This tea does exactly as it smells. Now that may sound weird but what I mean is that the intense berry aroma is at the forefront of the taste with the black tea being the supporting act.

All the berry’s work together in perfect harmony rather than one coming out on top over powering the others. So it really does scream forest fruits it reminds me very much of a summer pudding with the all mixed berries blended as one.

With flavoured black teas I always choose to drink black and wouldn’t add milk to it. Although as teas unique to you , drink with or without depending on your personal tastes. The use of the fruit within the blend adds a lightness to each sip which is natural in its sweetnesses. It also takes away any bitterness that may come from the black tea.

The use of the berry flavours and the black tea compliment each perfectly so therefore would work as an enjoyable cup of tea or alongside different flavours sweet or savoury foods. Making each sip refreshing, with its palate cleansing qualities and would work perfectly with an afternoon tea.

It’s rare to find teas that are just what they say are but House of Medusa has managed it.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Femini-Tea – Pu Erh Sweet Romance

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Love is in the air ! With Valentine’s Day having just been on Sunday it only seemed appropriate to have a love themed tea. Thanks to the lovelies at Femini-Tea for sending me their Sweet Romance blend to try.

Femini-Tea

Femini-tea was founded by Diána Cxapáry in 2019 while studying and realised the complexity about being a Women and wanting to others to understand their own feminist rather than vein anxious or conflicted by the female form. So she founded Femini Tea an online blog and store for and about women aiming to nourish and empower relationship between our bodies and tea learning ways to explore and nourish.

To find out more information for yourselves hit the link: https://femini-tea.com/

Sweet Romance

For this blend Femini-Tea Pu Erh red tea, apple, fennel, nettle leaves, pomegranate seeds, rosehip, figs, red rose, moringa, manuka honey, naural aromas.

As part of Femini-Tea ethos is to use ingredients with added powers. Pu Erh red tea has slimming and feel good properties, Rose petals are known to help with period pains and the honey isn’t used just for its sweetness but also its anti inflammatory properties. I’m all for a tea with benefits so can’t wait to try.

Let’s Get Brewing!

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed in fruity floral aromas. With an underlying earthyness of the Pu Erh mixed with the fennel and it’s liquorice hints.

I just love watching the blend brew especially when it expands and comes alive.

The aroma whilst brewing completely changes from its dry state. The best way that I can describe the aroma and this may sound found is that is very close to that of jelly with the teas sweet and fruity notes. With an underlying hint of the Pu Erh.

The brewed tea is of a browny red colouring almost like rust which is to be expected with the use of the Pu Erh red tea.

Let’s Get Sipping!

I’ve not drank a lot of Pu Erh tea so wasn’t massively knowing what to expect so was happy to be surprised. The earthyness that you could smell within blend and even more so when it brewed is there from first sip and brings an almost like cocoay side to the taste of the tea. Mixed along side the fennel seeds which adds not just a spiced side to the tea but it also helps to enhance the flavours of the other ingredients.

The use of the flavours both fruity and floral wise don’t come across as an individual. They are very much a blended as one mix.

The tea is also quite sweet in its flavouring which is the main way that the Manuka Honey really screams and let you know that it is there.

Through this combination of the cocoay earthy notes the fruity and floral tonnes with the added help of the honey has given the tea an almost syrupy taste. The closest flavouring that it reminds me of is of a mix of jelly and grenadine. Which mixed with the Pu Erh works wonderfully. They flavours work together rather than against making it an enjoyable sip.

This tea is nothing like any I’ve tried before and with the qualities that the tea has in relation to health it makes it even more enjoyable.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Fen Tiger Botanicals – Lemon & Ginger Ceylon Tea

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Sitting down to a brew is one of my fave lockdown things todo. A moment to myself. Today I’m sipping on a tea by Fen Tiger Botanicals a tea company that was actually formed thanks in part to Covid.

Fen Tiger Botanicals

Fen Tiger tea started as an idea during the start of the covid pandemic. Where Keith and Paul’s Our existing business had been hard hit in April 2020 and we needed to pivot and pivot fast. With Paul’s love for tea and Keith’s knowledge within the food industry Fen Tiger Botanicals was formed.

(Direct from website) “Specialising in a range of teas that complemented the sustainable and ethical stance of our main company Organeco Ltd.

All of our teas are sourced from members of the Ethical Tea Partnership and where possible are certified organic.

At the end of the day, we love tea and we hope you will love our tea just as much.”

Well it’s a good job I do love so looks like I fit criteria ! Hehe

To find out more or to try Fen Tiger Botanicals for yourself hit the link:https://www.fentigerteas.com

Lemon & Ginger Ceylon Tea

The packaging for the tea is truly unique to Fen Tiger. Their image is clear and it’s bold and eye catching. Plus loving the matching ribbons for extra effect.

Opening the tea pouch you are met with a vaccum sealed pack holding the tea bags.

For this blend Fen Tiger Botanicals uses: Luxury black tea, Natural dried pineapple, Lemongrass, Ginger pieces, Calendula and sunflower petals, Natural flavours.

Upon opening the pack you are instantly engulfed with the spiced notes from the ginger with the citrus undertones of the lemon. The Ceylon aroma adds an extra depth to the blend and balance the aromas of the others.

Let’s get Brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing doesn’t massively change from its dry state. The ginger and lemon are still the strongest in their aroma however the Ceylon black tea is much more prominent.

Like most teas that contain Ceylon the brewed liquid is of a coppery brown in its colouring.

Let’s get Sipping!

First sip and I am hooked. It’s quite rare to find a tea that does exactly what it says on the tin (or in this case pouch).

The balance of the main three ingredients lemon, ginger and the Ceylon work in a perfect harmony all along side each other but in perfect balance.

Sometimes black teas with flavouring can over power the other ingredients but this isn’t the case. It adds an almost lightness and refreshing aspect to the blend. It’s subtleness doesn’t take away from the tea but compliments it as it allows all the ingredients to sing.

The use of the calendula and sunflower petals is almost unnoticeable in its flavour within the tea but their use adds a further lightness to the tea which will compliment the black tea so it’s not so harsh on the palate.

This is also one of those teas that you know of you forget to drink it (not that that happens often) would be just perfect served over ice and drank on a hot day or mixed with a lemonade for a tea fizz. As it’s such versatile on its flavour it would work well hot or cold.

Although as it’s a frosty day in January hot hot hot it is! Grab a blanket get cosy and think of warmer times.

Happy Sipping 🙂