Twist – Orange and Lemon

Time for tea please?

Now we are full on autumn mode as well as being back in lockdown , taking time out for a cuppa is much needed. So when Twist Teas approached me about trying there teas of course I wasn’t going to say no !

Twist Tea

Twist Tea was found in January 2017 by the Kavanaugh family to create ( taken direct from website) something really innovative for lovers of tea and set about creating a range of the finest whole leaf teas, herbs and fruits, blended to delight taste buds and bring a smile to its drinkers.

They’ve “always loved tea. There’s nothing like it to lift the spirits and raise a smile, whether alone or with others, out and about or in the comforts of your own home”.

That sentiment is absolutely lovely especially at the covid would we find ourselves in.

To find out more info or to try their teas hit the link: https://linktr.ee/twistteas

Orange and Lemon

For this tea , Twist Teas blends : Apple Pieces, Rosehip, Hibiscus, Lemongrass (14%), Lemon Peel (12%), Orange Peel (7%), Orange Blossom (4%), Natural Flavouring .

On opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with citrus notes of the blend. The lemongrass is the shining light in its dry state.

The blend itself just looks tealicious!

Now this brew is part of Twist Teas cold brew range however I’m going to have it hot.

The aroma whilst brewing is a complete marriage of the two main ingredients the orange and lemon so it screams st.clements

I was rather shocked by the brewed liquid colouring of a pink shade but then remembered the hibiscus and rosehip within this tea blend.

Let’s get Sipping.

First sip is just tealicious.

The orange and the lemon are a match made in heaven. It screams St. Clements. For me it’s a 2 sip tea. At first the tea tastes of orange and then the after taste of the tea is lemon.

Despite the other ingredients within the blend they aren’t majorly noticeable. The odd occasions you can taste the use of the apple , hibiscus and rosehip it’s does change the sipping dynamic. However they are used more to support, enhance and enrich the flavour of the orange and lemon.

You can tell that this tea is made to be had cold as well as hot due to the strength of the blend. As well as the fact that the flavour stays the same strength throughout the whole cuppa.

I really enjoyed the drink as a hot brew but served ice cold or even as a cheeky cold spritzer it would be just BeauTEAful!

Happy Sipping 🙂

Avantcha – Majestic Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

We all know I love an Earl Grey Tea and today I get to try Avantcha’s blend Majestic Earl Grey.

Avantcha

Their mission : “To inspire people to embrace moments of peaceful, emotive togetherness and connection – with themselves and with their friends, families and communities, by providing the best, contemporary, sophisticated tea experience with superior taste and a concierge service” (direct from website).

I absolutely love their mission statement, it sums up some of my fave things that tea can do.

“Driven by a desire to marry traditional tea culture with modern sophistication – AVANTCHA is a tribute to the timeless sanctity of tea and a celebration of serendipitous moments on the palate.”

Celebrating tea , shared with people you love what more could you want ?!

To find out more info on Avantcha hit the link : https://uk.avantcha.com/

Majestic Earl Grey

For this blend Avantcha uses Organic Black tea, natural bergamot flavouring, organic marigold petals.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the distinct earl grey aroma with a punchy floral side.

How BeauTEAful does the blend look the yellow of the marigold looks super vibrant !

Let’s get Brewing!

Whilst brewing the aroma does slightly change from its dry state. The black tea comes through a lot stronger and the marigold petals intensifies even more.

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

Let’s get Sipping!

First sip is absolutely tealicious and I am hooked. It just tastes marvellous. The balance of the black tea with …. is on point. The floral side of the tea makes for a happy mellow sipping. It’s punchy and you know that it’s their but also allows the black tea to shine through too!

Another pleasing aspect to this tea is the flavour intensity. This tea unlike some tastes exactly the same throughout the whole sipping experience. It doesn’t get weaker or stronger but stays the same ensuring a lasting flavour.

This blend is a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

The Duchess Tea Store – Strawberry Cream

Time for Tea Please?

Today we are sipping a BeauTEAful blend sent to me to try from The Duchess Tea Store which is their blend Strawberry Cream.

The Duchess Tea Store (direct from website) “was inspired, of course, by the well-known story of Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As it was customary for the evening meal to be served very late, the Duchess complained of a “sinking feeling” in the mid-afternoon and requested that a pot of tea and light food be brought to her private chambers.”

Their “interest in the world of tea began with the fascination of visiting various tea rooms across the country. We quickly became tea afficionados and began sampling the many different flavors of tea. “

To find out more on The Duchess Tea Store hit the link : https://theduchessteastore.com

Strawberry Cream

For this blend The Duchess Tea Store uses Green Tea and Dried Strawberry pieces.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with powers of the strawberry. It’s super strong and punchy and then green tea side of the tea isn’t majorly noticeable in its dry state !

Let’s get brewing !

Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea does change from its dry state. The main aroma is that of the strawberry but now the green tea is starting to sing along with it.

As with most green teas the brewed liquid tends to be of a yellowy green nature but this one is slightly more than yellow most.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I am hooked ! Which for me is a bold statement when it comes to a green tea. I either love it or hate it, it’s my marmite of the tea world.

This tea is all about the strawberry. It’s way stronger than I expected it to taste as there wasn’t massively loads of dried strawberries within the loose leaf however that doesn’t matter. It’s super fruity and berry licious.

The fact that the green tea flavouring is only noticeable at the after sip makes you just want to keep sipping and sipping.

So if like me your not the biggest fan of green tea then this one is certainly for you !

Happy Sipping 🙂

The Duffy Tea Company – Midnight Snack

Time for Tea Please?

Morning , noon or night I can drink tea ! The only difference being what kind of tea depending on the time of day. Today thanks to The Duffy Tea Company I’m going to be trying their evening blend of Midnight Snack.

The Duffy Tea Company “supply high quality, superior grade loose leaf tea, Beverages and accessories across Ireland and worldwide our tea is high in flavour and tastes as good as it smells” (direct from website)

To find out more on The Duffy Tea Company hit the link https://www.theduffyteacompany.com

Midnight Snack

For this tea blend The Duffy Tea Company uses. Rosehip, apple pieces, hibiscus, Melissa, linden blossoms, lemongrass, natural flavour.

As soon as you open the tea pouch the main aroma is the Lemongrass and woody tones.

Let’s get brewing !

Made up a little tea bag !

Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t majorly change there is a bit more of the fruity notes of the apple and the hibiscus but the floral notes.

I love seeing the loose leaf tea grow!

With the combination of the ingredients it was hard to predict what the brewed liquid would be.

The brewed liquid as you can see is that of a redy brown tinge.

Let’s get Sipping !

On first sip I am intrigued. It doesn’t majorly taste like it smells. The lemongrass for me is now at the back of the sip and a more woody earthy taste is at the front. It has an almost pomegranate like taste to it.

For me as the tea cools the flavour of the tea actually gets stronger.

What I love about this tea is the reasoning of the use of Melissa and Linden blossoms both of which are known to “reduce anxiety, boost cognitive function, help ease insomnia and other sleep disorders” (from website)

It’s part of my evening routine to have a bed time tea so this is a perfect brew for me and there’s always something quite comforting knowing your sipping on a cup of magic. It’s like drinking calm.

Happy Sipping 🙂

House of Lilah – Tropical Escape

Time for Tea Please?

Today I’m going to be sipping on another blend from House of Lilah . This one being Tropical Escape . The name on its own is enticing enough, let along the brightly coloured design upon packaging.

At House of Lilah Creating teas that can either evoke memories or transport you elsewhere sip by sip ! To find out more about House of Lilah hit the link : https://www.houseoflilah.co.uk

Tropical Escape

For this blend House of Lilah uses : Chinese sencha (green tea), desiccated coconut , stevia, pineapple pieces (freeze-dried), mango flavouring, pineapple flavouring, coconut flavouring.

As soon as you open the pouch you are instantly engulfed with the aroma of the coconut and pineapple and very little else. Not that this is a bad thing as it screams piña colada.

Let’s Get Brewing !

The aroma whilst brewing doesn’t majorly change from its dry state the pineapple and the coconut are still the major players if anything it’s more fruity with the mango starting to coming through more.

With lots of loose leaf tea I love seeing the transformation of it. Those massive pieces weren’t in there to start with !!!!

Unlike other green tea based green teas the brewed liquid is a lot more yellow. Presumably down to the pineapple and mango within the blend.

Let’s Get Sipping!

One sip and your hooked. The tea itself is everything you smelt and more. The coconut , pineapple and mango are everything about this tea. Each sip just screams tropical paradise and brings the nostalgia to each sip.

Hot or cold this brew is the Piña Colada of teas. Having only had it warm so far it’s obvious too that this tea would be perfect iced or even as lemonade spritz on a warm summers night. Well any time really!

Despite this tea being a green tea , it’s probably the only flavour that you can’t taste! Now this isn’t a bad thing as sometimes green teas can be just too grassy. However I can’t even detect it at all but as it’s clearly in the blend at least we are still getting all the health benefits of it.

If I was to have one slight criticism of this blend is that it’s a little too sweet and without the stevia it may just allow the green tea to shine a bit more.

Don’t let that put you off trying this tea as it’s the perfect brew for any ParTEA especially for mocktails!

Happy Sipping 🙂

The Duffy Tea Company – London Fog Creamy Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

Tea for me is a drink that can be drank at any time of tea depending on mood and what time of day it is for me depends on what type of tea o will choose and thanks to The Duffy Tea Company I’m able to try London Fog Creamy Earl Grey. As you all know I’m a massive fan of an Earl Grey tea but what makes this one different is that it’s caffeine free.

The Duffy Tea Company “supply high quality, superior grade loose leaf tea, Beverages and accessories across Ireland and worldwide our tea is high in flavour and tastes as good as it smells” (direct from website)

To find out more on The Duffy Tea Company hit the link https://www.theduffyteacompany.com

London Fog Creamy Earl Grey

For this blend The Duffy Tea Company uses: Rooibos 91% , Lavender Blossoms, Vanilla Pieces 3%, Natural Flavours and Jasmine Blossoms. As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the distinct smells of rooibos and the lavender. It is very hard to detect the vanilla and jasmine within the blend at this point.

Doesn’t the loose leaf tea just look tealicious !

Let’s get brewing!

Whilst the tea is brewing the aroma is almost the opposite to its dry state where the vanilla is now the main aroma. With the slightly under lying floral notes of the jasmine and the lavender and for once the Rooibos isn’t the main smell which tends to be the case with tea blends which have it in.

The brewed liquid is of a brownie red in colouring.

Let’s get sipping!

First sip is just BeauTEAful. It’s not like any other tea I’ve tasted before. It has all the magic of an earl grey without sort of being one. As this tea is caffeine free instead of using the black tea normally an earl grey would this blend used Rooibos. Therefore you get the distinct Rooibos flavour. However through the use of the lavender , vanilla, and jasmine the flavour just screams earl grey.

I also love the strength of the lavender it’s super punchy yet instantly calming too. With the use of the vanilla the tea is perfectly sweet so need to add anything.

This blend is perfect hot or cold and is lovely refreshing. With being caffeine free this blend is perfect for any time of day especially if just need a moment of a calm it was almost like it has magic powers with its soothing qualities.

Happy Sipping 😀☕️

Clean Tea – Byron Bliss

Time for Tea Please?

Today’s tea review features Clean Tea and their Byron Bliss blend.

Clean Tea is a company that’s “creates blends from the heart, with our own hands, that we hope you enjoy, and will leave you feeling amazing.

Why Clean Tea? Because it is clean of chemicals or artificial flavours. Just organic, natural herbs and fruits in delicious beneficial flavours. Made with love from Byron Bay

Handcrafted and family operated by a mother and daughter team, we both have a love and passion for health and tea.” Info taken direct from their website.

To find out more or to try Clean Tea for yourself hit the link : https://cleantea.co.uk

Byron Bliss

For this blend Clean Tea uses the following ingredients : Lemon Verbena, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Spearmint, Orange Peel & Hibiscus.

As soon as you open the pouch your are instantly engulfed in a magnificent fruity aroma enriched with spearmint. It smells amazing and it’s making my mouth water just smelling it. It almost smells like one of my favourite cocktails a mojito!

Let’s get Brewing

Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea doesn’t majorly smell likes it’s dry state with the main smell being that of the spearmint. Which I’m quite surprised by.

Also surprised by the way the tea has brewed ! It looks like a planet !

After taking the brew ball out and giving it a little stir , the brewed liquid is that of a deep pink . It’s now that the aroma has changed again and it’s now the turn on the hibiscus and lemon to scream at you.

Let’s get Sipping

First sip and I am hooked ! It is just tealicious. It’s super fruity and enticing and you just want more and more of it. I can’t quite believe how well this blend works.

For me and you regulars of mine will know what I mean when I say it’s a 2 sip tea and heres another one of them!

First part of the sip is where the fruity magic happens. The hibiscus , orange peel and lemon verbena blend together in perfect harmony neither over power the other and together they provide and intense citrus berry fruity side of the tea. The second part of the sip is the spearmint which leaves you with a refreshing after taste an almost palette cleanser in preparation for the next sip.

The only ingredient within the blend that isn’t obviously tasted is that of the chamomile but there’s something almost magical in the sipping experience knowing that it’s there and it just adds to the calming effect of the sip.

This tea really is what it says on the tin it’s just bliss and I wouldn’t mind being in Byron bay sipping on this tea either !

Happy Sipping 🙂

The Duchess Tea Store – Lei by Earl

Time for Tea Please?

Most of you will know how much I love an earl grey tea so when The Duchess Tea Store offered me the chance to try their Lei by Earl I wasn’t going to say No!

The Duchess Tea Store (direct from website) “was inspired, of course, by the well-known story of Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As it was customary for the evening meal to be served very late, the Duchess complained of a “sinking feeling” in the mid-afternoon and requested that a pot of tea and light food be brought to her private chambers.”

Their “interest in the world of tea began with the fascination of visiting various tea rooms across the country. We quickly became tea afficionados and began sampling the many different flavors of tea. “

To find out more on The Duchess Tea Store hit the link : https://theduchessteastore.com

Lei by Earl

For this blend The Duchess Tea Store uses black tea, bergamot , coconut and pineapple.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with amazing flavours of the bergamot and pineapple and on further shaking of the bag the coconut reminds us of its presence.

Let’s get Brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing completely changes from is dried loose state. The bergamot aroma is prominently at the forefront of the aroma. Where as in the dry state it was more of a back seat. The coconut is still not massively there but the tropical feel to the tea that you get wouldn’t be there without it.

With any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown in its colouring.

Let’s get Sipping!

First sip is just tealicious. After the brewing aroma being lighter than its dry state I am amazed by the flavour of this tea.

It’s so refreshing ! The flavours really do add a tropical vibe to the tea and it’s over all taste. The flavours of the pineapple, coconut and bergamot are match made in heaven . They work in harmony together to provide and intense rich fruity flavour yet allowing the black tea to not be forgotten about too.

It’s also surprisingly sweet. I’ve not added any additional sweetening as I don’t like to spoil the natural flavours within the blend to allow the tea todo the talking.

I also think / recommend trying this tea cold/iced as it’s a light refreshing brew and would be perfect on a hot summers day nice and chilled.

The only thing missing from this tea is the tropical setting to go with it.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Mystic Brews Tea – Countess Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

Nothing beats coming home from a hard day at work to sipping on a brew. A moment of calm to have for yourself and unwind. Today I’m doing just that thanks to Mystic Brew Teas and their Countess Earl Grey.

Mystic Brew Teas is a tea company

Countess Earl Grey

For the blend Mystic Brew Teas uses Black Tea, Orange Pieces, Cornflower and Rose Petals, Lime Leaves and Natural Flavouring.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are engulfed with enticing flavours. The use of the Lemon and Lime pieces are majorly at the forefront followed by the floral tones of the rose and cornflower petals. You can’t overly smell the black tea at this point.

Let’s get brewing!

The aroma whilst brewing is light in its smell but florally with a side of lemon. It’s not so punchy compared to its dry state but hopefully it won’t disappoint on the taste side.

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

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is very intriguing. It’s not like any earl grey teas that I have tried before.

I am very surprised that the floral flavours within the blend are the main tastes. It adds an almost perfumey side to the tea that I didn’t expect. It has an added zing and sharpness from the use of the lime and orange pieces which increases the pleasure of the sipping experience.

However like it’s aroma the black tea bit is almost an after thought and flavour within the blend. This isn’t a bad thing at all it’s just unusual to have all the other ingredients within the blend be more prominent than black tea.

This tea is the perfect afternoon tea blend, it’s light and delicate and maybe I should be drinking it from a dainty tea cup rather than a mug.

The floral and fruity notes would work perfect with an afternoon / cream tea as it would cleanse the palette perfectly.

Happy Sipping 🙂

The Orangery Tea Rooms

Time for Tea Please?

One thing I’ve majorly missed during lockdown is visiting new places and finding new gems for a good ol cuppa.

So making the most of my weekends as I’ve been working throughout the whole pandemic I paid a visit to The Orangery Tea Rooms , which is based at Ketteringham Hall in Norfolk , England.

There falling full guidance to be covid safe so know-one needs to worry and it was very well signed it to keep the staff and visitors safe.

The Tea rooms itself is situated alongside the hall in some lovely grounds.

Cream Tea

After browsing the menu it wasn’t difficult to choose what I was going to try. So I went for the classic Cream Tea. I was very impressed that I was able to choose which tea i’d like to have with it. So of course I chose their Earl Grey.

Given the current climate all cream teas and their menu is takeaway only but when you’ve got lovely grounds to sit in , it wasn’t going to be an issue.

For a “takeaway” cream tea I was super impressed. Especially as it’s my first visit to the tea rooms I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Come on just look at that scone , I’ve tasted and baked enough scones to know that from just looking at that one it’s going to be tasty.

I’m a jam first person always ! Mainly because the cream sits better on the jam in my opinion and it just doesn’t taste the same to me eaten any other the way.

The scone was light well risen yet crisp in the right places for that perfect bite.

The Earl Grey to my surprise was an actually a homemade teabag filled with looseleaf tea. The Earl Grey was perfectly balanced in its floral bergamot tones. As always I drink my earl grey tea black to allow the tea flavours to sing.

You could have had any of the teas or hot drinks with the cream teas for any of you who aren’t tea drinkers, although I’m sure that doesn’t apply to any of you !!!!

For me when having a cream tea or an afternoon tea I tend to favour teas like earl grey or flavoured black teas as the freshness of the tea makes the taste of the food much nicer. However tea is unique to you so drink what ever you like !

I’d highly recommend paying a visit to the orangery as why wouldn’t you want to sit in the lovely grounds having a cream tea with good company on a lovely day.

Happy Sipping 🙂