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 🙂

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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 🙂

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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 🙂

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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 🙂

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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 🙂

Teapigs – Strong Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

Today I’m introducing you to teapigs strong earl grey ! I love earl grey tea and I always brew it extra to make It as strong as possible, so I’m hoping this tea is going to be perfect for me . I choose to drink early grey black but if you want to add milk to it then go for it . Tea is unique and you must enjoy it they way you like it.

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Brewing the tea for around 4 minutes before I take my first sip the water is enthused a dark brown and the classic early grey aroma is wafting I. My direction before I’ve even tasted it.

It is lovely ! It’s light and refreshing despite its strong intensity. It’s nice to have a tea that is strong on first impact rather than having to keep the tea bag in for the duration. It’s making me feel all calm and relaxed and the bergamot blended with …… Is just perfect ! It’s really hitting the spot !!!!!! To be honest I could just sit and smell this tea all day long as I adore the smell of earl grey.

Pandoras Kitchen

Time for tea please ?

For lunch today I decided to pay a visit to Pandoras Kitchen, in Norwich. They have a lovely selections of teas, coffee and hot chocolates as well sweet and savoury treats.

As part of the Norwich Lanes it is a independent business and seeing as today is small business day it only seemed appropriate to support a local business.

Being the tea fan that I am I wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity to have a lot of one their loose leaf today’s ! In need of warming up I went for blue lady grey! Of which I drink black, but tea is unique to you and if you choose to add milk/sugar then that’s up to you.

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The blue lady grey is a slight twist on the normal lady grey which mixes bergamot and lemon with added blue mallow flowers. A light and delicate tea which combines together for pleasurable drinking.

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I absolutely love that Pandoras kitchen uses cute teacups and saucers and aren’t afraid to mix them up which adds to the charm of the place.

Part of Pandoras kitchen ethos is to use locally sauced ingredients and as I was there for lunch I had to try their roast in the bun! It is nearly Christmas after all !

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Roast in a bun consists of apple sauce, pulled pork, stuffing, a Yorkshire pudding and gravy . It was amazing! The only thing missing was a roast potato ! But who needs to be greedy hey! It was beautifully handcrafted and presented and by most means delicious.

It is a must have if you’re visiting Pandoras kitchen! With its warm and cosy setting and dedicated knowledgable staff it’s a gem of the Norwich Lanes!

Twinings – loose leaf Lady Grey

Time for tea please?

I’m trying out my brand hew glass teapot today ! And what better way to try it than with twinings lady grey .

It’s my first use of my loose leaf teapot and I have to say I’m rather excited

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Adding 1 and half teaspoons of loose leaf tea,and adding hot water the lady grey is brewing ! The plus side of using the teapot for loose leaf is that I can leave it in take it out easily depending on the strength. I love the growing flavour in intensity you can get by leaving the loose leaf in for the duration of the pot.

I love this tea as I can drink it black and the plus side to this earl grey is the fruity peel which enhances the experience !

I was a bit worried about bits getting in my tea, but the wholes were just the right size and minimal bits were left in the mug.

After my first use I can’t wait to use it again with more loose leaf tea!