Aldi Infusions

Time for Tea Please?
With the festiviTEAs in full swing sometimes a cup of tea is all you need, for a minute of calm, as an alcohol alternative or just because!

Today in Aldi I spotted there Aldi infusions tea range which they on,y,bring out at this time of year. Two in particular caught my eye the raspberry Prosecco and winter spice. Perfect for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Whittards – Christmas Tea

Time for Tea Please?

One thing I love about living near a Whittards is being able to pop in and try their teas. Particularly their festive ones so that I can share my thoughts with all of you. Today’s visit I was able to try Christmas Tea

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For this festive blend Whittards uses a base of Black Tea, 4% Orange Peel, 2% Cloves, Flavouring, Safflower Petals, Vanilla Pieces.

As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a brown colour. Unlike brewing at home you don’t get that engulfing aroma. However it is still possible to get a waft of the spice tones.

First sip and it certainly has tastes of Christmas. The black tea works perfectly with the cloves and orange peel. Reminding me of a satsuma in my stocking! (Surely everyone gets one in there’s?)

To add an extra depth of layer to the tea the vanilla almost sets off a slightly nutty tone, which means the tea keeps on giving!

The flavours in the tea add an alternative to other Christmas teas as out only uses cloves so stays away from full on spice and stays away from being more of a chai tea.

Plus the tea caddy it comes in just screams Christmas!

Happy Sipping 🙂

teapigs – peppermint leaves

Time for Tea Please?
Finding new ways to use tea is something I always like to do. So today i’m giving a mint hot chocolate a whirl using teapigs – peppermint leaves.tea. On opening the tea pouch you are engulfed with a very strong minty kick which I’m hoping is going to work perfectly within a hot chocolate.

Step 1
Brew the tea in a small amount of hot water for around 4 minutes (the longer you brew the stronger the mintness).

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Step 2
Which in two scoops of chocolate powder.

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Step 3
Top up with steamed milk and a sprinkle of cocoa

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Tada!
There you have it a homemade made mint hot chocolate minus the use of syrups.

Mmmm not going to lie it smells delicious chocolatey and minty all in its perfect glory. So close to Christmas I can’t wait to try it.

First sip is amazing . The mint tea isn’t at all overpowered by the chocolate like I thought it might. Instead it is a perfect match, the mint flavouring is crisp , fresh and powerful and holds it own.

The perfect winter warmer!

Happy Sipping 🙂