Afternoon Tea – The Assembly House

Time for Tea Please?

For my friends 30th Birthday we treated her to a surprise afternoon tea at The Assembly House, in Norwich! Like most of you tea lover we do love a spot of afternoon tea.

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Even so when the sweet treats were themed to the seasons.

Other than the sweet treats, sandwiches , scones and hot appetisers choosing the perfect tea to coincide was essential. After consulting the tea menu….

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I settled on Lavender Black.

Let’s get brewing !
Upon receiving the teapot you can self brew, the tea is loose within the tea pot and then you have your tea strainer to catch the loose leaf as you pour.

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Taking the lid of the tea pot to smell the aroma you can instantly tell why it’s got it’s name as the lavender is very much doing the talking over the black tea.

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As you can see like with any black based tea the brewed liquid is that of a dark brown colour.

First sip is just tealicious. The use of the Lavender is just perfect! The floral side to the brew just adds an added depth and intrigue to a normal black tea. I’ve had lavender in more herbal style teas but it’s almost like it pushes the taste boundaries working alongside each other. There’s just something about it that just works.

Drinking this tea black, to me makes it work perfectly with all the different flavour combination that the afternoon tea has. The lavender works like a pallet cleanser allow not just a refreshing sip but also allowing the food to be enjoyed without the tea being over powering.

It makes the sipping experience even more teatastic because the lavender is also grown and dried in Norfolk where I am so it’s just that little bit more special.

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Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Nisi – Camomile and Lavender

Time for Tea Please?

Nisi is a tea company based in Greece. They are a natural tea and herbs specialists. Focusing on the beneficial properties of Greek nature without any chemicals. Using the purity and potency of herbal healing. Nisi believes that sipping tea can be more than just a pleasure to sip on but also have many health benefits.

Today I’m sipping on two of their ingredients to make my own blend. Their Camomile and Lavender.

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Their Camomile tea is grown in Greece and tends to have a more sweet and earthy taste to it compared to camomile grown in other countries. As its produced locally it allows Nisi to know that due to the nutrient rich grounds it’s grown in allows extra strength within the ingredients.
As I like to drink my camomile primarily in the evening Nisi suggested to add some lavender to the blend, which I’m going to give a try. Like the camomile its locally sourced/grown in highly, nutritious soil for the best yield.

Let’s get brewing !

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In my infuser I firstly filled it with camomile, of which smelt super powerful in its flavour and I’m very much hoping it tastes that way too. I then popped it in the mug and filled it with water. I then added in two sprigs of lavender and left it for a few minutes to infuse.

While brewing the aroma intensified with the richness of the camomile and the lavender it was mixing together perfectly and was certainly getting the taste buds going.

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After brewing I removed the lavender and the infuser and was left with a light yellow brewed liquid.

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First sip and wowzer what a punch !

The camomile taste just shines through. Due to the naturalness of the dried camomile its flavour is very strong. It may even be the the strongest tasting camomile I’m yet to try. The flavour is so pure and rich it really is a taste sensation.

With the use of the two sprigs of lavender it provides a perfect side balance. It’s just enough to allow the lavender to add a delicate flavour to the sip so that it doesn’t over power the camomile. It works in harmony with up the camomile adding a further floral undertone.

Combined together the camomile and lavender just works. The richness and strength of the blend is just amazing and will knock your socks off. Yet it also has a pure smoothness which adds further pleasure to the sipping experiences which just exquisite. Wether this down to the pureness of the ingredients or some magical Greek goodness!

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tick Tock – Bedtime

Time for Tea Please?

A major part of my evening routine is a nice mug of caffeine free tea. Especially if the tea has properties that may help me sleep better. Today I’m trying Bedtime by Tick Tock . Which is part of their new wellbeing range. Isn’t the packaging just cute? it certainly caught my attention on the supermarket tea shelf.

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For this tea Tick Tock blends: Camomile, apple, rooibos, honeybush, lemon balm, liquorice, lavender, aniseed, blackberry leaves.

The idea behind the tea is the blending of ingredients to provide a relaxing and unwinding experience in preparation for bed time.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly able to hit with the floral notes of the lavender with a mixture of the distinct Rooibos tea along with a slight aniseed tang.

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Let’s get brewing!

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The aroma whilst brewing isn’t too dissimilar from that of its dried, other than the smell of lemon balm.

I wasn’t too sure what colour the brewed liquid of the tea would be. The reasoning behind this being that a Rooibos based tea tends to have a brownie red tinge to it. With the mix of the other ingredients is has more of a yellowy brown tinge to it.

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First sip is intriguing.

There isn’t exactly one ingredient that screams out louder than another one. Instead it’s an intriguing mix of all the flavours. There are times when the lavender, lemon balm and aniseed have a stronger taste than others. Which was slightly disappointing considering I love a camomile and Rooibos based tea.

However I don’t know wether it’s because I know it’s meant to be a bed time tea but I can certainly feel myself becoming slightly more relaxed while sipping on it. Hopefully the same desired effect will help you also.
To find out more, or to try , hit the link below!
https://ticktocktea.com/products/tick-tock-wellbeing-bedtime

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

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Debonair Tea Co. Persian Chai

Time for Tea Please?

Today’s Tea Tuesday tea review is brought to you thanks to the lovelies at Debonair Tea Co.

Debonair Tea Co. Is a family run tea company founded by Louisa and Phil Johnson as they were tired of seeing both poor and good quality tea served badly! Their mission to “make exceptional tea a daily pleasure”.

From starting as a pop up tea bar to meeting the demands of retailers the Debonair Tea Company soon expanded to sourcing and creating over 30 unique teas and infusions. Louisa is also the first person o achieve accreditation as a tea sommelier from the UK Tea Academy.

The tea company gets it name from its inspiration for high quality teas and infusions but also for the couples 1968 Bedford Debonair CA van.m

To find out more about Debonair Tea Co. Hit the link below.
https://www.debonairtea.co.uk

Today I’m sipping on their Persian Chai.

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For this blend Debonair Tea Co. uses : Chinese Rose Congou Black Tea (54%), Spices (39%) (Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fennel), Rose Petals, Lavender.

Doesn’t it just look beauTEAful !

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the floral tones of Rose and Lavender with the spicy notes blended together to add the spiced kick to the blend. It’s only on a massive big sniff that the black tea starts to sneak out. I am more than intrigued by what this tea is going to taste like given the ingredients which makes it.

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Let’s get brewing !

While brewing the aroma is very much a mixture of toasting spices with some floral undertones. More than ready for my first sip now.

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First sip is just exquisite !

I’ve never sipped on a tea quite like it. Especially a chai tea.
There’s just something perfectly balanced between the use of the rose and that of the herbs and spices which make up this blend.
The sweetness of the Rose almost magically hides any spicy aspects which can be found within some chai blends. Allowing an almost perfect match.

I wondered if the use of Rose within the chai blend may be hidden by the powerful ness of the flavour of Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon and Fennel but somehow it works alongside each other perfectly. With the added extra of the lavender it just adds perfectly to the overall blend.

There’s just something Magic about this tea and I don’t know how Debonair Tea Co have managed it but I’m sure glad they have !

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Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

The Tea Junction

Time for Tea Please ?

Over the weekend, along with my sister I paid a visit to The Tea Junction, based in The Castle Mall, Norwich.

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They are an independent tea and coffee house providing loose leaf tea and teabags and freshly roasted and ground coffee. Me being me it was all about the tea!

The Tea Junction has over a 100 different types a available too. From sitting in and trying you’re brew/ flavour of choice, to a take home bag of loose leaf tea. They even have Tea menus so that you can specifically chose a Tea to suit you.

After spending a good 5 minutes deciding on which tea to try we went for an Earl Grey Reserve and a Norfolk Lavender.

The Teas

IMG_2158What I love about the tea junction is you can brew the tea for as long as you want so that the strength is perfect for you.ย 

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Earl Grey Reserve
So my sister went for a mug of Earl Grey Reserve but there was no way I wasn’t trying it! This blend of early grey has added zesty ness with bergamot oils. While it brews you can smell the fruity ness as well as seeing the orange segments. The bitterness of the earl grey is sweetened by the Orange and lemon peel. My sister chose to drink her tea black as that’s how she like it but I agree with her that earl grey is better served without milk to allow the full flavour of the tea to shine through.

Norfolk Lavender
Keeping it local I decided to try the Norfolk Lavender. This tea blends together Chinese teas with that of Norfolk lavender and Vanilla. The aroma is definitely that of lavender with the under tones of black tea leaf. My sister said it smells of Palma violets ! . It’s delicate and rich in flavour the lavender is just perfect and really sets off the black tea.ย Lavender is known for its calming qualities and it was certainly a tranquil and relaxing experience being able to sit sipping my tea. Pure Bliss.