Rare Tea Co. – Lemon Verbena and Lemongrass

Time for Tea Please?

It’s that time of year when only certain types of tea are hitting the spot and thanks to the Rare Tea Co. I’m able to sip on there Lemon Verbena and Lemongrass.

Rare Tea Co.

Their “aim is simple; to source and supply the world’s best tea, directly from farmers and their tea gardens”. We travel the world in search of unique tea gardens and the skilled men and woman who craft the finest tea – where each harvest captures the most delicious flavours that their particular corner of the world can offer. (Direct from website) .

To find out more or to try Rare Tea Co. Hit their link : https://rareteacompany.com asda

Lemon Verbena and Lemongrass

I love the packaging that Rare Tea Co. Uses the tin makes perfect for reusable purposes but the packaging is also bold and effective. It certainly makes me want to try it.

Let’s Get Brewing

For this blend the Rare Tea Co. Uses Vibrant Lemongrass from Sri Lanka and Malawi which has been blended with soft, smooth Malawian Lemon Verbena.

As soon as you open the tea pouch as opposed to the tin you are instantly engulfed with distinct lemony aromas of the lemongrass and the verbena.

For brewing this blend I’ve decided to make my own tea bag with a reusable cloth tea bag.

Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t massively change from its dry state. Other than it’s not as sharp/ harsh in its smell.

As to sort of be expected with a tea blend that contains lemongrass and lemon verbena the brewed liquid is of yellow colouring.

Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip is just wow!

This blend is super punchy and full on with its flavour. The lemongrass and the lemon verbena are a perfect match . They continuously work together to provide flavour and contrast.

The Lemongrass packs a super punch full of flavour but the smoothness of the Lemon Verbena adds soothing tones to balance the tang that you can get from the use of lemongrass.

This blend is tealicious sip by sip and it’s perfect for a flavoursom tea that soothes sip by sip and life as we know it calls for a much needed moment of calmness. Thanks Rare Tea Co. For making a blend that does exactly what it says on the tin!!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

Clean Tea – Zest

Time for Tea Please?

Today we are sipping on Zest a tea blend by Clean Tea.

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

Zest

Upon open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with a punch of lemon. Considering the three types of lemon based ingredients within the blend it’s hardly surprising but it appeals to the senses and it has mouth watering capabilities.

For this blend of tea Clean Tea combines :Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Peel and Ginger.

Let’s Get Brewing!

As soon as the boiling water hits the loose leaf tea the magic happens. The aroma doesn’t massively change other than the lemon grass becoming more prominent, compared to the dry state.

The brewed liquid is of a yellow colouring.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I am hooked. I do love the use of lemon in teas and this just BeauTEAful. The ingredients of the tea blend together just perfectly. Sometimes I find that teas that rely on lemongrass for its lemonness can almost be harsh in its flavour but with this tea it’s not the case.

This tea manages to be zingy without the sharpness a lemon could normally bring you because of this you can’t help going back for more.

Mellow Yellow comes to mind when sipping on this tea. It’s a calm and relaxing tea to sip on but also punchy and refreshing. It takes you away to a dreamy place. Seeing as I can’t travel anywhere at the moment a nice warm beach would do. Ahh bliss.

Having this tea as cold brew would definitely be worth a try on a hot summers day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Teabury – Rosy Lemon Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

Nothing beats a cup of tea and there’s nothing more than I love doing than sipping on a mug of tea especially in the afternoon. For some reason I always choose a tea that I can have without milk. So therefore any flavoured back tea is right up my street. Thanks to Teabury able to try their Rosy Lemon Earl Grey.

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Teabury‘s motto is ‘Keep it simple’. Therefore chose to not use artificial flavours. “We love nature and all its beauty, colours, smells, tastes and goodness. We ask the question ‘Why flavour something artificially when there is so much natural beauty and goodness around?” To allow there natural ingredients to do the talking. To ensure there tea has intensity of flavour each tea is hand blended in small batches, with love and care. As to Teabury Happiness certainly is tea in a cup!

To find out more hit the link below:
https://teabury.com

With happiness it can certainly be found within a cup of tea, so let’s get the kettle on.

Rosy Lemon Earl Grey

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For this blend Teabury uses Earl Grey Loose Leaf Black Tea, Lemon Balm, Lemon Grass, Lemon Verbena and Rose Petals. Not only does it look beauTEAful it also smells it to. The use of the lemon grass combined with the Rose just adds a shuttle fruity floral note which I hope will only intensify when brewed.

Let’s get brewing!

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The aroma whilst brewing does exactly as I hoped and although the black tea is a prominent the use of the lemon grass really starts to sing with the floral notes of Rose peeping through too.
As expected with a black based tea the brewed tea liquid is that of a dark brown in colour.

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First sip is just tealicious. For an earl grey tea it is fairly light in its intensity o being a black tea, this could have been down to my brewing time or the kind of black tea that Teabury use. As previously stated I choose to drink earl grey black and this too can effect flavour. However do not for one minute think that the intensity effects the pleasure in drinking this tea.

The reasoning for me saying this is because of the way the black tea has brewed it really allows the other flavours to sing and work alongside the earl grey for the perfect sip. Too often does the black side of the tea over power the more delicate flavours within the tea blend, yet with this tea it doesn’t. I absolutely love rose within tea blends and aided by the lemon grass its a match made in heaven. It’s certainly brightening up my afternoon.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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ASDA – Lemon Meringue

Time for Tea Please?

I love trying new teas and from any brand and all sorts of price ranges. So this weekend while visiting the grandparents I was more than surprised when my nanny pulled out a box of Lemon Meringue tea bags by ASDA. I’ve been expanding their tea range over the last few years so was more pleasantly surprised that my tea insights might be paying off.
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As you can see packaging is super cute and bright and covered in Lemon Meringue Pies, which just happens to be one of my favourites.

Upon opening the tea pouch, wowzer !!! The aroma is super powerful and very lemony !
Best get that kettle on before my mouth starts watering.

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Let’s get brewing !

While brewing the aroma only intensifies and the zingy lemoness is increasing. Let’s hope it tastes as good as it smells.

As to be expected from a lemon tea the brewed liquid is a dark yellow.

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First sip , yum!

The lemon certainly packs a punch, unlike sucking on an actual lemon with its sharp tang (you know the face pull) it is surprisingly sweet and rich. Almost naturally too sweet but hey this is meant to be a mug of lemon meringue tea which is perfectly sweet. It’s smooth, intense and certainly full of flavour. For what some people will label a supermarket tea it doesn’t lack flavour and for a caffeine free tea it certainly has a punch. All it’s really missing is a meringue on top.

This tea also screams cold brew, it’s lovely hot but I have a feeling ice cold will be amazing too!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Ace Tea – the Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

Nothing beats coming home on an afternoon and sitting down to a mug of tea. Today I’m sipping on the Earl Grey by Ace Tea London.

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The packaging is so unique and has been inspired by William Morris and his textile designs. It just adds to their tag line “Untraditionally English”. For me Earl Grey tea shouts a British Classic so hopefully I’ll be feeling extra patriotic while sipping on this tea.

Upon opening the tea pouch , you are instantly hit by the vibrant punch this tea brings. You can see the bergamot , and the other citrus peel within the blend. I’m really hoping this tea is as strong as its aroma.

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Let’s get brewing!

The brewed aroma hasn’t overly changed from its dry state. It’s still a mixture of floral and fruity tones with tea scent in the back ground.

As expected from a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown state with an almost amber tinge. I chose to drink earl grey black, as that’s the way I prefer it but if you want to add milk you go for it.

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First sip and what a punch!

It is lovely and strong, just the way I like it. I chose to brew the tea for around 3 minute mark. This for me was the perfect brewing time, as I was after a strong flavour but not too strong (sometimes it takes a few attempts to get the perfect brew time).

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For such a strong brew I was amazed at how light it almost was, not in a delicate way but it didn’t come across as heavy . Which is just perfect for a summer afternoon tea. The bergamot is full on its flavour providing strong floral tones but is set of just perfectly with the after tang of the citrus vibes making it a match made in heaven.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Cafe Del Mar

Time for Tea Please?

While staying in the beautiful beach resort of Paloelom , Goa just a few minutes from my accommodation was a lovely cafe come bar called Cafe Del Mar. On most occasions I ate and drank here for its location but don’t worry I’m not guilty of always sticking to the same food places I explored around the area!

What I love about all the food eateries here is that everything is so fresh and truly tastes amazing.

On this occasion it’s time to show off the Tea!

This being Ginger and Masala.

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Ginger Tea

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What I love about this tea is the getting to brew it how you like it. The ginger is already brewing but all the other components you’d traditionally drink together you can add as much as you like to your taste.

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Therefore I added the lemon straight to it, lemon and ginger is a perfect combo and honey is the best accompaniment. It was such refreshing in flavour and it was lovely knowing how fresh it is. On sipping there’s a massive ginger kick but with a zesty undertone. The honey here tastes amazing so I probably did add a bit too much ! However this didn’t effect the overall tea flavour just the sweetness but the honey tones just added extra comfort to the sipping experience.

In a total contrast to this tea you have the:

Masala Tea

I was very intrigued by this tea with its name association to that of the curry but I’m open to trying anything once!

In the words of my other half its curry in a cup! He wasn’t too wrong. There certainly was some major similarities, with not only the aroma but also in taste. Masala itself means ‘mixed-spice tea’ with a black tea base. Traditional Indian flavours include green cardamon, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and cloves ground together. When trying the tea it was quite grainy which I presume is from the ground herbs / spices. I decided to add honey too it and it did slightly improve the sipping experience. I think that the overall mix of flavours was a bit too much for me. However after researching the tea I think it would have been better as a masala chai made with milk and lots of sweetener. It wasn’t that it was unpleasant, it was just not what I expected!

Tea Advice

A quick tip when ordering tea is to make sure you ask for separate milk. This might seem like a pain but if you don’t all you’ll taste is the milk and little if the tea.

I couldn’t not just show you the tea on offer at Cafe Del Mar but some of the food too:

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It was some of the best tasting on the beachfront.

You also get a pretty decent seat for sunset if you didn’t want to venture to sunset island.

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Happy Sipping and Travels 🙂

Basilur – Lemon and Lime

Time for Tea Please?

I was lucky enough for the lovelies at Basilur Tea to send me there Lemon and Lime , Ceylon Black Tea to try. I’ve not tried there tea before so was rather excited about receiving some TeaPost. Especially as its part of their magic fruits collection combining the power of fruit with Ceylon.

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Once opening my parcel I was super excited by the bright packaging and even more intrigued by the flavour. I love a bit of zestyness in my drinks so fingers crossed this would be perfect for me !

As soon as you open the box to reveal the tea pouch you can already smell lemon and lime hints. Once opening the pouch, as you can imagine, the aroma intensifies and the taste buds are tingling.

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Best get that kettle on!

Love the crystallised lemon and lime bits within the tea leafs!!!!

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Once brewing the tangy citrus aroma is there all warm and juicy!

As I prefer my Ceylon tea black I brewed the tea for aprox 3 minutes. I was amazed at his much the loose the leaf tea expanded while brewing, it’s massive!

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As expected from a black tea, the tea liquid is of a dark brown colour. No milk for me !

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On first sip hello lime!

The zesty fruit flavours hits you from the very first sip, it’s not over powering at all! The combination of the fruit and Ceylon work perfectly together. There’s just enough citrus to allow its flavour to shine yet allow the blackness of ceylon to sing too. It’s also one of those teas that tastes like it smells. Which to be is always bonus! Further more the the tastes lingers and fills your mouth with a citrus tang! The magic of fruits must be working!

If you fancy sipping on this zesty tea the checkout their website :
http://basilurtea.co.uk

Happy Sipping 🙂