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 River Kitchen

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When you get an afternoon off what better way to spend it than sort by the Norfolk broads with a pot of earl grey tea and some yummy cakes.

Thanks to the river kitchen my fave eatery on the broads I was in for a treat.

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Some yummy mango and lime cake and chocolate brownie!

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Teekanne – Brasilianische Limette

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I love trying new teas , especially ones that I’m not able to purchase in England. While the other half was a way on photography mission in Estonia he brought me back a box of Teekanne – Brasilianische Limette. Translated to Brazilian Lime. To create a taste of South America the tea blends lime (juice &flavour) , the aroma of acerola and mint, apple, orange peel, blackberry leaves, white hibiscus, liquorice and cinnamon.

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On opening the tea box you are instantly hit with a powerful fruity aroma. It’s not just the lime that sings through but a full on fruity experience. I just hope it tastes as good as it smells.

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Let’s get brewing !

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I did notice that Teekanne recommend a 5-8 minute brew time. As with a lot of herbal teas I like to leave a long brew time or even never take it out ! (Anyone else do this?) So brewing for the longer the better seems to be the way to go with this tea.

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The brewed liquid has a yellowy green tinge which is fitting for its lime name.

While brewing the aroma itself didn’t overly change , it just got a lot stronger and more Limey.

First sip certainly packs a punch ! It’s super zingy and really refreshing. The lime is on the right side of intense, instead of being the sharp taste you expect from a citrus based tea but a balance of a sweet and sour taste sensation. It’s such a light yet crisp sipping experience , the lime just works with other fruity flavours to produce a sharp yet refreshing fruit cocktail. Almost sherbet like in its taste.

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Now if only like the name suggests I was sipping this on a beach in Brazil. It’s one of those teas that you just know would taste great hot or cold. It’s through the refreshing qualities of this tea that is really uplifting the perfect zingy fruity pick me up.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Twinings – Intensely Tropical

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I love a caffeine free tea / tisane just to enjoy it for the flavour and warmness a mug of tea can bring. So today I’m sipping on Twinings – Intensely Tropical.

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Wowzer!
On opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with a tropical over load! It’s fruity and mouth watering and I hope it tastes as good as it smells.

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As soon as the hot water hits the tea bag the aroma gets even stronger its fruitalicious. Although light in its orange colouring.

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Tangy with sour tones , initially you’re hit with a pineapple sensation, then it’s time for the blood orange to shine and then finally hello lime. It’s quite interesting for all flavours in a tea to shine through individually,
with this tea it does. Yet blended together is a tropical sensation. As like the name suggests it’s flavour is intense and packs a fruity punch!

It’s a joy sip after sip.

It’s also one of those teas that you just know will be perfect hot or cold . Well maybe not too cold with autumn coming but it’s certainly a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Basilur – Lemon and Lime

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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 🙂

Lime and Mint Tea

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Today I decided to mix it up and make some Lime and Mint tea, using Twinings Thoroughly Minted.

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So heres my version of a tea cocktail! It’s perfect hot or drink cold over ice.

1. Slice the lime and squeeze some into your mug and pop the lime slice in to.

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2. Boil the kettle and pour over the lime

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3. After brewing the lime for a minute or so, add your teabag and brew to taste.

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4. Then enjoy ! With or without the lime or tea bag it’s totally up you !

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I love a zesty kick so have left the lime in.

It’s light and refreshing and perfect substitute for a non alcoholic cocktail and even better you have the versatility of having it hot or cold to suit your mood.

Happy Sipping .

Jadu Tea – White Mango Lime

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Today’s tea comes to you from Jadu Tea and their – White Mango Lime or as I call it, Bliss in a mug! With is fruity tangs from the mango and lime it makes a perfect relaxation cup of tea after a warm day. It’s been 25 degrees today (Norwich, Norfolk) for so refuelling with a mug of tea is much needed.

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Brewed for around 3 minutes to crest the perfect balance of intensity of the fruit and the White tea to make harmony in a mug.

It’s not over an powering smelly tea it just perfumes your senses with light fruity tones and you just know it’s going to be a pleasure to drink. Trust me you will not be disappointed. Each sip is just wonderful with intermittent mango and lime hits. It transports you to another level I was imaging a nice sandy beach shame it only lasted as long as it took me to drink the mug!

So if you are after a magical taste experience with fruity tones and all the benefits of drinking white tea then Jadu’s White Mango Lime is just the ticket.

Tea Smoothie

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I love using tea in any way possible so today I brewed and let go cold some Twinings Thoroughly Minted and blended it with lime, kale , frozen mango and melon to create a zingy wake up smoothie.

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Chestnuts of Alfriston – Tea Room

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Over the Easter weekend I paid a visit to lovely little village called Alfriston and while there stumbled across the Chestnuts (of Alfriston) Tea Room.

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Their Easter themed window display caught my attention and I was luckily enough to get a table.

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As normal for me, tea and cake was on the cards !!

Earl Grey

A lovely big mug of Earl Grey tea was just what I needed after exploring the coast and being blown away at beachy head.

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(Beachy Head)

The downside of asking for just a mug of tea was where’s my tea bag !

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Although it was brewed strong just how I like it it would have been nice to have he option of my own brew time. Sorry I’m just fussy but I do love my tea!!!

With quite a selection of homemade sweet treats on offer i had to consider my options carefully but there was only one cake on my mind and that was…….

Coconut and Lime

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The cake was just the perfect balance of coconut and lime and wasn’t overly zesty. It was a fairly dense textured cake but with the light icing added moisture and with the added toasted coconut it made a yummy combination.

Which paired with my mug of Earl Grey it was a perfect combination.

If you’re not in a rush and not time limited then this Tea Room is perfect for you especially with its book cases full of books and games for you to pursue.

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