Very Craftea – Earl Grey Orange Blossom

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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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De Oliveria Tea House – Sweet As Apple Pie

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Thanks to the lovelies at De Oliveria Tea House for sending me some of their tea all the way from Australia to the UK for me to try.

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De Oliveria Tea House

THEIR MISSION: TO PROVIDE THE EXPERIENCE OF COMFORT AND SELF-INDULGENCE THROUGH THE JOY OF A WARM CUP OF TEA, WHILE STAYING ECO-FRIENDLY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY.

The formation and this behind De Oliveria Tea House is unlike any other I’ve heard of before. You may need to grab tissues!
(Taken from their website https://deoliveirateahouse.com)

De Oliveira Tea House was inspired by a man named Eugene de Oliveira. A beautiful, intelligent, creative and warm hearted man who lit up any room he was in.

Our family tragically lost Eugene on May 27th, 2019, a few weeks after his 27th birthday.

While we no longer have the blessing of having him around physically, we have the gift of his presence and his vision for the future.

Each tea we blend and package is full of love, devotion and hope.

We dreamt that through these teas, we could give our customers the same warm comfort Eugene gave us. We want to create a legacy he’d be proud to lend his name to.
Now if you weren’t already feeling inspired by story then you might do just now as these awesome people also reinvest $1 from each tea pouch sale in Kiva Loans to help those less fortunate get on their feet.
Now if that’s not a better reason than to spread the tea love I don’t know what is!

Sweet As Apple Pie

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For this blend De Oliveira Tea House only uses organic ingredients of the following: Rooibos, Honeybush, Apple Pieces, Cinnamon, Vanilla Pod Powder & Ginger.

On opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the sweets sea of the vanilla and fruity tones of the organic apple pieces . It’s almost hard to even distinguish the Rooibos and Honeybush aspect of the tea in its smell straight from the pouch.

Let’s get brewing !

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Upon brewing the aroma of the tea completely changes to that of its dry state. It allows the Rooibos to really sing and allows the cinnamon and ginger to warm and develop as the flavours intensify.

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As expected with a tea blend that contains Rooibos is a brewed liquid that has a brown redy tinge.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip hellloooooo Rooibos, which is first taste followed then by the after taste of the apple chunks. Despite its aroma the tea isn’t overly as sweet as I expected it to be. However I find that the tea being this way allows for the flavours of vanilla, ginger and cinnamon to naturally enhance their flavours and natural sweetness. Despite the Rooibos and Honeybush having what at times can be an “overpowering” flavour , this blend manages to allow the other ingredients to have turn not just separately but individually.

This blend is also pretty unique I’ve had plenty off apple teas and even more Rooibos teas but together nope ! It’s a new one for me and a lovely guilt free apple pie perfect for autumn weather and cosy nights in.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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L’ATELIERduThé – Breakfast in Asia

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Today I’m sipping on Breakfast in Asia from L’ATELIERduThé. I absolutely love the wooden tea caddy that it comes in. Its not like anything I’ve seen before so love the uniqueness it brings. Even more so when it says that it’s completely compostable too.

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L’ATELIERduThé is a French tea company, which fuses their rich Chinese heritage with their French Palates to blend high quality global teas that taste great. Along with working with a Eco-conscious mindset.

To find out more or to try L’ATELIERduThé hit the link below.
https://atelierduthe.com

Breakfast in Asia
Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with an almost earthy aroma of a black tea.

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Let’s get Brewing!

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Whilst brewing the tea the aroma becomes slightly more mellowed. As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown in its colouring.

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For first sip I decided to give the tea a go as a black tea based on the reasoning that the tea was designed to be a lighter breakfast tea. Upon sipping the tea the flavour is typically that of a black tea. However it’s got a slight tang that is slightly more earthy than I tend to expect with a traditional breakfast tea but then this is an Asian style one. To try an add a twist or even more enjoyable sip I decide to add a splash of milk.

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Once adding the milk the sip for me has increasingly improved. By adding the milk to the brew to me it further allows the smoothness of it to finally come through. It’s almost enhanced the teas flavour and has allowed in my opinion the natural sweetness of the blend to come through. As well as making it a much more pleasurable experience.

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Teabury – Spotless

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Thanks to the lovelies at Teabury for sending me two of their lovely blends to try!

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Teabury are small independent tea company with a big heart for everything organic and quality, specifically when it comes to the ingredients used within their tea blends.
Teabury‘s motto is ‘Keep it simple’. Therefore chose to not use artificial flavours. I love it when they say “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 or to have a go at blending your own tea with Teabury visit
https://teabury.com

Spotless

Teabury acknowledges that beauty comes from within and by sipping on this tea they to hope provide not just a pleasant sipping experience but the natural ingredients used within the blend should also help bring back clearer skin to its drinker! Now ifs that not a big enough reason to get sipping on a tea then what is.

For this blend Teabury uses 100% Organic Rooibos, Organic Spearmint and Organic Chamomile.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with an overload of spearmint. It’s super punchy and gets your senses going. It’s not until further smelling that you can pick out the floral aroma of the chamomile with under hints of the Rooibos.

Let’s get brewing!

Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t overly change. The spearmint is less prominent it’s almost like it’s calming down. Allowing from under its minty sweetness the chamomile to pop up and say hello!
I was also,surprised by the brewed liquid,with it being more brown in colour rather than the greeny tinge,you tend to get with teas that contain mint.

First Sip is tealicious !

It is minty fresh ! What I love about this tea blend is the use of the spearmint. Unlike other types of mint the flavour is slightly different. To me it’s adding an extra sweetness to the blend. But it’s also less harsh and rather than being pungent and overbearing, it’s pleasant and inviting. Plus spearmint is commonly used for digestion.

On almost what I call the after sip of drinking the tea is where the other two ingredients get to shine. The chamomile adds a much lightness to the tea adding the delicate floral aspect to the sip. Where as the Rooibos within the blend adds a more earthy flavour. Together the mixture of all three work in harmony with each other taking it in turns to be part of the sip. One only downside and this is personal taste wise is I’d personally prefer the taste of the Rooibos and Chamomile to be a little bit stronger with the spearmint being a little bit weaker but that’s just me.

Like with many peppermint based teas the flavour doesn’t change as the tea cools and I can tell it would be lovely served over ice!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Nisi – Camomile and Lavender

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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 🙂

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ZO Tea – Rooibos & Rose

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Thanks to the lovely people of ZO Tea for sending me some their teas to try tea. ZO is a UK based independent tea company , which specialises in premium organic loose leaf tea. For their tea they aim to promote organic tea rituals which are designed to encourage and support wellness through the benefits of the natural ingredients used within their blends. Which I find such a wonderful ethos as I’m sure many of you like me uses tea to benefit my wellbeing.

If you’d like to find out more about ZO Tea and their tea blends pay a visit to:
https://www.zotea.co.uk

Rooibos & Rose

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Each of ZO Teas tea blends is based upon a different aspect of our wellbeing and their Rooibos and Rose is for our Balance. It has been blended to realign the body’s natural levels, from reducing fatigue to relieving bloating. It also has skin cleansing properties and bone strengthening.

For this tea ZO Tea blends:
Rooibos Natural, Nettle, Rosehip, GreenTea China Jasmine, Ginger, Fennel, Mate Green, Pu Erh Tea China, Cinnamon Sticks, Cocoa Nibs, Pink Pepper, Strawberry, Rose Petals, Cardamon.

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Upon opening the teach pouch the dried aroma is very distinctive with a Rooibos, if your a Rooibos drinker you will know exactly what I mean. There’s also the odd whiff rose and fennel.

Let’s get brewing !

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Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t change which is something that always pleases me with me a tea.

Like any Rooibos based tea the brewed liquid is a brown with a redy tinge.

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First sip is just tealicious. On first sip the Rooibos is the main flavour. It’s not until more of on after taste that you start getting the Rose aspect of the tea blend. Another distinct flavour that strongly comes from through, is that of the cocoa nibs. It adds an almost earthy flavour tea to the brew but it also deepens the Rooibos flavouring.

If there’s one slight downside to the tea is the flavour of the Rose. For me it doesn’t come through strong enough. The floral delicateness it’s most certainly there and that adds a lightness to the sip but I love rose and would have liked it to come through just a bit stronger.

A further aspect of this tea that makes it even more of a pleasure to sip is the potential health benefits that it can bring to you from drinking it. Added benefits from drinking tea is always a good thing in my books.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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State of Mind – Sense of Humour

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Today I’m going to be sipping on a blend called Sense of Humour by a French based tea company called State of Mind .

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State of Mind philosophy is the “Blending the timeless ritual of the tea ceremony with the art of perfumery”. A very unique way of looking at tea. Like choosing a perfume , choosing a tea it is able to generate feelings emotions which can affect your thoughts.

I’m sure like me you’ve all had sipping pleasures which take you back to a time or place. I know I have / do.

If you wish to find out more about State of Minds hit the link below!

https://stateofmind.fr/en/histoire/

Sense of Humour

For this blend State of Mind uses Mate, Darjeeling, Lemon, Mandarin, Peach and Coriander.

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Upon opening the tea envelope you are instantly hit with the aroma of Darjeeling tea with underlying notes of citrus and coriander. I am a little bit sceptical of using coriander in tea but hey I’ll give it a go.

Let’s get brewing !!

Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t overly change. If anything it’s slightly less intense in its liquid form than in its dry state.

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As to be expected with a tea that contains Darjeeling in will be of a brown in colour.

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First sip is interesting. The combination of the Darjeeling and Mate just works. Together they provide an almost peppery musky taste.
The use of the different fruit flavours within the tea lemon, mandarin and peach. It provides an almost citrus kick to the after taste. Due to this the use of the coriander it allows the fruity flavours to intensify.

I’ve never tried Mate before which is a traditional tea from Argentina and Paraguay when combined with Darjeeling produces a traditional energy drink with vitamins B and C. Combined with the fruity notes of the blend makes it a pleasurable drinking experience.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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