Whittards – Orange Gingerbread

Time for Tea Please?

With every season Whittards brings out a new collection. With it being Halloween this week it seemed perfect to pop in and try their new offerings with a little tea tasting. Luckily for me they had their Orange Gingerbread herbal infusion on offer in hot ….

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Or Cold ……

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For this blend Whittards uses : Ginger, Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Apple, Brittle Pieces (sugar, hazelnut, invert sugar), Sweet Blackberry Leaves, Liquorice Root, Orange Peel, Almond, Sunflower Petals and Flavouring.

The aroma from the already brewed tea is sweet , fruity with a spicy nutty under tone.

What I like about today is the options to try it hot and cold as some teas taste completely different hot vs cold . After sipping on both I am quite surprised on how similar they actually are. The pumpkin and apple work together to provide the fruity main flavour of the tea. It’s not until the after sip that the ginger and nutty aspects appear.

Unlike the hot tea the intensity of the ginger is surprisingly more noticeable in the cold brew version.

I’m not 100% on the gingerbread aspect side of the tea as the cinnamon doesn’t come through enough for me to work with the ginger to provide the needed spiced notes I was hoping. However this doesn’t effect the overall autumny perfectness if this tea. It has the balance of fruit and spice just right but maybe needs a bit more of a punch !

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Framework Wellness Tea – Slenderize

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All the way from America I’m able to be sipping on Slenderize thanks to Framework Wellness Tea

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Framework Wellness Tea is dedicated to provide premium, certified organic, vegan, non-GMO, responsibly sourced tea in biodegradable packaging.ย  Our mission is to produce tea that is beneficial to physical wellness while still being the most flavorful, delicious tea available.ย ย 

For more information or try Framework Wellness Tea then hit the link https://www.frameworkwellnesstea.com

Slenderize

The idea behind Slenderize as a tea blend is to boost metabolism and minimize cravings to help thin your frame.

For this blend Framework Wellness Tea uses the following ingredients : Organic Pu-erh Tea, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Orange Fruit, Organic Fennel Seed, Organic Ginseng Root, Organic Orange Peel, Natural OC Flavouring.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the aroma of the fennel seed. I’m not always a fan of teas with fennel in as it can be an over powering flavour. On further sniffing the earthy pu-erh notes and the sweet fruity tones start to come through, which I’m hoping will intensify when brewing.

Let’s get brewing!

Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea completely changes from that of when you first open the pouch . The Pu-erh side of the tea certainly intensifies and provides an almost earthy aroma when combined with the cacao nibs. I’m only picking up a light hint of the Orange peel but will we be able to taste it.

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I’m not too surprised with the brewed liquid being a browny tone from the
Pu-Erh within the blend.

First sip is very inTEAresting ! It is not what I was expecting at all based on its aroma in both its dry state and while it was brewing. To me the main body of the sip is a very peasant combination of the pu-reh and cacao providing the intensity and earthiness to the tea which is instantly uplifted by the refreshing whack of orange. Which until the sipping process the Orange side of the tea has been fairly dormant but it just takes this tea to the next level.

I was slightly concerned with the intensity of the fennel seed in the aroma stakes that it would completely engulf this tea however it’s very much an after thought in the flavour stakes. The use of the ginseng root too is only really apparent at the end of the sip when mixed with fruity orangeness provides a much needed but subtle warming kick.

Happy sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Framework Wellness Tea – Relax

Time for Tea Please?

I love receiving tea post from all around the world and thanks to Framework Wellness Tea for sending me them from America to try.

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Framework Wellness Tea

Framework Wellness Tea is brought to you by Sarah and Colleen who met in 2014 while watching their children play. Further than the usual ‘mom’ chatter with discussions upon business and wellness coming up often. It was from these conversations which eventually led them to co-founding of Framework Wellness Tea in 2019.ย  ย 
(Direct from website…)
Framework is dedicated to provide premium, certified organic, vegan, non-GMO, responsibly sourced tea in biodegradable packaging.ย  Our mission is to produce tea that is beneficial to physical wellness while still being the most flavorful, delicious tea available.ย ย 

For more information or try Framework Wellness Tea then hit the link https://www.frameworkwellnesstea.com

I absolutely love the reasonings behind Framework Wellness Tea, a tea with benefits for the body is just up my street. Tea for me is beyond just a moment of calm but sipping on something thatโ€™s beneficial to my body and mind is something Iโ€™d like to try!

Relax

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For this blend Framework Wellness Tea uses : Ingredients: Organic Rosehips, Organic Blackberry Leaves, Organic Lemon Verbena, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Chamomile, Organic Orange Peel, Natural Passion Fruit Flavouring.

Let’s get brewing!

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Whilst brewing the aroma completely changes . Unlike in its dry state where you were only really able to identify prominently the camomile, once emersd per within the hot water the fruity citrus notes start to really sing. Especially the passion fruit flavourings.

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Considering the ingredients within the blend I was shocked of the brewed liquid. With the rosehips and blackberry I was expecting more of a pinky purple but with the camomile within the blend its brewed yellow instead.

Let’s get sipping!

Wow first sip is just tealicious! I was not expecting this tea to be so punchy with its flavour. It has added levels of flavour depth. From the lemon, orange and passion fruit being the initial hit of a beauTEAful fruit cocktail, followed by the berryness of blackberry and rosehip and lastly its the turn of the camomile to sing adding to an almost after taste yet not an after thought! It provides a balanced level to the tea and almost cleanses the pallet ready for the next sip. Which I am more than ready for, it certainly tickles the taste buds.

This tea has actually really surprised me. I do feel very refreshed and can feel myself relaxing by its comforting flavour and aroma it entices the senses and almost has soothing qualities. Perfect if you’ve had a hard day or just need a moment of calm.

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

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Whittards – Orange Blossom

Time for Tea Please?

Like any of you #tealovers being able to try teas before you buy them is greatly appreciated. Thereโ€™s nothing worse than buying a tea getting it home and not loving it !!! Thats why I love popping in to Whittards for a bit of #teatasting .

It may not be quite brewed to the exact way you like it when tea tasting but the fact that you can get a real feel for the tea by all your senses before taking it home is a real treat . Plus you may try a tea that originally you would have written off.

Orange Blossom

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Today in Whittards (Norwich Branch) I had the chance to try Orange Blossom . A Black based tea with Orange Peel, Flavouring, Orange Blossom Petals.

A flavours black tea is always on my radar! The overall aroma of the tea is sweetly orange with undertones of the black tea poking through.

First sip is rather refreshing for a black based. Neither the black tea or the orange over power each other. They work together in perfect harmony allowing each one to sing with each other rather than for or against. The orange is strong enough to play just as big of part in the sipping experience but not hiding the fact itโ€™s a black tea.

With the use of orange blossom petals a floral tone is added to the sip which adds a further depth and edge to the tea.

The perfect afternoon tea , no need for milk but fruity and floral to add a little ray of sunshine to a cold , cloudy winters day.

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Whittards – Christmas Tea

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Tea Boost

Time for Tea Please?

This week I’ve been in training for a bike-a-thon to raise money and awareness for PMP Cancer as my friend Donna has recently been diagnosed with it and I’d never heard of it before then!
So feel free to read her story here:
http://www.gofundme.com/2g6dpw4

So to give myself an extra boost I found this vitamin c boosting peach and orange tea by Tetley.

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We all know I love tea ! So a tea with added natural benefits , BONUS!!

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I love a strongly brewed fruity tea so chose to keep the teabag in while I drank, as I just love the way each sip intensifies. On brewing the tea the peachy aroma is prominent its mouth-wateringly delicious and just the fruity boost I needed!

Considering there’s only 1% peach to that of the 10% Orange the tea was much more peachy! Although on sipping the tea, the ginger kick adds a zingy boost which at times takes over the fruity tones. It was a pleasurable tea to drink perfect for summer vibes as it’s just as nice drank cold.

Plus it kept me well enough to cycle 50miles in contribution to our continuos 10 hour bike-a-thon alongside my colleagues.

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After that I really did need a large mug of tea!

Clipper – Sleep Easy

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There’s nothing more than I love than having a relaxing mug of tea at the end of the day. My go to brew tends to be camomile based as its known for its calming techniques. One of my all time favourites bed time tea has got to be Clippers – Sleep Easy.

What I love about this tea is that it is naturally flavoured with orange as well as being blended with chamomile, cinnamon and valerian and together is a perfect match. Through the natural ingredients within the tea can help promote a healthy sleep.

I always leave the tea bag in when drinking camomile as there’s just something nice about it getting stronger as you sip a mug of bedtime bliss!

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Twinings – Cranberry and Blood Orange

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I love a caffeine free tea as it’s perfect for some chill time or to have before bed! So I was very excited to try Twinings Cranberry and Blood Orange which I luckily received as a Christmas present. The box is bright and enticing and starts to get you wondering about the tea before you’ve even boiled the kettle.

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On brewing the tea the water becomes a bright pinky red and smells amazing. As the box says its like the sun setting over the Mediterranean Sea and I couldn’t agree more! It’s a mug of pure bliss and just what you need to relax with at the end of the day. The blood orange is the main base flavour of the tea but bursting with cranberry. So fruity and juicy and hits the spot. It’s light and refreshing and is a perfect hug in a mug on a cold winters night.

So if you’re after a tea that will brighten up any day or give you that perfect fruity boost then this is the tea for you ๐Ÿ™‚

Halloween CupCakes

Time for Tea Please?

With Halloween spooking up on us this Friday, I thought I’d whip up a yummy and not goolish TeaTreat!

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Ingredients

125g SR Flour
125g Butter
125g Sugar
1tsp Baking Powder
2 eggs

Using the all in one method mix all the ingredients together till well combined. This mix should make enough for 12 small cupcakes or 6 large depending on what you fancy. Bake for around 15/20 mins depending on the size at 200 degrees.

Once cooled decorate

I used orange icing and Halloween decorative sugar strands.