De Oliveria Tea House – After Dinner Mint

Time for Tea Please?

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. Today I’m sipping on their After Dinner Mint.

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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.

To find out more: https://deoliveirateahouse.com

After Dinner Mint

For this Tea blend De Oliveria Tea House uses Organic Rooibos, Organic Spearmint and Organic Buchu Leaf.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the minty notes of spearmint , with an almost sweet notes coming through from the buchu leaf. You aren’t able to overly smell the rooibos within the blend.

The blend itself is very intriguing to look at , the buchu leaf is almost spiked like but the redy brown of the Rooibos adds an added colour splash to it.

Let’s get brewing !

Whilst brewing the the aroma Of the tea changes to allow the spearmint to really sing. There other ingredients are no longer really noticeable within the smell.

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I just love looking at the brewed leaves.

Like with most tea blends that have Rooibos within it the brewed tea liquid is that or brown with a redy tinge. However with the spearmint the brown has a more swampy green tinge to it.

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Let’s get sipping !

First sip and hello mint !

I am a massive fan of the use of spearmint within a tea blend. It adds a less harsh minty tang but also a much added sweetness to the blend which you don’t get with other types of mint. The tea has other added sweetness through the use of buchu leaf.

There is a slight tang to the after taste of this tea blend and because I’ve never tried a tea that has buchu leaf in I am presuming this is what I’m able to taste.

The only slight down side to this tea is that taste wise the roobois is not overly apparent. It’s not something are you able to easily detect within each sip. More of an every few sips it pops up and says hello! Which isn’t a bad thing as it allows the spearmint to do its thing.

However as the name suggest it’s after dinner mint so mint and particularly the use of the spearmint is exactly what this tea blend brings to the cup !

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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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

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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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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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Tick Tock – Bedtime

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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 🙂

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Joes Tea Co – Christmas Chai Rooibos

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ! Thanks to the lovely people at Joes Tea Co. I’m also able to start drinking Christmas. There’s nothing better than on a cold day warming up your fingers on a steaming mug of tea.

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Before even opening the tea pouch and basking in the aroma, the ingredients are already getting me into the Christmas spirit. This blend uses Rooibos, cinnamon, cardamom, mace, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, liquorice, star anise, fennel, orange peel, black pepper. All the flavours associated with the festive season.

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Let’s get that kettle on!

Upon opening the tea pouch wowzer! It’s a super intense the cinnamon and star anise are punching at your nostrils along side a ginger kick with a fruity undertone. You may not be able to overly smell the Rooibos side of things but the chai side is screaming Christmas.

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Mmmmm the hot brewing aroma is just tealicious! It certainly gets your mouth watering. The chai is so spiced and intense it’s gripping and i can’t wait to get sipping.

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First sip wow wow wow !
Now that really is a winter warmer. The intensity of the flavour is amazing. Your hooked on the flavour straight away. The combination of the fruity tones add an extra depth to each sip which compliments the spice side.

It’s not really till the almost after taste of the tea that your reminded that it’s a rooibos tea. This isn’t a bad thing at all as it makes a change to find a chai based tea that’s not black and caffeinated. Therefore an all rounder tea best for any time of day.

It’s not just an any day type of tea it’s also one that tastes the same throughout the sipping experience. Unlike other teas that has its main flavour at the beginning or the end this one is maintains its taste level throughout which is a massive bonus.

This is the perfect tea to sit by an open fire with toasting your hands and roasting chestnuts. Ok maybe sitting with your back against the radiator is more likely but you get what I’m saying.

If you fancy trying out Joes Tea Co. Christmas Chai Rooibos. Hit the link !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Stash – Strawberry Pomegranate

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One thing I love todo while staying away in hotels is looking at their tea selections. While away in Iceland I stayed in called Laugarbakki and while having breakfast came across Stash Tea.

Stash tea is actually an American brand, you may have read in a previous post that in Iceland they aren’t massive tea drinkers and have little choice on offer so I’m not surprised, plus their are a lot of American tourists.

Stash Tea got its name from tea folklore, based on tea being transported by ship, the captain would often be presented with his own fine tea otherwise known as his stash! Such an awesome way to name a tea company.

Today I’m trying their Strawberry and Pomegranate Tea.

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This tea blends together Rooibos, rose hips, hibiscus flowers, raspberry leaves, pomegranate flavour, strawberry flavour and citric acid.

On opening the tea envelope there’s no mistaking that this is a Rooibos tea , with its distinct aroma hitting the senses closely followed by that of the strawberry.

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Let’s get brewing !

The brewed aroma is not too dissimilar to that of its dry , other than the strawberry smell now being stronger than that of the Rooibos.

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Once brewed the tea is a pinky tinged brown colour.

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First sip is just delicious ! It’s not strong in its flavour but not overly delicate either. The Rooibos blends perfectly with the other ingredients to allow the taste of the tea be a perfect blend. Instead of the being the strongest taste the Rooibos works along side the strawberry and raspberry notes for a lovely berry blend.

It’s not until further down the blend that the more floral aspects of the tea to start come through as well as that of pomegranate tones. The floral notes just add an extra depth to the tea that wasn’t there before but with the berryness provide the more grenadine syrup style taste.

One thing I particularly loved about this tea is how naturally sweet it was. It certainly satisfies a sweet craving and without the caffeine!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Theodor Paris – Carpe Diem

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Thanks to fellow tea blogger pinkiebag I’m able to bring to you today’s tea Carpe Diem by Theodor Paris.

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Theodor Paris started in 2002 by Guillaume Lele and views ‘The only way to have a cup of tea, is by loving it’. Well I couldn’t agree more so let’s hope the same can be said for this tea.

Carpe Diem is blend is a Red rooibos based tea with Pineapple pieces, Coconut flakes, Flavors (Strawberry, Raspberry, Almond, Hazelnut, Cream, Vanilla, Muffin) and Strawberry pieces. Now that does sound delicious!

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are engulfed with the berry tones of the strawberry and raspberry with a underlying tones of the Rooibos.

While brewing the aroma only intensifies. It’s still fruity but the nutty almond notes are coming through now too.

The brewed liquid is of a redy amber colour.

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First sip is very intriguing! From all the flavours mentioned in the ingredients not one of them shouts out at being the main one. Together it very much tastes like berry flavoured cake with a few nutty tones for some extra depth. It’s a perfectly pleasant sipping experience but the Rooibos just doesn’t come through enough for me.

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Now just because the tea flavour doesn’t take all the glory it’s the balance of all the other flavours and ingredients which really brings this tea together. Particularly the marriage of fruits and caramelised nuts.

Happy Sipping 🙂

teapigs – Spiced Winter Red Tea

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January just seems to be going on for ever ! Now don’t get me wrong I love January particularly as its my birth month , but it just seems never ending. The weather can’t make up its mind snow no snow, wind no wind, what ever next ! Now there’s no better way to brighten up a dull winter day than cozying up with a mug of tea.
To add some extra heat to my cuppa I’m giving teapigs spiced winter red tea a try.

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This tea blends together rooibos, flavours, orange peel, gingko, orange blossom, cinnamon, ginger root, cloves, safflower.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with the spicy tones of the ginger mixed in with the fruity orange notes all mixed together with that distinct rooibos smell.

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After brewing for around 4 minutes you are left with a browny red colour.

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The aroma while brewing is not too dissimilar than to its dry state other than the prominence in the cloves.

First sip and I am intrigued. Sometimes you drink a tea and you can instantly taste a certain aspect of the tea. With this brew it allows all of them to work as one. The main flavour of the tea which I’m getting, is a strong mix of the cinnamon, ginger and cloves with very subtle tones of the rooibos.

Another bonus of this tea is that it’s a brew that tastes the same from start to finish and is consistent in its flavour and aroma.

This tea certainly provides you with a lovely spiced sipping sensation and no it’s not going to blow your socks off but it will warm you from the inside out. Making it a perfect winter warmer.

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If you fancy giving this tea try then hit the link below:
https://www.teapigs.co.uk/tea/shop_by_category/all_tea/spiced_winter_red_tea.htm
Happy Sipping 🙂