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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Whittard – Pink Lemonade

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What better drink to have during the summer months is a lovely refreshing cold brew! Today I paid a much over due visit to my local Whittard for a little tea tasting and to see what’s new on their summer menu.

Today they had their Pink Lemonade on sample.

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The aroma of this tea is super sweet but that’s exactly what your after with a lemonade so I’m hoping it tastes that way too,

The colour is just spot on too. With a pinky peach colour tone.

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First sip is just tealicious !

As its aroma hinted at it is very sweet in its flavour. It certainly packs a punch and it tastes exactly like it says on the tin. It just screams pink lemonade but it also has an added floral tone to it with an almost rose like tang. I do love a good bit of Rose in tea !

I can just picture myself sipping on this tea sat outside on a hot summers evening with a super iced version of this tea. It just screams summer ! It’s slightly naughty but way too nice miss out on !!!!!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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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Debonair Tea Co. Persian Chai

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Today’s Tea Tuesday tea review is brought to you thanks to the lovelies at Debonair Tea Co.

Debonair Tea Co. Is a family run tea company founded by Louisa and Phil Johnson as they were tired of seeing both poor and good quality tea served badly! Their mission to “make exceptional tea a daily pleasure”.

From starting as a pop up tea bar to meeting the demands of retailers the Debonair Tea Company soon expanded to sourcing and creating over 30 unique teas and infusions. Louisa is also the first person o achieve accreditation as a tea sommelier from the UK Tea Academy.

The tea company gets it name from its inspiration for high quality teas and infusions but also for the couples 1968 Bedford Debonair CA van.m

To find out more about Debonair Tea Co. Hit the link below.
https://www.debonairtea.co.uk

Today I’m sipping on their Persian Chai.

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For this blend Debonair Tea Co. uses : Chinese Rose Congou Black Tea (54%), Spices (39%) (Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fennel), Rose Petals, Lavender.

Doesn’t it just look beauTEAful !

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the floral tones of Rose and Lavender with the spicy notes blended together to add the spiced kick to the blend. It’s only on a massive big sniff that the black tea starts to sneak out. I am more than intrigued by what this tea is going to taste like given the ingredients which makes it.

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Let’s get brewing !

While brewing the aroma is very much a mixture of toasting spices with some floral undertones. More than ready for my first sip now.

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First sip is just exquisite !

I’ve never sipped on a tea quite like it. Especially a chai tea.
There’s just something perfectly balanced between the use of the rose and that of the herbs and spices which make up this blend.
The sweetness of the Rose almost magically hides any spicy aspects which can be found within some chai blends. Allowing an almost perfect match.

I wondered if the use of Rose within the chai blend may be hidden by the powerful ness of the flavour of Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon and Fennel but somehow it works alongside each other perfectly. With the added extra of the lavender it just adds perfectly to the overall blend.

There’s just something Magic about this tea and I don’t know how Debonair Tea Co have managed it but I’m sure glad they have !

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Happy Sipping 🙂

T2 Birmingham

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On a quick visit to Birmingham I made sure I had enough time to pop in to T2 other than there pop up shop in the London Selfridges this was my first ever visit to a fully fledged store.

What I loved about the store on first entering was the use of contrasting colours between the black fixtures and the co,our full packaging of their tea. Especially when combined with beauTEAful tea wear.

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Tea Tasting – Choc Pear Pudding

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Firstly I love the packaging design, it’s very different from their normal packaging but is still eye catching in an almost elegant way.
Time to get sipping! As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is brown in its colouring. The aroma to me is fairly light but you can certainly smell the cocoa.
On first sip it’s very intriguing, it’s light in flavour yet rich too. The contrast of the cocoa and black tea is full and rich, yet it is softened with the pear tones. The combination of flavours works perfect. Maybe a little subtle for taste but still tealicious.

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Tea Tasting – Boho Rose
I love a floral tea! I don’t know why but I just do. So I was very interested to try this tea. Especially as it was blended with sparkling water. It’s not ever crossed my mind to blend tea with sparkling water to make a fizzy iced tea of sorts.

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Not only did the name intrigue me but also the colour bright pink! Especially as the tea is inspired by Turkish delight.

Mmmmm first sip was delicious. Perfectly rich and floral with an underlying natural sweetness. Particularly as an iced brew, it makes such a refreshing sipping experience. The mix of the tea and sparkling water is just beauTEAful , if only I’d found this tea for summer brewing it would have been perfectly refreshing on a hot day.

My first T2 visit didn’t disappoint !

Happy Sipping 🙂

Ace Tea London – Lady Rose

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I love a mug of black tea so when Ace Tea London offered me the chance to try some of theirs , I jumped at the chance!

Today I’m going to give their Lady Rose tea a try.

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The packaging is pretty amazing the intricate and colourful design would certainly draw your eye if you saw it on a shop shelf.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with the floral tones of the Rose with only a hint of black tea in the back ground. I absolutely love rose in teas so I can’t wait to try.

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Let’s get brewing!

While brewing the whole room fills with the Rose scent those floral tones are just beauTEAful! But like its dried state the aroma is dominated by the Rose with only small black tea after scent.

There’s just so much tea crammed in each tea bag!

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I prefer drinking a flavoured black tea strong and without milk so as expected the brewed tea liquid is of a dark brown tone.

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First sip is delicious !

This tea is very fragrant , you really do need to love Rose though if your going to love this tea as it is the main prominent taste. There’s only a light black tea after taste. Now it depends how you view this as to some you could be disappointed by lack of not tasting the black tea aspect of this tea. However to some this could be a bonus as the Rose really does sing!

For me this isn’t an issue as the Rose taste is just fantastic and can definitely see how Ace Tea markets it for a hot or cold beverage or even in a cocktail or mocktail a nice Rose fizzy lemonade would be just perfect. Now that’s certainly given an idea or two!

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If you fancy having a try at this tea then check it out for yourself : https://www.acetealondon.com/product/lady-rose-tea-carton-15-tea-stockings-2/

Happy Sipping 🙂

Søstrene Grenes – Chinese Spring

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On a trip to Nottingham I came across a fabulous looking store called Søstrene Grenes Handleskompagne which is a mix of household interior and food products . What was even more surprising was the price of their fill your own loose leaf tea range of £1.50 per bag!

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So I was more than a little excited to get this tea home to try it.

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I loved being able to scoop my own tea and taking it away ready to be brewed at home.

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In loose leaf state the aroma was very floral with the power of the rose blended along with black tea and bergamot flavour.

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Taking a fully loaded tea spoon of the tea and placing into the infuser and allowing to brew with the hot water for around 3 minutes. Due to the standardised packaging there wasn’t any brewing guidelines but just went for the average.

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I like my tea fairly strong and minus the milk on this occasion. Something about floral and milk just doesn’t seem to work in my mind but you go for it if you so wish !

As expected for a black based tea the brewed liquid is dark brown in colour.

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The aroma is not too dissimilar from the loose leaf state , just slightly less floral.

On sipping I was rather surprised by the initial taste, considering how little bergamot is within the blend, it’s at the forefront of the flavour. I was quite surprised with orangey tones. With the teas fruity tones it’s a pleasure to so sip, it’s perfectly blended to match along side the rose petals and the black tea.

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For the price I was slightly curious but it’s strong in flavour and the perfect afternoon blend. With its versatile flavour it would be a perfect suit for afternoon tea.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Bittersweet Beverages – Pink Blush

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A big thanks to Bittersweet Beverages for sending me their Pink Blush Tea to try.

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Bittersweet Beverages delicately blends, loose leaf teas with carefully selected ingredients, straight from Kairbetta Estates, within their family’s plantation in the Nilgiri Hills in Southern India.
Visit http://www.bittersweetbeverages.com to find their out more !

Pink Blush, is a blend of Nilgri Black Tea with hand picked natural rose petals.

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On sniffing the tea you are able to smell the floral tones straight away. I happen to love a bit of floralness within tea blends as it adds an extra depth to the tea.

Time to get that kettle on!

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It only seemed right to drink this tea in a cute mug to match its name Pink Blush. I absolutely love the name of the tea and feel it suits the tea brand perfectly. There’s just something about the name which intrigues.

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The colour is also a beautiful orangey brown. Which I wasn’t expecting at all.
After a recommended brewing time of 2-3 minutes I’m ready to go.

First sip is amazing !

The Nilgiri black tea certainly packs a punch. It’s not till on the after sip that the rose really comes through. I’ve never tried Nilgiri Tea before and it was lovely.

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If you love a strong brew this tea is perfect for you. The contrast between its power and the delicateness of the Rose is perfect. It works so well together and it doesn’t disappoint sip after sip.

This tea is the perfect afternoon tea, when your in need of a bit of me time and a tea full of flavour.

Happy Sipping 🙂

English Rose

Time for Tea Please?

This afternoon I’m enjoying a lovely mug of English Rose by Whittards of Chelsea.

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I love a good strong black tea and if it’s got something extra to tickle my taste buds count me in. So when I stumbled across English Rose it just sounds delightful.

Plus check out the description ! Certainly sounds yummy.

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A cream scone is a perfect pairing for a black tea.

Once the kettles going pop your round teabag in your mug! Whittards also do this as loose leaf but some times I just can’t be bothered with the mess.

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As soon as the water hits the teabag the floral tones are instantly released. Sometimes with rose I find it a bit perfumey but with this the balance is just perfect. The rose takes the edge of the bitterness of a black tea which is great for me drinking it black, the boyf loves his with milk and says it tastes better ! I don’t agree but each to their own 🙂

I find a three minute brew time is great for this tea as you don’t want it too strong.

Best get back to sipping this tea it only I was sitting in a rose garden !

Taylors – Rose Lemonade

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Today I’m trying Rose Lemonade Tea by Taylor’s of Harrogate. Opening up the box I am already excited!!!! It smells amazing, I love rose lemonade as a fizzy drink so having it as a tea I can’t wait to try it.

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Putting it into brew the smell intensifies, the lemon hits you first followed by that of the rose and together are a match made in heaven (well in my opinion anyway).

Going by teas guidelines I leave the tea to brew for the recommended 4 minutes. The tea infuses the water and turns it a lovely shade of dark pink.

On my first sip I was rather impressed! It’s exactly like it smells lemony with rose undertones to just the right ratio. It’s also rather sweet which reminds you exactly of lemonade as its meant to. I would advice on stirring the tea while drinking it to keep the two flavours mixed together perfectly.

Although it’s a cold January day I can see this being a perfect tea for a cold brew with lots of ice on a hot summers day! Roll on some and some rose lemonade iced tea !