The Orangery Tea Rooms

Time for Tea Please?

One thing I’ve majorly missed during lockdown is visiting new places and finding new gems for a good ol cuppa.

So making the most of my weekends as I’ve been working throughout the whole pandemic I paid a visit to The Orangery Tea Rooms , which is based at Ketteringham Hall in Norfolk , England.

There falling full guidance to be covid safe so know-one needs to worry and it was very well signed it to keep the staff and visitors safe.

The Tea rooms itself is situated alongside the hall in some lovely grounds.

Cream Tea

After browsing the menu it wasn’t difficult to choose what I was going to try. So I went for the classic Cream Tea. I was very impressed that I was able to choose which tea i’d like to have with it. So of course I chose their Earl Grey.

Given the current climate all cream teas and their menu is takeaway only but when you’ve got lovely grounds to sit in , it wasn’t going to be an issue.

For a “takeaway” cream tea I was super impressed. Especially as it’s my first visit to the tea rooms I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Come on just look at that scone , I’ve tasted and baked enough scones to know that from just looking at that one it’s going to be tasty.

I’m a jam first person always ! Mainly because the cream sits better on the jam in my opinion and it just doesn’t taste the same to me eaten any other the way.

The scone was light well risen yet crisp in the right places for that perfect bite.

The Earl Grey to my surprise was an actually a homemade teabag filled with looseleaf tea. The Earl Grey was perfectly balanced in its floral bergamot tones. As always I drink my earl grey tea black to allow the tea flavours to sing.

You could have had any of the teas or hot drinks with the cream teas for any of you who aren’t tea drinkers, although I’m sure that doesn’t apply to any of you !!!!

For me when having a cream tea or an afternoon tea I tend to favour teas like earl grey or flavoured black teas as the freshness of the tea makes the taste of the food much nicer. However tea is unique to you so drink what ever you like !

I’d highly recommend paying a visit to the orangery as why wouldn’t you want to sit in the lovely grounds having a cream tea with good company on a lovely day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

House of Lilah – Enchanted Carousel

As you all should know by now I love trying out new teas so when House of Lilah asked if I’d like to try some of their teas of course I said yes.

Firstly can we just take a second to appreciate the amazingness of House of Lilahs packaging !

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As I’ve already mentioned the packaging it’s a massive clue towards the ethos of the brand.

Taken from their website:

“Art creates bonds and offers sensory experiences that deeply connects people across communities.”

“Recent researches have proven that participation in Art related activities increases cognitive abilities, but can also contribute to improved social relationships and community cohesion. At HOUSE OF LILAH, we believe that art is a powerful force for social change, and we want to leverage that force to help young people from underserved communities unleash their magic.”

It’s this approach they also use when designing their teas. Creating teas that can either evoke memories or transport you elsewhere sip by sip ! To find out more about House of Lilah hit the link : https://www.houseoflilah.co.uk

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For this tea House of Lilah blends Ceylon (black tea), stevia, strawberry pieces (freeze-dried), cotton candy flavouring, strawberry flavouring, cream soda flavouring.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are engulfed with the sweetness of the blend. It is amazing and it takes you right back to being a kid in a sweet shop, or maybe as the name suggests at the fun fair. As where else would you find a Carousel?

Let’s get brewing

Sometimes you just need to make your own tea bag !

As soon as the hot water hits the tea the magic begins. The aroma whilst brewing isn’t too dissimilar to that of its dry state. Other than the strawberry tones to the tea which become more fragrant as they become rehydrated I guess !

With any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown colouring.

With any flavoured black based tea I tend to always drink it black. As i feel the flavour is more pure. That doesn’t mean you can’t ! Tea is unique to you after all.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I am hooked. I am firstly surprised at how sweet the tea is. I am totally amazed by it.

Despite the aroma of the tea the strawberry flavour isn’t at the forefront. Which goes against what I was expecting . Where as its actually a mix of all the flavours with the strawberry blended with the others .

It’s almost got a cotton candy style flavour to it. It’s sweet and rich and almost feels slightly naughty to keep on drinking it but it tastes too good!

I feel this tea would be best drank without milk unless you want a super sweet milkshake like tea. I’d also be intrigued to see how the tea tastes iced cold. Which is further magic this tea could bring.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Clean Tea – Zest

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Today we are sipping on Zest a tea blend by Clean Tea.

Clean Tea is a company that’s “creates blends from the heart, with our own hands, that we hope you enjoy, and will leave you feeling amazing.

Why Clean Tea? Because it is clean of chemicals or artificial flavours. Just organic, natural herbs and fruits in delicious beneficial flavours. Made with love from Byron Bay

Handcrafted and family operated by a mother and daughter team, we both have a love and passion for health and tea.” Info taken direct from their website.

To find out more or to try Clean Tea for yourself hit the link : https://cleantea.co.uk

Zest

Upon open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with a punch of lemon. Considering the three types of lemon based ingredients within the blend it’s hardly surprising but it appeals to the senses and it has mouth watering capabilities.

For this blend of tea Clean Tea combines :Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Peel and Ginger.

Let’s Get Brewing!

As soon as the boiling water hits the loose leaf tea the magic happens. The aroma doesn’t massively change other than the lemon grass becoming more prominent, compared to the dry state.

The brewed liquid is of a yellow colouring.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I am hooked. I do love the use of lemon in teas and this just BeauTEAful. The ingredients of the tea blend together just perfectly. Sometimes I find that teas that rely on lemongrass for its lemonness can almost be harsh in its flavour but with this tea it’s not the case.

This tea manages to be zingy without the sharpness a lemon could normally bring you because of this you can’t help going back for more.

Mellow Yellow comes to mind when sipping on this tea. It’s a calm and relaxing tea to sip on but also punchy and refreshing. It takes you away to a dreamy place. Seeing as I can’t travel anywhere at the moment a nice warm beach would do. Ahh bliss.

Having this tea as cold brew would definitely be worth a try on a hot summers day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Joes Tea Co. St.Clements Lemon

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Today we are sipping on St. Clements Lemon, From Joes Tea Co.

Joes Tea Co was founded in 2012 where he sought after organic blends and has since won 25 great taste awards. Joe is after the best and when he means best it’s referring to exceptionally sourced ethical , organic tea plantations.

To find out more or to try this or any of their other teas hit the link below:

https://joesteacompany.com

St. Clements Lemon

As soon as you open the little box you are instantly engulfed with a wave of lemongrass and ginger. It’s super punchy which is giving a great vibe for this tea. It’s not until a closer sniffing that fruity citrus tones of the orange and mandarin start to peep through.

For this tea blend Joes Tea Co uses: Lemongrass, orange peel, ginger, natural orange flavour, mandarin flavour.

Let’s get brewing!

Upon brewing the tea and the aroma continues to intensify and the lemongrass becomes the biggest smell.

As to be expected given the ingredients within the blend the brewed liquid is of a yellowy Orange.

Let’s get sipping

First sip is just tealicious like it’s aroma it’s sip is punchy and flavoursome. Like I find with a lot of teas they can be what I like to call a 2 part sip. Where you start off with one flavour and finish’s with a second. With this tea the first part is the lemongrass and ginger followed by the second part of orange and clementine.

The only downside of a 2 part sip tea is that some of the flavours instead of blending together they are slightly more separated than blended as one.

Although with this tea the lemongrass is the most prominent flavour but the citrus flavours make a refreshing fruity after taste.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Tea Treat – Earl Grey Scones

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When being in lockdown it’s important to,fill your time with things you love doing or haven’t had a chance to do in a while and for me that’s baking. Although I’m still working I’ve found extra time in the day to fill with things I’ve not done in a while.

So today I’m back baking scones. For today’s ones I’m keeping with the the tea theme and baking some Earl Grey flavour ones.

The Ingredients

1lb Self Raising Flour
4oz Butter
4oz Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
Milk
3 Earl Grey Tea Bags
1 egg (optional)
Round cutter

Method

1. Brew half a mug of tea using all 3 tea bags and steep for 5/10 mins and then leave to cool.

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2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees, Weigh out the flour , sugar , butter and baking powder and rub together to form bread crumbs.

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3. Alternating the tea and the milk till a damp dough is formed.

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4. Form in to a round dough , flatten the dough by hand to the height of your cutter. (I choose to flatten by hand instead of rolling it out to keep as much air in the dough).

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5. Cut out as many rounds as you can and place on to a greased/lined baking tray. Re roll and repeat stage 4 & 5 again till the dough is used.

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6. Glaze the scones with an egg wash or milk wash .

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7. Bake for aprox 12-15 mins till golden brown or till flicking the bottom of your scones sound hollowish.

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8. Cool and then serve.

I’m choosing to serve mine with lemon and lime curd and some sweetened cream cheese. Delicious .

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Enjoy with a lovely mug of tea.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Oteas – Black Tea with Apricot

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Thanks to OTeas for sending me these fabulous teas to try ! I can’t wait to get sipping on them 🙂

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The founder of OTeas Paresh Thakkar gree up on the beauTEAful tea plantations of East Africa he was amazed by the greenery that represent the delicious beverage. After having to escape his family home and relocations to Britain he never gave up on his dream and founded OTeas.

OTeas Prizes itself on its ability source high quality teas with ingredients from all round the world. Using the ingredients as a whole rather than bits and pieces.

If you’d like to find out more about OTeas hit the link below to discover their tea range.
http://www.o-teas.com

I also love their statement
“With the perfect cup, get off the beaten track”.

It’s such a wonderful statement and so true too.

Today I’m sipping on their Black Tea with Apricot.

Firstly what strikes me about this tea is the packaging . The shape of the packaging and due to the bold white in colour it looks sharp and effective. The logos and style just adds to the intrigue.

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Upon opening the tea pouch and you are instantly hit with the sweet fruity punch of the apricot followed by the hints of black tea. Mouthwateringly good.

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For this tea OTeas blends just two ingredients black tea and apricot pieces.

Let’s get brewing !
The aroma while the tea brews is not too dissimilar from its dry state. Other than from its dry state the sweetness of the smell isn’t as prominent and the black tea starts to develop a stronger side of the brew.

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Brew colour as to be expected with any black based tea is brown in colour.

First sip is just tealicious !

The tea is exactly what it says on the tin. Black tea with Apricot. It really does make a change for a tea to bring to the pot what it says it will.

On first sip you are hit with the fruity sweetness of the apricots . Which adds a refreshing lightness to the black tea. With most fruit based black teas I chose to not add milk as to me I feel it alters the taste of the blend too much. However as always tea is unique to the sipper and if you want to add milk go for it.

What further allows this tea to sing is the match of the aroma to the flavour sip. Sometimes teas can be quite deceitful in that the aroma and the taste isn’t the same , however OTeas has managed to create a blend where the two are the same.

If your looking for a refreshing fruit flavoured tea but with all the qualities of a black based tea , which is a fabulous afternoon sip then this could be the brew for you.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Aldi Infusions

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With the festiviTEAs in full swing sometimes a cup of tea is all you need, for a minute of calm, as an alcohol alternative or just because!

Today in Aldi I spotted there Aldi infusions tea range which they on,y,bring out at this time of year. Two in particular caught my eye the raspberry Prosecco and winter spice. Perfect for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Higher Living – Mince Pie

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With one weekend left to get your Christmas shopping done, here’s another festiviTEA that you may wish to get for the teal over in your life! This time it’s from Higher Living and their Mince Pie Tea. Firstly,how cute and effective is the tea caddy! Certainly putting my in the festive spirit.

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For this tea Higher Living blends Cassia, Licorice, Ginger, Cardamom seeds, Pepper, Cocoapeels, Cloves, Corinader, Cinnamon and Natural Vanilla Flavouring. All the flavours of Christmas and more so of mince pies in one hot warming mug of tea. Hopefully this may have added some extra gift inspiration for your present hunting. P.S. I spotted this tea in TK Max!

Happy Sipping 🙂

ASDA – Lemon Meringue

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I love trying new teas and from any brand and all sorts of price ranges. So this weekend while visiting the grandparents I was more than surprised when my nanny pulled out a box of Lemon Meringue tea bags by ASDA. I’ve been expanding their tea range over the last few years so was more pleasantly surprised that my tea insights might be paying off.
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As you can see packaging is super cute and bright and covered in Lemon Meringue Pies, which just happens to be one of my favourites.

Upon opening the tea pouch, wowzer !!! The aroma is super powerful and very lemony !
Best get that kettle on before my mouth starts watering.

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Let’s get brewing !

While brewing the aroma only intensifies and the zingy lemoness is increasing. Let’s hope it tastes as good as it smells.

As to be expected from a lemon tea the brewed liquid is a dark yellow.

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First sip , yum!

The lemon certainly packs a punch, unlike sucking on an actual lemon with its sharp tang (you know the face pull) it is surprisingly sweet and rich. Almost naturally too sweet but hey this is meant to be a mug of lemon meringue tea which is perfectly sweet. It’s smooth, intense and certainly full of flavour. For what some people will label a supermarket tea it doesn’t lack flavour and for a caffeine free tea it certainly has a punch. All it’s really missing is a meringue on top.

This tea also screams cold brew, it’s lovely hot but I have a feeling ice cold will be amazing too!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Twist Teas – Apple and Blueberry

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Like many of you I love trying out new teas ! Even more so when a fellow tea blogger sends me one to try. Thanks to pinkiebag I’m able to try Twist Teas Apple and Blueberry.

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Twist Teas “share the belief that there’s nothing like a cup of tea to lift the spirits and raise a smile, whether drunk alone or in a group, out and about or in the comforts of your own home”.

I love this ethos! It’s the perfect description of why I love tea !

Apple and Blueberry

Upon opening the tea pouch you are engulfed with the teas fruity tones , I just hope it tastes as good as it smells as my mouths watering hehe.

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For this blend Twist Teas uses apple pieces, dried blueberries, hibiscus, rosehip, elderberries, cornflower, orange peel and natural flavourings.

Let’s get brewing !

The aroma while brewing is just beauTEAful. It’s sweet berry aroma is just enticing. The sun is currently shining and I’m more than ready for this brew.

The brewed liquid is of a dark pink colour yet vibrant at the same time and fits with the summery mood.

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First sip and it’s very delicate. It’s taste isn’t quite as powerful as its dried aroma led me to believe. Flavours don’t scream out to me as much as I hoped it would. It’s light in its flavour notes I’m not really tasting the Appleness but it’s berry side certainly is. Blended with undertones of the floral aspects of the blend.

After doing a bit research into this tea blend via twist teas website it’s actually classed as one there cold brew teas. Now this could explain the lightness in its flavour while hot but I do agree that it would fit perfectly for a cold brew as its a very summary brew.

Wether hot or cold, this is a perfect feel good, just longer the brew time the better!

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Happy Sipping 🙂