Tea Pop

Time For Tea Please?

Today I got home from work to some lovely teapost from the people over at Tea-Pop.

TEA On-A-Stick! at Tea-Pop, we believe that good health starts with the body and mind, and tea is one of natures true gifts to stimulate both, that is why we developed Tea-Pop, a pure mineral extraction of all the natural goodness tea leaves, fruits, plants and herbs. (Taken direct from website)

If you’d like to find out more about Tea-Pop or to try their teas then hit the link! https://www.myteapop.com

Today I have chosen to open tea caddy of the Herbal and Fruit Tea. Each caddy is vibrant and inviting and it certainly catches your attention. Each caddy comes with 6 individually wrapped tea pops 2 in each flavour.

Passion Fruit Punch

For the makings of this gourmet tea pop , Tea-Pop uses – 100% Natural mint tea leaves and plants. When opening the tea pop pouch however it doesn’t smell very minty the fruity sides of the teas name sake is more apparent.

Let’s Get Brewing!

One perk of this tea is that’s brewing is made super simple , just pop your tea pop in a mug and pour over with either hot or cold water ! Today I’m going for hot!

The brewing time is instant ! Which saves a good few minutes of waiting around! Always handy when in a rush.

One thing i wasn’t expecting it though was the colour of the brewed liquid. It’s more of a greeny Brown in its colouring I guess i was thinking it would be more pink based on the colour of the pop.

The aroma from its pop state also changes. It turns a way from its more fruity notes to more of a floraly type one.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I’m not going to lie I was a little perplexed . It doesn’t taste anything like I expected it too. Given the name of the tea passion fruit I was expecting the tea to be a lot more fruity than it turned out to be. I can still just about get very light hints of passion fruit but it’s not the screaming overall flavour. Although given its use of mint tea leaves this is a lot closer to the taste of what I’m sipping.

It’s not an unpleasant sipping experience it’s just not what I was expecting it to taste like. Maybe I’ve used too much water , maybe it would be better if I used to 2 pops or would it taste better cold? All plausible reasons to which could effect its taste.

It’s not a majorly sweet tea which given it’s natural and herbal uses was to be expected. Looking forward to trying more of Tea Pops teas and seeing their outcomes.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Lewisham Tea Company – Chocolate Spice

Time for Tea Please?

Thanks to Lewisham Tea Company I’m able to bring you today’s tea review featuring their Chocolate Spice Tea.

IMG_3323Lewisham Tea Company has a fantastic ethos of a tea for every mood. Focusing on sipping the “stuff that tastes good and makes us feel even better”. Sipping on a mug of incredible tasting tea that does what it says on the tin for me is part of looking after my wellbeing , taking a moment to myself to enjoy the sipping pleasures and moment of calm a cuppa can bring. Especially if I need a bit of a boost. Which as part of lockdown I certainly need now more than ever and maybe you do too!

With having 6 teas in their range it means their focus is purely on the tea and allowing the tea to really do the talking.
To find out more or to try one of their teas hit the link!
https://www.lewishamteacompany.com .

Chocolate Spice

For this Tea Lewisham Tea Company blends: Assam tea, cocoa, barley malt, roasted chicory root, ginger, cardamom, black pepper.

This tea has been blended with our wellbeing in mind. The use of Cocoa has been shown to increase serotonin and dopamine levels. As well as being packed with other antioxidants to help boost immune system and increase focus. A tea with added extras is always a bonus to me.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with all the aromas blended together. Ultimately you can smell the spiced aspects blended with cocoa and not so much of the assam tea.

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Let’s get brewing !

Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea in its dry state completely changes and transforms into its name sake chocolate spice. The aroma of the chocolate is now at the forefront of what you are able to smell. The spice is still lingering however it’s the chocolates turn to sing. The assam tea is still taking a slight back seat but judging by the teas name chocolate spice that’s exactly what’s a brewing. So I’m excited to see what it tastes like.

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The brewed liquid as expected is a dark brown in its colouring due to the Assam tea within the blend.

Let’s get sipping!

First sip is just tealicious. It’s very rare to find a tea that does exactly what it says it’s going too. It’s really strong in its flavouring which of course I love.
As I do love a strong brew. The tea is a pleasure to sip on it, it incorporates every single aspect of what ingredients it has within the blend. From the cocoa bringing the initial flavour to the sip followed by spicy tones and malty notes from the Assam tea bringing an earthy spicy hit which brings a warming aspect to the sipping experience.

The overall sip is heartfelt and warming and a hug in a mug. Which sometimes you just need from a good brew after a difficult day.

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Chocolate Spice Latte

Due to the spiced aspects of the tea I thought I’d mix it up and try it as a latte.
Todo this first steep a chocolate spice tea bag in a few cms of hot water.

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Then steam some hot milk

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Pour to the brim on the mug leave the tea bag in (it intensifies the flavour)
Sprinkle some chocolate on top and drink!

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Personally I prefer the tea on its own black it allows the real flavours to completely sing however it’s a nice alternative and a great way to make the tea versatile for your needs.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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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L’ATELIERduThé – Breakfast in Asia

Time for Tea Please?

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 🙂

State of Mind – Sense of Humour

Time for Tea Please?

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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Really Rather Good Coffee House – Summer Tea

Time for Tea Please?

After a stroll around the beauTEAfully quaint Bury St.Edmunds it was time for a much needed cuppa!

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Coming out of the cathedral grounds we stumbled across the Really Rather Good Coffee House ! Now with a business name like that it was well worth a go.

Don’t worry they serve tea as well as being a coffee house, phew!

With a menu of over 20 house chosen loose leaf teas I was more than surprised at the selection of teas on offer, considering its coffee house status. For my much needed afternoon pick me up I decided on trying their Summer Tea.

Summer Tea

For this blend the Really Rather Good Coffee House uses the following ingredients: black China tea, with natural apricot and strawberry flavours and cornflower and sunflower petals.

I love a flavoured black tea so I was very intrigued my this flavour combination. Upon opening the brewing tea leaves you are instantly engulfed with the fruity notes of the strawberries infusing with the floral tones of the cornflower and sunflower petals.

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The brewed liquid is of a lift brown colour which you’d expect to see with a black based tea. It’s lighter shade of tone could be down to less black tea within the blend or extra fruit and floral aspects.

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First sip is just beauTEAful !

I know I was desperate for a brew by this time but I think we are going to be on to a winner!

The tea is super light and refreshing! From a personal point of you I feel this tea is perfect without the need to add any milk. This doesn’t of course mean you can’t , as tea is unique and drank to how you like it

From this tea The strawberry flavour is very much in the forefront of the sipping taste. It has a slight peach Melba twang to it. With this being blended with apricot flavouring this could be a sign of why. What else I like about this tea is the floral depth. On first sip you are hit with fruity aspect of the flavours, but on second hit you get the floral side of the tea. Together

This tea like its name sake Summer Tea is just perfect with the warmer weather. Without the need to have milk it makes a refreshing afternoon tea. I’m also sure that with its flavouring it would make a lovely iced brew!

It also made a nice change to be given an extra jug of hot water , if you need it that is. Which was a really nice touch!

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Happy Sipping 🙂

If your looking for some where for lunch then make sure you pay a visit to Papakapis Deli. Their chicken Gyros will take you back to Greece ! Banishing any holiday blues!

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The London Tea Company – Earl Grey

Time for Tea Please?

There’s nothing better than having a brew ! Especially when is first thing on a Tuesday morning at work. Come on all we know that we need a good ol mug of tea or twenty to get us through the day !!!!! Today I’m sipping on The London Tea Company and their Earl Grey.

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For this blend The London Tea Company uses 98% Ceylon Black Tea with flavourings.

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As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly hit with the aroma of bergamot followed by that of the black tea.
Let’s get brewing !

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The aroma while brewing doesn’t overly change from its dried state it just allows the intensity to increase.
As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark black colouring. Now I just love the aroma of an earl grey tea, so let’s get sipping!

I always find earl grey teas quite hard to describe. All I know is that I haven’t found one yet that I dislike! So here’s hoping this one lives up to my expectation.
First sip oh hello!
I like my earl greys well any tea to be fair to pack a punch and this one certainly does. The intensity of the black tea mixed with the flavourings add an extra strength that can sometimes be missing. One aspect that sings within this blend is that of the bergamot and flavour it brings to the tea with its citrus tones adds the much needed flavour sensation that everyone recognises as earl grey.

The only slight flaw in this tea for me is the fact the flavour isn’t fully as intense at the last sip. Wether this down to the way the flavourings is used within the blend I don’t know it just seems to have slightly lost its bergamot taste.

All in all this an Earl Grey worth drinking !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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OTeas – Cranberry Delight

Time for Tea Please?

The sun is shining , the birds are singing and the kettle is boiling !

Today’s Tuesday Tea Review features OTeas and their Cranberry Delight Tea.

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I just love a herbal tea in the late afternoon and as this ones naturally caffeine free too it won’t be keeping us up all night.

For this blend OTeas uses apple pieces, carrot flakes, grapes, beetroot pieces, cranberry slices and natural flavourings.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with a supper FruiTEA hit of the ingredients combined. There isn’t one an ingredient that shouts smell me more. The only thing that comes to mind when thinking about the aroma of the dry blend is strawberry laces. The liquorice type red cable sweet. Hopefully you know what I’m going on about?!?…

Let’s get brewing !

The aroma of the tea whilst brewing doesn’t overly change from its dried state , this always a bonus as it can be a fairly good indicator to what the tea might taste like. The only minor difference in its smell compared to the dry state is possibly just lost some of its sweetness.

The brewed tea liquid is just what it says on the tea box, a bright cranberry red.

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First sip is just tealicious. Your instantly hit with a fruit cocktail which is excites the taste buds leaving you wanting more. I’m even surprised that from its aroma it does actually taste like the strawberry laces. If that’s not a taste that takes you back to your younger days I don’t know what will. Not going to lie but I am a little shocked by how good it does taste. It’s not very often that you get a herbal tea which completely matches its aroma and taste so well done OTeas.

The only thing that puzzles me with this tea is the name of Cranberry Delight. As you can see from the ingredient list cranberry is not the only ingredient and isn’t essentially the obvious flavour within this blend. However neither are any of the other ingredients. However the cranberry certainly doesn’t let you forget that it’s there. The almost sweet and sour tang certainly adds a a twist to the sipping experience and alongside the other ingredients does like it names suggest make it a delight to drink.

The sweetness of the tea will certainly give you that much needed sweet sensation without the added guilt. Bonus !

Now this tea is also the perfect brew to be a oh no I forgot to drink my tea and now it’s gone cold, come on we’ve all done it at some point !
The fruity flavour makes it a perfect cold brew and allowed the cranberries to add an extra sharpness to sipping experience.

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Oteas – Black Tea with Apricot

Time for Tea Please?

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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Black Dog Teas – Honeydew Melon

Time for Tea Please?

When a surprisingly local tea company to me got in contact with me about trying some of their tea it was never any doubt that I would love too! I’m all for shopping local and trying new independent tea companies so today I’m introducing you to Black Dog Teas .

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Black Dog Teas are “passionate about our products, and dedicated to giving you the very best, with a focus on quality and environmental awareness. Starting with around forty teas we want our customers to discover new tastes and blends with us. In an effort to reduce our impact on the environment we have ensured that all of our packaging is biodegradable or recyclable. With the belief that small changes can make a big difference, we have stripped away as much as we can. We don’t use labels for our branding, instead your teas will be packed to order and hand stamped”.

That’s one thing that sets Black Dog Teasapart from other tea companies. Their packaging is simple but very effective, with its unique hand stamping and use of recycled packaging it makes a unique impact. Here’s hoping the tea packs the same punch!

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Today I’m trying Honeydew Melon. For this tea Black Dog Teas blends: hibiscus, honeydew melon cubes (honeydew melon, sugar), grapes, pineapple flakes, papaya flakes, mango flakes, flavouring.

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As soon as you open the tea pouch you are engulfed in melonness. It’s super sweet and fruity in its dry aroma and theres even crystallised melon pieces, Yes I did just eat a piece and it was delicious. There’s even deed grapes and papaya flakes maybe I’ll save those for brewing rather than eating hehe.

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Let’s get brewing !

The aroma while brewing is is completely different to its dried aroma. While the tea brews the melonness that attacked you mellows out. It allows the hibiscus to come through, Mingled with all the other fruity notes.

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Plus the brewed liquid is a sensational colour, it’s deep and redy pink almost wine like in its colour.

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I am so surprised in how sweet the tea actually is. Especially with all its natural flavourings. If you need a sweet fruity pick me up this tea will certainly hit the spot.

The melonness is so surprising. It’s flavour is just spot on. It just shouts melon. I know their are melon pieces in but it really does taste like liquid melon! The use of the hibiscus just enriches that flavour. At times it has the prominent flavour but it works along side the melon. The use of the dried fruits just adds to the taste sensation. It just adds extra strength to the fruity tones a depth that works perfectly with hibiscus and allows melon to shine.

Another thing to add to this almost perfect blend (know ones quite perfect are they hehe) is that it’s one you can enjoy hot or cold and trying this tea in warmer weather ice cold I’m sure will be just as intense , punchy and thirst quenching.

So if you love your fruity teas then Black Dog Tea Honeydew Melon is a must try !

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Happy Sipping 🙂