Afternoon Tea – The Assembly House

Time for Tea Please?

As a belated birthday treat off of my mum I was treated to afternoon tea at The Assembly House in Norwich Norfolk. I absolutely love their afternoon teas and the setting is just amazing for it!

Outside

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Inside

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I could stare at that decor and those chandeliers all day long!

The afternoon tea is of a set menu but there are lots of choices of tea to choose from all of which are from a local tea company , Wilkinsons.

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Every time I come here I like try at least 1 or 2 teas and always a different blend.

Today I’ve gone for the Peach blend. A China black tea with dried peach pieces.

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You get a large pot of tea filled with loose leaf tea and a tea strainer to keep the bits in. The only downside of this way of having tea is that you don’t have control over the final strength as you aren’t able to remove the loose leaves. Which is fine for me as I love a strong tea.

As a black based tea with fruit flavouring, it’s brewed liquid of a brown colour. With its fruity aspect within the blend I will drink it black as I find flavoured black tea with milk a bit weird ! However that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!

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Firs sip is light and refreshing. With some fruit black teas it can be too dark and out shine the fruit flavour. With this tea its full of flavour and the peach out powers the black tea aspect of it making it tealicious. The other perk of this tea is that it’s a great pallet cleanser for all the aspects of an afternoon tea.

The Main Event

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You get so much choice from delicate sandwiches, to warm scones and lots of sweet treats ! You can even ask for more of everything!

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Would highly recommend!
Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Pickwick – Strawberry Tea

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One thing I love about going on my tea travels is finding lots of new teas to try and share in you !
Destination: Amsterdam !

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So today we are sipping on Pickwick and their Strawberry Tea.

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For this blend Pickwick uses Black tea, aromas and pieces of strawberry. Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the strawberry aroma, it’s almost impossible to detect any black tea within the blend.

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I love a flavoured black tea so I’m always very intrigued to try a new one.
Let’s get Brewing !
As soon as the hot water hits the tea bag the aroma of the black tea finally starts to shine through. It also allowed the strawberry tone to hot up.
Like with any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown colour . For me with any black based tea I drink it just like that black, without milk. This allows the real flavours for me to be able to shine through.

Let’s get sipping!

First sip is just beautiful! The strawberry flavour is super intense and actually sings louder than the black tea. Which is very rare for a black based tea. Especially one which I feel is potentially a supermarket blend. Not that it matters to me I love my tea where it comes from. It just makes a massive change for me to try a supermarket blend that tastes exactly like it says on the tin.

Unlike some black teas this blend is super light. The strawberry aspect of the tea lightens the black teas intensity and adds not just a sweetness to the blend but also the much needed mellowness tea. The strawberry flavour is also spot on and you cant mistake it for what it is. Which is just perfect.

Another thing that’s just perfect is how refreshing it is. It’s a delightful sip and the perfect afternoon pick me up tea. Perfect for an energy boost for exploring.

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Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

Framework Wellness Tea – Detox

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All the way from America I’m able to be sipping on Detox 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

As some of you may know I’ve just been on my tea travels and been exploring the lovely city of Amsterdam and embracing all of its culture and sights, so a little detox is in order.

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So here’s hoping that Framework Wellness Tea has created a detox tea that tastes amazing as well as receiving some much needed benefits !

Detox

For this blend Framework Wellness Tea uses: Rooibos , currants, orange peel, cornflowers, Acai and natural flavourings. All of which are organic ingredients.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with that familiar Rooibos flavour yet with underlying notes of fruity the floral aspects. It’s very intriguing smell wise so I hope it tastes this way too.

Let’s Get Brewing!

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Whilst brewing the aroma of the rooibos intensifies and becomes even more prominent in its smell, I’m just hoping this doesn’t over shadow the other flavours within the blend when it comes to sipping.

Like any tea that contains Rooibos the brewed liquid is a redy shade of brown.

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Letโ€™s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious . Some Rooibos teas tend to not always be that sweet but with the use of orange and currants and Acai. Iโ€™m actually fairly surprised about how much you can taste the Acai within the blend.

The flavour combinations itself almost tastes similar to that of grenadine syrup. Fruity and sweet.

Through the use of the cornflowers it just adds an extra flavour depth. It works perfectly alongside the fruity flavours and brings the flavour of Rooibos almost down a flavour level as within some blends it can over power a tea taste. However not with this one.

So if this is what a detox tea is then I’m all in, Amsterdam Detox here I come!

Happy Sipping ๐Ÿ™‚

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Whittards – Orange Gingerbread

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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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Teabury – Rosy Lemon Earl Grey

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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 โ€˜Keep it simpleโ€™. Therefore chose to not use artificial flavours. “We love nature and all its beauty, colours, smells, tastes and goodness. We ask the question โ€˜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 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

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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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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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