Moylor – Tuo

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All the way from Taiwan I’m able to be sipping on Tuo Tea .

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Thanks to at Moylor for sending it to me to try ! Moylor are a company which sells Chinese Tea, who offer a retail, wholesale and drop ship,service for over 50 countries.

If you’d like to find out more about this tea hit the link below. You can also receive 10% off of your order using the code ZE10 .

https://www.moylor.com

What I love about connecting with tea companies from all around the world is trying new teas that you aren’t able to easily get hold of where I’m based in the UK. So I always look forward to receiving international teapost.

Tuo Tea

Thanks to Moylor I’m able to try for the first time Tuo Tea . This specific tea is from 2012 and is a High Quality Raw Puer Raw Tea Tuocha Puyu Qingtuo Tea. This tea is mainly produced in the Yunnan area. Tuo Tea can be divided into either green or black tea depending on what raw materials it’s made of. For the one I’m trying today is classed as a green one!

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Tuo Tea can either come in lumps or bricks. As you can see from the photo this one is a lump. Unlike a brick it easier to transport. The tea looks similar to a thick-walled bowl with a whole in the middle.

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Let’s get brewing !

Now I’m not going to lie but working out the best way to get the tea leaves apart was a bit of a challenge and maybe using knife isn’t the best option but needs must!

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The aroma of the tea in its dried state is quite pungent. It’s strong and almost earthy. Like a deep richness that only comes with age.

The aroma whilst brewing isn’t too dissimilar to its try state it’s just not as intense. I can’t really think of an aroma comparison for this tea to you.

The brewed liquid is of an orangey brown in its colour.

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First sip is interesting. I am very surprised and almost relieved that the tea doesn’t taste anything like it smells. However it still has an almost earthy edge to its taste. This is due to the way the tea has been manufactured and is a fermented tea, which is where the teas flavour and characteristics is formed. It has a deep richness and there’s all something nostalgic about sipping on a tea that’s 6 years old.

The sipping experience is light and refreshing as the tea has a natural sweetness to it which is surprising considering the earthy depth in flavour that the tea also has.

I think this tea is a grower , the more you try it the more I’ll like it !

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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Balaggan – Ginger Chai

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When the lovely people from Balaggan contacted me about trying out some of there chai, I obviously jumped at the chance !

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One thing that strikes straight away about Balaggan Tea is their packaging, it’s bright ombré effect along with the golden detail is exquisite and just screams India to me! It would certainly grasp your attention.

Today I’m going to try out their Ginger Chai.

The ingredients for this tea are: Indian Assam Black Tea 50%, Ginger 30%, Spices (fennel, cardamom & cinnamon) 20%.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with an almost fruity ginger aroma. It’s almost like smelling a Christmas pudding . Its smell being rich, intense and enticing.

While brewing it is the aroma of he tea that blossoms being balanced with cinnamon notes. The brewed liquid is of a dark brown colour.

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First sip and helloooo ginger ! With 30% of the blend being ginger I was ready for a kick and you get that as well a punch. It is great ! I love it when a tea does what it says it will.

Unlike other chai teas where the spices attack from the front within this blend it’s used for warmth and flavour but as a second element after the ginger. Where it’s followed on by the third and final flavour the Assam.

The blend is almost like magic , it’s warming and heartfelt and is very much a hug in a mug ! The ingredients combined in the quantities that it has been allows for a taste sensation in perfect quantities.

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A mug of Balaggan Ginger Chai will certainly cheer you up.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Herbalife Nutrition – Instant Herbal Beverage

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Like me I’m sure most of you have heard of herbalife but never actually tried any of their products. Through connecting with MT Wellness on Instagram I received a tea related product. Otherwise known as an instant herbal beverage with tea extract infused with black and green tea.

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An instant powder which provides caffeine to revitalise and make you feel more energetic with 85mg of caffeine per cup. Which is pretty high compared to most teas averaging 15-50mg per cup.

Sachet recommends mixing I/2 a tea spoon of the powder with either 200-250ml of hot or cold water.

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Today I’m going to try it cold! Who doesn’t love iced tea!

Powder smells pretty sweet , it doesn’t exactly smell like tea or overly anything exactly. Maybe a light fruitiness but not overly of anything.

The powder itself is brown in colour and therefore the made liquid is also brown in shade.

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A few iced cubes later and we’re ready to get sipping!

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The drink on first sip is quite bitter and on the verge of unpleasant a quick squeeze of honey mixed in and it’s the perfect balance of sweetness.

With it being the original flavour it doesn’t actually overly taste of anything other than a weak black tea. So it’s recommended that by adding a slice of lemon or orange would boost it nicely.

As a gym goer I’m having this tea pre gym. To see if I can get any of the added benefits from this tea based on its high caffeine content. To see in having an extra kick pre workout , so let’s see if this will boost my performance!

For a true indication of the tea and any difference to my gym work out I didn’t change my normal routine for that day.

Did I notice a difference to my work out ?
I certainly feel that I had slightly more energy and felt my performance was boosted within my cardio routine and did manage to do more than usual. Was this a placebo effect we shall have to wait and see!

If you fancy having a try of this tea find your nearest herbalife rep of head to their website for more details :
http://www.herbalife.co.uk
Happy Sipping 🙂

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Hyson – Winter Wine

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It’s that time of year where being a non drinker can mean missing out on some of the classic winter classics, mulled wine, baby cham you name it there non-alcoholic versions are a close match but I’m always keen to find new ways to get that festive sip without the spirit !

Here’s looking to Hyson with their Winter Wine.

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I was lucky enough to be sent this to try from a fellow tea blogger at Taste The Tea https://www.tastethetea.co.uk so unfortunately I don’t have the packaging so please excuse me on this one but if you pop along to Hyson online shop you can see it for yourself https://shophyson.co.uk/products/winter-wine-flavoured-black-tea

On opening the tea it’s quite sweet in its aroma with an almost fruity tone within the black tea base.

For this tea Hyson blends ceylon black tea with natural raisins and dried petals to enhance the flavour of the wine.

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As expected from a black tea the brewed liquid is brown in colour. The aroma from being quite sweet while brewing is less so but has increased in more floral tones.

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On first sip I’m just quite not sure. It is a very nice ceylon tea it’s a rich and flavoursome but I’m just not getting the wine vibe. The occasional floral tone is there but I’m slightly disappointed I was expecting more especially from its dried to aroma. For me it doesn’t meet the ‘wine’ aspect I was hoping it too. However this didn’t stop me drinking the whole mug as it was a refreshing cup on ceylon tea.

Although I wasn’t a fan doesn’t mean you won’t be! Tea is unique to you.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Gold and Tea – Organic Ceremonial Matcha

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I love receiving Tea Post and I was lucky to receive some all the way from Canada by the lovelies at Gold and Tea .

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Who have sent me there Organic Ceremonial Matcha to try. Who Strive to bring the best organic teas to you.
To find out more and see their others tea visit:
https://goldandtea.com

I’m yet to find a matcha that I actually enjoy drinking so here’s hoping Gold and Tea can change that with Matcha originating from Kagoshima and Kyoto Japan. I love the idea of Matcha tea so much because of all the benefits of drinking it.

Gold and Tea outline their Matcha tea benefits to include:

packed with antioxidants including a cancer-fighting catechin called EGCG
Boosts metabolism and burns calories
Natural detox
Relaxes the mind and body
Rich in fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins
Enhances mood and aids in concentration
Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
possesses 20 times more antioxidants than blueberries or pomegranates

Now if that’s not enough benefits to want to love Matcha then what is!

So today I’m brewing up a Matcha Latte using Gold and Tea – Organic Ceremonial Matcha .

Popping open the packet you are instantly hit with the green vibrancy of the matcha tea powder.

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Taking a nice sized spoonful

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And mix/whisk with some warm water

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Next steam some milk, or heated milk will work just as well. Today I’m using soya milk. Heat and poor.

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Hey presto a matcha latte.

Time to get sipping.

First sip and I am pleasantly surprised!

I’m not the biggest green tea fan but this Matcha may now be the best I’ve tried. Combined with the soya milk it’s a very pleasurable sipping experience. It was actually quite mild in taste with none of those grassy side effects. It was smooth and not grainy and unlike other matcha’s I’ve tried it wasn’t bitter. So there was no need to add any honey or cinnamon, which was a lovely bonus.

It wasn’t as green as I may have been expecting it to be but the subtleness of its colour combined with the beige tonnes of the soya milk made it subtle in colour. Although it may have been a different out come colour wise if using different milk. Here’s to finding out as , i’m already looking forward to my next matcha latte and consuming all the benefits.

So if your like me and a not 100% sold on the taste of Matcha then you must give Gold and Tea a try.

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 🙂