Afternoon Tea – The Assembly House

Time for Tea Please?

For my friends 30th Birthday we treated her to a surprise afternoon tea at The Assembly House, in Norwich! Like most of you tea lover we do love a spot of afternoon tea.

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Even so when the sweet treats were themed to the seasons.

Other than the sweet treats, sandwiches , scones and hot appetisers choosing the perfect tea to coincide was essential. After consulting the tea menu….

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I settled on Lavender Black.

Let’s get brewing !
Upon receiving the teapot you can self brew, the tea is loose within the tea pot and then you have your tea strainer to catch the loose leaf as you pour.

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Taking the lid of the tea pot to smell the aroma you can instantly tell why it’s got it’s name as the lavender is very much doing the talking over the black tea.

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As you can see like with any black based tea the brewed liquid is that of a dark brown colour.

First sip is just tealicious. The use of the Lavender is just perfect! The floral side to the brew just adds an added depth and intrigue to a normal black tea. I’ve had lavender in more herbal style teas but it’s almost like it pushes the taste boundaries working alongside each other. There’s just something about it that just works.

Drinking this tea black, to me makes it work perfectly with all the different flavour combination that the afternoon tea has. The lavender works like a pallet cleanser allow not just a refreshing sip but also allowing the food to be enjoyed without the tea being over powering.

It makes the sipping experience even more teatastic because the lavender is also grown and dried in Norfolk where I am so it’s just that little bit more special.

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Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Joes Tea Co – The Earl of Grey

Time for Tea Please?

An afternoon tea sipping session is one of my major loves. Today I’m sipping on Joes Tea Co and their The Earl of Grey. If I could only drink one blend of tea for the east if my life earl grey would be the one so here’s hoping its a good one !

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.

If you wish to find out more about
https://joesteacompany.com

The Earl of Grey

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For this septic blend of Earl Grey , Joes Tea Co uses Ceylon Black Tea and Bergamot Oil. It’s obvious from opening the tea ouch and by its aroma that there is plenty of bergamot within this blend yey!

Let’s get Brewing !

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Whilst brewing the aroma of the blend doesn’t overly change the brewed ceylon becomes deeper and the aromatics of the bergamot sing further.

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As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown colour.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious. I always chose to drink earl grey teas black as I feel milk just takes something away from the blend. This can occasionally lead to a slight bitterness from the brew but that is not the case with this blend. The balance of the ceylon tea with the bergamot is just spot on. They are blended perfectly for them to be sipped in unison as a match made in heaven. The citrus of the bergamot is sharp and punch but with the Ceylon is mellowed to perfection. I could happy sit and sip this all afternoon long.

Thanks at Joes Tea Co for a. If of perfection!

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

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Whittards – Orange Gingerbread

Time for Tea Please?

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 πŸ™‚

Framework Wellness Tea – Slenderize

Time for Tea Please?
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.Β  Our mission is to produce tea that is beneficial to physical wellness while still being the most flavorful, delicious tea available.Β Β 

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 πŸ™‚

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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 β€˜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 β€˜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 πŸ™‚

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Very Craftea – Earl Grey Orange Blossom

Time for Tea Please?

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 πŸ™‚

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