Pickwick – Strawberry Tea

Time for Tea Please?

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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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Tea Travels – Croatia & Bosnia

Time for Tea Please?

Another country , another tea Isle !

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I love exploring new countries and you can always find me down the tea Isle.

I’ve just had a fantastic week exploring Croatia and Bosnia.

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From fantastic views and landscapes to tasty treats. There were bakeries everywhere ! I wasn’t complaining !

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Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Corfu Tea Travels

Time for Tea Please?
It’s time for my second summer adventure! This time I’m heading back to one of my fave places Corfu.

For our base we stayed in Kassiopi, a harbour town to the north of the island.
It’s beautiful day….

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Or night!

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And don’t get me started on how good these chicken gyros are!

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But it’s tea travels so first stop is always the supermarket !

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For once a selection of teas you can’t bye back in England, which is all part of tea adventures.

I was even lucky enough to find a selection of loose leaf teas whilst visiting Acharavi.

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I may have purchased one or two to take home.

The other bonus of tea travels isn’t just the tea but also having the chance to explore a new place, country and culture. So here’s a quick glimpse of what else I got up to!
The ruins at Old Perithia

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The crystal clear seas

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The sunsets

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The White pebbled beaches

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Boat trips

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Or just lazing on an inflatable !

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Corfu has something for everyone !

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Gozo Tea Travels

Time for Tea Please?

It’s summer!
After facing redundancy with what else was I supposed to do yet get on a plane for a much needed escape and some much needed traveling. I love exploring new countries, cultures and over course their tea!

First stop this summer is Gozo.

For those of you who don’t know Gozo is the sister island of Malta.

Well on the tea front my hotel definitely didn’t disappoint!

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A mug of Twinings English Breakfast was the perfect choice plus 4 other Twinings selection for breakfast too.

Now speaking of breakfasts …..

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I certainly enjoyed my maple bacon pancakes with a side of tea and biscotti!

It also wouldn’t be me without stumbling into the tea Isle

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I just love checking out what other countries have on offer. I was quite surprised with how much was on offer as coffee certainly seems to be prominent. I have a feeling it may have something to do with its closeness to Italy as the food served in restaurants certainly reflected that.

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Not that I was complaining as I love pizza and pasta! Yummmmm

Now if the food or the tea doesn’t persuade you Gozo might be up your street maybe some of the landscape might!

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From the salt pans , to the blue lagoon , to the ornate architecture to snorkelling in the clear blue sea, it won’t disappoint !

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Tea Travels Iceland

Time for Tea Please?

I love a Tea Travel and having the chance to explore a different place or country to where I live. There’s a whole world out there to explore and new teas to find ! So Iceland here I come !

Like any new adventure a mug of tea to kick start it.

A mug of Earl Grey by Gestus . Served to me black just the way I like it.

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For a first time try of Gestus Earl Grey, I really enjoyed it. The aroma was very distinctly that of any earl grey tea from anywhere in the world . It was punchy and strong with a light floral tone to it. A perfect cuppa for a tea break.

In Iceland there isn’t much of a tea selection on offer like I’m used to in the UK. Which is mainly down to the locals telling me that coffee is much more favoured to tea. As you can see from this photo taken in a supermarket the little choice on offer.

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Now finding tea wasn’t the only reason for choosing Iceland but it was certainly going to fuel my way round the country. This time my adventures round Iceland is being made possible thanks to Mink Campers.

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With the help of mink campers I’m able to explore and camp my way round Iceland in complete comfort, while creating those all important memories and exploring the Icelandic landscape. In the Mink there isn’t just gas for my all important cups of tea in the mini kitchen: there’s heating , solar power for charging devices via USB, lighting, sound system and even its own Wifi!
From one of the 10,000 waterfalls

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To Glacier Lagoons

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Brewing with a view is certainly a highlight of the trip, as well all know how important a good cup of tea gets you through the day!

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As well as being lucky enough to glimpse an Arctic Fox.

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And some puffins !

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Oh and relaxing in a hot spring or two!

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Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Cherry Tea

Time for Tea Please?

On the next instalment of my Turkish Tea Travels introducing to a different aspect of Turkish Tea culture, the instant tea !

From the supermarkets to the shops they just love it! I’m sure it’s all part of the tourist trade, especially with some stores selling instant suited to improving your bedroom antics! (One for the grown ups) .

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Now we could argue that instant tea isn’t really tea but that wasn’t going to stop me trying especially when it was super cheap !

Cherry Tea

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Now I may not know Turkish but luckily for me there was some guidelines in English on the back.

As soon as you open the packet you are pretty literally engulfed in cherry ness so be careful of powder bomb going off. But it smells amazing so can’t wait to try!

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Boiling the kettle adding 3 teaspoons of powder per mug for a hot version or 2 table spoons for cold.

As soon as the water hits the powder this amazing deep pinky red colour comes to life I guess you could call it cherry red hehe! The aroma isn’t distinctly cherry but it’s certainly fruity.

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After leaving it a few minutes to cool, as know one wants to burn their tongue it’s time to try!

Mmmmm cherry !

After not having an overly strong cherry aroma the flavour is certainly there. After eating a lot of cherries while in Turkey it was refreshing to drink it for a change however it is rather on the sweet side. Now I have a sweet tooth and don’t mind that so you might just want to play around with it to suit your own needs.

It’s another one of those perfect summer teas based on its fruity sweetness that will just be perfect served iced cold.

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Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Turkish Tea

Time for Tea Please?

As most of you already know you I’ve just been to Turkey ! It was my first visit here in which I’m staying in the area of Oludeniz. A fairly popular tourist destination with plenty of things to see and do.

Before my exploring began it was essential to start the day with a Turkish Tea. Luckily for me at my hotel it was literally on tap.

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Now there was a bit of trial and error and people watching to get the perfect combination. The trick seemed to be 1/6th tea to 5/6ths water in that makes sense. Although it means you can have it to your desired strength.

I love my tea strong and made the rookie error on first attempt filling it all with tea now that was too strong but I soon found the combo for me.

Unlike other europeans staying at the hotel I embraced the tulip glass cups to drink from. I can have a boring mug any old day of the week!

Plus there just super cute!

After filling up on lots of tea and freshly made pancakes at the Majestic Hotel it was off to explore.

I loved going on various boat trips to explore the crystal blue islands or hopping on the local bus and seeing some roman history, up a mountain or even taking a mud bath! Well when in Turkey !

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Happy Sipping and happy traveling πŸ™‚

Tea Travels Turkey

Time for Tea Please?

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We’re all going on a summer holiday!

I love to travel and explore new places and of course finding new tea along the way.

So it’s time to jet off to Turkey for 11 nights exploring the area of Γ–lΓΌdeniz.

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A 6am flight called for Tea on the plane!
Not the biggest fan of tetley tea but a girl needs her tea especially to wake me up! As the cup says it starts with tea so I may as well start my holiday as I mean to go on with lots of Tea.
Can’t wait to share my travel and tea adventures with you.