Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea especially earl grey tea. I have been doing really well in reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of earl grey can lead me a little astray. So when Tea Leaf London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.17 London Rooibos Blend Earl Grey as it was a caffeine free tea I of course said yes. The sample packet was clear so I could see the pretty purple pieces intermingled with the delicate rooibos. Onto the ingredients list. Rooibos, corn flower and natural flavourings are listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is a may contain warning for nuts. From a personal point of view I wish it listed exactly what the natural flavourings are.
On receiving the sample I opened the packet I was immediately greeted by a delightful aroma that I immediately recognised as rooibos. It was more intense than other rooibos that I have previously tried. The was aroma was smoky with a slightly grassy undertone noted. I was unable to smell the fresh citrus and bergamot. I was a little disappointed with this as I love the citrus and bergamot that you get from and earl grey tea. So onto my close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos intensified on my close up sniff test and became even more inviting. Sadly, I was unable to distinguish the citrus or bergamot. I added the tea to my infuser and added the hot water. I was soon hit with a delightful aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be more smoky compared to others that I have tried. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. The smokiness aroma remained the same but the subtle undertone of grassiness became more apparent. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by its smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. This was proceeded by a slight citrusy undertone. All three elements worked really well together. Did it remind me of an earl grey tea? Not as much I had personally hoped. I was expecting a stronger citrus and bergamot element to this tea in both aroma and flavour. To be honest this didn’t really matter. I sometimes personally find some rooibos teas too strong but the flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. It made for a nice comforting tea. In fact it is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried. The fact it wasn’t meeting my expectations of being a caffeine free version of my beloved earl grey just didn’t matter.
So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would as it is a delicate and delightful rooibos tea that I will continue to enjoy.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try and review. All of the opinions in this post are my own and honest.
Every now and again I fancy nachos as a savoury treat. Sadly many are not dairy free so it can be a difficult finding ones to try. On my recent visit to The Allergy and Free From Show in London I popped along to the Tesco’s stand and discovered their new free from cheese flavoured nachos. They were proving to be very popular so I tried some quickly and was impressed. However as I was multitasking with my food tasting I needed to buy a packet to try to do a fair review.
I loved the vibrant colours of the packaging with its simple purple colour scheme and the inviting nachos that make you just want to try one. The packet is clearly labelled as being a free from product. It is both gluten and milk free. Oh it is suitable for vegetarians. There are no allergens highlighted on the ingredients list.
On opening the packet I got a slightly cheesy aroma. It reminded me slightly of wotsits but not as strong. On picking up a nacho it was coated in a bright orange coating. A little off putting for me if I’m honest but I thinks it’s because I’m used to flavoured nachos. To be fair I knew it wasn’t made from natural ingredients and was a new treat so I put that thought aside. I then checked the bottom of the bag as I now do with any nachos or tortilla chips that I try. There was no greasy residual was noted but there was some remiments of the flavouring noted. On biting into the nachos there was one consistent texture apparent. This was nice and crunchy. To me it was as if I was eating an everyday flavoured tortilla chip. Other gluten free brands that I have tied have been a bit powdery in texture. These definitely didn’t taste like they were gluten free. To prove this my other had some and he had no idea that they were a free from product. Onto the flavour this was a treat in itself. The nachos had a cheesy taste with quiet a strong hit of garlic. After consuming a few I checked my fingers there was a fair amount of flavouring residual had been left on my fingers. It wasn’t greasy it just meant that I had to lick my fingers. I personally feel that you only need a small portion of these. I did carried away initially and ate too many. For a while later all I could taste was garlic.
So would I recommend these free from nachos ? Yes, I would. I really enjoyed them. I would recommend that they are only eaten in small quantities to avoid the garlicky after taste. So if you are dairy free like me or follow a gluten free diet why not give these a try. Thank you Tesco’s for producing a nice packet of cheesy nachos that both my mum and I can enjoy as a naughty treat.
When I found out that I had been nominated for The Allergy Blog Award UK I was completely taken by surprise. I was humbled that someone had taken the time to nominate my humble little blog. I started blogging about being dairy free just over two years ago following lots of encouragement from my mum. Over the last year I have turned blogging into a hobby which has become an integral part of my life. I use it as a platform to share my thoughts and opinions on the food that I buy, and the cafes and restaurants that I try. It has opened a great new world of opportunities for me and I would be lost without it. I have been nominated in both the eating out / food shopping and most innovative categories. The Allergy Blog Awards UK voting is now open. So if you have visited my blog and found it helpful or just an interesting read, please vote for me. Here’s the link: http://allergyblogawardsuk.co.uk/vote/ Thank you.