Review of Alpro light soya milk

Well my mission to try some new dairy free milks has not been that successful. One of my favourite milks is soya only mainly because I personally find it easier to cook with. So when I saw Alpro light fresh milk on offer I just had to give it a try. I personally liked the packaging design with the red colouring to the side with the splattering of milk surrounded by three leaves.
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The ingredients list is on the back of the carton with water, soya beans and flavourings noted. I’m intrigued to know what the flavouring is. The soya is clearly highlighted in bold as an allergen. There is no may contain warning. The milk is labelled as being dairy free, gluten free and suitable for vegans.
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On opening the carton I was surprised that there was no nuttiness aroma to the milk. In fact it smelt pretty neutral, of nothing really. I viewed this as a positive. I’m personally not keen on milks that have a sweet artificial aroma. It poured easily into a glass it was cream in colour but slightly lighter than other soya milks that I have previously tried. It was slightly thick and creamy in consistency. On sipping the milk it was slightly smooth but not creamy in texture. There was only a very faint nutty element to this milk. I viewed this as a positive as it was nice to have a neutral tasting milk that didn’t taste artificially sweet like other brands that I have previously tried. I also warmed the milk for 90 seconds in the microwave ready for my famous Weetabix test. It microwaved well and did not separate or form a skin to the top of the milk. It’s aroma seemed to change and it reminded me of custard. Strange I know but I thought this added a nice little twist so long as it didn’t impact on its flavour. Luckily, it didn’t. It was absorbed easily by the Weetabix. It did seem to impact on the texture of my Weetabix making it slightly smoother. This made a pleasant change and made it stand out from other soya milks that I have tried. On tasting the Weetabix it tasted just as a Weetabix should the milk did not impact on its flavour. This may sound a little strange but a couple of milks that I have previously tried have made my Weetabix have an artificially slightly sweet flavour. I personally don’t like this and like to add my own sugar to my Weetabix should I want to.
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So would I recommend this soya milk? Yes I would. Its neutral flavour was spot on and made a pleasant change to the other soya milks that I have tried. It wasn’t artificially sweet and wasn’t too creamy. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this soya milk a try. So thank you Alpro for producing a soya milk that I can enjoy.

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Review of Basilur Masala Chai Tea

As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea on a daily basis I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. Yet for some unknown reason I tend to drink very little chai tea. It always seems to lose out to my old faith earl grey. This is strange as it can be a great tea to be enjoyed milk free and is therefore perfect for dairy free me. So when Basilur contacted me and asked if I would like to try and review one of their teas I of course said yes. What I received was their masala chai blend. This was perfect timing as I had just finished my Christmas tea.
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Onto the packaging I liked its gold theme with its intricate swirl designs. It is described as being an aromatic blend with rich natural spices such as cardamom, cinnamon nutmeg and ginger with pure Ceylon tea. It states that the tea will take you through a celebrated journey of an old world charm. Onto the ingredients pure Ceylon black leaf, natural cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pepper. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.
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On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed gold foil package with the same intricate swirl designs as the outside packaging. This had a zip lock to the top allowing you to re-seal the packet and keep the tea inside fresh. This immediately got a thumbs up as I often re-seal tea packets with food clips which is not ideal. On opening the packet I immediately got a delightful aroma of cinnamon and cardamom with a hint of black tea noted. This was significantly stronger than other chai teas that I have previously tried. I was unable to smell the clove, ginger, nutmeg and the pepper elements to this tea. This did change slightly on my close up sniff test. I was also able to distinguish a hint of nutmeg but not the clove and black pepper.
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I placed the tea leaves into my infuser and added freshly boiled water. The tea leaves soon infused with the hot water and it changed a medium brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the tea changed once it had infused with the hot water. The aroma from the Ceylon became more predominant with the cinnamon and cardamom strengthening with faint undertones of clove and nutmeg noted. I was still unable to distinguish the ginger and black pepper elements to this tea. On sipping the tea I was worried that the Ceylon would impact on the other elements to this tea. This was not the case. The Ceylon was subtle and slightly understated. This was perfect as it meant the other elements to this tea could hit my taste buds. As with its aroma the cinnamon and cardamom were the strongest flavours to this tea but again didn’t impact on the other flavours. The nutmeg and pepper complimented these nicely. After several sips I managed to discover the clove and ginger which resulted in a well-rounded tea. Its strength was perfect for someone who likes their tea medium weak and works well milk free. It didn’t take me through a celebrated journey of an old world charm. However, its aroma and flavours reminded me of Christmas and it resulted nice comforting tea to be enjoyed in the winter months.
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So would I recommend this chai tea? Yes I would. I may not have been able to smell all of the elements that made up this tea blend despite this its aroma was still delightful. It was a light refreshing tea with comforting winter flavours. It was one of the nicer chai teas that I have tried. So thank you Basilur for producing a tea that I can enjoy.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try. All the opinions in this post are honest and my own.

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I’ve Made It Into The Top 100 Tea Blogs


When I found out that I had made the Feedspot Top 100 Tea Blogs I was completely taken by surprise. I was amazed that my humble little blog had made it in the top 100 let alone being number 49! I initially started blogging about being dairy free I then decide to add my love of cups of tea to my blog. I use my blog as a platform to share my thoughts and opinions on the tea that I try. It has opened a great new world of opportunities for me and I would be lost without it. Tea has now become by far the most popular aspect of my blog and I hope to expand on this in the near future. If there any teas that you would like me to try and review in the future please let me now. In the meantime I will be proudly displaying the medal on my blog.

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Review of Marks & Spencer Earl Grey Tea

I am a girl who loves my cups of earl grey tea. It is my tea of choice and I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. On a recent trip to Marks & Spencer I yet again found myself in their tea section. I was running low on earl grey tea so I decided to grab a box to try.
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I found the colour the of the grey packaging with its stripes a little dull if I’m honest. If I hadn’t need to stock up on my earl grey I wouldn’t have given it a second glance. Onto the ingredients black tea 98.5% and flavouring is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the flavouring was in more detail.
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On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed foil package containing the teabags. I like this as it keeps the tea nice and fresh. On opening the package there was an aroma of what I can only describe as an artificially strong bergamot with a hint of lavender intermingled with this. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this artificial aroma seemed to virtually disappear. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the aroma to be stronger.
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I placed my teabag in my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water to let the tea infuse with the hot water for the recommended brewing time. The tea infused with the hot water and turned to a medium brown colour. But what about the aroma? It predominantly smelt like an everyday black tea with only a hint of bergamot noted the lavender had simply disappeared. On my close up sniff test the aroma didn’t change. If I was doing a blind test I’m sure that I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish as being an earl grey tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality weaker strength black tea, with a very questionable hint of bergamot noted.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. I’m afraid I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. I have tried nicer own brand earl grey teas. Sorry Marks & Spencer but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Marks & Spencer Lightly Sea Salted Hand Cooked Crisps

I quickly popped into marks & Spencer to grab a few essentials. Somehow I found myself drawn to their crisps aisle. Most flavoured crisps are not an option for a dairy free diet. I didn’t have much time so I grabbed a packet of their plain crisps as I thought that these would be a safe option. Sure enough they were so I decided to have them as a little treat as part of my lunch.
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I liked the simple red packaging with. The picture of a field to the bottom, potatoes to the top and salt to the right. You knew what you should be getting with these crisps. Onto the ingredients list there are no allergens highlighted on the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. They are labelled as being suitable for vegetarians.
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On opening the packet I was greeted by a fairly strong aroma of salt. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. What did strike me was how greasy the inside of the packaging looked, a little off putting if I’m honest. The crisps themselves were of a good size and had a good scattering of salt on them. However, they looked very greasy. On picking the crisps up they left a greasy and salty residual on my fingers. Not very nice. On biting into the crisps a nice crunch was noted. As for the flavour well if I am honest was a little saltier than I anticipated. The disappointment continued as the saltines was followed by a greasy residual, not particularly pleasant.
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So would I recommend these crisis? No, I wouldn’t. I really didn’t enjoy anything about these crisps. They were too salty and their greasiness just let them down. Sorry Marks & Spencer but I have tried much nicer salted crisps and these just were not for me.

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Review of Ace Tea London Royal Mint Green Tea

As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea on a daily basis I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. Yet for some unknown reason I tend to drink very little green tea. This is strange as it is a great tea to be enjoyed milk free so it is therefore perfect for dairy free me. I have tried a couple of brands of green tea of varying qualities. So when Ace Tea London contacted me and asked if I would like to try and review their royal mint green tea I of course said yes.
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I liked the packaging of this tea from its light green theme with an ace to centre of the front of the box. I liked the touch of the ace cut out to the side of the box and allowing you to see the tea stockings inside. Onto the ingredients list mint leaf and green tea are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the box it emitted a strong but very pleasant mint aroma. I had yet to open the plastic packaging in which the tea was stored. On opening this the aroma of mint intensified slightly. It was a lot stronger compared to many other mint teas that I have previously tried. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test however I was able to smell the grassy undertones from the green tea. On smelling an individual tea stocking both aromas weakened but were still quiet noticeable.
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I placed my tea stocking into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. I expected to be hit immediately with a strong mint aroma but this wasn’t the case. Perhaps I am being a tad unfair here as I had high expectations from this tea after initially opening the box. I infused the tea for the recommended steeping time what was noticeable was a grassier slightly woody aroma that I associate with green tea. However, on my close up sniff test the mint became the predominant aroma. On sipping the tea I expected my taste buds to get hint with mint due to the initial strong aroma that I experienced. Instead I initially experienced a subtle grassiness that I associate with green tea followed by strong refreshing mint. I personally have found some green teas to be slightly too bitter, but the subtleness of this was spot on and didn’t impact on the strength of the mint flavour.
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So would I recommend this mint tea? Definitely. I liked the subtle aroma to this tea. The mint flavour perfectly balances with the slight bitterness from the green tea resulting in a nice refreshing tea. So if you are either a green or mint tea fan why not give this tea a try. So thank you Ace Tea London Tea for producing a nice mint tea that I can enjoy.

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Review of Hovis Seeds Sensations Bread

It is often difficult to dash into a shop and pick up a loaf of bread when you follow a dairy free diet. I have to spend time checking the labels to make sure that the bread is indeed milk free. I recently discovered that Hovis seed sensations large loaf of bread is dairy free. I personally prefer a granary or a wholemeal loaf and the fact that you got seed thrown in made this the perfect bread for me to try.
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I liked the simple packaging with the purple theme to the bottom and the clear see through element to the top allowing you to see the bread with its scattering of seeds to the top inside. Onto the ingredients list the allergens highlighted were wheat and soya and barley. There is no may contain warning. It was therefore suitable for my dairy free diet. It is also labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet.
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On opening the packet there was a faint aroma of what I describe as a familiar smell you get with granary bread. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The slices of bread themselves were of a good size and had a good quantity of a scattering of seeds. The bread was slightly bouncy to touch and my finger didn’t sink into the bread which can often happen with processed bread. The seeds to the top of the bread remained in place, I was worried that they might fall of. The bread itself remained fresh over a couple of days and didn’t start to dry out. I had the bread as part of a sandwich for my lunch and as toast with some Pure dairy free sunflower spread. On biting into the bread I experienced a combination of textures, an initial crunch from the seeds followed by the light airy texture of the main part of the loaf. The bread kept its consistency when made as part of sandwich and didn’t get soggy or gooey in texture even when left in a fridge for a couple of hours. It also toasted well with the seed toppings texture remaining the same.
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So would I recommend this bread if you follow a dairy free or vegan diet? Yes I would. I was impressed by its combination of textures. I really liked the initial crunch from the seed topped crusts. This makes it stand out from your average loaf of bread. So thank you Hovis for making bread that I can enjoy.

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