Review of Kinnerton Just Chocolate

Now I’m a lady who loves her chocolate as a guilty sweet treat. It can however be quiet difficult to get a chocolate fix when you follow a dairy free diet. So many chocolates contain milk. So I always have to a secret supply of chocolate for such occasions. I tried Kinnerton dark & smooth chocolate mints last year and loved everything about them. So I decided to try to hunt down one of their chocolate bars to try. Easier said than done. I finally found some in Morrisons and grabbed a few bars to try.

Onto the packaging I liked the simplicity of this chocolate. It’s brown colour with a simple cream logo, sometimes simple is best. It is described as being deliciously smooth and dark that’s all I need to know. They are clearly labelled as being dairy free, egg free, gluten free and nut free. They are also suitable for a vegan diet. Onto the ingredients list the only allergen highlighted is soya. To the back of the packet the labelling also states that they are suitable for individuals who have a peanut and tree nut allergy.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a lovely cocoa aroma that I associate with dark chocolate. This didn’t change of my famous close up sniff test. On biting into the chocolate a nice hard crunch was noted followed by a smooth consistency. Onto the flavour my taste buds got hit by the slight bitterness intermingled with a slight sweetness. This was perfect as it resulted in me only needing to consume a few pieces.

So would I recommend this chocolate? Yes I would. I loved everything about this chocolates from the aroma, through to the texture and flavour. It was well worth the wait. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, or a vegan diet why not give this chocolates a try. So thank you Kinnerton for producing a nice bar of chocolate that I can enjoy.

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Review of The Tea Makers Earl Grey Supreme 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. Earl grey tea has to be one of my favourite teas as it can be enjoyed milk free, perfect for dairy free me. I have tried several brands of earl grey tea of varying qualities. So when The Tea Makers of London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.07 Earl Grey Supreme I of course said yes.


Onto the packaging I received a sample packet. I liked the dark black theme to the front. To the centre is a simple black label with the companies logo to the top. There is an inviting description of what to expect from the tea. The back of the packet is silver and has a clear window allowing you to see the tea inside. I also liked the ability to easily re-seal the packet to keep the freshness of the tea. Onto the ingredients list. Ceylon tea, bergamot oil and flavour are listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong and very inviting citrus aroma, it reminded me of a quality bergamot. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The aroma was as I had anticipated that being of a strong quality black tea with fairly strong undertones of bergamot noted. This intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test.

On sipping the tea it was fairly strong and well-balanced. I got the strong and rich bodied flavour from the Ceylon intermingled with the fairly strong yet not overpowering slightly citrus undertones from the bergamot. I love a nice cup of traditional earl grey with no fancy added extras and this certainly ticked all of the right boxes. It had the perfect balance of both aroma and flavour that I associate with a nice earl grey. The strength of the aroma from the bergamot was higher in strength compared to other earl grey teas whilst not being too strong. The bergamot broke down the strong rich bodied flavour from the Ceylon to just the right amount.

So would I recommend this earl grey tea? Yes, definitely. It has a lovely bergamot aroma and flavour which works perfectly with the good quality Ceylon tea in this blend. So thank you The Tea Makers of London for producing a delightful earl greys tea.

Review of Jackson’s Champions Seeded Bloomer 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 dairy free. I recently discovered that Jackson’s Champion’s Seeded Bloomer Bread is dairy free from a fellow allergy sufferer on Twitter. I personally prefer a granary or a wholemeal loaf. However the fact that it had been recommended and the fact that you got seeds thrown in made this the perfect bread for me to try.

I liked the simple clear packaging with allowing you to see the bread with its scattering of seeds inside. Sometimes simple is best I just wanted to dive in and give it a try.

Onto the ingredients list the only allergens highlighted is wheat. There is no may contain warning. It was therefore suitable for my dairy free diet. It is also labelled as being suitable for a vegetarian diet.

On opening the packet there was a faint aroma of what I describe as a familiar smell you get with white 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 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. On biting into the bread I experienced a combination of textures the light airy texture from the main part of the loaf intermingled a slight crunch from the seeds. 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 topping texture remaining the same.

So would I recommend this bread if you follow a dairy free or vegetarian diet? Yes I would. I was really impressed by its combination of light bouncy texture and the slight crunchiness from the seeds complimented each other perfectly. This makes it stand out from your average loaf of bread. So thank you Jackson’s for producing bread that I can enjoy.

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Review of Capacitea Teas

As a lady who loves who loves a nice cup of tea I am always on the constant lookout for new brands to try. So when I was lucky enough to get the chance to review Capacitea teas I couldn’t wait for the parcel to arrive. Capacitea was founded by young tea enthusiasts in London whom are passionate about premium quality loose leaf teas and classically inspired modern tea wares. Influenced by China’s rich tea heritage, the founders aim to enlighten that quality tea is not only a beverage, it is an experience in itself. The teas are sourced from natures finest materials, using only whole leaves and traditional methods of preparation to create the premium quality tea.

On opening my parcel I was greeted by three boxes of tea, a sample packet of panda green tea and a mug infuser. This review focuses purely on the teas. The boxes contained silken pyramids where as the panda green tea contained tea leaves. The first tea I choose to review was the panda green tea just so that I could try out the infuser mug.

Panda Green Tea



I liked the simplicity of this packaging. It has a simple two toned colour white to front and red at the back package. What I loved about this packet was the strong re-seal which was easy to use and highly effective. To the centre is a their brand logo with the wording underneath “nothing needs to be added or removed. Perfectly blended by nature” Below this is a label with the teas ingredients and brewing instructions. Onto the ingredients green tea is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a rich aroma of a grassy meadow with undertones of smokiness that I associate with green tea. This strengthened on my famous close up sniff test. I had high hopes for this tea. I placed the tea leaves in my infuser and added my slightly cooled freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light green/brown colour. The aroma from the tea intensified slightly with the grassiness becoming more apparent. This didn’t really change on my close up sniff test. That said it has to be one of the most intense aromas from a green tea that I have tried. I mean this in a positive way. On sipping the tea I was able to taste the grassiness with the smokiness element intermingled with this. The flavouring to this tea was stronger compared to others I have tried. Yet its flavour seemed to more delicate resulting in a highly refreshing cup of tea. I was suitably impressed by every element of this tea and would definitely recommend this tea.

Jasmine Snowflakes



Onto the packaging I liked the simple white theme to the box. There is what I would describe as a clover to the top centre with a jasmine flower inside. To the left side of the box a clover shape is cut out allowing you to see the silken pyramids inside.

Onto the ingredients 99% green tea and jasmine flowers are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.


On opening the packet I was greeted by a sealed plastic packet with the silken pyramids inside. One criticism was that this packaging was very hard to open. I had to grab a pair of scissors to cut it open. On opening this packet I was greeted by a subtle flowery aroma. This strengthened on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the silken pyramid in my teacup and added freshly boiled and left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light orange/turmeric colour. The aroma from the tea soon intensified the flowery element was highly fragrant. It reminded me of a pleasant incense. I was expecting to be able to smell faint undertones of both grassiness and smokiness that I associate with a green tea but this was an absent. This didn’t matter as the aroma was very inciting. On sipping the tea I was able to taste the rich aromatic flavour from the jasmine and this certainly packed a punch. If you enjoy a floral tea then I recommend that you give this tea a try.

Captain’s Breakfast



Onto the packaging I liked the simple white theme to the box. There is what I would describe as a clover to the top centre with a red ship inside. To the left side of the box a clover shape is cut out allowing you to see the tea pyramids inside.

Onto the ingredients 100% Black tea is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.


On opening the packet I was greeted by a sealed plastic packet with the silken pyramids inside. Again this was very hard to open. On opening this packet I was greeted by a subtle malty and slightly woody aroma. This remained the same on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the silken pyramid in my teacup and added freshly boiled I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a medium brown colour. The aroma from the tea intensified slightly. It was like a light version of a breakfast tea which I would describe as the same but more intense. This was a big positive for me as I have all my tea milk free and I often find breakfast tea a little to strong and overpowering. On sipping the tea I would describe it as being slightly malty with a very faint hint of bitterness noted. Overall it was a subtle light refreshing tea that would be nice at any time of day. What I personally liked about this tea was that you could easily adapt the strength to suit your own taste buds without comprising on flavour. Quiet often I find breakfast teas to strong and have to reduce the time in which they are infused for which can compromise on flavour, this was not the case with this tea. I would certainly recommend this breakfast tea.

Oriole Yellow


Onto the packaging I liked the simple white theme to the box. There is what I would describe as a clover to the top centre with a bird inside. To the left side of the box a clover shape is cut out allowing you to see the silken pyramids inside.


Onto the ingredients 100% yellow tea is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.


On opening the packet I was greeted by a sealed plastic packet with the silken pyramids inside. Again this was very hard to open. On opening this packet I was greeted by an aroma of a grassy meadow with undertones of smokiness. This strengthened slightly on my famous close up sniff test. It was very much like the aroma that I associate with green tea. The floral scent and malty notes seemed to be absent. I placed the silken pyramid in my teacup and added freshly slightly cooled water. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light/medium brown colour. The aroma from the tea intensified slightly. On sipping the tea I would describe it as being slightly malty with elements of grassiness with the smokiness intermingled with this. It tasted like a strong green tea not quiet what I was expecting. I was a little disappointed by this teaa as I was hoping for a floral medium bodied yet smooth tea which I just didn’t experience. I am afraid that I wouldn’t recommend this yellow tea.

I enjoyed the opportunity to try a variety of teas from Capacitea. I liked the simplicity of the packaging. My only criticism would be lack of ease of opening the plastic packaging inside containing the silken pyramids. All but one of the teas delivered on both aroma and flavour. If had to choose a favourite it would be the Captain’s breakfast tea. So if you are looking for a new brand of tea to try I would certainly recommend Capacitea tea.

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.

 
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Review of Tesco’s Free From Blueberry Yogurt

I enjoy a yogurt most days as part of my packed lunch or as an extra addition to fresh fruit. The choices of vegan yogurt seems to have rapidly expanded. You can now easily pick them up from your local supermarket. Despite this I tend to buy the same yogurt so I thought that was about time that I tried some new yogurt. As I was picking up a few treats in Tesco I decided to try their free from blueberry yogurt.

I liked the style of the packaging. It’s simple cream background with an inviting bowl of blueberries and a glass pot filled with the yogurt. Onto the ingredients list. The yogurt is clearly labelled as being gluten free, milk free and suitable for a vegan diet. The only allergen listed is soya.

On opening the yogurt I was greeted by a slightly greyish/purple yogurt which in all honesty was slightly off-putting. Sadly this isn’t very apparent in my photos. I was a little disappointed by the lack of aroma of this yogurt. I was expecting to smell an aroma that I associate with blueberries. Instead I got greeted by a sweet artificial aroma that I would not describe as blueberries. On placing the spoon into the yogurt it was slightly thinner in texture when comparing it to other yogurt that I have previously tried. On tasting the yogurt I was hit by two textures. The slightly thin texture from the yogurt itself which was combined with fine small pieces from the blueberry puree. These worked well together. As for the flavour this was quiet sweet and artificial. If I had tasted it in a blind test I am not sure that I would be able to recognise the flavour as being blueberry. In fact I struggled to finish the yogurt, I did finish all four pots because I had paid for them.

So would I recommend this yogurt? I’m afraid not. They seemed to lack any real blueberry flavour and the colour just wasn’t visually appealing. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet I would perhaps try a different yogurt instead. Sorry Tesco’s this yogurt just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Decaffeinated 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. I was pleasantly surprised by Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference earl grey tea. As I was running low on earl grey tea I decicided to try their decaffeinated version.


I Liked the purple and grey packaging simple but it somehow caught my attention. Onto the ingredients decaffeinated tea and natural bergamot is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. The tea is also clearly labelled as being fair trade.

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 would describe as regular every day black tea. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this aroma seemed to be significantly weaker. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected to smell the aroma of bergamot. 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 very faint hint of bergamot noted. 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 an every day black tea with a very faint hint of a slightly chemically bergamot flavour noted.


So would I recommend this earl grey tea?  I’m afraid not I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. Sorry Sainsbury’s but this tea just wasn’t for me.

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Happy New Year

Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope that you have a fun packed and reaction free 2018. Oh and mange to enjoy a few cups of tea. I am very lucky that I had a great 2017. My blog has continued to grow beyond my expectations and has resulted in some fantastic opportunities that I never thought would be possible. I hope that this will continue this year. Of course I had to set myself some goals for the year ahead. My new year’s resolutions for 2018 are to meet some fellow food and tea bloggers as I am pretty rubbish at this. To attend more food festivals and any tea related events. I plan to continue with the same blog schedule with Tuesday’s New Tea Review and Foodie Thursday. If I can squeeze any extra posts in I will. So thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. I really appreciate it. Oh and good luck with those New Year resolutions, C.