As a lady who loves a nice cup of tea I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. So when I was lucky enough to get contacted by Clipper Teas and asked if I would like to review their new National Trust tea I of course said yes. Clipper Teas is the official tea of the National Trust, and launch the National Trust Tea specially created for, and in collaboration with, the National Trust. It is now available in supermarkets thereby enabling you to enjoy a flavour of the National Trust at home with Clipper’s National Trust Tea. National Trust visitors drink more than 3.5 million cups of tea a year. As a members of the National Trust it is not uncommon for us to enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake when we visit. So I was intrigued to find out what tea we would be trying on our future visits.
Review of Clipper National Trust Tea
Onto the packaging. I really liked the colour and design of this tea. To the front there is a white teapot and teacup which has pink tea inside, this immediately caught my attention. These are surrounded by flowers. To the top corners on each side is the Clipper and National Trust logos. I loved the vibrant pink theme to the back again with flowers with the addition of butterflies. I would buy this tea just based on the packaging.
Review of Clipper National Trust Tea
What I really like is that there is a historical reason behind the packaging design. Legend has it that the first cup of National Trust tea was brewed at Hidcote, Gloucestershire, when the gardener and his wife served cups of tea to visitors through their cottage windows. The packaging design for the Clipper National Trust Tea is inspired by the wisteria that climbs the wall of Hidcote Manor, in a nod to that very legend.
Review of Clipper National Trust Tea
Onto the ingredients list. Black tea is listed, I was a little disappointed by this as I personally like to know which tea or teas contribute to a black tea. As I was lucky to receive a sample the information provided with this details that “it’s an East African blend with a generous weight of Assam tea from India”. I am sure that this could be an additional selling feature of this tea if potential customers were aware of this. There are no allergens highlighted and no may contain warning.
Review of Clipper National Trust Tea
Back to the design of the packaging I liked the way it opened at the front and lifted up which was easy to close back up gain. Inside you are greeted by two foil packets. I personally like this as they seem to help seal in both the aroma and flavour of a tea. On opening one of the foil containers I was greeted by a nice earthy aroma that I associate with a good quality breakfast tea. On my famous close up sniff test this intensified with malty undertones noted. This weakened on smelling an individual teabag.
Review of Clipper National Trust Tea
I placed the teabag in my teacup and freshly boiled water, the teabag soon infused with the hot water. The water soon changed to a medium brown colour, I have all my tea milk free and infused the tea for two minutes. I also infused the tea for four minutes and the tea became dark brown in colour. Onto the aroma this was very similar to the initial aroma that I had experienced reminding me of a good quality breakfast tea. On sipping the tea I would describe it as being a rich bold tea, which was malty with a faint hint of grassiness noted. In summary a rich bold comforting tea. After the official taste test was completed I have enjoyed several more cups of this tea infused it for two minutes and then reused the teabag. So if you have your tea milk free like me you can two cups for the price of one.
Review of Clipper National Trust Tea
So would I recommend this tea? Yes definitely I liked everything about this tea from the delightful packaging through to its aroma and flavour. So thank you Clipper for producing a nice everyday tea that I can enjoy both at home and on my future visits to the National Trust.