Happy International Tea Day


Happy International Tea Day.  This has to be one of my favourite days of the year. I’m a lady who loves her cups of tea so much so that I decided to add tea reviews to my blog. Looking back I am so pleased that I did. My blog now features Tuesday’s New Tea Review every week which has proved to be very popular. Over the last year I have been lucky to sample a variety of new teas some of which I have loved and others not so. Here’s a quick snapshot of this years highlights. I found out that I had made the Feedspot Top 100 Tea Blogs and went straight to being number 49!

I fell in love with Chai tea. I visited an Indian restaurant and had a traditional tea and since then I have been hooked. I have been very lucky to try a variety of chai teas but my favourite has to from Basilur. Their masala chai was a light refreshing tea with comforting winter aromas and flavours.


I have also been making a continued effort to reduce my caffeine intake. I have developed a new love for rooibos tea. My overall favourite was The Tea Makers organic vanilla rooibos tea. The flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. The slight vanilla flavour alongside the rooibos resulted in a nice comforting tea.


My favourite tea still has to be Earl Grey and I have tried a fair few this year. A surprise favourite for me was Dragonfly Earl Grey rooibos tea. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by its smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. It’s a great caffeine free version of my beloved earl grey tea. This was proceeded by a citrusy undertone from the bergamot. All three elements worked really well together.


I discovered that there are monthly subscription boxes dedicated purely to tea. My favourite has to be Tea Tourist as you get a new selection of six teas form a variety of UK based tea companies. I have been able to try wide selection of teas that I may otherwise might not have had the opportunity to do so. I now look forward to the date when I know the next box will be arriving.


Sadly I have also discovered some teas that didn’t quiet hit the spot. The most disappointing one this year comes courtesy of Marks & Spencer with its festive tea, which to me tasted like a cheap everyday black tea.


I don’t want end on a negative so I hope that you manage to make the most of International Tea Day. I would love to know what teas you have been drinking today, or if you have any recommendations for me to try. Happy sipping C.

Review of English Tea Shop Peppermint Tea

One of my favourite caffeine free teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days as way to reduce my caffeine intake. So when I received an English Tea gift box full of a variety of teas I couldn’t wait to try the peppermint tea. I personally liked calming light green and teal colour scheme to the packaging, with a picture of a teapot to the bottom with an integrated mint leaf design.

Onto the ingredients list organic and fair trade peppermint is listed under the ingredients list. There are no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.


On opening the packet the tea bag emitted a very faint and non descript aroma. This was much weaker than I had anticipated especially when compared to other brand teas that I have tried. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It took a couple of minutes for the teas very slight aroma to develop once it had it was fairly weak. This didn’t change on the my famous close up sniff test. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the weaker peppermint teas that I have tried. I struggled to taste the peppermint flavour just like the aroma. It was a bit of a let down when comparing its taste to other peppermint teas that I have tried. It was certainly one of the weakest that I have tried. I didn’t even get that warm comforting sensation in my tummy that I get when I drink a mint tea. Very disappointing really.

So would I recommend this peppermint tea? I’m afraid not. It just seemed to lack any real peppermint aroma and flavour. I’m afraid that I won’t be buying this tea. Sorry English Tea Shop but this tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of The Tea Makers Organic Vanilla Rooibos Tea

Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea. I have not been doing so well lately at reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of black and green tea can lead me a little astray. So when The Tea Makers of London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.101 Organic Vanilla Rooibos 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 teabags inside. I also liked the ability to easily re-seal the packet to keep the freshness of the tea. Onto the ingredients list. Rooibos, vanilla and natural flavour are listed. On a personal note I wish that more details are provided as to what the natural flavour is. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.

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 teas that I have previously tried. The aroma was smoky and slightly grassy with a subtle undertone of vanilla noted. So onto my famous close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos and sweetness from the vanilla intensified and became even more inviting.

I added the teabag to freshly boiled hot water. I was soon hit with a delightful aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be a little more smoky compared to other rooibos teas 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. However, these took second place to the vanilla, which produced a delightful sweet almost caramel like aroma. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by a delicate smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. This was proceeded by a subtle creamy vanilla undertone. I was worried that vanilla might have been a little too strong and overpowering but its strength was spot on. I sometimes find some rooibos teas too strong but the flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. The slight vanilla flavour alongside the rooibos resulted in a nice comforting tea. In fact it is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried.

So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would I enjoyed everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. So thank you The Tea Makers of London for producing a delightful rooibos 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 Sainsbury’s Lemon & Ginger Infusion Tea

I am lady who loves her cups of tea. Sometimes I can be a little naughty and find myself having a bit too much caffeine. Despite this I am still on my mission to reduce my caffeine intake continues and I am always on the look out for a new caffeine free tea to try. I tend to find lemon and ginger a nice comforting tea so when I popped into Sainsbury’s recently I decided to grab a box of their lemon & ginger tea to try. I fell for vibrant deep autumnal orange colour of the packaging of this tea. To the bottom of the packet is a black teacup decorated with orange segments flowers and leaves again in autumnal colours. The tea is clearly marketed as being naturally caffeine free.

Onto the ingredients list. Apple, apple pulp, ginger root (20%), flavouring, rosehip, lemongrass, chicory root, lemon peels (0.5%). I am always personally put off by generic flavourings and would like to know exactly what this means. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there are no may contain warnings.

On opening the cardboard box foil packaging I was immediately hit by a very fairly strong aroma of lemon and ginger. This remained the same on my close up sniff test and was even noticeable on sniffing an individual teabag. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added my freshly boiled water as instructed. What immediately struck me was the immediate ginger aroma coming from the tea. I infused the tea with the hot water as instructed for 3 minutes. On removing the teabag there was a distinct aroma of lemon with subtle undertones of ginger noted. This slightly intensified on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I was initially hit with the lemon element followed by the faint subtle undertone of ginger. I wasn’t able to taste the apple or chicory but this didn’t bother me as I only really wanted to taste the lemon & ginger. I found this tea to be refreshing yet comforting and soothing on my stomach at the same time. I have personally found it to be a little hit and miss with the previous Sainsbury’s teas that I have tried. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this tea.

So would I recommend this lemon & ginger tea, yes I would. I liked everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It was a refreshing yet comforting tea, perfect for the cooler months. So thank you Sainsbury’s for producing a lovely lemon and ginger tea.

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Review of Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea

One of the teas or herbal infusions that I like enjoy on a regular basis is chamomile. It is often a tea that I tend to drink later on in the day. On a trip to America I found it quite difficult to get a cup of tea. So I have to admit being a little surprised when I was offered Bigelow Sweet Dreams herbal tea as option so of course just I had to give it a try. Now the good thing I noticed about being in America was that you tended to get given two packets of tea. This meant one to have after my dinner and one to take home.

Now onto the tea itself I liked the simplicity of the packaging, with the grey colour with a dark blue strip scheme to the top with sweet dreams to the centre. I checked the back of the packet where the ingredients were chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint leaves, rose blossoms, spearmint leaves, spice, and orange blossoms. The tea is also labelled as being gluten free and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I have to admit to being a tad surprised. There was a fairly strong mint aroma coming from the teabag with faint undertones of grassiness that I associate with chamomile. On undertaking my famous close up sniff test these aromas intensified with a hint of hibiscus noted. I placed the teabag in my cup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the tea to infuse with the water resulting in a red/brown colour. On infusing the tea the aroma changed the predominant aroma was hibiscus with a nice mint aroma intermingled with subtle grassy aroma and a faint hint of spice. I was not really able to distinguish the citrus element to this tea. The aroma intensified slightly on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste from the hibiscus subtle grassy undertones from the mint and chamomile noted. The spice and orange added a very slight chai element to this tea. Despite all of the elements to this tea it was light, refreshing and provided a slightly comforting and soothing sensation in my stomach. I gave the tea another try at home to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice teacup. It’s aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered.

So would I recommend this sweet dreams tea? Yes I would it is nice to have a chamomile tea with a twist. The overall combinations of aromas and flavours complimented each other nicely. I liked everything about this tea which I have to admit being pleasantly surprised at. So thank you Bigelow for producing a nice herbal tea.

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Review of Tick Tock Earl Grey Rooibos Tea

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. Rooibos seems to be my caffeine free tea of choice at the moment. So my mum suggested that I try Tick Tock earl grey rooibos tea. I found a box in my local supermarket and popped it into my basket to try.

I liked the simplicity to the packaging of this tea with its subtle marketing message. The blue box with the bold Tick Tock logo in white. To the centre of this is a small circle with a teapot, a cup of tea, scones and jam. The tea is described as combining all of the caffeine free goodness of rooibos with the true earl grey taste of natural bergamot. Onto the ingredients list rooibos tea and natural oil of bergamot, natural flavour are listed. There are no allergens listed and there is no may contain warning.

I opened the packet and was immediately greeted by a fairly strong bergamot aroma which seemed to drown out the aroma from the rooibos. So onto my famous close up sniff test the bergamot aroma intensified a little and continued to overpower the rooibos. On smelling an individual teabag the bergamot became very faint and was overtaken by the rooibos. The aroma was smoky and slightly grassy with a faint undertone of bergamot noted. I was a little disappointed with this. I liked the initial bergamot aroma that you got from opening the box and hoped that it would remain. After a few days of opening the box the bergamot aroma started to disappear and became very faint. I was a tad disappointed by this and yes I did close the box correctly. So what about the taste?

I placed my teabag into my teacup and added freshly brewed hot water as instructed. I was soon hit with a slight woodiness aroma that I associate with rooibos. Sadly, the earl grey element seemed to be lacking. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. It soon turned a dark cherry/brown colour. The woodiness aroma slightly intensified and became combined with subtle undertones of grassiness. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds got hit by its woodiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. I had hoped for a citrusy undertone from the bergamot but it was sadly lacking. The initial excitement that I got from opening this box soon turned to disappointment. It sadly did not make a great caffeine free alternative to my beloved earl grey tea. On a positive note it did make for a nice everyday regular unflavored rooibos tea.

So would I recommend this rooibos earl grey tea? No I wouldn’t the bergamot aroma just seem to disappear and its flavour just seemed to missing in this tea. Sorry Tick Tock but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Tesco’s Finest 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. On a recent trip to Tesco’s I yet again found myself in their tea aisle. As I am trying really hard to reduce my caffeine intake I decided to grab a box of their decaffeinated earl grey tea to try.

I Liked the design of the packaging the blue and yellow symmetrical patterns against the black background caught my attention. As did the teas description of a fragrant and refreshing delicate tea. This could be a great tea to have milk free. Onto the ingredients decaffeinated tea and bergamot flavour 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 an everyday black tea with a slight hint of citrus noted. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this aroma seemed to be weaker and the citrus element disappeared.

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 citrus and not really of bergamot. On my close up sniff test the aroma didn’t change. On sipping the tea it tasted like an everyday black tea with a very faint hint of a slightly artificial citrus 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 Tesco’s but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

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