Review of English Tea Shop 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. So when I received an English Tea gift box full of a variety of teas I just had to try the earl grey tea first.

I liked the colour of the deep blue packaging with a picture of a teapot with tea leaves and citrus fruit on it and coming out of the spout. Onto the ingredients list organic and fair trade Ceylon black tea (95%), natural flavourings (5%) are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the natural flavouring was in more detail.


On opening the package there was an aroma of black tea with bergamot intermingled with this. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the bergamot to be stronger. 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 a nice Ceylon black tea with only a hint of the tantalizing bergamot noted a little disappointing if I’m honest. On my close up sniff test the bergamot intensified a little but not much. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality Ceylon black tea with only a very faint hint of bergamot noted. On a positive note it was light and refreshing and worked well milk free. It might also be suited to those who like a weak strength earl grey tea.

So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. Yes it was a light and refreshing tea Ceylon black tea that just seemed to lacking the bergamot aroma or flavour. I was a little disappointed by this tea. I have tried nicer earl grey teas. Sorry English Tea Shop but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

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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.

Review of Whittard Ceylon Orange Pekoe Black Leaf Tea

I am always on the look out for new varieties of tea to try. Whilst shopping in TK Maxx recently I spotted that they had a small selection of teas so I picked up a couple of packets to give them a try. One of these was Whittard’s Ceylon Orange Pekoe black leaf tea. I was drawn to its description of it being loved for its citrusy taste and that it was best without milk.
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I really liked the design of the light blue packaging and the cute teapot that meant that you could see the tea leaves inside. I wasn’t concerned about the medium strength rating after reading the teas description. This coupled by the fact that the sales assistant said it was a lovely tea and one of her favourites meant that I couldn’t wait to give this tea a try.
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Inside the box I was found a sealed plastic packet which contained the tea leaves. I found this a little difficult to open and found the tea leaves escaping despite trying hard not to let this happen. On opening the foil I was greeted by a medium strength aroma of what I would describe as an everyday black tea. This was a lot stronger than I expected and the citrusy element was simply lacking. I was worried that this tea may be a bit strong and bland for my tea palate.
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I placed the tea leaves into the infuser and added the freshly boiled water. I added one teaspoon of tea leaves due to its medium strength as I like to enjoy all of my teas medium to weak and milk free. The tea leaves immediately infused with the water to produce a medium brown colour. I had hoped to smell a pleasant aroma of black tea with a hint of citrus coming from the teapot but it was simply lacking. After letting the tea to infuse for the recommended time (I tried both two and three minutes). I poured the tea into my teacup. Interestingly the aroma of the tea didn’t seem to intensify once in the teacup and remained pretty much the same as it did in the teapot. I did the close up sniff test and was unable to find that citrusy element. It smelt like an everyday black tea. As for the taste on sipping the tea it tasted like a run of the mill black tea. I was not able to taste the citrusy element to this tea. I left it a week before I tried it again just to check that my sense and smell and taste were not impaired on the day of testing, but its aroma and taste remained the same.
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So would I recommend this Ceylon tea. If I am honest probably not. I had hoped for a light refreshing crisp tea that had a hint of citrus. It’s flavour and aroma didn’t quiet match up to its description of being loved for its citrusy taste. I think it might therefore be suited to those who have milk in their tea and enjoy a traditional quality everyday style tea. Sorry Whittard but this Ceylon tea just wasn’t really to my liking.

Review of Knightsbridge Ceylon Tea from Lidl

On my ongoing mission to find new teas to try I found myself in a Lidl supermarket. I have tried a couple of their teas and reviewed these on my blog and to be honest I’ve not been that impressed. I didn’t let this deter me and picked a few more of their teas to try. I thought I would start with their ceylon first. The teabags come in a box of 50. The box is mainly black with a picture of 3 blue elephants to the front. The teabags are described as being a fragrant tea blend with a lively delicate flavour. The ingredients list only states 100% black tea, so pretty vague. It recommends leaving the teabag in for 3-4 minutes for a stronger brew.
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Now, I have all my teas milk free due to my dairy and lactose free diet. On opening the box I noted no aroma coming from the teabags. I placed a teabag into a mug and added the hot water. I have personally found the other Knightsbridge’s teas that I have tried pretty weak in flavour, so left the teabag in for 4 minutes as instructed for a stronger tea. It took a little while for the tea to infuse with the hot water and change to a medium brown colour. Even though I left the teabag to infuse with the water as instructed I was unable to smell any aroma coming from the tea.
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On sipping the tea I found it to be pretty bland and non descript in flavour. It reminded of a cheap tea you get at work where the teabags come out of a large value bag. The only difference being that the ceylon seemed to be a lot weaker. I know that these are cheap teabags, but I was personally very disappointed with by both the aroma and flavour. These are now at work as an emergency tea as and when needed. I am afraid that I wouldn’t recommend these, sorry Lidl.