Merry Christmas

Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I hope that you have a fun packed and reaction free day. I’m have to confess to getting a little excited about the big day. This year we are the hosts doing all of the entertaining. I have had fun trying to accommodate those of us with a dairy free and gluten free diet. A one stop supermarket shop just wasn’t possible as I’m sure many of you share the same experience as this. It was much easier choosing some festive tea for the family to enjoy later in the afternoon. So here’s to a safe family free from Christmas.

Review of Marks & Spencer Festive Classic Tea

I know that it’s a tad early for a Christmas review but I decided to start very early this year. Whilst on a day out shopping at Bluewater my mum and we decided to pop into Marks & Spencer food hall to pick up a few treats. I’ve not tried any Christmas teas so far this year so when I saw a packet of festive classic tea in Marks & Spencer I grabbed a box to try.

Onto the packaging I liked the deep colour of the box red. I found the picture with a single Christmas tree branch above a cup with a teabag hovering above a tad dull. Onto the ingredients Kenyan and Rwandan teas are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

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 packet I got an aroma of an everyday black tea, nothing special. It certainly didn’t remind me of Christmas. The aroma did not change on my close up sniff test. I placed the teabag in my teacup and added freshly boiled water. The teabag soon infused with the hot water and it changed a medium / dark brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as instructed despite normally having my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the teacup was pretty non descript it smelt like an everyday black tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like its aroma and I was unable to distinguish between the two elements to this tea. It just tasted like an everyday black tea. I was a tad disappointed by this to say the least and was counting down the days until our works festive afternoon tea which I was hoping would be like this.

So would I recommend this Christmas tea? As a festive tea definitely not. It lacked any ingredients that you associate with a festive tea. It was just like regular tea in a festive themed box. A bit of clever marketing which I sadly fell for. Sorry Marks & Spencer but this tea just wasn’t for me.

Review of The London Tea Company Winter Wondermint Tea

One of my favourite teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days to reduce my caffeine intake. So when The London Tea Company contacted me and asked if I would like to try and review some of their teas I said yes. What I didn’t expect was to receive a sample packet of their Winter Wondermint tea in addition to their teabags. So I decided to give this a try first. Onto the ingredients list I checked their website and peppermint and peppermint flavourings are listed, no allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
On opening the foil packaging the tea pyramids emitted what I can only describe as a very strong but very nice peppermint aroma. It was a lot stronger than other peppermint teas that I have tried. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test and didn’t seem to really weaken on smelling an individual tea pyramid. I placed my tea pyramid into my teacup and added the freshly boiled jot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. What was very noticeable was the kitchen soon filled with the peppermint aroma from the tea. Now I have tried a lot of mint teas and I have experienced this once before. On my closer sniff test it smelt a bit like a version of Vics menthol rub. I mean this in a very nice way but it is the only way to describe it. The menthol was very strong indeed. Oh and it certainly helped to clear my nasal passages which I viewed as an additional benefit.
On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the strongest peppermint teas that I have tried. The menthol flavour was nearly as strong as the aroma. It was very pleasant and when comparing its taste to other peppermint teas that I have tried it was certainly one of the strongest and nicest that I have tried. Due to the strength of the tea I was able to re-steep the tea and experience another cup of tea. What was unique with drinking this tea was the warmth as I sipped on it. It is hard to describe this in a positive way that it was. It felt like it was warming my throat due to its strength and this warmth continued all the way to my stomach. It was a warm comforting and soothing feeling.
So would I recommend this peppermint tea? Gosh definitely. It is one of the nicest quality peppermint teas that I have tried. It is certainly very strong on both its aroma and flavour. I personally prefer this. If you prefer a weaker peppermint tea just infuse the tea pyramid for a minute and re steep and you can enjoy a couple of cups of tea. I will be buying some of this tea to enjoy over Christmas after those large meals. So thank you London Tea Company for producing a nice peppermint 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 Bluebird Tea Co Christmas Cake Tea

On a shopping trip to Tunbridge Wells a tea shop caught my eye in the main shopping mall. Being a girl who loves her cup of tea I just had to pop inside. The Bluebird Tea Co is a fairly new company with two branches the first being in Brighton. On entering the shop you are greeted by a variety of teas and gadgets to help you enjoy your cuppa. I particularly liked the tea tins in which you could open and smell the tea before you buy.
Well on to the tea itself as Christmas was around he corner I decided to buy their Christmas tea. It comes in a nice simple packet allowing you to see the biodegradable tea parcels inside. I was drawn to the candy snowflake inside the tea parcels. The other ingredients in the teabags included Ceylon black tea, vanilla, almond, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel and spruce needles.
On opening the tea packet a slight aroma of what I would describe as chai tea was noted. I placed the teabag in a medium sized mug and added freshly boiled water. I left it to infuse with the hot water as instructed for 4 minutes. Being dairy free I had the tea milk free.
There was a subtle aroma similar to that of chai tea. On sipping the tea I noted the chai tea flavour. The snowflake added a little subtle sweetness without overpowering the tea. This was different to the normal tea I drink but nice as an occasional treat. Overall, I found the tea to have a nice medium strength. The different flavours being clearly distinguishable with the nice additional slight sweetness coming from the snow flake. This tea definitely reminded me of Christmas.
These teabags make a nice seasonal treat and would make a lovely gift for any tea lover. So if you’re in Brighton or Tunbrige Wells why not pop in store if you’re a tea lover like me you won’t regret it.