The perfect cup of tea

For as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed a nice cup of tea. I inherited my love of tea from my mum who taught me that black tea should be drunk medium weak to enjoy its flavours. Being dairy free means that I enjoy all my teas milk free. I have tried on a couple of occasions to add milk but I just can’t bring myself to drink it. I use my blog to share my tea experiences with a new tea review every Tuesday. My mum decided in her wisdom that my tea reviews would look more inviting if undertaken in a nice cup and saucer. So she bought me this wonderful teacup set for my blog. I love my teacup and it makes a drinking a cup of tea a pleasurable experience. I frequently receive many comments about it and asked where can be purchased from. Sadly, it is getting a little overused so my mum has been on the hunt for a new teacup for my blog. So here is the new addition to my teacup collection that will hopefully soon be making an appearance on my blog.

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Review of the True Tea Club Subscription Box

Now I am a girl who loves her cups of tea. Not a day goes by when I don’t help myself to a cup of tea. It’s fair to say it’s an integral part of my daily routine. Blogging has enlightened my tea palate encouraging me to try a variety of new teas. I have heard of tea subscription boxes but hadn’t really thought about giving it a try. So when I was lucky enough to receive a free monthly subscription box of The True Tea Club teas I admit to being a tad unsure of what to expect. The True Tea Club is a York based company who pride themselves on their huge selection of loose leaf teas, striving to discover new teas from around the globe to help them keep creating unique blends. The box itself was a brown letterbox sized cardboard box that had True Tea Club on it. The size of the box is perfect as it fits nicely through the letterbox which is always a big plus for me.

Onto the contents within the box. You get as four packets containing four tea different blends, four reusable tea bags and information cards and leaflets. I personally liked the leaflet with the generic brewing instructions for the different types of tea. Specific steeping instructions for each tea are found on the front of each tea packet. I have to say the reusable teabags got a big thumbs up for me as it meant that I could take the tea to work. I was very kindly sent the True Tea Club February 2017 box, which contained: Earl Grey Rebel Loose Leafed Tea, Rainbow Chaser Peppermint Tea, Mighty Mango Green Tea, and Vanilla Cupcake Rooibos Loose Leafed Tea.

Earl Grey Rebel Loose Leaf Tea
I choose this tea first as it is one of my favourite teas. It is described as having a rich taste of Assam leaves mixed with bergamot and orange flavouring. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong citrus aroma from the orange and lemon. I struggled to smell the bergamot or cornflower. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. I was a little disappointed by the aroma even on my close up sniff test I struggled to smell the bergamot that I associate with earl grey. On sipping the tea it was sadly the same. The citrus element overpowered the bergamot but this was still quiet weak. I love a cup of a nice cup of earl grey but this simply lacked any really flavour or aroma.

Rainbow Chaser Peppermint Tea
It is described as a magical concoction of apple pieces, blackberry leaves, peppermint, and orange peel. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant peppermint aroma but struggled to smell the other elements to this tea. I infused the tea as instructed a long time compared to most teas that I drink. I was a little disappointed by the aroma even on my close up sniff test I was still unable to smell the different ingredients to the tea just a light delicate aroma. On sipping the tea it tasted like a light peppermint with a slightly sweet undertone noted but I was unable to distinguish and specific flavours. I think it would be the perfect tea if you like a mild mint tea and have a sweet tooth.

Mighty Mango Green Tea
It is described as being like a Californian beach, the sencha base is surrounded by bright sunflower blossoms which relaxes in harmony with the fruity mango flavour. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant sweet mango aroma this took me by surprise as I was expecting a grassy aroma that I associate with green tea with a subtle undertones of mango. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. I was greeted by a delightful strong aroma of mango this seemed to impact on the green tea and sunflower blossom as I was unable to smell this even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it was the same. That said the tea was very enjoyable. It was sweet and made for a nice refreshing tea. It would make a perfect iced tea for the warmer months.

Vanilla Cupcake Rooibos
It is described as an exotic and smooth rooibos that provides a velvet mouth feel mixed with a dash of banana chips to amplify this infusion. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant woody aroma with subtle vanilla undertones noted. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The subtle sweetness from the vanilla and banana worked perfectly with the slight woodiness that you get from a rooibos tea. I have tried a few vanilla rooibos and found them to be a little artificially sweet, but it was the complete opposite with this tea. This is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a new rooibos to try.

So would I recommend this subscription box? Yes I would. I really enjoyed the opportunity to try a diverse range of teas that the True Tea club Offers. The size of the subscription box is perfect and the four reusable teabags are practical but mean you also have fun making your own teabags. Yes the flavours may not have all been to my liking, but that’s part of the fun of a subscription box. If you don’t like a particular type of tea just let the company know by leaving a note at checkout and they will tailor your box for your preferences. If you would like to find out more about the company just click on the link where you can currently get 50% off your first box with the code ‘LOVE’ Click Here.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try all of the opinions are honest and my own.

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I’ve Made It Into The Top 100 Tea Blogs

When I found out that I had made the Feedspot Top 100 Tea Blogs I was completely taken by surprise. I was amazed that my humble little blog had made it in the top 100 let alone being number 49! I initially started blogging about being dairy free I then decide to add my love of cups of tea to my blog. I use my blog as a platform to share my thoughts and opinions on the tea that I try. It has opened a great new world of opportunities for me and I would be lost without it. Tea has now become by far the most popular aspect of my blog and I hope to expand on this in the near future. If there any teas that you would like me to try and review in the future please let me now. In the meantime I will be proudly displaying the medal on my blog.

Review of Asda Strawberry & Forest Fruits 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. I am really enjoying my quest to find new caffeine free teas to try. I have not tried as many fruit teas as I had hoped. So when someone work bought some Asda strawberry and forest fruit tea to share I just had to give it a try.
I loved the design of the packaging with this tea. It was what I would describe as a cream box with pictures of strawberries, raspberries and cranberries outside the red box with the tea’s description inside. The tea is described as sweet and fruity. To be honest this description didn’t win me over as I am more of a savoury person and I don’t like a sweet tea.
Onto the ingredients this surprised me a little if I am honest. I know that it is a less expensive tea but didn’t expect there to be so many ingredients in addition to the strawberry. That said there were no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed. On opening the box the teabags were in a sealed foil packaging. This is always a positive trying to keep the tea fresh and seal the both flavour and aroma in. On opening the foil packaging I was immediately hit with a subtle apple aroma followed by what I think was hibiscus. This surprised me as I was expecting an aroma that I associate with summer fruits. I was unable to really smell the strawberry and blackberry element to this tea. On my close up sniff test this aroma didn’t intensify and remained the same.
I placed the teabag in my cup and added my freshly boiled hot water. The hot water soon changed to a deep purple colour. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed for between 3-5 minutes. I left mine to infuse for 5 minutes as I personally like this type of tea strong. What was interesting with this tea was its aroma. Initially I could predominantly smell the blackberry with a subtle undertone of strawberry. This was different to the apple and hibiscus that I initially smelt. On sipping the tea initially I could taste the blackcurrant element with a hint of strawberry. As the tea continued to infuse this later changed to becoming predominantly strawberry with a hint of blackcurrant and apple. No hibiscus though. I loved the way both aroma and flavour of this tea changed as I sipped from my teacup. It’s often not one that I experience.

So would I recommend this tea? Definitely it was nice to have a tea that’s aroma and flavour changed as I drank it. This made for a comforting everyday winter tea. I know this sounds a bit strange for a strawberry tea but the blackberry element made it a bit like a hug in a mug. I shall be buying this tea when I next visit an Asda. So thank you Asda for producing an enjoyable an everyday fruit tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Teapigs apple & cinnamon tea

My mission to reduce my caffeine intake continues to prove successful. I am still discovering lots of caffeine free teas, fruit and or herbal infusions. So I was a little excited when I was lucky enough to receive a free sample of the Teapigs apple & cinnamon tea. I couldn’t wait to dive in and give them a try as it seemed like the perfect autumnal tea.
As it was a sample there were no ingredients listed on the packaging. So I went straight onto the Teapigs website to check that they were safe for me to try. The tea primarily contains apple (38%), cinnamon (25%) alongside apple pomace (20%), roasted chicory root, citric acid, sweet blackberry leaves, and natural flavourings. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list. It is highlighted that they are made in a factory that handles nuts. They are labelled as being both dairy and gluten free and suitable for vegans.
On opening the packaging I was greeted by the sweet aroma of both apple and cinnamon. The intensity of this didn’t intensify on the close up sniff test. It reminded me of a nice apple crumble. I was really looking forward to giving this tea a try. I just hoped that the lovely aroma remained the same or intensified on infusing with the hot water. I have tried and reviewed several teas when the aroma and flavour seem to diminish once the tea is added to the hot water. Fingers crossed this wouldn’t be the case.
I placed the tea in my cup and let it infuse with the hot water for 5 minutes as instructed. The water soon changed to a light orange / brown colour. The aroma from the tea seemed to weaken as it infused with the water. It was only on my close sniff up test that I could smell a hint of apple and cinnamon. On sipping the tea the flavour was weaker than I had hoped. I could taste the subtle flavours of both the apples and cinnamon, but these were weaker than I had hoped. I was anticipating a refreshing yet comforting tea, but sadly this wasn’t the case. It was a light refreshing beverage that had a hint of apple and cinnamon. Completely different to the warm comforting autumnal tea that I had hoped for in both aroma and flavour.

So would I recommend this tea. If you want a light refreshing tea with just a hint of apple and cinnamon than this could be for you. If however, you want a tea that reminds you of an apple crumble then I think you may be a tad disappointed. I’m sorry Teapigs but this tea just wasn’t for me.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product. All of the opinions in this review are honest and my own.

Review of Morrisons Zingy Purple Berries Tea

My mission to reduce my caffeine intake has been a great excuse to try new teas. Over the summer I was particularly keen to try fruit tea. I recently visited a Morrisions supermarket and purchased a selection of their teas. So I decided to try their zingy purple berries first.
I liked the purple themed packaging with big strawberries with the berries cascading towards a teacup. The description of the tea is very inviting describing the sweetness from the blueberries and tartness from the blackberries and acai berries. The tea is made from a variety of ingredients with hibiscus listed as the first ingredient followed by various other fruit ingredients which include blackberries and blueberries. No allergens are highlighted in the ingredients list. Although please not it is labelled as being suitable for vegetarians.
On opening the box I greeted by a sealed foil packet. Inside this hid the teabags. On opening the foil packaging I was hit by what I would describe this as a subtle aroma of hibiscus. On my close up sniff test it smelt like a fruit tea which consumed of a cross between blackcurrant and raspberry. I was intrigued by this as they are not in the ingredients list.
On taking a teabag from the foil packet the initial aroma I got on opening the box had disappeared. I tried to not let this out me of. I placed my teabag in my teacup and added the hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed for between 3-5 minutes. The tea immediately produced a lovely deep purple colour. There was a subtle aroma of what I would describe as being similar to that of a blackcurrant tea. I struggled to smell the blueberry and acai elements to this tea. On sipping the tea I wasn't sure what to expect because I had been a little confused by the aroma. Initially my taste buds were hit by the hibiscus, this was proceeded by a flavour I can only describe as being very similar to blackcurrant but not as strong. I really couldn't distinguish between the three flavours of tea as described on the packaging. That said I enjoyed this subtle fruity flavour to this tea. I wouldn't describing as a refreshing tea, but more of a comforting tea.
So would I recommend this zingy berry tea ? Yes I would as an everyday value tea. I may not have been able to taste the individual berries, but it tasted very similar to a nice blackcurrant tea. It’s a nice comforting tea. It would be a great tea to drink in the autumn. So thank you Morrisions for producing a nice everyday fruit tea.

Review of Twinings Camomile Tea

My quest to reduce my caffeine intake is currently going well. I have been slowly working my through a variety of fruit and herbal teas. One tea that I try to now have on a daily basis is camomile. I have tried some great and some bland camomile teas. I have recently reviewed some Twinings teas so I thought it was about time I gave their camomile tea a proper try.
I’m a sucker for packaging and personally like most of Twinings designs. I liked the calming pale blue colour with the floating flowers. As with all the teas in the fruit and herbal range each box contains 20 teabags. Now onto the tea itself it only contains camomile so no allergens highlighted and no may contain warning.
On opening the packet I have to admit to being a tad disappointed. There was only a very faint grassy aroma coming from the teabags. On having a good old fashioned close up sniff there was a faint aroma didn’t intensify. 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 pale yellow colour. On infusing the tea produced a faint subtle grassy aroma that I associate with camomile tea. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste which was slightly grassy. It was light, and refreshing but not as strong as I had hoped. I found it to be slightly soothing on the stomach, but not so much as other brands I have tried. On having further cups of tea I left the teabag in my cup which helped the flavour intensify a little.
So would I recommend this tea, as an everyday camomile tea when out and about yes, but if at home I’m afraid not. Overall I found this tea to be weaker in both flavour and aroma compared to other camomile teas that I have tried. It certainly wasn’t as nice as their earl grey or peppermint tea. That said I did enjoy it as a light easy palatable tea. I think I will continue to buy this caffeine free tea at the gym as an alternative to my beloved earl grey.