Review of The Tea Makers Earl Grey Supreme 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. Earl grey tea has to be one of my favourite teas as it can be enjoyed milk free, perfect for dairy free me. I have tried several brands of earl grey tea of varying qualities. So when The Tea Makers of London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.07 Earl Grey Supreme 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 tea inside. I also liked the ability to easily re-seal the packet to keep the freshness of the tea. Onto the ingredients list. Ceylon tea, bergamot oil and flavour are listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong and very inviting citrus aroma, it reminded me of a quality bergamot. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The aroma was as I had anticipated that being of a strong quality black tea with fairly strong undertones of bergamot noted. This intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test.

On sipping the tea it was fairly strong and well-balanced. I got the strong and rich bodied flavour from the Ceylon intermingled with the fairly strong yet not overpowering slightly citrus undertones from the bergamot. I love a nice cup of traditional earl grey with no fancy added extras and this certainly ticked all of the right boxes. It had the perfect balance of both aroma and flavour that I associate with a nice earl grey. The strength of the aroma from the bergamot was higher in strength compared to other earl grey teas whilst not being too strong. The bergamot broke down the strong rich bodied flavour from the Ceylon to just the right amount.

So would I recommend this earl grey tea? Yes, definitely. It has a lovely bergamot aroma and flavour which works perfectly with the good quality Ceylon tea in this blend. So thank you The Tea Makers of London for producing a delightful earl greys tea.

Review of Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference 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. I was pleasantly surprised by Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference earl grey tea. As I was running low on earl grey tea I decicided to try their decaffeinated version.


I Liked the purple and grey packaging simple but it somehow caught my attention. Onto the ingredients decaffeinated tea and natural bergamot 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 regular every day black tea. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this aroma seemed to be significantly weaker. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected to smell the aroma of bergamot. 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 bergamot noted. On my close up sniff test the aroma didn’t change. If I was doing a blind test I’m sure that I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish as being an earl grey tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like an every day black tea with a very faint hint of a slightly chemically bergamot 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 Sainsbury’s but this tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Twist Tea Tasting Menu

As a lady who loves her cup of teas I have to confess to often drinking far too much earl grey. I try to have a variety of teas throughout the day. I can be a little indecisive about what other teas to have so have a lucky dip selection of teas to avoid a make a choice, which is great fun. So when Twist Tea contacted me asked if I would like to try some of their teas I of course said yes. What I received was their tasting menu which is a selection of 16 of their teas, a professional lucky dip of teas.


Onto the packaging, well I love the silver tin or tea caddy with the companies logo to the front. I like the wording to the side will you pick or take a lucky dip? My only criticism of the tasting menu is that there is a warning about the ginger snap and mint humbug containing liquorice but no ingredients list for the teas. I personally think that this section of teas could do with a little reference leaflet with all of the teas ingredients listed. As someone with an allergy this is important to me as it takes time to go to the website to find out each teas ingredients.

On opening the tin you are greeted by 16 delicious whole leaf teabags, each of a different blend. All are sealed in individual packets which are clear allowing you to see the tea inside. I received a selection of black, green, herbal and fruit teas. I picked 3 random packets of teabags for this review.


Propermint

The first lucky dip I choose was the propermint, perfect timing with all the naughty food at this time of year. The tea is described as a pure, unadulterated whole peppermint leaves create a delicious, soothing and refreshing brew. Onto the ingredients list peppermint is listed, there is no may contain warning.

On opening plastic packaging the teabag emitted what I can only describe as a strong but very pleasant mint aroma. This aroma intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. I placed a teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It didn’t take long for the teas aroma to develop. It was very pleasant and continued to strengthen and became quiet strong. In fact stronger than I had anticipated. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the stronger mint teas that I have tried. The peppermint flavour was fairly strong but too overpowering . Overall I found the tea to be very refreshing and I got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy as I sipped on it. I would certainly recommend this tea.


Mint Choc Chip

Not bad for my second lucky dip for someone who loves her mint tea and eats far too much chocolate. This tea is described as Mint Choc Chip is the best of both worlds… a caffeine hit of tea, the refreshing punch of mint and the creaminess of cocoa. Onto the ingredients list Sri Lankan black tea, Cocoa (39%) (Cocoa Nibs, Cocoa Shells), Peppermint (15%), Natural Flavouring. There is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet a I was greeted with a delightful chocolate aroma with subtle peppermint twist. This aroma intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. I added boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The aromas of the chocolate and peppermint intensified but were still fairly subtle and not artificial in aroma. The aroma from the black tea got a little lost as a result but in this instance this really didn’t matter because the chocolate and mint was so inviting. On sipping the tea I initially got hit with what I would describe as an equal balance of chocolate and mint, the strength of which was spot on. I wasn’t really able to distinguish the flavour from the Sri Lankan black tea. This didn’t really matter because the balance of chocolate and mint was spot on. It resulted in a delightful delicate yet comforting tea. A great way to enjoy a mint chocolate beaverage without all of the calories. I would certainly recommend this tea it is one of the nicest mint chocolate teas that I have tried.


Chamomile Yawn

One of my favourite teas at the moment is chamomile. So I was pleased when my third and final lucky dip was chamomile. This tea is described as a soothing tonic made from some of nature’s most relaxing herbs. Onto the ingredients list Chamomile (64%), Rose Petals, Lemon Balm, Hops, Mallow Flowers, Valerian, Lavender are listed. there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packaging there was a nice grassy aroma that I associate with chamomile tea. It was weaker than I had hoped and I was unable to really distinguish any of the aromas from the other ingredients. This remained the same even on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the teabag in my cup and added my freshly boiled hot water. The hot water soon changed to a blue / teal colour which became a muddy blue/grey colour. Not quiet what I was expecting and a little uninviting if I am honest. On infusing the tea it produced a faint subtle grassy aroma that I associate with chamomile tea. I have to admit this took me by surprise as I had hoped to be able to smell the other ingredients in this tea but they just seemed to be absent. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste with subtle grassy undertones noted. Just like the aroma the only flavour that I could really taste was the chamomile. A little disappointing if I am honest. On a positive note it did have a light mellow taste. I am afraid that I wouldn’t recommend this tea. I didn’t have the floral elements to it that I had hoped for and I found the colour from the tea slightly off-putting.

I enjoyed the opportunity to try a variety of teas from Twist Tea. I am sure that any tea fan would have fun taking a lucky dip from this tasting menu. Once I have finished my teas I shall be filling it up with another lucky dip selection.

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.

Review of The Tea Leaf Co Gift Box

As a lady who loves her cups of tea I love Christmas as I often very lucky and receive tea related gifts. So when I was lucky enough to get the chance to review The Tea leaf Co gift set I couldn’t wait for the parcel to arrive. The gift set retails at £29.00 or you can purchase individual tins as a stocking filler for £4.99. The Tea Leaf Co was founded by two tea obsessed Brits and the son of an Indian tea planter. Their adventure begun over a cup of English Breakfast at a kitchen table that took them half way around the world to the tea fields of Nagaland. Farmers use traditional methods, so no nasty chemicals in the ground. Every leaf is handpicked and rolled with love and care.

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Onto the packaging if you purchase the gift set you get a black box containing a variety of four tins of tea with a measuring spoon. I received mine in a plain box with the tea and spoon wrapped up snuggly over two layers of tissue paper.

Onto the tea itself this is contained within four small silver round tins.They reminded me of an old-fashioned shoe polish tin, this may sound like a strange compassion but there you go. Each tin has the same nautical theme with the companies logo top the top and the name of the tea to the centre. Each type of tea has a colour which is subtly integrated into the design of the top of the tin.

Royal Rogues

I choose this tea first as it is one of my favourite teas. It is described as a refreshing, citrusy blend of Italian bergamot oil and hand-rolled single estate tea from the tea fields of Nagaland.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list, but there is a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the tin I was greeted by a strong and very inviting citrus aroma, it reminded me of a quality bergamot which intensified on my close up sniff test.

I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The aroma was as I had anticipated that being of a strong quality black tea with fairly strong undertones of bergamot noted. This intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it was fairly strong and well-balanced. I got the strong and rich bodied flavour from the black tea intermingled with the fairly strong yet not overpowering slightly citrus undertones from the bergamot. The bergamot broke down the strong rich bodied flavour from the black tea to just the right amount. I love a nice cup of traditional earl grey with no fancy added extras and this certainly ticked all of the right boxes. It had the perfect balance of both aroma and flavour that I associate with a nice earl grey. I would definitely recommend this tea.

No 05 Blood Orange Infusion

It is described as the exotic blood orange in this bright, tangy infusion packs a bold, sweet citrusy punch that’s as tart as it is sweet.

Onto the ingredients dried apple pieces, rosehip, hibiscus flowers orange peel. There is a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the tin I immediately got hit by the delightful aroma from the orange. It was a little stronger than I had anticipated and slightly overpowered the aroma from the other ingredients from this tea.

I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. The sage aroma intensified and was intermingled with the hibiscus. I was a little disappointed as I was unable to distinguish the apple or the rosehip elements to this tea even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it tasted just like its aroma. The orange and hibiscus were quiet strong and seemed to drown out the apple and rosehip. I am afraid that I didn’t enjoy this tea. Whilst I loved the initial aroma from the orange the combination of this with the hibiscus impacted on the other elements to this tea. Yes it had a citrusy punch which was slightly tart but the sweetness that I had hoped for just didn’t happen. I’m afraid that I wouldn’t recommend this tea.

No 06 Simply Green

It is described as a timeless classic brew that’s incredibly intense, rich in flavour and mouth-watering in its softness.

Onto to the ingredients list green tea is listed. There is a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the package I was greeted by a fairly strong aroma of a grassy meadow with subtle undertones of smokiness that I associate with green tea. This intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test.

I placed the tea in my teacup and added my slightly cooled freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light green colour. The aroma from the tea intensified only slightly even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I was able to taste the subtle grassiness with the smokiness element intermingled with this. This flavour was slightly weaker than I had hoped due it’s strong aroma. However, this really didn’t matter the flavour from the tea was very subtle. This resulted in a nice light and refreshing green tea. I would describe as one of the most delicate ones that I have tried. I would certainly recommend this tea.

No 16 Green & Mint

It is described as a tongue-tingling mint fresh tea. We start with our Sir Lanka green tea as a base, then mix in just the right amount of cooling peppermint leaves to create a subtly refreshing tea experience.

Onto the ingredients list sadly the label on the back of the tin that contained this information was missing. As a result I could not see any allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed. I had to check on the companies website which was a little disappointing if I am honest. Green tea and peppermint is listed.

On opening the package I was greeted by a fairly strong aroma of a peppermint. This intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test with subtle undertones of grassiness and smokiness noted.

I placed the tea in my teacup and added my slightly cooled freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light yellow/green colour. The aroma from the tea intensified only slightly even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds were immediately hit by the peppermint. This was fairly strong yet without being to overpowering. This was preceded by the subtle grassiness with the smokiness element intermingled with this. The peppermint was slightly weaker than I had hoped due it’s strong aroma. However, this really didn’t matter if it was any stronger it would have impacted on the subtle flavour from the green tea. This resulted in a nice light and refreshing green tea. I would describe it as one of the most delicate mint teas that I have tried. I would certainly recommend this tea.

I enjoyed the opportunity to try a selection of The Tea leaf co teas and made great use of the measuring spoon. I am sure that any tea fan would like to receive this gift box over Christmas. I would personally prefer one of the tins as a surprise in my Christmas stocking.

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 Cheeky Chai Indian Spiced Chai

As a tea blogger I am on the constant look out for new teas to try. I have tried a few chai teas but tend to have these in the colder months as I associate the aroma and flavour with Christmas. So when Cheeky Chai 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 Indian Spiced Chai blend.

Onto the packaging I received a sample in a simple brown paper package. To the centre is a brown label which has their brand logo a cheeky smile, simple but effective. On a personal note I wish that you were able to re-seal the packet instead of having to use a food clip to do so. Another suggestion would be that the brewing instructions are included on the label as this was missing.Onto the ingredients black tea, ginger root, cinnamon bark, and cardamom seeds are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

On opening the envelope in which the tea sample was in I was immediately greeted by a lovely aroma that I associate with chai tea. I had high hopes for this tea. On opening the tea packet I got a delightful aroma of and ginger and cardamom intermingled with another aroma which I would describe as being like all spice. The aroma intensified slightly on my close up sniff test.

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 black tea became more predominant with undertones of ginger root and cardamom noted. On sipping the tea I was worried that the black tea would impact on the other elements to this tea. This was not the case. The black tea was the strongest flavour to this tea with subtle undertones from the ginger root and cardamom noted. After a few sips I discovered the cinnamon and bark. All of the elements to this tea complimented nicely. The spices were certainly more subtle when comparing to other chai teas that I have previously tried. That said its strength was perfect for someone who likes their tea medium weak and works well milk free so great for me. Its aroma and flavours did remind me of Christmas, overall a nice black tea to be enjoyed in the winter months.

So would I recommend this chai tea? Yes I would. Its aroma and flavour make for a nice everyday black tea. The aroma and flavour from the spices are fairly subtle and would be more suited to someone who likes and a nice everyday black tea with a slight chai twist. So thank you Cheeky Chai for producing a nice every day chai tea that I can enjoy.

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Review of Tetley Indulgence Gingerbread Tea

As a tea blogger I am on the constant look out for new teas to try. As the nights are now drawing in and autumn has well and truly arrived I decided to find some new spiced teas to try. Whist shopping I stumbled across Tetley’s new Indulgence range of teas. I saw a packet of gingerbread tea within this range so decided to give it a try.

Onto the packaging I liked the design of the packaging its colour scheme just reminded me of autumn. I liked the little designs integrated into the packaging the cheeky gingerbread man, heaters stars and circles again in autumnal colours. It certainly caught my attention. Onto the ingredients black tea (91%) and natural flavourings are listed. On a personal note I wish that there was more detail as to what exactly the natural flavourings is. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

On opening the box I was greeted by 20 individual wrapped bags. I like this as it means that you place one in your bag and have it on the go. Or as an alternative when you politely decline an everyday tea. On opening the tea wrapped bags I was a little disappointed to say the least. I was expecting a delightful aroma of gingerbread instead all I got was the aroma of everyday black tea. The aroma didn’t 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 brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 2 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. I was soon hit with the aroma that I associate with gingerbread biscuits. The aroma from the black tea was slightly overtaken by this but for me personally this really didn’t matter. The aroma slightly intensified slightly on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it tasted like a nice every day black tea with definite undertones of the gingerbread noted. This was very pleasant without it being to strong or artificial. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this tea my initial disappointment on opening the wrapped bags soon disappeared. The aroma and flavour of this tea just reminded me of autumn.

So would I recommend this gingerbread tea? Yes I would. Its aroma and flavour make for a nice everyday tea with a twist that it is perfect for the colder weather. So thank you Tetley for producing a nice every day tea with a twist that I can enjoy.

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Review of Bigelow Constant Comment Black Tea

One of the teas that I like enjoy during the autumn and winter months is chai. I find it a comforting tea that I associate with Christmas. 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 Constant Comment tea as an option. It was completely different to any of the other teas that I had been offered 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 bold red colour with a black strip scheme to the top with constant comment to the centre. I checked the back of the packet where the ingredients were listed as black tea, rind of orange, sweet spice and natural flavour. 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 sweet spice aroma coming from the teabag with a faint undertone of citrus noted. On undertaking my famous close up sniff test the sweet spice aroma remained the same but the citrus element intensified. 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 light/medium brown colour. On infusing the tea the predominant aroma was the black tea but both the sweet spice and orange were fairly strong. The aroma remained the same on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I have to confess to being surprised. It tasted like a nice every day black tea however the sweet spice and orange added a chai element to this tea. This impacted more on its flavour than I had anticipated and as a result made for a much nicer drinking experience. 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 tea? Yes I would it is nice to have an everyday black tea with a chai 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. So thank you Bigelow for producing a nice black tea.

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