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 Clipper organic 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, just in case I am missing out. I have tried and reviewed a couple of Clipper teas on my blog and have really enjoyed them. So I thought that I should give their earl grey tea a try.
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I liked the colour of the putty green and blue packaging with a picture of a teapot and teacup to the front with silver leaves balancing on top. I also liked the phrase to the top right of the front of the box, make every day a little bit special. Onto the ingredients list organically grown fair trade tea and natural bergamot flavour is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the box I was greeted by sealed foil packages inside which were the teabags. I personally like this as it’s a great way to try to keep those teabags fresh.
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On opening the package there was an aroma of black tea with a very faint hint of 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? I still struggled to smell the bergamot, it was pretty weak. On my close up sniff test it intensified a little but not much. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality weaker strength black tea, with a very faint taste that bergamot. I was a little disappointed to say the least. I have loved all of the Clipper teas that I have previously tried. All of which have had a nice aroma and flavour. These teabags just didn’t seem to compare.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. The tea was light and delicate as described but just seemed to lack either the bergamot aroma or flavour. Sorry Clipper but this tea just wasn’t for me.

Review of Yogi Tea Classic Tea

I am continuing to make a real effort in reducing my caffeine intake. I now try to drink only fruit and herbal teas after lunch. I am finding this challenge to be fun as I am discovering lots of varieties of tea that I was not even aware of. Once such tea is Yogi Tea classic tea. I do like a Tazo black spiced tea as an occasional treat mainly in the winter as cinnamon aroma reminds me of Christmas. So I thought that this would be the perfect tea for me to try.
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I loved the packaging if this tea. It’s deep red colour with a teacup to the centre which seemed to make me think it was inviting me on a journey. On the ingredients list no allergens were highlighted. Underneath this was a recommendation to drink the tea with milk or a milk substitute. I didn’t let this put me of. I’m sorry but there was no way I could put any milk even dairy free into my cup of tea.
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The aroma that originated from this box of tea was something special. It emitted a strong cinnamon aroma despite the box ring sealed. In fact people I share the office with at work commented on the nice aroma and asked what it was coming from. This made me want to dive into this box of tea and give it a try. On opening the box the aroma of cinnamon intensified and was combined with a subtle undertone of cardamom. It was a warm comforting aroma one that you would like to smell snuggled up by a fire. Inside the box the teabags were individually sealed so perfect for taking away with you. I just hoped that this delightful aroma wouldn’t disappear on opening the teabag packet. It did weaken but it was still present.
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On placing my teabag into my tea cup I added the hot water and let it infuse for the recommended 7 minutes. I really didn’t want to wait this long because I just wanted to try this tea. The water turned a medium brown colour as there’s infused with the water. There was a medium aroma of cinnamon with and undertone of cardamom noted. This did not intensify on my close up sniff test but what I noted was a subtle ginger aroma intermingled with the cinnamon and cardamom. On sipping this tea my taste buds were immediately hit by the cinnamon followed by the subtleness of the cardamom and ginger. As I continued to drink the tea it felt warm and soothing on my stomach. It had a similar effect to that of mint tea. I was also to top up my teacup to enjoy another cup, a bonus of not adding milk.
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So would I recommend this tea, oh my goodness yes. I loved everything from the packaging, aroma, flavour and its soothing effect. It was definitely a warm comforting tea a perfect winter warmer.
It is like a hug in a cup. I shall be stocking up on these teas for the winter months to enjoy in the evening. So thank you Yogi for producing a delightful tea. I can’t wait to try some more of your teas. I just wish that they were more readily available in the UK.

Review of Clipper Organic Raspberry Leaf Infusion Tea

My mission to reduce my caffeine intake is proving successful. I seem to be on a roll at the moment trying various fruit and herbal teas. I am particularly keen to try fruit teas especially now that the summer is fast approaching. One of my favourite fruits has to be raspberries so when I saw a box of Clipper raspberry leaf infusion tea it had my name on it.
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I liked the three tone colour of the packaging. The warm inviting tea cup to the front with the raspberries just made me want to grab my kettle. The tea is made from organic ingredients and contains raspberry leaf, hibiscus, nettle, rose hip, natural raspberry flavouring with other natural ingredients. There is a note under the ingredients list about seeking medical advice before drinking the tea if pregnant, and that it should be avoided in the early stages of pregnancy. On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed foil package inside this were the teabags. I was immediately hit by the aroma of what I would describe as a strong fruit tea. It was slightly sweet but I wouldn’t describe it as being raspberry.
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I placed my teabag in my teacup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the tea to infuse with the hot water. The tea produced a deep pink / purple colour. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. There was a delightful aroma coming from my teacup. I didn’t need to do my close up sniff test to smell this. I would describe this as a fruity summer fruits smell, but not that of raspberries.
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On sipping the tea I was again hit by the aroma coming from this tea. I would describe the flavour as being like a warm summer fruits squash but with a predominant flavour of blackcurrant. I thought this was a tad strange. As we like to share our tea at work I asked my work colleague to describe the flavour and they thought it tasted of blackcurrant. The tea was certainly warm and comforting as I sipped it. If I’m honest I felt a tad disappointed that the tea didn’t taste as raspberries as I expected. That said I really enjoyed this fruit tea from its aroma through to it’s comforting soothing effect.

So would I recommend this raspberry leaf infusion tea, yes I would. It is a nice comforting soothing tea which has a delightful aroma and a nice fruity taste. So thank you Clipper for producing a nice fruit tea that I will indeed be buying again.

Review of Tg Green Teas

As an avid tea drinker I like to enjoy my tea hot. I have personally struggled with the fact it can be drunk as a cold drink. Don’t get me wrong I have tried iced tea on a couple of occasions whilst on holiday in America. I found it bland and quiet frankly unpalatable. Since taking the plunge into the world of blogging I have tried to extend my tea palate as I like to call it. Not only with hot tea but also iced teas. So when I was lucky to be approached by Tg Green Tea to try their green tea pyramids and iced teas how could I say no.
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Firstly, the tea pyramids. I received two packets, one original tea and one green tea with jujube & osmanthus. I was immediately drawn to the tea pyramids packaging. I loved the bold black background with the Tg logo and cascading tea leaves. What I liked about the packaging of the tea was the easy to reseal foil packaging allowing the tea to stay fresh and maintain its flavour. The tea has no added flavourings. For the green tea, this is the only ingredient and for the jujube & osmanthus its green tea 70%, jujube fruit 25% and osmanthus flower 5%. This was a huge positive as several teas I have tried just state flavouring on the ingredients but never list what it actually is.
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On opening the green tea I was hit by a subtle bitter earthy aroma coming from the tea pyramids. I followed the instructions on the back of the packet on how to make the perfect cup of tea and let the tea infuse for three minutes. What I noticed was again the same subtle aroma that I did on opening the packet but slightly weaker. On sipping the tea I got a slightly bitter grassy taste from the tea, Despite how this sounds it was very nice and highly refreshing. I was pleasantly surprised and preferred this to many black teas that I have tried. Onto the jujube & osmanthus tea. On opening the tea I was immediately greeted by a sweet aroma which I can only describe as a cross between plums and dates. Again I followed I followed the brewing instructions. To be fair the aroma of the tea was pretty much the same with a fruity undertone noted. On sipping the tea I initially got the slight hint of grassy bitterness followed by hint of fruitiness which I would describe as plummy. Again a nice refreshing tea.
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Onto the iced teas. I liked the design of these with the simple swirls to the front in different colours for each tea. It is clearly labelled as green tea with the flavour of the tea at the bottom of bottle. They also clearly labelled as a low calorie drink at 30 calories per drink. The drinks are also clearly labelled as containing no preservatives or colours. Each of the drinks main ingredient is water with a green tea fusion being 4% with the relevant natural ingredients added for each flavour tea.
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I am not sure why but I was immediately drawn to the ginseng flavoured tea first. On opening the bottle the I got a subtle earthy aroma. Not being familiar with ginseng it was the only On sipping the tea I got the taste of the green tea with a slightly smokey undertone. I found this tea to be refreshing yet comforting at the same time.
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The next tea I tried was the jujube and ginseng tea. The tea itself contained 0.4% jujube and 0.2% gingsing extract. On opening this tea it had a sweet subtle plummy aroma like the tea bags. On sipping this tea I could predominately taste the jujube. The sweetness from the jujube and the slight bitter warmth from the ginseng worked well together.
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Finally onto the mandarin tea. If am honest I left this one to last only because I am not a fan of oranges. It contains 0.8% mandarin and 0.2% gingsing flavouring. On opening the bottle there was a subtle aroma of mandarin noted. This to me seemed stronger than the jujube aroma. On sipping the tea I could definitely taste the mandarin this was slightly sweet yet tart at the same time. I could also taste the gingsing in the background but this was overpowered by the mandarin. This was my favourite of the iced teas, which surprised me.
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So would I recommend Tg green tea definitely. My favourite was the green tea pyramids it was one of the nicest teas that I have tried. As for the iced tea I found all three cold tea drinks to be refreshing and a great alternative drink to have as a treat instead of my usual water. They have definitely changed my mind about the concept of cold tea and I will be getting some more for the warmer summer months to enjoy.

Disclaimer: Tg Green Tea sent me samples of their tea to try. All of the opinions included in this post are my own and are not influenced by this.

Review of Hope & Glory Peppermint Tea

One of my favourite teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days in an effort to reduce my caffeine intake. So when I was lucky enough to win Hope & Glory’s tea Twitter competition I have to confess to being a tad excited. My tea arrived in a metal tea caddy which of course will be reused numerous times. Inside this I discovered sealed packets containing the peppermint tea leaves. Despite the tea leaves being in a sealed foil packaging there was still a subtle aroma of peppermint being emitted from inside the tea caddy. I had very high hopes for this tea judging by the aroma and couldn’t wait to make my cup of tea.
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On opening the foil packaging the tea leaves emitted what I can only describe as a powerful but very pleasant aroma. It was a lot stronger than other mint tea leaves I have tried before and trust me I have tried a fair few. My instinct told me to just put a few tea leaves into my infuser as this was going to be strong. I placed my tea leaves inside the tea infuser and added the hot water. The tea leaves infused with the hot water almost instantly. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. What was also very noticeable was the room soon filled with the aroma from the tea. Now I’ve never experienced this before. On my closer sniff test it smelt like a stronger 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. It worked wonders on my nasal passages which I viewed as an additional benefit.
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On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the strongest mint 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 mint tea leaves I have tried it was certainly the nicest. Because of the quality of these tea leaves I was able to re-steep the tea leaves several times and still experience a very pleasant cup of tea. What was unique with drinking this tea was the warmth as I sipped on it. It is hard to describe to this in a positive way that it certainly 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 soothing feeling. It felt like it was settling my stomach so a big thumbs up there.
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So would I recommend Hope & Glory’s peppermint tea, gosh definitely. It has to be one of the nicest quality mint teas that I have tried. It is certainly very strong on both its aroma and flavour. So if you are lucky enough to try it just add a few tea leaves initially so you can gauge its strength. I am so glad that I got to try this tea. So thank you Hope & Glory for my Twitter prize.

Review of English Tea Shop Lemongrass, Ginger & Citrus Tea

Now I am constantly looking out for new teas to review for my blog. I am also lucky that friends and family treat me to new teas to try. One of my friends Nicky gave me a tin of English Tea Shop lemongrass, ginger & citrus tea to try. She thought that it would be a great herbal tea to try and help me with my mission to reduce my caffeine intake.
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I loved the packaging of this tea. It is in a small thin round tin which is a pleasant lime green. I love the picture of the teapot with its ingredients on it. What I also like about this tin is the round metal lid. Open this and you are greeted by another small lid which helps keep the tea fresh and seals its aroma in. On opening the second lid I was immediately hit by a fantastic aroma of what I hoped my taste buds were going to experience. My nostrils got hit by a strong aroma of ginger with a subtle undertone of citrus. It was delightful and I couldn’t wait for my kettle to boil.
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The tea itself came in the form of silken tea pyramids. In which you could clearly see all of the ingredients inside. There was clearly enough room for these to infuse with the hot water.
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On placing the hot water in my tea cup I expected to be hit with a strong aroma. I was a little disappointed if I am honest. This may be a little unfair as the aroma was very strong on just opening the lid of the tea tin. I let the tea infuse with the hot water as instructed for 2-3 minutes. The water slowly changed colour to a light green / yellow colour. On sipping the tea I am afraid to say my taste buds were not stimulated. It tasted bland I could not distinguish any of the elements to this tea. I couldn’t taste the lemongrass and as for the ginger this is normally a strong flavour if blended as part of a tea but it was weak. As for the citrus I just was not able to taste this either. I even tried sniffing the tea again but still no distinguishable aromas noted. It’s almost as if the tea peaked in the tin, which is a real shame.
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I’m sorry English Tea Shop, but I won’t be buying this tea again and wouldn’t recommend it as a tea to try. It seemed to tick all the boxes for me with the ingredients but as soon it left the tin the aroma disappeared. There was a lack of flavour to this tea. It was a slightly refreshing beverage and may better served chilled in the summer but just wasn’t for me. Sorry English Tea Shop.