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.
(Photo credit Tea Leaf Co)
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.
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.