Review of Tick Tock Earl Grey Rooibos Tea

Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea especially earl grey tea. I have been doing really well in reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of earl grey can lead me a little astray. Rooibos seems to be my caffeine free tea of choice at the moment. So my mum suggested that I try Tick Tock earl grey rooibos tea. I found a box in my local supermarket and popped it into my basket to try.

I liked the simplicity to the packaging of this tea with its subtle marketing message. The blue box with the bold Tick Tock logo in white. To the centre of this is a small circle with a teapot, a cup of tea, scones and jam. The tea is described as combining all of the caffeine free goodness of rooibos with the true earl grey taste of natural bergamot. Onto the ingredients list rooibos tea and natural oil of bergamot, natural flavour are listed. There are no allergens listed and there is no may contain warning.

I opened the packet and was immediately greeted by a fairly strong bergamot aroma which seemed to drown out the aroma from the rooibos. So onto my famous close up sniff test the bergamot aroma intensified a little and continued to overpower the rooibos. On smelling an individual teabag the bergamot became very faint and was overtaken by the rooibos. The aroma was smoky and slightly grassy with a faint undertone of bergamot noted. I was a little disappointed with this. I liked the initial bergamot aroma that you got from opening the box and hoped that it would remain. After a few days of opening the box the bergamot aroma started to disappear and became very faint. I was a tad disappointed by this and yes I did close the box correctly. So what about the taste?

I placed my teabag into my teacup and added freshly brewed hot water as instructed. I was soon hit with a slight woodiness aroma that I associate with rooibos. Sadly, the earl grey element seemed to be lacking. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. It soon turned a dark cherry/brown colour. The woodiness aroma slightly intensified and became combined with subtle undertones of grassiness. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds got hit by its woodiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. I had hoped for a citrusy undertone from the bergamot but it was sadly lacking. The initial excitement that I got from opening this box soon turned to disappointment. It sadly did not make a great caffeine free alternative to my beloved earl grey tea. On a positive note it did make for a nice everyday regular unflavored rooibos tea.

So would I recommend this rooibos earl grey tea? No I wouldn’t the bergamot aroma just seem to disappear and its flavour just seemed to missing in this tea. Sorry Tick Tock but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

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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.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try all of the opinions are honest and my own.

Review of Dragonfly Earl Grey Rooibos Tea

Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea especially earl grey tea. I have been doing really well in reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of earl grey can lead me a little astray. I was recently taking part in a tea hour chat on Twitter when somebody suggested that I try Dragonfly’s earl grey rooibos tea. So I found a packet in my local supermarket and popped it into my basket to try.
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I liked the simplicity to the packaging of this tea. The white box with a purple circle with a white dragon fly inside. The tea is described as having a fragrant finest oil of bergamot. Onto the ingredients list, premium grade rooibos and natural oil of bergamot are listed. There are no allergens listed and there is no may contain warning.
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I opened the packet and was immediately greeted by a delightful aroma that I recognised as rooibos. It was slightly more intense than other everyday rooibos teas that I have previously tried. The aroma was smoky and slightly grassy with a faint undertone of bergamot noted. I was a little disappointed with this. I love the bergamot aroma that you get from earl grey tea and I had hoped that this would be a little stronger. So onto my close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos intensified on my close up sniff test with the faint undertone bergamot remaining the same. This aroma weakened on sniffing an individual teabag but was still present. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added freshly brewed hot water. I was soon hit with the aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be more smoky compared to other everyday rooibos teas that I have tried. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. The smokiness aroma remained the same but the subtle undertone of grassiness and bergamot became more apparent. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by its smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. This was proceeded by a citrusy undertone from the bergamot. All three elements worked really well together. I sometimes personally find some rooibos teas too strong but the flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. It made for a nice comforting and refreshing tea. In fact it is one of the nicest everyday rooibos teas that I have tried. It made a great alternative as a caffeine free version of my beloved earl grey tea.
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So would I recommend this rooibos tea? Yes I would as it is a delightful rooibos tea with delicate bergamot aroma and flavour intermingled within it. So thank you Dargonfly for producing a nice tea that I can enjoy.

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 Twinings Redbush Tea

My mission to reduce my caffeine intake is now going well after a little blip at the end of last year. My mum, who I have inherited my love of tea from enjoys her rooibos tea and drinks goodness knows how many cups a day. So I thought it was about time I tried some new rooibos tea to enjoy with my mum. I happened to stumble across some Twinings redbush tea at a recent buffet breakfast. So I have to confess to taking a packet home to try.
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I liked the vibrant orange colour of the packet with the orange, yellow and white leaf design. Onto the ingredients nothing was listed on the back of the packet. So I popped online and checked the Twinings website. Very disappointing no ingredients were listed. So onto the Amazon website I went. Only pure redbush is listed and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet there was a nice woody aroma was noted, or what I would expect from a good rooibos tea. This did not change on the close up sniff test. The teabag was a little darker in colour than I expected with a slight red tinge to it. I added the teabag to my teacup and added the hot water and let it infuse as instructed. It didn’t seem to take long for the tea to infuse with the hot water. It soon turned a dark cherry/brown colour. Onto the aroma of this tea a subtle woodiness was noted that was spot on. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea there were subtle undertones of both woodiness and grassiness noted. This was lightly stronger than I had anticipated but was a big plus for this tea as it was no to strong and overpowering. It was quiet pleasant and overall was a nice refreshing tea.
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So would I recommend this rooibos tea? Yes I would. It is one of the nicer everyday redbush teas that I have tried. It had a pleasant aroma and flavour and was a nice refreshing caffeine free tea. So thank you Twinings for producing a nice redbush tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Tea Leaf NO.17 London Rooibos Blend Earl Grey Tea

Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea especially earl grey tea. I have been doing really well in reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of earl grey can lead me a little astray. So when Tea Leaf London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.17 London Rooibos Blend Earl Grey as it was a caffeine free tea I of course said yes. The sample packet was clear so I could see the pretty purple pieces intermingled with the delicate rooibos. Onto the ingredients list. Rooibos, corn flower and natural flavourings are listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is a may contain warning for nuts. From a personal point of view I wish it listed exactly what the natural flavourings are.
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On receiving the sample I opened the packet I was immediately greeted by a delightful aroma that I immediately recognised as rooibos. It was more intense than other rooibos that I have previously tried. The was aroma was smoky with a slightly grassy undertone noted. I was unable to smell the fresh citrus and bergamot. I was a little disappointed with this as I love the citrus and bergamot that you get from and earl grey tea. So onto my close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos intensified on my close up sniff test and became even more inviting. Sadly, I was unable to distinguish the citrus or bergamot. I added the tea to my infuser and added the hot water. I was soon hit with a delightful aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be more smoky compared to others that I have tried. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. The smokiness aroma remained the same but the subtle undertone of grassiness became more apparent. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by its smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. This was proceeded by a slight citrusy undertone. All three elements worked really well together. Did it remind me of an earl grey tea? Not as much I had personally hoped. I was expecting a stronger citrus and bergamot element to this tea in both aroma and flavour. To be honest this didn’t really matter. I sometimes personally find some rooibos teas too strong but the flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. It made for a nice comforting tea. In fact it is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried. The fact it wasn’t meeting my expectations of being a caffeine free version of my beloved earl grey just didn’t matter.
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So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would as it is a delicate and delightful rooibos tea that I will continue to enjoy.

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.

Tea in Turkey

Well I have been lucky enough to experience my first all inclusive holiday. Our destination was Turkey to a new 5 star hotel, which had all the facilities you could ever need including vast quantities of tea. What I didn’t realise until our holiday was just how much the Turkish love their tea. They like to have a strong black traditional tea which is topped up with hot water to an individual’s taste so its strength can be adjusted. It is drunk black with or without sugar, so perfect for dairy free me.
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I loved the fact that the hotel had copper teapots and hot water was added to the tea to suit your individual taste. I also liked the nice little glass cups in which the tea was served.
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In the hotel where we’re staying there was also classic wooden tea chests with the various varieties of teas to choose from. These were placed at different locations around the hotel and you could help yourself when ever you wished to. I was in tea heaven.
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Initially I tried the black tea. I found this a little strong in taste and it was certainly darker in colour than the British teas that I am used to. I quickly learnt that all that was required was a quick dunk in and out of the hot water and you had a nice refreshing black tea.
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Next I decided to try the chamomile tea. I know it’s meant to have a variety of health benefits, but at home I really have not enjoyed this. I placed the teabag into the hot water and it went a light brown / yellow colour. It had a pleasant aroma of chamomile snd didn’t appear to be as strong as similar teas back home. On tasting the tea there was a subtle hint of chamomile noted. It was light and refreshing. It gave me a nice smooth feeling as I ingested it. I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed and choose to have this instead of black tea on many occasions throughout our stay.
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I tried the blackberry mixed fruit tea, this was nice and refreshing, slightly sweet and had very slight and subtle aroma and taste of blackberry. I personally preferred the similar teas that I have had back in the UK. On checking the ingredients list blackberry was at the end of the list and it included stevia, which I found interesting.
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The Linden tea was interesting, its ingredients were listed as Linden, clove, rooibos and cinnamon. It had both the aroma and taste that reminded me of Christmas I think it was the cinnamon element to the tea. It was warm and comforting and a definite hit with me.
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If I am honest I didn’t get chance to try them all, the teabags keep changing and I was enjoying my Turkish tea whilst I could. So thank you Turkey for being a lovely country to enjoy a relaxing holiday , but also for keeping this tea addict very happy. I ended up bring my boxes of teabags back home with me unopened, I think that says it all.