Happy New Year

Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope that you have a fun packed and reaction free 2018. Oh and mange to enjoy a few cups of tea. I am very lucky that I had a great 2017. My blog has continued to grow beyond my expectations and has resulted in some fantastic opportunities that I never thought would be possible. I hope that this will continue this year. Of course I had to set myself some goals for the year ahead. My new year’s resolutions for 2018 are to meet some fellow food and tea bloggers as I am pretty rubbish at this. To attend more food festivals and any tea related events. I plan to continue with the same blog schedule with Tuesday’s New Tea Review and Foodie Thursday. If I can squeeze any extra posts in I will. So thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. I really appreciate it. Oh and good luck with those New Year resolutions, C.

Tea In Tenerife


I have just recently been lucky enough to experience a few days away in the winter sun. Our destination was Tenerife to an all-inclusive hotel in Costa Adeje which had all the facilities you could ever need including vast quantities of tea. What I didn’t realise until we arrived at our hotel was that it was primarily occupied by the British. This meant that there was lots of tea on offer and that my emergency teabags that I had packed stayed in the suitcase. I loved the fact that the hotel had a selection of Lipton teas placed on your table for breakfast and dinner. All you had to do was request a pot of hot water and fresh milk to accompany it. If I am honest I was a little disappointed that this was missing at lunchtime and if like me you wished to have a cup of tea after your meal you had to go to a bar separate from the restaurant.

At the hotel where we stayed there was also classic wooden tea chests with the various varieties of Lipton teas to choose from. These were placed at various bars around the hotel and you could just ask staff for whatever tea you wished to have. I was in tea heaven.

The first tea of choice for me just had to be earl grey. It wasn’t the easiest of the teas to find so when I did I grabbed a few teabags so that I didn’t miss out. 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 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 everyday black tea with only a hint of 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 black tea with a 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.

Next I decided to try the peppermint tea. On opening the packet the teabag emitted a fairly strong aroma. This was slightly stringer than I had anticipated especially when compared to other teas that I have tried whilst abroad. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water and infused as instructed. The water soon changed to the light brown/green colour. It didn’t take long for the aroma to develop once it had it was fairly strong. This didn’t change on the my famous close up sniff test. On sipping the tea the peppermint flavour was just like the aroma. It was spot on and just the right strength and highly refreshing perfect to be sipped in the sun by the pool. I even got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy that I get when I drink a nice mint tea. I really enjoyed this tea and lost count of amount of cups that I drunk.

As I really enjoyed the peppermint tea I decided to give the green mint a try. On opening the packet I have to admit to be a tad disappointed I wasn’t really greeted by any distinguishable aroma. I was hoping for a slightly grassy meadow that I associate with green tea. There was a hint of this on my famous close up sniff test, but it was quiet faint. As for the mint it simply just wasn’t present. I placed the teabag 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 brown/green colour. The aroma of the tea became apparent as the tea infused with the hot water. It was a faint grassy aroma with subtle but stronger aroma of mint of noted. On sipping the tea I could taste both the delicate grassy and mint elements to this tea. This made a pleasant change to other green teas that I have tried which have had a stronger slightly bitter flavour. It was nice to experience a lighter green tea which had a subtle mint flavour. It was a nice refreshing delicate tea that somehow had a nice soothing and comforting effect as I drank it. I think that I may have drunk more of this than my beloved earl grey.

Onto the green tea. On opening the packet I was greeted by a subtle a faint aroma of a grassy meadow with very faint undertones of smokiness that I associate with green tea. This remained the same on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the teabag 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/brown 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 was slightly weaker compared to other green teas that I have tried. It resulted in a nice light and refreshing green tea that was perfect to enjoy by the pool.

Towards the end of our holiday the forest fruits tea caught my attention, so I just had to give it a try. On open ring the packet I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised. I was greeted by a delightful sweet summer berries aroma. On my famous close up sniff test this intensified and the summer berries became more apparent. I wasn’t really able to smell the black tea. I placed the teabag in my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a medium brown colour. It didn’t take long for the aroma to develop it was predominantly strawberry with a hint of raspberry with a faint undertone of everyday black tea noted. On sipping the tea the favour was the reverse the tea tasted like an everyday black tea with a faint hint of summer berries intermingled with this. A little disappointing really because the flavour just didn’t match the aroma.

I had a lovely week relaxing in the winter sun and never thought that it would be possible to drink soo many cups of tea by the pool. I would love to return and leave this cold weather behind, maybe next year……..

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Happy International Tea Day


Happy International Tea Day.  This has to be one of my favourite days of the year. I’m a lady who loves her cups of tea so much so that I decided to add tea reviews to my blog. Looking back I am so pleased that I did. My blog now features Tuesday’s New Tea Review every week which has proved to be very popular. Over the last year I have been lucky to sample a variety of new teas some of which I have loved and others not so. Here’s a quick snapshot of this years highlights. I found out that I had made the Feedspot Top 100 Tea Blogs and went straight to being number 49!

I fell in love with Chai tea. I visited an Indian restaurant and had a traditional tea and since then I have been hooked. I have been very lucky to try a variety of chai teas but my favourite has to from Basilur. Their masala chai was a light refreshing tea with comforting winter aromas and flavours.


I have also been making a continued effort to reduce my caffeine intake. I have developed a new love for rooibos tea. My overall favourite was The Tea Makers organic vanilla rooibos tea. The flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. The slight vanilla flavour alongside the rooibos resulted in a nice comforting tea.


My favourite tea still has to be Earl Grey and I have tried a fair few this year. A surprise favourite for me was Dragonfly Earl Grey rooibos tea. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by its smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. It’s a great caffeine free version of my beloved earl grey tea. This was proceeded by a citrusy undertone from the bergamot. All three elements worked really well together.


I discovered that there are monthly subscription boxes dedicated purely to tea. My favourite has to be Tea Tourist as you get a new selection of six teas form a variety of UK based tea companies. I have been able to try wide selection of teas that I may otherwise might not have had the opportunity to do so. I now look forward to the date when I know the next box will be arriving.


Sadly I have also discovered some teas that didn’t quiet hit the spot. The most disappointing one this year comes courtesy of Marks & Spencer with its festive tea, which to me tasted like a cheap everyday black tea.


I don’t want end on a negative so I hope that you manage to make the most of International Tea Day. I would love to know what teas you have been drinking today, or if you have any recommendations for me to try. Happy sipping C.

Review of The Tea Junction Blue 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. On a recent trip to the Isle of Man my mother in law kindly got me a packet of The Tea Junction blue lady tea. It was recommended as an excellent alternative to my beloved earl grey. I couldn’t wait to give it a try as I was intrigued what it would taste like.

I liked the simplicity of the black packaging with a blue label to the centre with the company name to the top and spiral patterns to the bottom. Onto the ingredients black tea, mallow, marigold flowers and flavouring are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the flavouring was in more detail.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong floral aroma which seemed to impact on the other ingredients in this tea. I struggled to actually smell the aroma of the black tea. The floral aroma intensified on my close up sniff test and simply drowned the black tea element to this tea. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the aroma to be a little like earl grey even though bergamot wasn’t present.

I placed my tea leaves 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 reminded me of a strong version of rose water that I used to make when I was little. It was very floral and this just overpowered any aroma from the black tea. On my close up sniff test the floral aroma intensified. On sipping the tea it tasted like a weak black every day tea which was overtaken by flowers, the mallow and in particular the marigold dominated the flavours of this tea. It taste like what I imagine rose water would taste like. Not like a traditional black tea with a twist at all.

So would I recommend this blue lady tea? I’m afraid not. I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It’s floral element just overpowered the black tea. Sorry The Tea Exchange but this blue lady tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Tetley Green 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. Yet for some unknown reason I tend to drink very little green tea. This is strange as it is a great tea to be enjoyed milk free so it is therefore perfect for dairy free me. I have tried a couple of brands of green tea of varying qualities. A friend kindly gave me a couple of packets of Tetley tea to review the first of which was their green tea.

I liked the simple design of the packaging with this tea. It was green with picture of a green tea leafs to the bottom and the Tetley logo to the top. Onto the ingredients only green tea is listed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a fairly strong aroma 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 teabag 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 brown/green colour. The aroma from the tea did not intensify and remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I could really taste the grassy element with the smokiness element intermingled with this. In fact the grassiness element was slightly stronger compared to other green teas that I have tried. This resulted in a nice light and refreshing tea. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this green tea.

So would I recommend this green tea, yes definitely. I liked the stronger yet subtle grassy aroma and flavour of this tea. It was a nice refreshing tea. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this green tea a try. So thank you Tetley for producing a refreshing green tea.

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Review of Yorkshire Tea Breaktime Brew

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 personally like a tea with a hint of citrus as it is a great tea to be enjoyed milk free. So when I discovered that Yorkshire Tea had produced a range called Breaktime Brew which had a citrus flavour I just had to give it a try. It took a little while to find some but luckily I managed to grab one of the last boxes to try.


I liked the design of the packaging which is typical of that of the Yorkshire Tea brand. There is a picture of the Yorkshire countryside and to the bottom right is two people enjoying a flask of tea. Onto the ingredients it’s a tad lengthy. I’ve included a picture of these for your reference but it does include natural orange and lemon flavourings. I personally wish that the details of the flavouring was more detailed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.

On opening the packet I have to admit to be a tad disappointed I was greeted by the aroma that I associate with everyday black tea. I was hoping for an aroma of a nice quality black tea intermingled with a hint of lemon and orange or a least a citrus element. This didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the teabag in my teacup and added my freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light/medium brown colour. The aroma soon became noticeably different. The citrus aroma was distinct element to this tea, without it being too strong or overpowering. It complemented the aroma of the black tea perfectly. That said I was unable to distinguish between the lemon and orange. This remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. I was now looking forward to trying this tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like a nice everyday black tea with delicate cirtusy undertones.  It was a nice refreshing tea. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this tea. In fact I may even go as far as to say that I preferred it to my regular lady grey tea.

So would I recommend this Yorkshire Tea? Yes definitely. I liked the subtle citrus aroma and flavour of this tea. It was a nice everyday black tea with a citrus twist. So if you fancy a black tea with a subtle citrus twist , why not give this Yorkshire Tea a try. So thank you Yorkshire Tea for producing a refreshing citrusy black tea.

Review of Lidl Green 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. Yet for some unknown reason I tend to drink very little green tea. This is strange as it is a great tea to be enjoyed milk free so it is therefore perfect for dairy free me. I have tried a couple of brands of green tea of varying qualities. So when I popped into Lidl the other day I though that it was about time that I tried their green tea.

I liked the simple design of the packaging with this tea. It was light green with picture of a green tea leaf and the Knightsbridge logo to the top. Onto the ingredients only green tea is listed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a slightly 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 teabag 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 brown/green colour. The aroma from the tea did not intensify and remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I could taste the grassy element with the smokiness element intermingled with this. In fact the smokiness element was slightly stronger compared to other green teas that I have tried. However, it did not result in bitter flavour which I have experienced with other green teas. It was a nice light and refreshing tea. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this green tea.

So would I recommend this green tea, yes definitely. I liked the delicate subtle aroma and flavour of this tea. It was a light refreshing tea. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this green tea a try. So thank you Lidl for producing a refreshing green tea.