Review of Marks & Spencer 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. On a recent trip to Marks & Spencer I yet again found myself in their tea section. I was running low on earl grey tea so I decided to grab a box of their decaffeinated earl grey tea to try.


I Liked the brown cardboard box style of packaging with the white box to the centre describing the tea. The simple light green stripe in this box and running down the centre was simple but somehow caught my attention. Onto the ingredients black tea 97.5% and bergamot flavouring 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 can only describe as a slightly artificial bergamot. 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 the aroma 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 an everyday black tea with only a 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 a reasonable quality medium strength black tea, with a very faint hint of bergamot noted. That said it was one of the nicer decaffeinated teas I have tried as it didn’t taste to chemically which has been the case with other decaffeinated teas that I have tried.


So would I recommend this earl grey tea? This is a tough one if I’m honest. As an earl grey tea no. I’m afraid I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. As a decaffeinated every day tea probably as it is one of the nicest ones that I have tried so far.

Review of Tea Tourist 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 love tea subscription boxes as they are a great way to discover new teas. So when I was lucky enough to receive a free monthly subscription box from Tea Tourist I couldn’t wait to dive in and try June’s selection of teas. Tea Tourist is a Derbyshire based subscription service that sends you a selection of loose leaf teas that you might not find delivered to your door each month. They choose from a fantastic range companies around the UK which are usually independent or less known companies.

Onto the contents within the box. You get six packets of different teas which contain 3-4 cups worth of tea. You get a card detailing the information about the tea that you have received. Each tea has its own tasting card with details of the company, a little about the tea, how and when best to steep the tea and a section for you to add your own notes, creating a nice little reference guide.

Earl Grey Rose By Rutland Tea Company

I choose this tea first as it is one of my favourite teas. It is described as a bergamot flavoured brew with fruity undertones. This traditional black tea has been given a floral, citrus makeover with the addition of pineapple pieces and rose petals. It’s everything you’d expect from an Earl Grey and more!

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 pineapple with subtle undertones of apple noted. I struggled to smell the bergamot. 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. The pineapple just seemed to take over. On sipping the tea it was sadly the same. The citrus element overpowered the bergamot. I love a cup of a nice cup of earl grey but this simply lacked any really flavour or aroma that I associate with a nice earl grey.

Flexibiltea by T-Tox

It is described as a refreshing blend of nettle, burdock root and jasmine flowers, this herbal infusion has a mildly sweet floral taste that warms the throat. It’s naturally caffeine-free making it perfect for helping you relax anytime of day or night.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. On opening the packet a strong fairly intense aroma from the nettles with a hint of jasmine flowers and marshmallow. I struggled to smell the lemon verbena. I added slightly cooled boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The aroma of the nettle intensified and the subtle undertones of the jasmine flower and marshmallow seemed to be a little lost as a result. On sipping the tea the nettle was indeed the dominant flavour and seemed to overshadow the other ingredients which was a shame. Sadly, this tea just wasn’t for me.

Rhubarb and Vanilla Green Tea By Hooghly Tea

It is sweet, crisp and fruity blend of Chinese green tea, with rhubarb pieces and a dash of vanilla. A well balanced infusion whose initial tart taste is quickly followed by a comforting sweetness that goes well in any situation.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or a may contain warning. On opening the packet a strong aroma of hibiscus and rhubarb the usual grassy aroma that I associate with green tea was lacking. I added the slightly cooled freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The first I noticed was the delightful colour to this tea a delightful pink/purple. Then came the aroma the hibiscus and rhubarb took centre stage, very inviting. The only downside was that these seemed to overpower the other elements to this tea. On sipping the tea my experience was the same the strength of the hibiscus became very apparent and sadly seemed to mute the other flavours to the tea. If I did a blind tea taste I have to say I wouldn’t have been able to tell that it was a green tea. That said it was a refreshing and comforting tea that would be perfect in the colder months.

Time For Bliss By Caley’s Apothecary

An organic herbal blend packed full of sweet and spicy floral goodness. The combination of lemon verbena, lime flowers and rose petals delivers a brew that’s gently calming, subtly uplifting and blissfully mood boosting.

It recommends checking the Caley’s website with regards to possible allergens for this tea. Sadly, this was not helpful so I had to contact them via email. On opening the packet I was greeted by a delightful slightly citrusy aroma from the lemon verbena, lime flowers and subtle floral undertones from the passion flower and rose petals. I had hope to smell the cinnamon as I love it but it seemed to be lacking. I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. On doing so the aroma of the aroma of the lemon verbena and lime flowers intensified. The subtle floral undertones were still present but that cinnamon was still lacking. On sipping the tea the citrus and floral elements were subtle and not over powering. It resulted in a nice light delicate refreshing tea. I think that it would be best suited to drinking cold with lots of ice.

Mint Chocolate By Cheshire Tea

A Great Taste Award – winner, this refreshing Rooibos blend is cool and creamy! Organic peppermint married with cacao deliver a sumptuous guilt-free pleasure that will lure you in. It’s the perfect after-dinner caffeine-free desert without sin.

Onto the ingredients list no allergens are listed and there is no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was immediately struck by an aroma that I associate with after eight mints. I couldn’t wait to try this tea. I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. On doing so the aroma of the peppermint and cacao beans intensified further. They seemed to drown out the rooibos and calendula petals but to be fair I wasn’t that bothered by this. On sipping the tea the peppermint remained the predominant element with the cacao coming next. I could taste the rooibos element but this was very subtle. I loved everything about this tea it really did taste as good as it sounds.

Assam Tea With Vanilla By Pure Leaf

Made from the finest Assam leaves blended with Madagascan vanilla and marigold petals, this unashamedly strong black tea delivers a sweet twist on a traditional classic. The perfect morning wake up call.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. On opening the packet the I immediately got hit by the vanilla aroma. It was a little stronger than I had anticipated and slighted overpowered the aroma from the Assam tea. I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. The vanilla aroma remained the same but the subtle undertones from the Assam intensified somewhat. On sipping the tea it tasted like a nice quality black tea with a vanilla twist. The vanilla was definitely present but wasn’t too strong and overpowering and worked well with the Assam. It resulted in a nice subtle sweet twist to this black tea.

So would I recommend this subscription box? Yes I would. I really enjoyed the opportunity to try a diverse range of teas that the Tea Tourist offers. It allowed me discover a new variety of tea companies without having to hunt them down myself. It’s a great and convenient way to try new teas.

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

The perfect cup of tea


For as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed a nice cup of tea. I inherited my love of tea from my mum who taught me that black tea should be drunk medium weak to enjoy its flavours. Being dairy free means that I enjoy all my teas milk free. I have tried on a couple of occasions to add milk but I just can’t bring myself to drink it. I use my blog to share my tea experiences with a new tea review every Tuesday. My mum decided in her wisdom that my tea reviews would look more inviting if undertaken in a nice cup and saucer. So she bought me this wonderful teacup set for my blog. I love my teacup and it makes a drinking a cup of tea a pleasurable experience. I frequently receive many comments about it and asked where can be purchased from. Sadly, it is getting a little overused so my mum has been on the hunt for a new teacup for my blog. So here is the new addition to my teacup collection that will hopefully soon be making an appearance on my blog.

Review of Tesco’s Lemon & Ginger Infusion Tea

I am lady who loves her cups of tea. Sometimes I can be a little naughty and find myself having a bit too much caffeine. Despite this I am still on my mission to reduce my caffeine intake continues and I am always on the look out for a new caffeine free tea to try. I tend to find lemon and ginger a nice comforting tea so when I popped into Tesco’s recently I decided to grab a box of their lemon & ginger tea to try.

I fell for vibrant orange colour of the packaging of this tea. Its swirl patterns are the same to that found on Tesco’s other fruit and herbal teas. The tea is clearly marketed as being caffeine free. I personally liked that there was no fancy description about the tea, just its flavour and that it is caffeine free.

Onto the ingredients list. Ginger (38%), dried apple, rosehip, flavourings, lemon peel (3%) and lemon grass (2%). I am always personally put off by generic flavourings and would like to know exactly what this means. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and no may contain warnings.

On opening the cardboard box foil packaging is revealed, great for keeping the teabags fresh. I was immediately hit by the aroma coming from the foil packaging once opened. There was a very strong aroma of ginger and lemon. This remained the same on my close up sniff test and was even very noticeable on sniffing an individual teabag. I was suitably impressed as with many teabags I have tried this has simply not been the case. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added my freshly boiled water as instructed. What immediately struck me was the immediate ginger aroma coming from the tea. I infused the tea with the hot water as instructed for 3 minutes. On removing the teabag there was a distinct aroma of ginger with subtle undertones of lemon noted. This slightly intensified on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I was initially hit with the ginger element proceeded by the faint subtle undertones of lemon. I found this tea to be comforting and soothing on my stomach and refreshing at the same time. I have personally not been suitably impressed with other Tesco’s teas that I have tried but this I have to admit surprised me.

So would I recommend this lemon & ginger tea, yes I would. I liked everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It hit the spot nicely and provided a soothing sensation to my stomach. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a lovely lemon and ginger tea.

Happy Mothers Day


Just a quick post to wish all the mums out there a Happy Mother’s Day. My mum sacristy requested a hand-made cushion as her Mother’s Day present, knowing for well that I can’t sew. So instead I would like to dedicate this post to my wonderful mum. She has always been there for me and encouraged me to work to the best of my ability. She is and always will be the person that I inspire to be. I wouldn’t be blogging if it wasn’t for my mum. She encouraged me to take the plunge into the world of blogging. She attends events as my assistant trying and reviewing her gluten free finds. So thanks mum, you’re simply the best and I am exceedingly lucky to have you😊.
P.S The teacup you got me for my blog is still one of the best gifts I have ever received.

Review of Marks & Spencer Chai Teabags

I found myself yet again in Marks and Spencer food hall grabbing an emergency sandwich and having to pass their tea section to get to the tills. I fancied some chai tea so grabbed a box to try. I had recently finished my Marks & Spencer Fair Trade Christmas Spiced Tea which I really enjoyed and hoped that this may be able to replace it.
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Onto the packaging well this grabbed my attention its black design with pink four leave clovers over the top of this. It is described as having a carefully balanced blend of spices with black tea. Whilst being highly aromatic with distinctive flavours of warming ginger and sweet spice. Onto the ingredients black tea, all spice, cassia bark, liquorice root, and ginger flavouring. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.
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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 packet I got a delightful aroma of cinnamon intermingled with all spice. I was unable to smell the ginger element to this tea. The aroma did not change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag it had virtually disappeared.
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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 3 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the tea was pretty smelt a lot weaker than the initial aroma on opening the foil packet which was a tad disappointing. That said the cinnamon element was still present. On sipping the tea it tasted similar to its aroma and I was unable to distinguish the various elements to this tea. It just tasted like an everyday black tea with a faint hint of cinnamon and all spice. I just didn’t experience that warming ginger that was promised on the front of the box.
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So would I recommend this chai tea? No I wouldn’t. Its aroma and flavour was simply lacking. I have tried much nicer chai teas. Sorry Marks and Spencer but this tea just wasn’t to my liking.

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.