Review of The Tea Makers Earl Grey Supreme 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. Earl grey tea has to be one of my favourite teas as it can be enjoyed milk free, perfect for dairy free me. I have tried several brands of earl grey tea of varying qualities. So when The Tea Makers of London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.07 Earl Grey Supreme I of course said yes.


Onto the packaging I received a sample packet. I liked the dark black theme to the front. To the centre is a simple black label with the companies logo to the top. There is an inviting description of what to expect from the tea. The back of the packet is silver and has a clear window allowing you to see the tea inside. I also liked the ability to easily re-seal the packet to keep the freshness of the tea. Onto the ingredients list. Ceylon tea, bergamot oil and flavour are listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong and very inviting citrus aroma, it reminded me of a quality bergamot. 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 Ceylon intermingled with the fairly strong yet not overpowering slightly citrus undertones from the bergamot. 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. The strength of the aroma from the bergamot was higher in strength compared to other earl grey teas whilst not being too strong. The bergamot broke down the strong rich bodied flavour from the Ceylon to just the right amount.

So would I recommend this earl grey tea? Yes, definitely. It has a lovely bergamot aroma and flavour which works perfectly with the good quality Ceylon tea in this blend. So thank you The Tea Makers of London for producing a delightful earl greys tea.

Review of Capacitea Teas

As a lady who loves who loves a nice cup of tea I am always on the constant lookout for new brands to try. So when I was lucky enough to get the chance to review Capacitea teas I couldn’t wait for the parcel to arrive. Capacitea was founded by young tea enthusiasts in London whom are passionate about premium quality loose leaf teas and classically inspired modern tea wares. Influenced by China’s rich tea heritage, the founders aim to enlighten that quality tea is not only a beverage, it is an experience in itself. The teas are sourced from natures finest materials, using only whole leaves and traditional methods of preparation to create the premium quality tea.

On opening my parcel I was greeted by three boxes of tea, a sample packet of panda green tea and a mug infuser. This review focuses purely on the teas. The boxes contained silken pyramids where as the panda green tea contained tea leaves. The first tea I choose to review was the panda green tea just so that I could try out the infuser mug.

Panda Green Tea



I liked the simplicity of this packaging. It has a simple two toned colour white to front and red at the back package. What I loved about this packet was the strong re-seal which was easy to use and highly effective. To the centre is a their brand logo with the wording underneath “nothing needs to be added or removed. Perfectly blended by nature” Below this is a label with the teas ingredients and brewing instructions. Onto the ingredients green tea is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a rich aroma of a grassy meadow with undertones of smokiness that I associate with green tea. This strengthened on my famous close up sniff test. I had high hopes for this tea. I placed the tea leaves in my infuser 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 slightly with the grassiness becoming more apparent. This didn’t really change on my close up sniff test. That said it has to be one of the most intense aromas from a green tea that I have tried. I mean this in a positive way. On sipping the tea I was able to taste the grassiness with the smokiness element intermingled with this. The flavouring to this tea was stronger compared to others I have tried. Yet its flavour seemed to more delicate resulting in a highly refreshing cup of tea. I was suitably impressed by every element of this tea and would definitely recommend this tea.

Jasmine Snowflakes



Onto the packaging I liked the simple white theme to the box. There is what I would describe as a clover to the top centre with a jasmine flower inside. To the left side of the box a clover shape is cut out allowing you to see the silken pyramids inside.

Onto the ingredients 99% green tea and jasmine flowers are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.


On opening the packet I was greeted by a sealed plastic packet with the silken pyramids inside. One criticism was that this packaging was very hard to open. I had to grab a pair of scissors to cut it open. On opening this packet I was greeted by a subtle flowery aroma. This strengthened on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the silken pyramid in my teacup and added freshly boiled and left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light orange/turmeric colour. The aroma from the tea soon intensified the flowery element was highly fragrant. It reminded me of a pleasant incense. I was expecting to be able to smell faint undertones of both grassiness and smokiness that I associate with a green tea but this was an absent. This didn’t matter as the aroma was very inciting. On sipping the tea I was able to taste the rich aromatic flavour from the jasmine and this certainly packed a punch. If you enjoy a floral tea then I recommend that you give this tea a try.

Captain’s Breakfast



Onto the packaging I liked the simple white theme to the box. There is what I would describe as a clover to the top centre with a red ship inside. To the left side of the box a clover shape is cut out allowing you to see the tea pyramids inside.

Onto the ingredients 100% Black tea is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.


On opening the packet I was greeted by a sealed plastic packet with the silken pyramids inside. Again this was very hard to open. On opening this packet I was greeted by a subtle malty and slightly woody aroma. This remained the same on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the silken pyramid in my teacup and added freshly boiled I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a medium brown colour. The aroma from the tea intensified slightly. It was like a light version of a breakfast tea which I would describe as the same but more intense. This was a big positive for me as I have all my tea milk free and I often find breakfast tea a little to strong and overpowering. On sipping the tea I would describe it as being slightly malty with a very faint hint of bitterness noted. Overall it was a subtle light refreshing tea that would be nice at any time of day. What I personally liked about this tea was that you could easily adapt the strength to suit your own taste buds without comprising on flavour. Quiet often I find breakfast teas to strong and have to reduce the time in which they are infused for which can compromise on flavour, this was not the case with this tea. I would certainly recommend this breakfast tea.

Oriole Yellow


Onto the packaging I liked the simple white theme to the box. There is what I would describe as a clover to the top centre with a bird inside. To the left side of the box a clover shape is cut out allowing you to see the silken pyramids inside.


Onto the ingredients 100% yellow tea is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.


On opening the packet I was greeted by a sealed plastic packet with the silken pyramids inside. Again this was very hard to open. On opening this packet I was greeted by an aroma of a grassy meadow with undertones of smokiness. This strengthened slightly on my famous close up sniff test. It was very much like the aroma that I associate with green tea. The floral scent and malty notes seemed to be absent. I placed the silken pyramid in my teacup and added freshly slightly cooled water. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light/medium brown colour. The aroma from the tea intensified slightly. On sipping the tea I would describe it as being slightly malty with elements of grassiness with the smokiness intermingled with this. It tasted like a strong green tea not quiet what I was expecting. I was a little disappointed by this teaa as I was hoping for a floral medium bodied yet smooth tea which I just didn’t experience. I am afraid that I wouldn’t recommend this yellow tea.

I enjoyed the opportunity to try a variety of teas from Capacitea. I liked the simplicity of the packaging. My only criticism would be lack of ease of opening the plastic packaging inside containing the silken pyramids. All but one of the teas delivered on both aroma and flavour. If had to choose a favourite it would be the Captain’s breakfast tea. So if you are looking for a new brand of tea to try I would certainly recommend Capacitea tea.

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.

 
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Review of Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference 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. I was pleasantly surprised by Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference earl grey tea. As I was running low on earl grey tea I decicided to try their decaffeinated version.


I Liked the purple and grey packaging simple but it somehow caught my attention. Onto the ingredients decaffeinated tea and natural bergamot 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 would describe as regular every day black tea. 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 to smell the aroma of bergamot. 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 very faint 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 an every day black tea with a very faint hint of a slightly chemically bergamot flavour noted.


So would I recommend this earl grey tea?  I’m afraid not I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. Sorry Sainsbury’s but this tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Twist Tea Tasting Menu

As a lady who loves her cup of teas I have to confess to often drinking far too much earl grey. I try to have a variety of teas throughout the day. I can be a little indecisive about what other teas to have so have a lucky dip selection of teas to avoid a make a choice, which is great fun. So when Twist Tea contacted me asked if I would like to try some of their teas I of course said yes. What I received was their tasting menu which is a selection of 16 of their teas, a professional lucky dip of teas.


Onto the packaging, well I love the silver tin or tea caddy with the companies logo to the front. I like the wording to the side will you pick or take a lucky dip? My only criticism of the tasting menu is that there is a warning about the ginger snap and mint humbug containing liquorice but no ingredients list for the teas. I personally think that this section of teas could do with a little reference leaflet with all of the teas ingredients listed. As someone with an allergy this is important to me as it takes time to go to the website to find out each teas ingredients.

On opening the tin you are greeted by 16 delicious whole leaf teabags, each of a different blend. All are sealed in individual packets which are clear allowing you to see the tea inside. I received a selection of black, green, herbal and fruit teas. I picked 3 random packets of teabags for this review.


Propermint

The first lucky dip I choose was the propermint, perfect timing with all the naughty food at this time of year. The tea is described as a pure, unadulterated whole peppermint leaves create a delicious, soothing and refreshing brew. Onto the ingredients list peppermint is listed, there is no may contain warning.

On opening plastic packaging the teabag emitted what I can only describe as a strong but very pleasant mint aroma. This aroma intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. I placed a teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It didn’t take long for the teas aroma to develop. It was very pleasant and continued to strengthen and became quiet strong. In fact stronger than I had anticipated. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the stronger mint teas that I have tried. The peppermint flavour was fairly strong but too overpowering . Overall I found the tea to be very refreshing and I got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy as I sipped on it. I would certainly recommend this tea.


Mint Choc Chip

Not bad for my second lucky dip for someone who loves her mint tea and eats far too much chocolate. This tea is described as Mint Choc Chip is the best of both worlds… a caffeine hit of tea, the refreshing punch of mint and the creaminess of cocoa. Onto the ingredients list Sri Lankan black tea, Cocoa (39%) (Cocoa Nibs, Cocoa Shells), Peppermint (15%), Natural Flavouring. There is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet a I was greeted with a delightful chocolate aroma with subtle peppermint twist. This aroma intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. I added boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The aromas of the chocolate and peppermint intensified but were still fairly subtle and not artificial in aroma. The aroma from the black tea got a little lost as a result but in this instance this really didn’t matter because the chocolate and mint was so inviting. On sipping the tea I initially got hit with what I would describe as an equal balance of chocolate and mint, the strength of which was spot on. I wasn’t really able to distinguish the flavour from the Sri Lankan black tea. This didn’t really matter because the balance of chocolate and mint was spot on. It resulted in a delightful delicate yet comforting tea. A great way to enjoy a mint chocolate beaverage without all of the calories. I would certainly recommend this tea it is one of the nicest mint chocolate teas that I have tried.


Chamomile Yawn

One of my favourite teas at the moment is chamomile. So I was pleased when my third and final lucky dip was chamomile. This tea is described as a soothing tonic made from some of nature’s most relaxing herbs. Onto the ingredients list Chamomile (64%), Rose Petals, Lemon Balm, Hops, Mallow Flowers, Valerian, Lavender are listed. there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packaging there was a nice grassy aroma that I associate with chamomile tea. It was weaker than I had hoped and I was unable to really distinguish any of the aromas from the other ingredients. This remained the same even on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the teabag in my cup and added my freshly boiled hot water. The hot water soon changed to a blue / teal colour which became a muddy blue/grey colour. Not quiet what I was expecting and a little uninviting if I am honest. On infusing the tea it produced a faint subtle grassy aroma that I associate with chamomile tea. I have to admit this took me by surprise as I had hoped to be able to smell the other ingredients in this tea but they just seemed to be absent. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste with subtle grassy undertones noted. Just like the aroma the only flavour that I could really taste was the chamomile. A little disappointing if I am honest. On a positive note it did have a light mellow taste. I am afraid that I wouldn’t recommend this tea. I didn’t have the floral elements to it that I had hoped for and I found the colour from the tea slightly off-putting.

I enjoyed the opportunity to try a variety of teas from Twist Tea. I am sure that any tea fan would have fun taking a lucky dip from this tasting menu. Once I have finished my teas I shall be filling it up with another lucky dip selection.

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.

Review of English Tea Shop Peppermint Tea

One of my favourite caffeine free teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days as way to reduce my caffeine intake. So when I received an English Tea gift box full of a variety of teas I couldn’t wait to try the peppermint tea. I personally liked calming light green and teal colour scheme to the packaging, with a picture of a teapot to the bottom with an integrated mint leaf design.

Onto the ingredients list organic and fair trade peppermint is listed under the ingredients list. There are no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.


On opening the packet the tea bag emitted a very faint and non descript aroma. This was much weaker than I had anticipated especially when compared to other brand teas that I have tried. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It took a couple of minutes for the teas very slight aroma to develop once it had it was fairly weak. This didn’t change on the my famous close up sniff test. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the weaker peppermint teas that I have tried. I struggled to taste the peppermint flavour just like the aroma. It was a bit of a let down when comparing its taste to other peppermint teas that I have tried. It was certainly one of the weakest that I have tried. I didn’t even get that warm comforting sensation in my tummy that I get when I drink a mint tea. Very disappointing really.

So would I recommend this peppermint tea? I’m afraid not. It just seemed to lack any real peppermint aroma and flavour. I’m afraid that I won’t be buying this tea. Sorry English Tea Shop but this tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of The Tea Leaf Co Gift Box

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.

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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.

Royal Rogues

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.

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Review of The Tea Makers Organic Vanilla Rooibos Tea

Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea. I have not been doing so well lately at reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of black and green tea can lead me a little astray. So when The Tea Makers of London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.101 Organic Vanilla Rooibos I of course said yes.


Onto the packaging I received a sample packet. I liked the dark black theme to the front. To the centre is a simple black label with the companies logo to the top. There is an inviting description of what to expect from the tea. The back of the packet is silver and has a clear window allowing you to see the teabags inside. I also liked the ability to easily re-seal the packet to keep the freshness of the tea. Onto the ingredients list. Rooibos, vanilla and natural flavour are listed. On a personal note I wish that more details are provided as to what the natural flavour is. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.

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 teas that I have previously tried. The aroma was smoky and slightly grassy with a subtle undertone of vanilla noted. So onto my famous close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos and sweetness from the vanilla intensified and became even more inviting.

I added the teabag to freshly boiled hot water. I was soon hit with a delightful aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be a little more smoky compared to other 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 became more apparent. However, these took second place to the vanilla, which produced a delightful sweet almost caramel like aroma. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by a delicate smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. This was proceeded by a subtle creamy vanilla undertone. I was worried that vanilla might have been a little too strong and overpowering but its strength was spot on. I sometimes find some rooibos teas too strong but 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. In fact it is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried.

So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would I enjoyed everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. So thank you The Tea Makers of London for producing a delightful rooibos tea.

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