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.

Review of Free From Festival London

The Free From Festival London is the UK’s first gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free food festival. It is a successful food festival which incorporates free from food and live music and makes for an enjoyable day out. The latest Free From Festival was based at Old Spitalfields Market London. It had a large array of dairy free, gluten free, paleo and vegan foods to try, with the odd tea company thrown in for luck. I have been very lucky to attend the previous festivals in my official capacity as a food and tea blogger. So when I was asked if I would like to have press tickets I of course graciously accepted. It was an amazing day out and I had the opportunity to try a range of fantastic foods and tea. So here is a snap shot of my day at the food festival.

What immediately struck me as I arrived was the size of the festival and how it had grown. I had to wait in a queue to get in. In fact the festival had proved to be that successful that it was old out and people were being turned away. I showed my press pass got my goody bag and tried to plan my day. At this stage I to confess to still being a state of surprise as too much it had expanded. So I took it all in did a bit of people watching and listened to the fab entertainment that was on offer. Here’s a snapshot of what I saw during the day.

My first stop was Eat Safe app to see Matt and his girlfriend. She is soya intolerant and has found this to be highly restrictive when eating out. So Matt helped devise the Eat Safe app as part of his masters degree. It is in its beta testing stages and will hopefully be available for all to try later this year. I’m sure that this app will prove to be very successful. Here’s a link to their website Continue reading

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.

Happy International Tea Day

I’m a lady who loves her cups of tea, so much so that I decided to add tea reviews to my blog. I now do a new tea review every Tuesday. 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.
Earl grey is one of my favourite teas. I personally find it works well milk free so it’s perfect for dairy free me. My most surprising find this year being Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Fair Trade earl grey tea. I loved everything about this tea. A great value every day tea which I regularly buy for work.
One of my favourite tea discoveries this year was Hope & Glory peppermint tea. The aroma and flavour of this mint tea is truly special. I loved the fact that it had a calming and soothing effect on the tummy whilst being refreshing at the same time.
A surprise discovery was Asda’s strawberry and forest fruit tea. A great value tea that has a great aroma and flavour which seemed to change as the tea infused. A real comfort tea for me.
My most disappointing tea discovery came from Twinings. Yes they may well be a well know brand but sadly they just don’t seem to deliver when it comes to the fruit teas. Their strawberry and raspberry tea simply lacked any real aroma or flavour. I ended up doubling the teabags to get a reasonable cup of tea. A real disappointment as it just didn’t match the quality of other Twinings teas.
I hope you like my tea reviews and I would welcome any recommendations for new teas to try. Right now I think it’s time for me to grab a cup of tea and take advantage of International Tea Day. What tea are you enjoying today? I would love to hear from you C.

Review of Marks & Spencer Classic Christmas Tea

Now I don’t know about you but I am getting a little excited that Christmas is nearly here. I’ve not tried any new Christmas teas this year so when I saw a packet in Marks & Spencer so I grabbed a box to try.
Onto the packaging well this grabbed my attention whilst dashing through the food hall. I loved the bright red box with a Christmas tree to the front. Onto the ingredients Kenyan and Rwandan teas are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.
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 an aroma of an everyday black tea, nothing special. It certainly didn’t remind me of Christmas. The aroma did not change on my close up sniff test. 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 / dark brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the teacup was pretty non descript it smelt like an everyday black tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like its aroma and I was unable to distinguish between the two elements to this tea. It just tasted like an everyday black tea.
So would I recommend this Christmas tea? As an everyday cheap black tea yes. As a festive tea definitely not. It was just regular tea in a festive themed box. A bit of clever marketing that I sadly fell for. Sorry Marks & Spencer but this tea just wasn’t for me. It lacked any ingredients that you associate with a festive tea. I was a tad disappointed by this to say the least.

Review of Asda Strawberry & Forest Fruits 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. I am really enjoying my quest to find new caffeine free teas to try. I have not tried as many fruit teas as I had hoped. So when someone work bought some Asda strawberry and forest fruit tea to share I just had to give it a try.
I loved the design of the packaging with this tea. It was what I would describe as a cream box with pictures of strawberries, raspberries and cranberries outside the red box with the tea’s description inside. The tea is described as sweet and fruity. To be honest this description didn’t win me over as I am more of a savoury person and I don’t like a sweet tea.
Onto the ingredients this surprised me a little if I am honest. I know that it is a less expensive tea but didn’t expect there to be so many ingredients in addition to the strawberry. That said there were no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed. On opening the box the teabags were in a sealed foil packaging. This is always a positive trying to keep the tea fresh and seal the both flavour and aroma in. On opening the foil packaging I was immediately hit with a subtle apple aroma followed by what I think was hibiscus. This surprised me as I was expecting an aroma that I associate with summer fruits. I was unable to really smell the strawberry and blackberry element to this tea. On my close up sniff test this aroma didn’t intensify and remained the same.
I placed the teabag in my cup and added my freshly boiled hot water. The hot water soon changed to a deep purple colour. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed for between 3-5 minutes. I left mine to infuse for 5 minutes as I personally like this type of tea strong. What was interesting with this tea was its aroma. Initially I could predominantly smell the blackberry with a subtle undertone of strawberry. This was different to the apple and hibiscus that I initially smelt. On sipping the tea initially I could taste the blackcurrant element with a hint of strawberry. As the tea continued to infuse this later changed to becoming predominantly strawberry with a hint of blackcurrant and apple. No hibiscus though. I loved the way both aroma and flavour of this tea changed as I sipped from my teacup. It’s often not one that I experience.

So would I recommend this tea? Definitely it was nice to have a tea that’s aroma and flavour changed as I drank it. This made for a comforting everyday winter tea. I know this sounds a bit strange for a strawberry tea but the blackberry element made it a bit like a hug in a mug. I shall be buying this tea when I next visit an Asda. So thank you Asda for producing an enjoyable an everyday fruit tea that I can enjoy.

Review of The London Tea Company Winter Wondermint Tea

One of my favourite teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days to reduce my caffeine intake. So when The London Tea Company contacted me and asked if I would like to try and review some of their teas I said yes. What I didn’t expect was to receive a sample packet of their Winter Wondermint tea in addition to their teabags. So I decided to give this a try first. Onto the ingredients list I checked their website and peppermint and peppermint flavourings are listed, no allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
On opening the foil packaging the tea pyramids emitted what I can only describe as a very strong but very nice peppermint aroma. It was a lot stronger than other peppermint teas that I have tried. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test and didn’t seem to really weaken on smelling an individual tea pyramid. I placed my tea pyramid into my teacup and added the freshly boiled jot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. What was very noticeable was the kitchen soon filled with the peppermint aroma from the tea. Now I have tried a lot of mint teas and I have experienced this once before. On my closer sniff test it smelt a bit like a version of Vics menthol rub. I mean this in a very nice way but it is the only way to describe it. The menthol was very strong indeed. Oh and it certainly helped to clear my nasal passages which I viewed as an additional benefit.
On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the strongest peppermint teas that I have tried. The menthol flavour was nearly as strong as the aroma. It was very pleasant and when comparing its taste to other peppermint teas that I have tried it was certainly one of the strongest and nicest that I have tried. Due to the strength of the tea I was able to re-steep the tea and experience another cup of tea. What was unique with drinking this tea was the warmth as I sipped on it. It is hard to describe this in a positive way that it was. It felt like it was warming my throat due to its strength and this warmth continued all the way to my stomach. It was a warm comforting and soothing feeling.
So would I recommend this peppermint tea? Gosh definitely. It is one of the nicest quality peppermint teas that I have tried. It is certainly very strong on both its aroma and flavour. I personally prefer this. If you prefer a weaker peppermint tea just infuse the tea pyramid for a minute and re steep and you can enjoy a couple of cups of tea. I will be buying some of this tea to enjoy over Christmas after those large meals. So thank you London Tea Company for producing a nice peppermint tea that I can enjoy.

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