SOME MORE TEA TASTERS WITH TEA TOURIST TEA’S…

I received another batch of Tea Tourist Teas to review and also gave some to my daughter to try as she loves loose tea and has become quite a tea addict but loves trying new flavours.

Cherry Sencha Green Tea by Cheshire Tea was one my daughter tried and she gave a rate of 4 out of 5. This fragrant green tea helps you to relax and unwind and the juices of cherries give it a subtle sweet edge so a lovely tea to drink with afternoon tea or a pudding.

Brockley Breakfast Tea above is made by the Good & Proper Tea Company and is great as a breakfast tea with a traditional base of Assan, Kenya and Ceylon tea which is complimented by aromatic notes of Darjeeling.

A perfect tea to start your day which can be topped with a dash of tea. I prefer it with a dash of tea and would definitely give it a 5 rating.

This Black & Dandelion Tea is made by O’Teas from in Hertfordshire and the Isle of Man. This popular black tea combined with the nourishing roots of dandelion flowers makes it burst with health benefits.

They say that the root of this yellow flower is thought to be great for digestion and weight loss. It is a perfect detox tea for everyday use and can be served with a touch of milk and honey if required.

I’ve just starting drink this twice a day and enjoy it with just a bit of honey and will let you know if the weight drops off. I would give the flavour of this black tea a 4 out of 5 rating.

The Gunpowder Tea above is from a tea company called The UK Loose Leaf Tea Company  based in London.

This is what they call a punchy, full flavoured, tightly rolled green tea, and an all day classic with a rich roasted flavour and best served without milk and sweetened with honey if required.

Blend No 45 is made by Edgecumbes Tea Blenders from Arundel and is a full bodied aromatic blend of orthodox leaf black tea which is designed as a tea to drink at any time especially with breakfast or afternoon tea. I would definitely give this a 5 out of 5 rating.

The Ben Shan Oolong is by Tea in the City who are based in London. This tea is a lightly roasted Oolong from China’s Fujian Province. It comes completely unflavoured and is a great tea to have with your puddings or fruit. Another four our of 5 from me for this tea.

MOTHER’S DAY AFTERNOON TEA SPECIALS…

Being a Mum myself I personally LOVE an Afternoon Tea treat and the site Afternoon Tea has all the offers available for a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea. I could not possibly list them all in this post so I have picked a few that looked amazing around the UK, kicking off with the one above which is at Mews of Mayfair for £24.37.

For a limited time only, Mews of Mayfair are offering 25% off their Traditional Afternoon Tea, now priced at £24.37 per person, usually £32.50 per person, exclusive to AfternoonTea.co.uk.

Mews of Mayfair is situated in the heart of Mayfair, one of London’s most prestigious locations. Tucked away in an historic courtyard, Mews of Mayfair provides an elegant and exclusive setting for Afternoon Tea. You can book direct through Afternoon Tea online.

Why not treat your Mum this Mother’s Day to a delicious Afternoon Tea at the Vienna Coffee House. This includes a surprise gift for Mum for bookings of 2-6 people, available 26th of March only, at £14.95 per person.

The Vienna Coffee House brings the tradition and romance of Vienna coffee houses to Manchester. This venue provides a tranquil and relaxed setting to enjoy Afternoon Tea.

They serve a sophisticated Afternoon Tea, comprised of four sandwiches, including a sandwich made with award winning deli ham, home-made scones with Lancashire clotted cream and preserves, a choice of cakes, and hot beverage of your choice. You can also bring your own alcohol for no extra cost or corkage.

Enjoy a Pink Afternoon Tea for Mother’s Day at the Hilton Dartford Bridge. Indulge in a traditional Afternoon Tea menu with a selection of delicious cakes, sandwiches, scones and teas. Offer valid 26th March only, for £12.50 per person.

Housed within the stylish and sophisticated Hilton Dartford Bridge Hotel, Seasons Restaurant serves a sumptuous Afternoon Tea.

The distinctive red interior with minimalist furnishings evokes a fashionable vibe, while large windows offer scenic views over Dartford Bridge.

Spoil mum to Afternoon Tea at Monmouth Kitchen, Covent Garden and receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco for mum. Valid on 26th March 2017. Exclusive to AfternoonTea.co.uk.

Please mention “AfternoonTea.co.uk – Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea with free glass of Prosecco for mum” in the notes box of the booking form to receive this offer, which is £26.00 per person.

The four star Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel is a discrete boutique hotel in the heart of Covent Garden. With an enviable location at Seven Dials in the heart of Covent Garden, Dial is a popular meeting place for the local media and theatre crowd – a chic and sophisticated space.

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with a sumptuous Afternoon Tea at the Liberty Cake Company. Enjoy a range of treats with a complimentary glass of Rose in this menu running 24th March – 2nd April, at £16.95 per person.

Offering a peaceful oasis amidst the bustle of the town centre, Liberty Cake Company serves classic afternoon teas. Presented on contemporary tea stands, discover a tempting array of sweet and savoury treats, all hand-baked on site daily.

Showcasing contemporary design, Liberty Cake Company Bury offers delicious food in a relaxed setting. With a spacious layout and wheelchair access, a toy-filled children’s area ensures a welcoming environment for all.

Situated in the heart of Bury’s latest development.

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with a luxurious Afternoon Tea at Ashmount Country House. Enjoy a range of treats with a glass of Prosecco and Mum will receive a gift of daffodils in this offer available 26th March.

Nestling below the moors of Wuthering Heights and just a brief stroll from the centre of the village of Haworth and from the Brontë Parsonage, Ashmount Country House offers the perfect retreat for a Afternoon Tea for £19.95 per person.

BELLEVUE TEA…

Bellevue Tea  is an independently owned family business based in London, founded by Clare Jones and her tea trader husband Mike. Their thirty years of insider knowledge and love of tea is essential to bellevue’s commitment to deliver the finest quality tea drinking experience everyday

It has a range of eleven different varieties of tea bags, with an emphasis on quality over quantity. Packaged in stylish boxes, with a handy ‘string & tag’ bag, the teas are carefully sourced from Sri Lanka, Kenya and South Africa. The company has linked up with Climate Care to offset the carbon emissions of its tea production.

All the classics are available: Breakfast, Berry,  Rooibos, Earl Grey, and Sencha Green tea, Organic green tea, Organic Breakfast, Peppermint infusion, Decaffeinated, Ginger & Lemon infusion (my favourite) and Camomile infusion.  so you’re bound to find a classic cuppa that’ll hit the spot.

They also have a beautifully designed 6 compartment tea display box.
This lovely tea display box has been made exclusively for us to a new improved design. Hand crafted in wood with a matt white finish and compartments deep enough for all tea bags, it is the perfect place to store your favourite teas. With a hinged perspex lid, you can easily see which variety of tea to choose. Samples of our tea bags are included but please note that the quantity of tea bags in their product photo is for illustration purposes only.

A must for all tea lovers, this stylish tea box makes a practical and appealing gift which would be a perfect Mothers Day present.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SANDWICH FILLING?…

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The British love their butties, we’ve been enjoying sandwiches since it became popularised by the aristocracy back in the 18th century.

Now, afternoon teas, street parties, buffets and lots more occasions are enjoyed with a plate of sandwiches. But the question is which is the most popular?

From cheese, egg, fish, meat, salad, vegetarian, curry and tea recipes using bread, wraps, pininis, bagels and rolls, you name it we eat it.

One of my personal favourites is a club sandwich which can vary depending on what country I’m in.

Crazy for Tea , have a selection of English tea sandwich recipes as well as lots more available on the internet.

According to the Daily Mail the Nations favourite sandwich fillings are –

1. Egg mayonnaise – 24%
2. Cheese – 21%
3. Ham – 17%
4. Chicken – 13%
5. Tuna – 7%
6. Bacon, lettuce, tomato – 7%
7. Prawn mayonnaise – 5%
8. Jam – 3%
9. Crisp – 2%
10. Peanut butter – 1%

Post from the Daily Mail:

They say that the British sandwich market where you buy on the go is worth around £2.8 billion.

I’VE ONLY GONE AND DONE IT…

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I’ve only gone and done what my other half has been telling me to do for a while, and opened an Etsy shop with my hand made cards.

I’ve been making hand made cards for years but have only sold them in a local Post Office and given them to friends and family. But because I love making them so much I have quite a lot of them and my husband has been saying for a while that I ought to open an online shop with my cards.

I knew I quite fancied the idea but felt that the competition was so great that maybe it wasn’t worth the effort. But I have finally made the leap and opened up Cards By Barmac on Etsy.

So here are a few made earlier. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated, just as long as it’s good. No, only joking the more reviews I get the harder I will try.

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Obviously there are lots more but I shall keep popping some on here for you to look through. Thanks for taking the time to read this post.

MY TOP FAVOURITE TEA AVAILABLE FROM TEATOURIST..

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From my box of mixed teas from the unique company ‘Teatourist’ came a choice of ‘Matcha Green Tea by Teaologists’, ‘Reggae Refresh, by Born Wild Tea’, ‘Recover Tea by Blendology’, plus ‘Pure Ceylon by Exclusive Tea’,  ‘Gunpowder Tea by Morgans Brew Tea Co’ and finally ‘Rooibos Earl Grey by Tea Leaf London’.

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I have to say I enjoyed trying them all but couldn’t wait for another cup of the ‘Rooibos Earl Grey by Tea Leaf London’, which has a modern twist on the classic Earl Grey Tea. The Rooibos combined with the flavours of Earl Grey a lot of us enjoy. The golden red liquor cleverly fuses the sweetness of Rooibos with fresh citrus and bergamot to give you this unique taste. I added a dash of honey in my second cup which made it even more delicious but you can simply add a dash of milk or a slice of lemon.

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For readers who may not have read my previous post on the ‘Teatourist‘ unique business, they bring the world of loose tea for you to try in 3 easy steps. They find the hottest specialist tea companies across the UK and choose one of their best-selling teas to feature in their monthly boxes. Each month they send different teas from different companies.

Get ultimate variety. Their subscribers (called teatourists!) receive 6 yummy teas from 6 different companies to try every month. Each one presented in a perfect 4-cup sample sized pouch.

You call the shots teatourist subscriptions are rolling month to month. Boxes ship monthly around 20th. There are no contracts and you can cancel anytime

Their monthly subscription delivers: • A tasting selection of 6 x different teas from 6 different companies each month. Infinite variety with no waste. • Tasting notes and juicy details of each tea they feature in the box and online •

Special offers and discounts on products from the companies they feature and a Flexible monthly subscription. Rolling month to month, cancel anytime Price: £14.95 per month (billed monthly)

As a special offer to my visitors and subscribers Teatourist are happy to offer a discount code just for me, entitling you 30% off your first box, when you take out a monthly subscription. Message me for the code.