TWINNING’S AFTERNOON TEA WEEK OFFERS…

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Twining’s have an exclusive offer for this special ‘Afternoon Tea Week 14th – 20th August’.

Celebrate afternoon tea week with a fabulous spread of afternoon tea. 
Invite your favourite people for an afternoon in the garden, a gathering round a beautifully set kitchen table or a glamorous picnic in the great outdoors.

Use the code AFTERNOON TEA when you check out to get your 3 for 2 tea offers.

Check out there Afternoon Tea Recipes by going online and reading their blog. You can also get 20% off the ‘Great Taste Award 2017’ by using code GTA20.

Also check out there delicious new indulgent green teas.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING TEA…

 

When buying loose-leaf tea, make sure it smells fresh and vibrant. Check the packet labels to check whether you’re buying a blend or single variety. If buying flavoured tea, check whether the flavouring is natural or a ‘nature-identical’ synthetic. For example, Earl Grey tea flavoured with bergamot oil is far superior to Earl Grey tea with bergamot flavouring.

Black teas are graded by their leaf size, from whole leaf, to ‘broken’ and ‘fannings’, down to ‘dust’. The leaf grade will determine the tea’s brewing time: the smallest leaves are used in teabags because they brew very quickly. All grades can produce fine tea, albeit in different styles ranging from light and delicate to full-bodied.

All tea is made from the processed leaves and buds of the evergreen ‘Camellia sinensis’ bush. There are a huge variety of teas, however, generally classified by the size of the leaves and the way in which they’re treated. The flavour will vary according to the conditions in which the tea is grown, the soil and climate, the way the leaves are harvested and the manner in which they’re processed after picking.

A great advantage of loose leaf over bagged tea is your ability to see and smell the product before purchasing it. Generally, it’s better to buy more intact-looking leaves; a lot of crushed bits can indicate rough handling, excessive processing, and/or stale tea. Let your nose gauge the quality: Sniff for freshness and richness.

Tea has a long shelf-life, but both leaf tea and teabags should be stored in an airtight container or canister in a cool, dark place in order to preserve the original flavour for as long as possible.

More details on tea from the BBC Food/Tea

 

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.

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.

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.

 

 

FIT TEA TO HELP YOU STAY SLIM…

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Fit Tea contains green and oolong tea to increase metabolism along with appetite suppressing Indian fruit garcinia cambogia.

The Detox treatment with the To-Go Super Fruit Detox Set from Fittea! has selected ingredients of the Super Fruit Body Detox Teas to help support the body in the natural purging and fat burning process. With the popular To-Go Thermo Bottle you can also enjoy their tea on the go.

It has attracted a huge social media following for its apparent ability to help shed pounds. It’s sure got to be worth a try.

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Fittea is the first functional tea brand for a healthier and better you. They offer a variety of functional teas, which combine great taste and effect. They select the unique ingredients of their teas together with their experienced experts. All their ingredients are 100% naturally and organic.

COFFEE – V – TEA, WHICH IS THE BEST FOR YOUR HEALTH?…

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With so much being written about how tea is good for so many things, now they are saying that coffee also is good for you.

They say that, according to a Greek study, one cup of coffee a day could reduce your blood pressure. Researchers actually found that those who drank between one and two cups of coffee daily had the healthiest arteries.

Two cups a day (no more than two cups if you are pregnant) could keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

After studying more than 122,000 women, researchers found that three cups a day can reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer. However, coffee drinkers who have more than three cups a day may increase their risk of a heart attack.

Coffee, like tea is packed with antioxidants which can potentially cut the risk of cancer however more than three cups a day could mean that you are twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

Personally, I think I will stick to my occasional coffee and around 6 – 8 cups of tea a day.