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September 2016

Competitions

The Winner of 13 Boxes of Luxury Tea Is….

22nd September 2016

Over the last few weeks I’ve been running a competition for one lucky reader to win 13 boxes of tea, containing over 260 teabags!

I’m happy to announce that the winner has been selected at random and it’s Debbie from Birmingham!

The response was phenomenal so I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered.

If you’ve missed the competition don’t worry, there’s more to come! πŸ˜‰

Please join my mailing list below so you don’t miss out on my next giveaway!

If you want to try any of the tea featured in this competition you can find it in the carousel below πŸ™‚

Bye for now! xXx

Pu-erh Tea Reviews

Denong Premium Pu-erh Teas Review

18th September 2016

I was contacted a while back by Denong to see if I would like to review some of their tea,Β  I was really flattered and swiftly agreed!

I haven’t had much Pu-erh tea before so I’ve really enjoyed this experience. Denong sent me 4 different teas to review and although they were all really different, they were all fantastic and have some of the most imaginative names I’ve seen! Read on to find out what I thought.

 

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Enchanting Beauty – 2015 Spring Harvest

This tea has a nice delicate flavour with sweet floral undertones that are followed by quite a dry, slightly bitter taste which blend well with each other. The slight dryness was much appreciated as it made this tea thoroughly refreshing, it was actually really hot here when I was drinking this tea so this worked out well!

I particularly enjoyed the smell of this tea, perfect to get lost in and to forget about the stresses of life, quite enchanting as the name suggests😛 The second and third steeping of this tea caused it to lose it’s bitterness leaving just a delicate sweetness that lightly danced on my tongue.

 

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Ginseng Scent Ripe Pu-erh – 2005 Spring Harvest

This tea was the most fragrant of the four teas but the smell very very slightly reminded me of fish before I prepared the tea but this was completely removed once it had been rinsed. Ginseng Scent RipeΒ Pu-erh produces a beautiful amber liquid when prepared and was the most economical of these Denong teas.

The flavour was deep and complex with a hint of sweetness and a pleasing zing, which I found perfect for curling up with for a Netflix session!

 

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Denong Ripe Pu-erh – 2004 Unknown Harvest

Denong Ripe Pu-erh has the darkest appearance of the four teas and was the one that had the most intact pressed tea from the cake.

The tea produces a dark orangey brown liquid with an equally deep malty flavour. The most enjoyable aspect of this tea occurs when you’ve swallowed, as an addictive sweetness flows round your mouth, this is one quality that really separated this from other Pu-erh tea I’ve tried.

 

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Elegant Tranquility – 2015 Spring Harvest

I’ve saved the best until last with this one! Elegant Tranquility not only has the most awesome name, but also the most awesome flavour! It has a deep naturally sweet flavour to it, which was really moreish and has kept me going through many busy work days since it arrived!

This tea is crazily economical, as most Pu-erh tea is but you really do get a lot of infusions from this. The first steeping is by far the sweetest of the bunch but the array of flavours with each subsequent steeping is amazing and it really takes you on a flavourful journey. The sweetness fades with each steeping but the tea is never lacking in character. If you decide to venture in to the world of Pu-erh tea with Denong I definitely recommend including this tea in your order 😊



Closing Words

Overall I’ve loved my time with these Pu-erh teas from Denong and I’m amazingly grateful they sent them all this way for me to try 😊 I hope they’ve enjoyed reading my review and all my readers have too!

You can find Denong here, they also have an incredibly informative blog that’s well worth a read, especially if you’re new to Pu-erh.I highly recommend checking out theirΒ Pu-erh tea, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. They have a Pu-erh tea sampler which is a perfect place to start if you’re new to Pu-erh and would like to try a collection of different Pu-erh.

As always you can find me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook if you have any questions or you love tea as much I do and would like to chat! 😊

I’d love to hear any recommendations for tea I should try in the comments below!

Bye for now! xXx

Black Tea Fruit Tea Reviews

T2 Tea Black Forest Bliss & Terrific Toffee Review

2nd September 2016

I’m a huuuge fan of T2 Tea, I’ve been in love with their tea ever since I wandered past one of their stores in London. They have an incredible range of tea but I particularly enjoy their fruit teas, especially in these summer months when I’m getting my cold brew on!

I was thrilled when they sent me some of their flavoured matcha to review and equally delighted when they sent me some of their best summer teas as well! Read on to find out what I thought of Black Forest Bliss & Terrific Toffee from T2 Tea.

I often enjoy using tea as a replacement for naughty calorific food (mainly chocolate), so I was particularly excited to try these dessert-like teas πŸ™‚

 

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Terrific Toffee

I absolutely adore toffee flavoured tea! Black tea and toffee are a match made in heaven, they pair so well and this tea is a fine example of this. It smells so so good, it’s sweet and really has a cosy feeling to it. I could imagine just curling up with a mug of this as the colder nights drift in here in the UK. I like that this tea isn’t overly sweet but still has a deep satisfying flavour, one I’ll be enjoying for a long time!

Terrific Toffee is EXCELLENT for pudding replacement, I can skip the calories and have something sweet and delicious after dinner or pretty much all the time, as it’s been since this tea arrived. A little bit of this tea goes a real long way, especially in a tea bottle of some kind where it has longer to steep, for more on tea bottles check out my Top 10 Tea Bottles post πŸ™‚

 

Black Forest Bliss

Black Forest Bliss

This is technically a tisane as it contains no tea and is primarily made up of cocoa husks with some fruity ingredients too. The packaging is fantastic, T2 really know how to make their customers feel special! They steered away from their trademark orange boxes and went with a super pretty red, white and black box, just like the colours of Black Forest Gateaux!

Before I’d even opened the sealed plastic packaging I could already smell the chocolatey, “cherryey” fragrance, which only increased once I’d opened the packet. This tea really does smell so good once it’s been prepared, and the taste is equally exciting. It starts with a mainly chocolate flavour and then a slight fruity zing from the cherries kicks in, the two flavours are paired perfectly. Amazingly this tea really does taste of Black Forest Gateaux, minus the cream which is probably a good thing!

T2’s Black Forest Bliss is also great iced or cold brewed but as it’s so strongly flavoured less is more! πŸ˜‰

 

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Merrier Infuser

Merrier Tea Infuser

I also received one of T2’s Merrier Tea Infusers with my tea, which I’m really thrilled with. It has bright green rubberised handles, with a matching lid to hold the flavours in when infusing. A really nice touch is the pattern the holes on the infuser make up, super cute! The lid also doubles as a drip tray making this perfect for getting your tea fix when you’re at work, without making a mess. It’s also available in a load of colours so there’s one for everyone!

I have various infusers but I always come back to my infusers that are this kinda style, they’re easy to wash and allow the leaves to really open up and release their flavour. This will definitely be one of my most used infusers, my old one was a tad trashed so this is a welcome replacement! You can take a closer look at the Merrier infuser here.

 

Final Words

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my review of T2’s Black Forest Bliss & Terrific Toffee teas, I really recommend trying them or basically any of T2’s tea! πŸ™‚ Black Forest Bliss is out of stock online at the moment so I can’t link directly to it but it’s available in T2’s UK shops and will be back in stock online soon!

I’m really grateful T2 sent me these teas to review, I’ve enjoyed reviewing them and photographing them so much!

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If you haven’t already entered my competition to win over 260 teabags head over and enter here πŸ™‚

Bye for now! xXx

 

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