Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Tea - and Give Away!

Now, being English - I LOVE TEA! So, I thought it was only fitting that I do a give away relating to tea! I know that a lot of you that read my blog are in fact from the USA, so I have decided to make this one available to the USA too! More info about the giveaway will be at the end of the post.

The key to good tea:
A good mug
I have so many, but all of them are selected because they are nice to drink out of and look good too
A good, clean kettle
If you live in an area that has hard water, your kettle will get full of limescale. Other than descaling your kettle, the best way to prevent this is to empty water that has not been used, but has been boiled and start fresh. I never boil the same water twice. It doesn't taste as good!
Filtered water
Filtered water prevents limescale and tastes a lot better
Water at the right temperature
One thing I have found is that some people don't make their tea with water that is hot enough. I always make sure the water I use for tea is boiling or as close to boiling as possible! (Obviously, be super careful)
Brewing the tea
Tea needs to be brewed. I personally hate the tea bag being kept in the water. Saying that, with some herbal teas, I do leave the bag in. With black teas, it does have an impact on the taste and makes it too strong or even a little gritty.

Now, let me talk you through my favourite teas and how I drink them...

My all time favourite tea is made by Tesco. It is their Vanilla Chai. This is the tea I drink all day, every day! My mum is also addicted because it is soooooo good!

This tea smells deliciously sweet and spicy - but I don't think it tastes sweet. As I don't take sugar in tea or coffee - it is perfect! Let this one brew - I leave it for 2-3 minutes to brew, then I add a little milk - done! I always have this in a big cup :)



Cup Cake Tea's Sweet Banana Honey
Sadly, I cannot find a website for them anywhere - do let me know if you have! I see these in TK Maxx all the time - which is where I got them from!


This is a nice black tea with the most gentle honey scent - I personally cannot actually smell or taste banana. Although the packaging says to brew for 2 minutes, I feel this is too long - I leave it for about 1 minute, then I add just a drop of milk to it - it is just so yummy! I also find that the Cup Cake Tea's are nicer in a small cup - no idea why - obviously just my crazy preference!

Cup Cake Tea's Strawberry Cream! Also got from TK Maxx.


This is also a black tea with quite a strong strawberry scent. This one I like to brew for around 3 minutes. It smells so creamy - it is great with and without milk. The taste is just incredible, like strawberry cream cupcakes (ironically..!)! Now this is a sweet tea - so if you do take sugar, taste it first!


Cup Cake Tea's Chocolate Mint. Also from TK Maxx!



This is kind of a herbal tea. I say kind of because it has got chocolate in the title! It literally smells like mint chocolate - like an After Eight! I let this brew for about 3 minutes - I like mint teas strong and this tea doesn't really get too strong - but it is lovely! The after taste of this is very chocolatey but not too in your face. It is quite nice after a meal when you don't have a pudding!


Cup Cake Tea's Vanilla Cherry, guess what? Also from TK Maxx!



Now this tea is odd - I love it, but it is odd. Now this black tea, when it is brewing has a horrible smell to it. Almost fish like! Let it brew for 2-3 minutes and add a little milk then taaahdah! You have a yummy vanilla cherry tea!

Twinings Spicy Chai!



This tea is just amazing. There isn't a single thing about it that I don't love! This smells spicy and amazing. This doesn't need to brew for too long for the flavour to be there - but I recommend a 3 minute brew, then a little milk. YUM!

Twinings Camomile and Maple!




Now I normally don't like Camomile tea. I think it tastes of flowers..! But this, tastes like pancakes and fills the room with an amazing scent! I leave this to brew for as long as possible - in fact, I normally leave the bag in the cup as I drink it!


Clipper After Diner Mint



This is my favourite mint tea - it is so yummy! I leave the bag in with this one :) Not much to say about this one - nice and simple!

PG's Vanilla Redbush




I love redbush tea - it is so great with or without milk and it smells amazing! This tea is so good. I love vanilla tea - it is brilliant! This is great with milk and left to brew for about 3-4 minutes.

Winners are:
Myrabrev
Maple Leopard

Thank you so much to everyone that entered!!!!

SO! Now for the give away!

I am giving away each of the teas I have sampled (and some added surprises!) - and I will send these to who wins - despite your location!


There will also be a small runner up prize :)


All you have to do is to comment on this post with your favourite tea and why!


Can't comment on here? I will take a Facebook/Twitter comment happily - links on homepage :) 

Make sure you include an email address or a way for me to get in touch if you are the winner!

The winner will be drawn at random on the 31st March - good luck!


Disclosure: all opinions stated in this post are my own. I only post reviews about products that I am passionate about and think you should all know about! Thank you for reading :)

41 comments:

  1. I am a tea nut! I love love love it. I keep a giant basket in the cupboard full of all different kinds of tea, but my favorite is Earl Grey. I have about 4 different varieties of just that. If I had to narrow it down to one it would be Stash tea Double Bergamot Earl Grey.

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    1. I love a good Earl Grey! Thanks for your entry, Amy! :) good luck

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  2. I love love LOVE a good cup of strong black tea with milk. Nothing Better for me personally than PG Tips.
    I have over twenty boxes of tea here, in fact so much that I've run out of cupboard space and have to store in a bag ! Im a fan of most herbal teas except funny enough- chamomile! I always say its very floral. I've been drinking a tea leaf combination of green tea and strawberry lemon tea that's called winterberry from teavana. I love love my teas!

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    1. PG tips are great - I once gave a builder a different tea when they were working on our garden and he told me off!

      I would love to try to Winterberry from Teavana - sounds divine!

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  3. I'm kindof boring when it comes to tea. A typical Earl Gray (hot) with lots of sugar is all I need to get me moving.

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  4. How did you know tea is one of my favorite things in the world? These sound so delicious especially the cupcake ones... Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Hey Rowan, I tend to accept your reviews of these teas, since you are English - and it's so difficult to find really tasty teas here - I certainly would like to sample each one - I thought that the Cup Cake Tea's Vanilla Cherry sounded intriguing because of the smell and then adding a tad of milk brought the flavor out! I also do put milk in my tea and have noticed the same with some of them - thank you for sharing your brewing times also -

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  6. I am a total sucker for a good mug. Like, I have soooo many!

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  7. I love a cup of tea! Im in Australia though so its more of a winter thing for me. English breakfast is my fave at the moment, an oldie but a goodie ;)

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  8. I love any kind of white fruit tea. I don't know WHY I love it, just that it was the first tea that I really enjoyed. I love black teas and green teas, but white tea is where it is at.

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    1. Brilliant - I must admit, I haven't tried many white teas - I would love to though! It is on my to do list.

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  9. My favorite tea is Earl Grey - I love it because its warm and reminds me of my stay in England. Must be with with cream and sugar of course. Yumm!

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    1. Tea with cream? Interesting! Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. I have a mango ginger herbal tea that is just incredible. I take a sip and immediately relax!

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    1. I love mango! I have a mango green tea - sounds lovely :)

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    2. That sounds really good too! I'm just now getting in to green tea :)

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  11. I am more of a coffee person, but I think these tips apply to coffee too. With tea, I never know how long to leave the tea bag in for. I've never tried milk in my tea, I'll have to try that!

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  12. I am trying to learn how to drink tea! You have inspired me.

    xo katie // a touch of teal

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  13. I love Black Tea with milk! One of my favorite ways to start the day.

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  14. I haven't tried many types of tea. I like coffee better.

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  15. I haven't been a fan of "normal" tea since I was pregnant with my eldest. But some of these teas sound LUSH!!!

    Lucie x

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  16. Ooh some of these teas sound amazing, especially the Cup Cake ones - I've never even heard of those before, let alone tried them! Think I'll be keeping my eye out for them in future :) Peppermint tea is always my favourite.
    Sian xx Rebel Angel

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  17. I don't mind flavoured / herbal teas but I always come back to a good strong brew like Glengettie or Yorkshire.

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  18. I love love tea, being British it is a must that I have to have a cuppa or two every day and I go crazy without. I love Vanilla chai big time but I am trying out other teas too.

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    1. Congrats Miranda - you have won my tea giveaway! I will send you an email shortly to confirm some details :)

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    2. Thank you Rowan, so glad to have won

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    3. I received the parcel and absolutely loved the teas

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  19. I went from coffee to tea and now back to coffee... All though I think I always felt better while drinking tea... If I win maybe it will kick me back to the right direction :)

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  20. I love those bottom two floral mugs! I have a weakness pretty mugs.

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  21. I absolutely want to try that vanilla cherry tea. Actually, I'd like to taste all of them. I'm such a tea addict :)

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  22. We love tea here also, but it is mostly all about sweet tea. The sweeter the better!

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  23. I LOVE Tea, as I am A Canadian girl...lots of British influence there! I am transplanted to the US tho for many years now. I love your blog...it is very cute and informative. Love to meet other bloggers! Found you on Grow your blog!

    Best to you
    Valerie
    xoxox

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    1. Congrats Valerie! You have won my runner up prize! I will email you shortly to confirm a few details :)

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  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. As you'll have seen I love Teapigs and especially their everyday brew. It can be drunk at any time of the day or night and is a great pick me up after a bad day. And boy has today been one of those days. Anyway my other favourite is Twinnings English Breakfast as I like my tea on the weaker side its suited to that rather than some of the brands that are a lot stronger.

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  25. So much tea! I love tea, but in iced form. I'm such am American haha. I love a good iced chai or southern sweet tea.

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  26. My favorite tea is Chai, then Earl Grey, then Lady Earl Grey.
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  27. (I'm not entering the giveaway, because I live in China, but I thought I'd comment anyway.)

    So many different flavors you tried! I tend to be a pretty big fan of strawberry teas!

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  28. My favourite tea is lemon and ginger as it is so refreshing.

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