Hey there Teacups! Welcome back to Let’s Talk Tea. For this instalment I want to introduce you all to The Tea Experience and thier amazing range of Teas. They were kind enough to send me an amazing selection of their best teas to try and introduce you all too. Their selection really is huge and I think that had I been the one choosing I would have had a very hard time deciding which ones I wanted to try.
The Tea Experience, Believe that every cup of tea should be a real experience – a pleasant one too. Thier name is also thier aim as they want to bring you quality leaf teas from around the world. From some familiar teas to the more rare or seldom seen to the stunning Flowering Tea Blooms (I have a post featuring one of their flowering teas going up in the new year). They really are a great company to go to, to get your Tea experience off to the best start.
So which tea’s and tisanes from The Tea Experience did I get to try? I got to try quite a few actually I was so surprised (and incredibly thankful) when I opened the package and saw such a collection.
I love the packaging of their blends especially in the smaller sample sizes that they sent to me. I like that the packing isn’t overcrowded with information and it;’s very simple and straight to the point. Featuring only the name of the tea and the company logo. I would love to get my hands on some more these little packets because they’re great to travel with as they fit into any bag no matter the size.
Winter Warmer – Black Tea Blend
On cool damp days you sometimes want something a bit different and with a bit of added spice. Welcome to Winter Warmer Tea the name says it all. – The Tea Experience
Ingredients: Black Tea ( Ceylon ) cinnamon,apples,nuts and small pieces of cocoa. (Vegan Friendly | Not Suitable For Those With Nut Allergies)
This blend alone is the reason that I waited until now to post this until now, I mean how couldn’t I have waited until blogmas to talk about a winter themed tea (It just makes sense) I’ve had tea blends like this before that have always been far to heavy on the cinnamon and it’s just over powered everything else, even the tea which is incredibly hard to do. But cinnamon and too much of it can really make or break a tea. Luckily this blend has it’s ingredient perfectly balanced, and if anything the cinnamon doesn’t come through until the aftertaste mostly. With my first sips of this (steeped hot) I got the light somewhat citrusy notes that Ceylon is known for and mostly the apple and the nuts. If heavier tea had been used I could have seen both of those flavours completely getting lost. As always when the cinnamon notes did develop it was instantly warming and really rounds of this blend well. Winter Warmer is a perfect name for this tea because it really does do what it says on the tin.
Overall Teacup Rating : 4 1/2 / 5
Orange Blossom – Oolong
This is a refreshing and easy to drink Oolong and is surprising good hot or cold so a good choice for all seasons. – The Tea Experience
( I haven’t been able to find an ingredients list for this tea but as soon as I do I’ll come back and add it to the post)
This is down right amazing! I will admit that before trying this I had never had an orange blossom oolong but now I’ll be looking for so many more to try. I think this is possibly one of the best Oolong’s I’ve ever tried. The blossom/floral ratio to the oolong is super and neither over power each other at all, and the Orange is incredibly juicy and true. I steeped this both hot and cold and cold and was able to get multiple steeps both ways. It took me a while to decide if I should cold brew it or not but I’m very glad I did. So this one steeped overnight and I actually think I like it a lot better cold than hot. Weird I know. The oolong really comes through much more, and that results in a nice woodsy taste that is to die for.
Overall Teacup Rating 5/5
Almond Tea – Black Tea Blend
Black tea blended skilfully with almonds and cinnamon to produce a tea for those who love the smell of almonds. – The Tea Experience
Ingredients: Chinese black tea, almond pieces , ground almonds, cinnamon, apple and beetroot pieces. ( Vegan Friendly | NOT Suitable For Those With Nut Allergies)
When I opened the bag that this blend was in I was instantly hit with a delicious scent that reminded me of bakewell tarts (which you won’t be surprised to hear that I love). That alone had me excited to try this blend from the second I opened it, so much in fact that I didn’t open anymore of the other blends until I tired this. Its safe to say I was in no way shape or form disappointed. This tea is much smoother than other almond teas I’ve tried and for that I am incredibly thankful. The flavour is absolutely wonderful without being overwhelming. Smells and tastes like almonds but it doesn’t over power the tea at all you still get all of the classic black tea notes but with a. Once brewed, the tea, has a medium brown/orange colour. It is slightly astringent but it doesn’t take away from the overall flavour at all. With a touch of sugar (I use honey) to really bring out the sweetness and a dash of soya milk, this one smashes my expectations to pieces.
Overall Teacup Rating 5/5
As always if you have any questions at all stick them in the comments. I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
I hope you all have the most amazing tea filled week. Speak to you all again soon, Happy Steeping -Kimberley