Hey there Teacups! Can you believe we’re starting a while new month of #teatogethertuesday today? June really did go by so fast didn’t it? Just like last month all of the prompts have been suggested to Jann and I by other tea lovers, tea bloggers, tea YouTubers and the rest of the wider tea community.
This week’s prompt is : Your Favourite Tea/Tisane from a small company, which was suggested to us by @kittea_musings as you all know I do my best on this blog to try and champion smaller communities and shine the spotlight on them so I’ve been so excited for July to roll around so I can write this post and in turn be introduced to the small tea companies everyone in the tea community may love that I am yet to find out about. Right now more than ever with everything that going on in the world, small businesses need our support just a small purchase means a small business can afford to keep going for little while longer and it means much more to them than a purchase of the same amount to a big conglomerate.
I’ll be honest it took a while for me to decide on my answer for the prompt because I try so many things from so many companies most of whom are small businesses so trying to narrow a very long list of favourites down to just was pretty tough and in the end I only managed to get it down to two that I couldn’t pick between.
The first of which is Leaves Of The World’s – Lemon Cheesecake blend which has been a firm favourite of mine since the very first time I tried it. It’s a black tea based blend with lemon peel and lemongrass and as simple as that sounds it’s absolutely delicious an best as a latte to add that cheesecake creaminess to it. I’ve had a few cheesecake inspired blends since I started this blog but none of them have ever manage to top this one.
It’s well balanced and while the lemon elements are strong they do not outshine the black tea base. I find I do have to add a little honey to this especially when I have it as a latte it makes it feel like much more of a treat for me and gives it that sweetness you would expect from a slice of lemon cheesecake. As I mentioned my favourite way to have this is as an iced latte and at first I was a little worried about adding milk to this but it works perfectly and gives this tea that cheesecake boost by adding in a creaminess and rounds everything off really well. The addition of the milk mellows out the lemon a little bit and allows for the black tea to come through a little bit more.
To make an iced latte with this blend all you need to do is:
-Add two tea scoops of the loose leaf to your tea steeper (I use my T2 Perfect Steeper) and fill the steeper half way up with your freshly boiled water.
-While it is steeping fill your chosen cup with ice cubes. I used a 14oz cup and 11 ice cubes. Whilst the tea is steeping take one/two tea scoops of the tea out of the steeper and use this is dissolve your honey (if you want to add it) doing this means that your tea is not watered down more and you can still sweeten your drink.
– Once your tea is finished steeping add it to your chosen cup and stir so it’s mixed well with the ice and thoroughly chilled. After you’ve done that add your milk (i use Alpro Soya) to fill the rest of the cup.
– Then sit back, relax and enjoy to your hearts content.
It just so happens that my favourite Tisane of all time is also from Leaves Of The World so I couldn’t leave it out of this post. Those of you who know me well will know that Leaves Of The World’s – Pumpkins Go Bananas blend is a tisane I have written about continuously since the very first time I tried it when TeaTourist was still a thing. I think I love it so much because not only is it an incredibly unique blend but it blends two of my favourite things together banana and pumpkin and I simply can’t get enough of it. It used to be something they sold all year round but now it’s a seasonal blend on sale around Halloween. I don’t currently have any of this left in my tea stash/collection but when Halloween rolls around I’ll be purchasing as much as I can.
This is such a well balanced blend of apple bits, carrot bits, ginger bits, pumpkin bits (I know actual pumpkin in a pumpkin blend how often does that actually happen), coriander, banana chips and natural flavouring. It’s perfect hot, iced , as a hot latte and an iced latte you name it there is no way in which you can prepare this blend wrong it works with everything. My favourite way to have this is as an iced latte. It ends up tasting like banana milkshake and the hit of pumpkin & ginger works perfect. You do have to use a little more of it when you make a latte with it but it is well worth it.
So there you have it those are my two favourite blends from a small company. There are so many of the list I could have picked but these stood out to me a little more and I think every tea lover needs to try them at least once. Let me know your favourite blend(s) from a small business in the comments! As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can. If you’re wanting to treat yourself to either of the blends I mentioned in this post you can find them here ( Remember to use the code TEANOMADKIM20 to get 20% off your first order)
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea in this post was gifted to me but I was not asked to talk about it in this post I do just love it and had to share it with you all. The Tisane featured in this post was gifted to me a long time ago by TeaTourist (and again by LOTW) but I was also not asked to include it in this post. Just like the tea in this post I just love it and felt like it had to be included in this post*