A refreshing Earl Grey in the afternoon

I recently won a lovely selection of teas from JollyBrew. The packaging is stylish and contemporary and the tea leaves look great. They smell absolutely delicious, too, so I have been looking forward to savouring and trying each one, reviewing them individually.

A very elegant Earl Grey

The elegantly packaged JollyBrew Teas

The very elegant JollyBrew Teas

On a Sunday afternoon, you can never go wrong with a nice pot of Earl Grey. The very appropriately titled “Elegant Earl Grey” from JollyBrew is a beautifully scented blend of black tea leaves, bergamot and cornflowers.

 

 

Elegant Earl Grey

The Elegant Earl Grey from JollyBrew

The little blue cornflowers glinted invitingly at me as I opened up the tin and had a good sniff of the revitalising scent. I made up a pot in one of my favourite modern teapots, my medium sized glass teapot from La Cafetière. I thought it was only right to serve this most refined of teas in a suitably elegant china teacup and saucer, rather than my usual cosy mugs, so I pulled out my pretty blue and white striped cup and saucer that was a Christmas gift from The Secret Tea Society in 2013.

A pot of Earl Grey

Elegant Earl Grey in one of my favourite teapots

I was delighted with the tea. It’s refreshing either with or without milk, with a clear, crisp taste. The scent was uplifting and just what I needed to pick me up in the afternoon.

Regular readers of my blog will know that I particularly enjoy a good Earl Grey, and love trying new blends and brands. This delicious tea from JollyBrew is highly recommended and gets a big thumbs up from me!

An elegant cup of Earl Grey

A suitably refined cup and saucer

Next, I will be tasting the Proper Peppermint – the perfect post-dinner pick me up!

Until next time – enjoy your afternoon tea break!

Rachael X

It’s 2015: Time for tea!

Newby Tea at The Bingham, Richmond

A lovely pot of Newby tea and pretty china at The Bingham, Richmond

Happy New Year!

After a blogging hiatus towards the end of last year, following injury, illness and a number of other reasons, I’m looking forward to making this year “The Year of the Blog”!

2014 wasn’t exactly the year I was expecting, but I have high hopes for the New Year and am feeling positive!

 

A New Year’s Eve to Remember

I saw in the New Year with my lovely husband eating a fabulous six-course tasting menu at Richmond’s beautiful  Bingham hotel. We had a lovely room overlooking the river, inspiring a search for a new home by the river, where we hope to move in March. I can’t wait to wake up to the peaceful, comforting sight of the river and being surrounded by greenery once more!

Miller Harris toiletries at The Bingham

Luxury Miller Harris toiletries at The Bingham

A stylish room at The Bingham

Our stylish room at the Bingham

Do Not Disturb sign at The Bingham, Richmond

Celebrating in style at The Bingham, Richmond

Time for Tea…

I had several lovely cuppas courtesy of Newby Teas, and thoroughly enjoyed my moments of luxury!

In the spirit of “New Year, New You”, I was recently introduced to SlenderTox Tea by the BloggersLove Hub. I’m delighted that this is a health product based on one of my favourite things – tea! I am keen to try the 14 day teatox and see if it helps improve my overall health and wellbeing, ups my energy levels (which are in need of a jumpstart right now!) and that the evening teatox helps me enjoy a good night’s sleep.

I will update you on the results as I go along – very excited to be trying out another tea experiment!

I had a lovely New Year surprise this week, winning some delicious-smelling teas from JollyBrew. The packaging is stunning, making a welcome addition to my tea cabinet and matching the blue themes of my kitchen. I can’t wait to try all three loose-leaf teas – I will share the verdict, but I predict they are going to be amazing!

The Gift of Tea

The elegantly packaged JollyBrew Teas

The elegantly packaged JollyBrew Teas

Festive gifts of tea and coffee

The gift of tea…and coffee!

I received some wonderful tea related gifts from family and friends over the festive season: a real favourite tea of mine, Harney & Sons’ Tower of London Blend Tea, a wonderful blend of black tea with Bergamot and dried fruits; Christmas Thanks from Twinings, which tastes like Christmas cake and is pure comfort in a mug; several lovely mugs; lots and lots of Teapigs; and Christmas Blend teas from Whittard of London and Kent & Sussex.

Slendertox Tea

Time for a TeaTox

This was all after a pre-Christmas visit to one of my favourite shops in Covent Garden, The Tea House, to stock up on my favourite Ahmad blends, Vanilla Tranquility and Cinammon Haze. I’ve been drinking these in abundance, both at work and at home.

Gingerbread Lattes, anyone?

I also received various gingerbread-themed gifts, as my obsession with gingerbread lattes shows no signs of waning! I have to admit I drink them all year round, rather than just as a seasonal treat. I am really looking forward to trying out the Gingerbread Body Lotion from the fabulous Sniffy Whiffy – keeping that festive feeling going through the dark January days! I’m collecting my parcel tomorrow, so will keep you posted…

Until next time, wishing you a very Happy New Year – here’s hoping 2015 is a fantastic one!

Enjoy your January tea break,

Rachael XX