Super Teas from the Tetley Tea Folk

A nice cup of tea is good for your health…

Regular readers of Tea with Rachael will know that over the past year, I have had a lot of medical investigations and finally some very illuminating diagnoses, which have proved to be a big weight off my mind. Having been diagnosed with a form of inflammatory arthritis recently, in addition to the dysautomnia, I have been exploring ways I can complement my treatment and support my overall health and wellbeing with healthy eating and living.

Tea is a very important part of my life, of course, well known for its many health benefits, so I have been keen to explore the health giving properties of tea and how I can make them work for me in my everyday life. It’s a fascinating process for me and one that I am sure will prove hugely beneficial for me and my health.

The timing could not be better – after a wonderfully relaxing holiday in a peaceful resort in Gran Canaria, I have been introduced to a number of fantastic companies, who are offering teas with a wide range of health benefits. I’m so excited to try them all and see what I can do to improve my overall health and wellbeing.

Tea with Rachael regulars will know that I am a big fan of a strong cup of black tea, so I was very excited to hear from the Tetley Tea Folk about their new range of Super Teas, launching at the end of this month. The lovely people at Tetley have already paved the way for everyday teas with added health benefits, offering black and green tea blends and a good quality Rooibos, so I’m delighted that they have created a range of health boosting black teas.

Tetley Super Teas

Super Teas from the Tetley Tea FolkImmune, Alert and Boost

These new Tetley Super Teas are designed to give you that little bit extra – supported by European Food Standards Agency-approved health claims, the teas provide an easy boost to your health and everyday energy as you drink your everyday cuppa. Comprising Immune, a black everyday tea with added Vitamin C to help boost your immunity (17.6% of RDA, 2kcal per 225ml serving); Boost, a black tea with added Vitamin B6 to aid energy and concentration and help give your performance that little extra edge (40% of RDA, 2kcal per 224ml serving), and Alert, a cuppa that contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, for that extra caffeine based energy boost (2 kcal per 225ml), there should be something to suit everyone’s lifestyle and preferred tea drinking style. They’ve certainly made it easy to help support everyday health by simply enjoying, in my case, my usual several cups of black tea each day. They have also launched a range of Super Green Teas, for those of you who prefer the health boosting benefits of green tea.

With poor immunity as a result of my medical conditions and having already been told about problems with B Vitamin deficiencies, the fact that these added benefits are rolled into my usual cup of black tea fit right in to my daily life, and I feel like I’m doing something good for my health that is in no way out of the ordinary. By just having my usual few cups of tea a day, I can do something small and simple that will hopefully improve the way I feel, aid my immunity and give me a little bit more energy.

A health boosting cuppa on the balcony

A health boosting cuppa on the balcony – bliss!

I don’t know whether it was just the glow I felt for doing something so positive and yet so simple, or whether the teas were actually making me feel better and giving me that much-needed energy boost, but I have certainly felt less tired in the week I have been drinking the Boost tea, and have manage to stop a cold turning into a nasty bout of sinusitis while drinking the Immune boosting tea. And all while enjoying my usual cuppa – I’ll drink to that!

I do hope you enjoy Super Teas, too – you’ll spot them in the shops over the next week or so at the bargain recommended retail price of £1.59! Find out more at www.tetley.co.uk

Next time, I’ll be trying out other health giving tea blends and trying out some laxative free teatoxes.

Cheers!

Rachael xx

The experience of tea – enjoying tea, your way, at home

Making the most of the full tea experience

What first springs to mind when you think about tea? Does it conjure up images of a lavish afternoon tea with vintage china and tableware, or a cosy cuppa snuggled up at home? For me, it’s both: as a true tea lover, I am equally happy enjoying a luxurious high tea sitting in a fancy hotel, taking tea in a cosy corner of a traditional tea room, curled up with a steaming mug of tea and a good book or stack of magazines.

I talk a lot about enjoying the experience of tea and sharing my tea adventures, both outside the home and inside, but Tea with Rachael all started when I thought about how I really get the chance to sit down, breathe and take a break with a good cup of tea at home.

A cosy cuppa

As a vintage enthusiast, I have an impressive collection of pretty teapots, delicate tea cups and saucers, but rarely lay the table as a full afternoon tea in the comfort of my own home. On a weekend, I am usually found in a cosy spot with my aforementioned book, magazines and big mug of tea, unless the weather is good, in which case I lay out tea on the balcony to make the most of the sunshine and riverside view.

Something that occurred to me while enjoying a good cup of tea at home was the number of different elements that go in to the experience of drinking tea. I have my favourite mugs, teapots, blends of tea, and am always seeking out pretty trays – both new and old – on which to set out all the tea paraphernalia. I like to think of my style and preferences here as unique to me, to my own tastes and tea experiences.

Cosy cup of tea

Blogging fuel – a cosy cuppa

Another essential piece of this mix is the humble coaster – something that is plentiful in my home. I am also a keen interior design enthusiast, collecting furniture and treasured pieces for the home – again, both old and new – and coasters that reflect these designs and my home style while protecting my furniture have an important part to play in both the look and feel I am hoping to achieve in my home and the overall tea drinking experience. I even use coasters on my outdoor table, as it’s white and I don’t want to spill tea, coffee or red wine on it! I have a variety of designs that reflect my interests and personal tastes, ranging from Anne Boleyn to cats, to historical and local photography.

Celebrating moments and memories

It was considering this element of my tea-loving life that I discovered Individually Inspired. The company’s founder, Dinesh, makes individually designed, personalised gifts, which can be tailored to suit vintage and modern interiors alike. A delightfully personal memento of special occasions, I particularly like the Engagement Plaques in wood and slate. These individually designed gifts work beautifully to commemorate engagements, birthdays, weddings, Christenings and naming ceremonies –  even special anniversaries or honeymoons.

New York plaque from Individually Inspired

Celebratory New York engagement plaque from Individually Inspired

 

Bespoke slate Paris plaque

A bespoke plaque from Individually Inspired to celebrate that special time in Paris…

 

 

One area that we have been discussing is a bespoke range of wooden coasters that can be customised and personalised with individual designs and messages. Here’s a prototype of a Tea with Rachael teacup design, which sums up my philosophy on enjoying a good cuppa with friends and family. Counting a considerable number of fellow tea enthusiasts among my friends and family, I think that personalised coaster collections would make fabulous gifts for them!

Bespoke coaster design

Creativity in action: Dinesh of Individually Inspired designing a bespoke Tea with Rachael coaster

 

 

Bespoke wooden Tea with Rachael coaster

One of a set of bespoke Tea with Rachael coasters from Individually Inspired

I’m interested to hear what kind of coasters my fellow tea lovers like. Are you a vintage lady or gent, or do you prefer something more modern? What bespoke designs would you choose/create? What else do you use to protect your furniture and good tea ware?

Until next time – enjoy that cuppa, and make sure you don’t make a ring on the table!

Rachael xx

The Great British Cuppa: Part One – How do you take your tea?

Winter is here and the festive season isn’t far away – time to cosy up with a cuppa…

Premium Earl Grey

A cosy cup of Earl Grey, anyone?

Winter is officially here! The golden Autumn leaves have almost disappeared, Halloween has been and gone, and the festive season is fast approaching. My thoughts are turning to cosy afternoons tucked up at home or in front of a fire in an atmospheric, historical or country house hotel, with a great pot of tea and a sweet treat!

As you would expect at this time of year, the days are getting shorter, the nights are drawing in, and it’s got a lot colder. So what better time to get really cosy with a good cuppa tea?

What makes the Great British Brew?

Mug of tea

A nice mug of tea – do you prefer a cup or a mug?

This month, there has been some fabulous research into the perfect cup of tea and the enduring British love affair with tea. With the importance of a good cup of tea and the tradition and ceremony of a properly made afternoon tea having a resurgence over the past few years, it seems our nation’s obsession with the perfect cuppa is showing no sign of waning.

Sykes Cottages have just completed a major piece of research all about The Great British Brew. Tea has inspired our artists and literary greats over the years, being the source and subject of many a famous quote. I’ll be sharing some of these as tea inspiration over the coming weeks.

They have also explored how the great British public likes to take their tea, asking 2,000 people in Britain about how and when they have their tea, with some interesting results:

  • Over half of British people take their tea white with no sugar
  • 84% of people in Britain drink at least one cup of tea per day
  • People drink more tea the older they get – 33% of Brits over 55 drink five cups or more each day. This compares to a figure of just 11% for 18-24 year olds
  • It seems our tea making abilities also improve with age, as 68% of those surveyed aged 55 or over claimed they made the best tea, as opposed to 41% of 18-24 year olds.
  • It may come as no surprise that we’re a fussy bunch when it comes to making our tea, with 59% of those surveyed saying they preferred to make their own cup of tea

How to make the perfect cup of tea

How to make the perfect cup of tea

How do you make the perfect cuppa?

With perfect timing, Whittard of Chelsea have just produced their guide to making the perfect cup of tea. It’s important to take into consideration the type of tea you are using, the temperature of the water, and what you are planning to use to brew your tea in. As big fans of tea will know, as a general rule, 3-5 minutes is about the right time to brew black teas, in freshly-boiled water, depending on how strong you like your brew. Lighter, more delicate teas, such as Darjeeling, white or green teas, should be brewed for no more than 3 minutes. It’s also important to remember that the water needs to be a little cooler for green and white teas, so don’t pour your water on these teas as soon as it’s boiled.

Have a look at Whittard of Chelsea’s useful and detailed guide to making the perfect cuppa.

How do you like your tea in the morning? Or afternoon, or evening…?

What’s your favourite kind of tea, and how do you take yours?

A nice, strong pot of tea

I like a nice strong black tea with the tiniest splash of lacto free milk or milk alternative

Do you prefer loose leaf tea or teabags? A rich, earthy Assam, or light, fragrant Darjeeling? Or perhaps a refreshing white or green tea?

Mine’s a nice strong cup of black tea with the tiniest splash of lactose-free milk or milk alternative, please!

Until next time – enjoy your perfect cuppa and a cosy corner in the cold – more comforting tea treats on the way soon!

Rachael XX