Rachael’s Adventures in Tea Land

Tea Adventures with Rachael: Part 3 – Adventures in Tea Land

Happy National Tea Day!

I’ve lived and breathed tea in the run up to and during #NationalTeaDay and I’ve loved every minute of it, although it’s been a busy few days! Each adventure needs its own mention, starting with a local tea adventure…

Adventures in Tealand with Whittard of Chelsea, Kingston

Alice in Wonderland

Whittard’s Alice in Wonderland collaboration

I was invited to the Whittard of Chelsea store at The Bentall Centre in Kingston, where, like Alice, I was drawn into a wonderful land and enjoyed more than a few cups of tea! Whittard have updated their Alice in Wonderland themed teas and tea ware for 2017 and it could not be more appropriate. I treated myself to a Cheshire Cat mug – as a Cheshire kitty myself! I love the Alice tea ware and hope to build up my collection over time.

Cheshire Cat Mug

The Cheshire Cat mug from Whittard

A tea for all seasons…

For a brand with an excellent pedigree and long heritage, Whittard has adapted and moved with the times and weathered all manner of economic and political crises to remain an oasis of tea loving heaven in the busy modern world. The colours, sights and smells when you walk in are all cheerful and comforting – like stepping into a treasure trove for a tea lover like me!

I thought I knew quite a lot about this well known tea brand, having been a regular shopper here and in other branches for many years; and having collaborated on some blogs in the past; but I learned a lot more during my visit from the lovely Beata, their resident tea expert, who was very well versed, not only in all things tea; but very knowledgeable about their own impressively wide tea range (over 100 teas, including the special edition blends, don’t you know?) and also knows a lot about their other tasty treats, such as coffee, hot chocolate, tea-inspired biscuits and even tea-infused jams and preserves.

Colourful teas and tea ware - including the Moringa Bamboo

Colourful teas and teaware at Whittard of Chelsea

Beata opened my eyes to some herbal blends and limited edition teas, too, such as the Moringa and Bamboo herbal tea – something I would never usually go for, but which was absolutely delicious and is undoubtedly incredibly good for you. I will definitely be popping in to buy this limited edition tea for as long as it’s available!

Whittard Tea Gift Selection

One of Whittard’s Tea Gift Selections

My magic number is…

I also learned that the numbers on the packaging of every Whittard tea have hidden meaning, whether denoting the date that blend was introduced, the number of different ingredients, or even social lucky numbers for the Whittard team.

A nice, personal touch; and also demonstrates their genuine love of their tea and how it is produced.

We also discussed my usual favourites and the different blends that would suit my tastes – strong, black teas; comforting chai; zesty Earl Grey blends; and anything with vanilla or cinnamon!

I came away with a much greater knowledge of the different teas available, my Cheshire Cat mug, some lovely goodies and even some vanilla flavoured coffee to share with my husband, who (shock, horror!) doesn’t drink tea! I also have some great tea party ideas for my forthcoming tea party fundraisers for Marie Curie and others (more on that in a later post…) thanks to the friendly team.

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon and perfect to celebrate #nationalteaday – thank you to the lovely team at Kingston’s Whittard for the warm welcome and a very informative visit.

More adventures to come…

In the next part in my tea adventures series, I’ll be sharing some of the tasty treats I’ve been trying in honour of National Tea Day celebrations, some of the wonderful tea people I met at The National Tea Day Festival at Kensington Roof Gardens, then more very British tea adventures through the ages with the lovely people at Twinings.

Until then, Happy Tea Day once again – hope you’ve had a few good cuppas today!

Rachael xx

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