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

Enticing tea from Teavivre

The lovely people at Teavivre recently sent me a fantastic selection of top quality China teas, so I have been eager to try them all.  Today I was in the mood for a nice, strong black tea, so I put the blue teapot and one of the lovely teacups and saucers I received as Christmas gifts to good use and brewed up some Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea.  Teavivre Superfine black tea teapot and teacup

This delicious, earthy black tea is made up of pure tea buds and tea leaves, making it hearty and full of flavour.  At weekends, I usually have several cups of black tea in the morning and early afternoon, then change to something a bit lighter in the late afternoon and evening, so this was the perfect post-lunch brew.  I tried it both with and without milk, and both were crisp and refreshing.

Next, I plan to try their green and Oolong teas, then their other blends of black tea.  I love a bit of variety and am looking forward to the opportunity to use all my new teapots and steepers!