National Tea Day – top 3 teas of the year so far | Champagne Twist

Today is National Tea Day, so you can guess the theme of today’s post.

Here are my top 3 teas, of the year so far.

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Teapigs Matcha Green Tea Drink, with Elderflower – Champagne Twist

3rd – TeaPigs Matcha Elderflower 

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2nd – Teapigs Liquorice and Peppermint

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1st – Niche co. ‘Skin’

What’s your favourite cuppa? How are you celebrating National Tea Day? Let me know in the comments section.

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Teapigs Liquorice and Peppermint Tea – Review

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This is the 2nd in the series of Teapigs product reviews. This time I tried out the liquorice and peppermint tea. I was impressed with the ingredient list – 70% liquorice, 30% peppermint and that’s it, it’s exactly as it says on the packet.

I will quickly mention the packaging, I love the design, clean, simple and most importantly, recyclable.  The tea bags are also biodegradable, so perfect to add to the compost bin after use.

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The tea itself is delicious, the peppermint component is tasty, refreshing and easy to drink in vast quantities.  The liquorice adds a sweet dimension to the tea and complements the peppermint flavour. My only gripe, I think there is a little too much liquorice for even my fairly sweet tooth.

That said, in the summer I imagine that a couple of bags would make a beautiful iced tea, with some fresh sprigs of mint and a few orange and lemon slices.  If like me, you find the tea a little too sweet as a hot beverage, try using 1 bag between 2 servings. The quality of the ingredients used means that you can be economical with the tea bags, without compromising on flavour.

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I would also suggest drinking this with Moroccan style meals, or using as an healthy alternative to sugary drinks, coffee or black teas.

At £4.49 for 15 bags, it’s a little on the pricy side compared with other herbal teas, but it’s more than justified, because of the high quality ingredients. As I mentioned before, if you find the tea too sweet, you can share a bag between 2 cups, effectively doubling the servings to 30.

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Rating 4 out of 5

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Teapigs Matcha Elderflower – Review

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Hello folks,

This is the first of a series of reviews based on Teapigs products.  I recently attended a fun Masterclass, hosted by Whole Food Markets in Kensington, lead by co-creator of the brand Louise Cheadle.

Today, I’m reviewing the Matcha green tea drink with elderflower.

The drink, when chilled is so refreshing and tasty. I happen to like elderflower a lot, but adding it to the Matcha gave it a lovely kick of flavour and refreshment.  I would be happy to drink this all day, every day.

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Teapigs Matcha Green Tea Drink, with Elderflower – Champagne Twist

At 330ml the carton is just right for lunch boxes and could be a useful, healthier alternative midday pick-me-up to the standard black tea or coffee.  At £1.89 per carton, the price is comparable to coffee-shop beverages, if not cheaper.

In this format, the drink is also a good introduction to people new to green teas. Consisting of spring water, grape and elderflower extracts, concentrated lemon juice, matcha green tea and citric acid, the drink is only 21 Kcal per 100ml.

I can’t fault this, (believe me I tried!) and am looking forward to trying out the other products in the range.

Rating 5 out of 5.

Disclosure: The product reviewed was part of a goodie bag as part of a Masterclass. Reviewer paid for the Masterclass ticket.

Niche Co. Tea: Skin – review

I recently attended a Collaborative Store event in Marylebone, where they showcased their beautiful clothes range (which is currently on sale, so go and check them out now), as well as a beauty product, which I will post about on Monday, and a simply marvellous brand new tea range by the Niche Co.

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The packaging alone is a wonderful feast for the eyes, and is made from recycled card. They are very sturdy, so can be re-used for storage after the tea has been consumed.

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A premium tea collection, Niche Tea consists of unique, blended wellness teas, which takes full advantage of the medicinal properties of natural herbs, roots, petals and spices.

A brief conversation with the creator of the brand established that the tea collection was born, like most good things, out of necessity – a need to improve general health and wellbeing, and seeking an alternative to traditional black teas. Marrying the ideology of wellness with an added touch of luxury, the ingredients are ethically sourced globally, and made in the UK.

I liked that this company embraces the notion, what goes inside reflects what happens outside. Having the most expensive creams, lotions and portions will do little without the benefits gained from a healthy diet. I especially like how every aspect of this brand, from the bright environmentally friendly packaging to the ethically sourced ingredients, prove that it is possible to create high-end, high quality products, without it costing a fortune, or the Earth.

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I sampled the ‘Skin’ tea, and was immediately impressed by its delicious taste. Sometimes, floral or herbal teas have a disappointing bland flavour and a strong, often synthetic aroma that bears no correlation to the actual taste of the tea.  This is not the case with Niche Co. tea, the sample I tried was very drinkable, flavourful and refreshing.

 

For £10 you get 15 biodegradable pyramid bags. The Skin tea is described as a delicate white tea, paired with herbs and flowers thought to promote beautiful skin, including Burdock root, red clover, rose petals and rose hip.

Other teas in the collection are designed to improve hair and energy levels, promote sleep and aid digestion.

I highly recommend the Skin tea in terms of flavour, and hope soon to try the other varieties so I can report back. These teas would be ideal gifts for the tea connoisseur in your life, for people wanting a change from other herbal teas, or for those wishing to supplement their diets with a tea which may aid certain ailments. These teas are most definitely worth a try.

Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Tea Room at the William Morris Gallery – Review

Hello,

Well it’s been a busy time here at Champer’s HQ, so it was nice to take some time out and visit the William Morris Gallery. To make the visit extra special, we though we would treat ourselves to an Afternoon Tea at the on-site Tea Room.

So it was with great disappointment that at 3.50pm, the billed Afternoon Tea, which many fans of this meal know is traditionally served at 4pm, was no longer available. The only viable option left for us, was a pot of tea and a slice of Victoria sponge.

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The cake, as Victoria sponges go, was nice – the sponge was moist, with a good flavour. There was a fairly generous layer of buttercream, and a rather less generous layer of raspberry jam. It was nice, but not anything special, and I think a little over priced. The tea on the other hand was a complete let down. Having asked for English Breakfast, I received what I can only describe as a mint flavoured black tea, a rather unusual, but not successful blend.

The tea pot didn’t match the rest of the crockery – not that I usually mind, but when 1 or 2 things go wrong, other otherwise minor issues tend to show up on my radar. A pity, because the meal experience slightly tarnished a lovely trip to the gallery.

We plan to revisit the William Morris Gallery later in the year, as it’s such a wonderful, inspirational venue – a post is to follow soon. However, I’m reluctant to revisit the Tea Room, and will seriously consider taking my own afternoon tea to enjoy in the nearby park.

Rating: 3.5 out of 10

 

Review: Tea at Le Pain Quotidien, 41 Great Marlborough Street, London

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This was my first ever visit to Le Pain Quotidien,  but I’m sorry to report I wasn’t impressed.

I ordered a pain au chocolate and a pot of English breakfast tea.  The waiter praised how wonderful our order was, before we had the chance to sample it.  I thought it was a little presumptive, and as it turned out, false praise from the over familiar waiter. The tea arrived luke warm and the pastry disappointingly stone cold and très petite. The pastry had the texture and I suspect the flavour of cardboard. The chocolate had an artificial taste, what little was there. The tea pot was smaller than the tea cup – always a bad sign, but in fairness there was a full, decent sized milk jug, which saved me from asking for more.

I left feeling that at over £7, I paid far too much for what was essentially a single cup of generic tea and a small piece of cheap quality, flaky pastry encasing a cube of dubious tasting chocolate.  Leaving a cafe more hungry than when I arrived, having spent that amount of money, doesn’t make for a positive vibe. Whist the initial atmosphere of the café was inviting, I would be very reluctant to return any time soon.

Rating: 1.5 out 10