It’s an exciting time to be at Tea and That HQ, or ‘my house’ as it’s more commonly known. Why? I hear you ask. Because the kitchen cupboards are packed full of new teas for me to try and write about of course!
Despite leaving very little space for other kitchen produce, like food for example, having a certified tea hoard can be a great thing. It means you always have a brew for whatever mood you’re in, and if someone pops round for a cuppa, you can offer up your smorgasbord of loose leaf delights, making your kitchen resemble some kind of oriental market in the process! Like any good collection, it only gets even better when you add to it too. So let’s see some of the new additions that will be making their way on to the tea blog soon then!
Since declaring my love for Leaf on Bold St. in Liverpool, an amazing tea shop, venue and general cool-place-to-be, I’ve been lucky enough to receive a bunch of samples in the post from their manager, Jennie. You can read all about my visit to Leaf here. Leaf blend all of their teas themselves and look to offer new creations as often as they can. They even have a Tea of the Week to highlight their latest blends which is a great way for tea addicts like me to try something new.
Inside the little parcel of joy was a rooibos based take on Earl Grey, named ‘Earl of Africa’, ‘Leaves, Root & Rind’ which is a black tea flavoured with licorice root and orange rind, and a seriously interesting sounding blend of fennel, caraway and licorice, with a base of chamomile and perppermint. Jennie also popped in a couple of samples which aren’t even available on the shelves yet so I can’t wait to give those a try!
On the weekend I popped into my local tea shop in Chester, Bollands, which sits above the high street on the famous Rows. It’s a great store stocked floor to ceiling with an amazing range of teas and coffees and I’ve been really looking forward to picking up a something nice from there. I decided upon a first flush Darjeeling from the Namring Tea Estate. Despite often being referred to as ‘the champagne of teas’, I’ve surprisingly only tried it a couple of times, and have never reviewed any for the website! And I call myself a tea blogger. I’m really looking forward to tasting this one and to see whether it lives up to its moniker.
As well as all of these, I’ve also got a couple of types of Chai to write about from Adagio Teas. I find these spicy specialties are perfect for warming up with during this lingering British winter, and both offer something slightly different form the norm, with one infused with chocolate and the other coconut.
All in all, I’ve got lots to be cracking on with. The only problem is, which do I try first?
Have you got any tea suggestions for me to try? Have you recently bought any exciting blends? Please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.