Are you partial to a Rosy Lee AKA cup of tea? I ditched coffee in favour of tea at the age of 17 and haven’t looked back. I love so many different teas, although my favourite is still good old black tea with a generous splash of semi skimmed milk and no sugar (FYI should you ever be called upon to make me a brew). Here are six signs that you could well be a tea addict too.
Beer52 are the UK’s largest craft beer discovery club who work closely with brewers to send their subscribers a selection of exciting, tasty craft beers each and every month. I love getting deliveries and I love beer so obviously combine the two and i’m sold, therefore when Beer52 got in touch to see if I’d like to try their Christmas box I couldn’t wait. They also kindly gave me an exclusive £10 discount code to share with my readers, so read on to find out more!
As a card carrying CAMRA member it’s no secret I love my real ale but I’m also a fan of a good old G&T. In recent years Gin has really experienced a Renaissance – 10 or so years ago you probably had a handful of big name brands to choose from in your local supermarket or bar – and now there are so many brands and Gin types on the market. Hooray!
Riding on the crest of Gin’s new found popularity is the Gin Festival, which as you may expect gives lovers of the drink a place to discover new Gins and for brands to showcase their product. I was invited to the Burnley Gin Festival* recently and I couldn’t wait to learn more about my favourite tipple and unearth some new favourites!
Cocktails, Matcha, smoothies and my Breville Activblend are just some of my favourite things so when I saw EatCleanTea were sending out samples of their amazing Premium Matcha Green Tea and encouraging Bloggers to get creative and concoct their own tasty drink featuring Matcha I had to get involved.
I wanted to create the perfect party drink; one that tasted great, looked great and could be enjoyed alcohol-free or with the cheeky addition of some white rum. I also wanted to make something that didn’t require a store cupboard full of fancy ingredients or take ages to make, because who wants to spend the entire party in the kitchen? The result is my Strawberry & Mint Matcha Mojito!
This year I decided to give up alcohol for Lent and evenings have been decidedly boring without the odd beer or glass of wine. I’m not a huge fan of fizzy or sugary drinks and there’s a limit to the amount of herbal tea I can drink, so I’ve been searching for interesting and preferably healthy alternatives to keep me going through the drought!
When I was sent a trio of Jools Drinks* to sample they were very welcome indeed. They definitely sounded like drinks I would enjoy both at home or at the gym and with a unique formula that makes them much more interesting and exciting than any other soft drink I’ve seen before I was really looking forward to trying them.
Over the last 18 months or so Teatoxes have really took off in popularity with a number of brands all promising to detoxify your system, banish bloating and reduce the spare tyre, simply by drinking a cup of tea. I jumped on the Teatox bandwagon last year by trailling SlendertoxTea and now I’m giving another brand a try; BooTea which can be found at Holland & Barrett stores.
The BooTea 28 Day Teatox (RRP £37.99)* consists of a morning tea which you drink daily and a nighttime tea which you drink every other evening. The nighttime drink contains amongst other ingredients Senna Leaves that are commonly known to have a laxative effect and when combined with a healthy diet is said to rid the body of toxins, ease bloating, and leave you feeling more energised.
Naturally being from Yorkshire I love a cup of tea; strong and milky, there’s nothing a lovely brew can’t sort out. In recent years however I’ve been expanding my repertoire and replacing the odd cup of black tea with something a little more exciting, and from Chamomile to Fennel, Matcha to Peppermint, my cupboard is now fit to burst with an array of beverages to rival Whittards of Chelsea!
The latest tea I’ve been trying is Mirabilia Organic Olive Leaf Tea (RRP £4.69)* a loose leaf tea which is said to contain more antioxidants and vitamin C than green tea. It also advises it is proven to aid weightloss, boost the immune system and lower cholesterol – this sounds like no ordinary tea I’ve ever drunk, but a supercharged, health-giving elixir!
I love a good cuppa (who doesn’t?) but out shopping I usually just grab a box of PG Tips or Typhoo and haven’t really ventured into the world of a more premium tea. After all black tea is just black tea isn’t it? As purveyors of quality tea, the good folk at teapigs would beg to differ and so they laid the gauntlet down; try our Everyday Brew for two weeks and never go back. So I did and my eyes really were opened to a tea that actually made me savour each mouthful rather than simply gulping it down.
Today I’m talking about tea detoxes, which really seem to have grown in popularity in recent months. This version of detoxing involves cleansing your system by drinking a specially blended herbal tea, which sounds simple enough. Always up for trying something new I was very happy when Slendertoxtea kindly sent me their 14 Day Teatox* to try.
When teapigs invited me to take their Matcha Challenge I jumped on board. I’d already decided 2015 was going to be the year when I got fit, then illness over the festive season compounded the necessity. As soon as I was feeling better I hit the gym for the first time in three years and also embarked on my daily Matcha* shot.