In addition to my excessive love of stationery and my constant drooling over anything interiors, I also love tea. I’m British…..I love tea…..how much more of a stereotype could I be but with so many fantastic varieties to choose from, I guess it’s hard to avoid.
One thing is for sure, I don’t drink coffee. I’ve certainly tried to like it, dabbling in lots of different varieties – decaf, iced, mochachocoloca etc but it’s just not quite the same as a good brew.
So, where to start? Well, how about my top tea favourites:
Yorkshire Tea – I love my tea to be strong and a little sweet. Yorkshire Tea brews well and is great both from a teapot or made straight in a mug. I have certainly tried other brands – PG Tips, Tetley etc but Yorkshire Tea just has that something which makes a consistently good cup of tea.
Twinings Lemon Trio – I recently started to enjoy a cup of hot water with lemon in the morning to try and start the day off right (although it doesn’t always work!) so when scouring the Supermarket shelves, I came across this little beauty from Twinings. Made with white hibiscus, lemon graa, lemon peel, natural lemon flavourings and verbena, it really is a lovely wake-up call. It doesn’t have an overpowering sourness to it making it a great all year round choice – add honey in the winter for that perfect cold cure.
Twinings Camomile and Spearmint – a friend of mine shared that a cup of camomile before bed really don’t help digestion. I’m not a huge fan of camomile on its own, so I choose to drink this option instead. Made with camomile, spearmint, blackberry leaves, lemongrass and linden, it’s certainly very calming and I do find I have a better nights sleep and wake up with a flatter stomach!
Twinings Chai Latte – oh my goodness – if you are a fan of a chai latte from Costa or Starbucks, you will love this. The tea leaves are soaked in chai syrup with gives it the sweetness of a coffee shop made drink. Top up with hot milk (preferably frothy) and this is the perfect pick me up.
English Tea Shop – Mr PB knows me so well and as a valentines gift, purchased me 16 varieties of The English Tea Shop tea. My favourites amongst this wide selection are the traditional peppermint (super tasty!) and lemongrass, ginger and citrus. Similar to the lemon trio, the added ginger gives it a boost as well as helping with digestion. The teas come in these cute little boxes making them handy for on-the-go.
Twinings Intensely Tropical – it’s been a beautiful summer so far in the UK, so I have been creating a tasty iced tea using this tropical find. Made with roeships, white hibiscus, natural lime, blood orange, lemon flavouring, apple pieces, and lemon peel, how much more of summer in a mug can you get! Simply make up a large jug using 2 tea bags and leave to cool or pop it in the fridge for an hour or so. Add ice to Mason Ball beaker and you have a delicious iced tea to sip under your parasol
Pukka Detox – last but not least, this is my must have tea if I have been a little naughty with food or drink over the weekend! It really cleanses and helps digestion. Made with aniseed, fennel seeds, cardamom pod, liquorice root, coriander and celery seed makes it taste delicious and is great at any time of year.
For my tea storage, I have 2 Emma Bridgewater tea caddy’s. I can imagine these growing old with me and getting that worn, vintage look over time. I also own this fab tea storage box from Homebase. Whilst you can fit many teabags in it, I love it sat on my tea shelf. I have a tea cupboard for all the boxes I can’t fit on the shelf which houses approximately 20 other types of teas! And the collection continues to grow!
So, what do I like to drink my tea in? My favourite mugs are 2 large Cath Kidston which makes a pretty big cup of tea – great for those grey days. I also own an Emma Bridgewater commemorating the birth of Prince George. I have the one for Princess Charlotte on a wish list! And finally, a super special mug from my best friends daughter – because everyone needs a Fairy Godmother in their life!
Whilst I tend to make most of tea straight in the mug, Mr PB recently bought my the most adorable glass tea pot which sits perfectly on my I heart tea tray for those days when I want to really enjoy my tea (and perhaps a couple of biscuits or a slice of cake!)
What is your favourite tea? I would love to hear of any brands you enjoy so I can have a try too.
x PB x
Emma Bridgewater Tead Caddy – http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/en/uk/black-toast-hatch-dome-caddy/invt/1blt010455
Homebase Tea Box – http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/tea-box-261079
Cath Kidston mugs – http://www.cathkidston.com/provence-rose/provence-rose-stanley-mug-1015152
Emma Bridgewater Princess Charlotte mug – http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/invt/1roy020002