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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Time for a Cup of Christmas Tea....

Hello there,

Welcome back to another post from Tea With Me and Friends - I'm sorry that we've been a little slow to post articles this month, time is escaping us at the moment....we're really pleased that the Christmas break is just around the corner!

Today I wanted to share with you a festive cup of tea that was given to me by the lovely Claire from The Secret Tea Society. If you haven't heard about the Society before, we are a bunch of tea loving ladies who meet up to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea and a good natter. Take a peek at one of our recent afternoon tea trips here.

The tea that Claire gave me was a little Christmas gift....

Kent & Sussex Christmas Tea

Now as regularly readers will know, we love trying new teas here at Tea With Me and Friends and we're also a rather festive bunch....so we could wait to try this tea! I took a peek at the Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Company to find out a little more about this festive blend. The words "exotic Fruit Tisane" feature, as do "wonderful aroma with a powerful spicy taste". It certainly smelt wonderful when we first opened the bag.....like Christmas had been trapped in that bag!

The tisane reminded me of a pretty pot pourri...

the instructions suggests leaving this blend to brew for 10-12 minutes, but to be honest we poured a little sooner than that....

The result was a beautiful red tea, which smelt like Christmas and tasted quite wonderful. The flavour is spicy, I could tastes cloves mainly, but it wasn't overpowering or artificial. In fact it made a rather lovely cup of Christmas tea.

I did try it cold as well as hot (but accident) and can confirm that it better enjoyed hot!

If you would like to try this tea for yourself pop by the Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Company website for more details.

As it's the festive season, Claire and some of the Secret Tea Society ladies have a little festive treat for you.... we hope it puts you in the festive mood!

If you'd like to find out more about the Secret Tea Society pop by their website.

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A little sad news....

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends.

Unfortunately we didn't make the shortlist of the UK Blog Awards 2015, but we wanted to thank everyone for their support and for their lovely comments on Twitter and Facebook.

We're so pleased that you enjoy our little afternoon tea blog and we really enjoy sharing our afternoon tea adventures with you! 

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Just remember if you ever fancy joining us as a guest blogger, just drop us a line.....we're always keen to hear about the afternoon tea adventures you've been on.

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Thanks for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Time for a cup of Christmas tea!

Hello there,

Welcome back to another tried and tested tea article from Tea With Me and Friends. Since it's the festive season, I thought I would try a little Christmas tea this time!

A little while ago when I was wandering around a gift shop in Rye, I discovered this particular brand of Christmas inspired tea and was intrigued to try it (yes the fab packaging tempted me!) ....

Brewhoho Christmas Tea

Now with such claims as it's like “Mulled Wine in a tea cup”....I had to give it a go! Although I have to admit, at this time of year I reach for slightly more festive cups than my usual teacups....

Christmas tea

Yes, I do agree that it seems a bit mean to make hot drinks in a cute little snowman like this....but I have to put him to good use! 

So, what makes this a Christmas tea I hear you cry....well the ingredients include... Pure Ceylon Black Tea, Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppermint, Cardamom, Pepper, Vanilla flavour and Chai flavour. Is your mouth watering yet??

Now, I'm not sure if you have heard of Brewhaha, the company responsible for this tea, but you have probably seen their quirky packaging. Brewhaha Tea was launched in 2004 after founder Joanne McLeod was tired of seeing tea marketed in dowdy grey and brown boxes and decided to create a fun loving brand with a retro style.

Brewhaha teas are made using Sri Lankan tea, which is also packaged in Sri Lanka which adds to it's freshness.

Brewhaha have an extensive range of teas on offer through stockists and in their online shop...including teas such as the "Super Happiness Tea" which is a Green Tea with vanilla & cherry marigold, which sounds scrummy! To find out more pop by their website.

Now back to the reason we are here....the Christmas tea....

Brewhaha Tea with a Christmas twist

This brew was actually really refreshing and not at all over powering (which thought it might be). The flavours are balanced well and really remind me of the festive season....a lovely cup of tea.

Looking on the website today, unfortunately all the Christmas tea has already sold...but keep your eyes peeled as you might find it in one of their stockists!

Have you tried this Christmas tea....or do you already have a personal favourite? If so we'd love to hear from you...and we'd love to give your favourite a try! Please leave us a comment below!

Thanks for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna