As avid readers of this blog will tell you, I love tea. I am forever stopping half-way through a task to have a cuppa. It helps me chill out when things are getting stressful and without the excuse of ‘having a cuppa’, I’d never take a break. So I am always happy when someone (usually me) clicks the kettle on and offers a cup of the warm stuff.
At the start of the year, I decided that I would be a little more adventurous with my choice of teas and if you’ve read this blog post on my favourite teas you’ll have realised that for me ‘Lipton’ was as exciting as things got! So, I’ve hunted around for some ‘real’ tea this year – yes, the stuff that looks like leaves (or twigs at times) where you have to use a tea-strainer or filter to get the liquid into your cup. I stumbled upon Tea-Horse, a company that source amazing teas from around the world and deliver them to you like a magazine subscription each month. I don’t know about you, but that’s certainly MY kind of subscription!
I ordered the January box so that I could try out the service and I was very impressed when a slimline box dropped through my letterbox filled with a tissue paper wrapped selection of vacuum-sealed teas. There were 4 teas in my box including a white tea “White Monkey”, a green tea “Green Tonic” and two black teas “Keemun Hao Ya A” and Nilgiri Thiashola. I’m always a bit wary of a tea that I can’t pronounce, but I’ve made my resolution to try different teas and here I go!
The January box came with a printed guidebook about the teas, how best to brew them and for how long, and a tasting notes page. This is the Aston Martin of tea companies and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to the teas – and Tea Horse have thought of everything – they’ve even included a bag of tea filters so that I could pour the tea straight through the filters into my cup. I’d already bought an Aladdin flask that filters coffee or tea leaves, so I used this to brew up the perfect cup of Nilgiri black tea. I wasn’t sure if I should add milk to this tea (and I much prefer tea with milk) so I tweeted @Tea_Horse and they replied immediately that milk would be fine in either black tea, and even suggested cream in the Keemun Hao Ya A, which I tried and I will now never be going back to milk!
So, all in all I think this ia a great service for tea lovers like me; everything you need for brewing up exciting new teas in one box – what a fab idea, and definitely a gift that I’d love to receive myself – hint hint 😉
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