A few weeks ago, Claire at Twist Teas contacted me via Twitter and asked if I’d like a sample of their tea. I said “yes please”, obviously, because I would never turn down the offer of free tea. A couple of days later I received a lovely box containing no fewer than twelve tea bags, … Read more Twist Teas Sample Box Review
Background This is the fourth update to an article I first posted in September 2019. In my first post about plastic in tea bags, made in July 2019, I shared my shock at finding out that most tea bags are more than just tea and paper: they contain plastic too. In that post, I listed the … Read more The best plastic-free tea bags update May 2020
Black tea is the most popular tea in the world. There is a huge variety of blends such Darjeeling and Earl Grey but this article will focus on your basic good strong black tea. Find out: What is black tea? Why drink black tea? Black tea and health Grades of black tea Tea bags or … Read more What is black tea?
Yerba mate or just mate? Yerba mate (pronounced mah-tay) refers to the plant used to make the beverage mate, which is a traditional Central and South American drink. In Portuguese and Spanish, mate is never spelled with an accent over the “e” but this is often added in English-speaking countries to distinguish it from the … Read more What is yerba mate?
In an earlier article, I delved into “what is green tea” and outlined the main different types of green tea. Like anything, there are different levels of quality and even more than with black tea, choosing a quality brand is really important to ensure not just the best flavour but also the best of its … Read more The five best green tea brands
I love drinking tea and I love reading books: lovely, old-fashioned, printed on paper, put on a shelf, read in the bath, books. There are some beautiful and fascinating books about tea which contain a wealth of information not available anywhere else, not even on the internet. A little knowledge about the origins of tea, … Read more The best books about tea
One of the best-loved tea blends is jasmine tea. If you’ve never tried it, you’re missing a real treat. What makes jasmine tea so special is its blend of tea leaves with jasmine petals. The jasmine petals impart a delicate yet very aromatic fragrance to the tea. The jasmine petals impart a slightly sweet, delicate … Read more What Is Jasmine Tea?
Black Friday is here again! In order to celebrate Black (Tea) Friday on 29th November, during November we’ve been posting a daily black tea of the day on our twitter feed with the hashtag #blackteaoftheday. There are some classic plain black teas here, as well as some autumnal choices that incorporate warming spices and fruit … Read more It’s Black Tea Friday! Our top black teas for November 2019
The problem The problem of single-use plastics is well known now, and we’ve looked in-depth at the problem of microplastic particles in certain brands of tea bag, and the brands that contain no plastic. We all need to do what we can to reduce our reliance on plastic as a packaging and container material. Although we … Read more This sustainable bamboo tea infuser flask is a tea drinker’s dream come true
It’s that time again, time to discover a world of lovely new teas. These Christmas tea advent calendars are the perfect way to sample interesting, exotic and exciting new teas and blends without having to commit to a large quantity. They make a great alternative to the modern-day chocolate Advent calendar and, of course, they … Read more The best tea Advent calendars for Christmas 2019