I’m a big tea drinker and just lately I’ve been indulging in loose leaf tea. Via social media I came across Jollybrew Tea company, I soon placed my order and was excited to receive the above delivery. How cute are these tins?! They are stackable too.
Why choose loose leaf tea?:
- a purer product; loose leaf tea consists of larger leaves which provides a greater aroma and flavour and holds the health benefits better than tea bags were the leaves are ground down to almost dust particles.
- there is a lot more variety with loose leaf tea; i.e. black, green, white, oolong, rooibos, herbal.
- makes tea time more of an occasion, brewing loose leaf tea in a pot or in a filter via your cup/mug takes a few minutes longer than dunking a bag in your mug. Take time to appreciate the steeping of the leaves and enjoy the timeout.
- certain loose leaf teas can be steeped multiple times to enjoy several cups of tea.
- loose leaf tea makes a wonderful gift that can be enjoyed every time you put the kettle on.
I’ve now had chance to try all the teas in my order and here is my review:
Marvellous Mango White Tea
Steeped for roughly 5 minutes to create a lovely golden amber liquid. At first taste you experience the delicateness of white tea with it’s gently sweetness and calming flavour Then you get a subtle tropical hit of mango. This is a lovely drink to be enjoyed anytime of the day. White tea is becoming one of my favourite drinks. I bet this is lovely as an iced tea on a balmy, hot day but I wouldn’t leave this just as a summer drink. This drink with it’s subtle tropical flavour could be a welcome distraction on a cold, wet, gloomy day.
The English Answer (decaff)
I tried this everyday decaff black tea with the teabag filter also purchased from Jollybrew. The teabag filters are such a clever idea, just add a teaspoon of your favourite leaves to the filter bag and hang the end over the edge of your mug, fill your mug with boiling water and let the magic happen with the steeping. This was a lovely black tea with all the taste of an everyday brew but without the caffeine … perfect for evening drinks. At the moment you can only buy this variety of tea in pouches online but I’m informed by the Team that the tea will be available in tins soon 🙂
London Calling is Jollybrew’s own Earl Grey. Earl Grey is one of my favourite teas but quite a few years ago when I first tried it I wasn’t keen. The new earl grey teas are a lot more subtler with no overpowering strong flavours. London Calling is so pretty to look at as a loose leaf tea with the dark leaves interspersed with vivid blue petals and tiny little flower buds. I still get amazed that leaves and petals steeped in hot water create a wonderful drink. I prefer my Earl Grey black with no milk. This is a lovely Earl Grey, subtle, refreshing and honest to it’s origin. A great pick you up brew.
Cracking Cranberry Apple
Cracking Cranberry Apple is a fruit infusion tea. As soon as you open the tin the cocktail of aromas hit you. It has a wonderful tartness with the cranberry but the apple softens the edges slightly. This is gorgeous and does what it says on the tin “fabulously fruity infusion.”
I am so pleased with all the teas that I ordered, contact with the company following my order was very efficient and delivery was within a few business days. I will definitely order again from Jollybrew.
(Disclaimer: This is an unbiased review of a product I have purchased for my own use.)
Q & A with Team Jolly
When was the company formed?
We launched the company in 2014, although the idea was brewing for a quite a while before we actually pressed the live button on our website. We celebrate our 2nd year anniversary at the end of November. When the idea came about there didn’t seem to be many loose leaf tea companies on the market, but in the last two years that has changed a lot, as we thought it would. Jollybrew was created to bring loose leaf tea into everyday life and we’ve witnessed many conversions from the tasteless traditional tea bags to the wonderful world of loose leaf. This makes us very happy indeed 🙂
Do you have a retail shop, if so, where can we find you?
Yes, we have a shared store in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. You’ll find our full range in with a suburb selection of imported Italian produce. The two seem to work really well together.
Have your teas won any Taste Awards?
We’ve been asked on a number occasions for our teas to be put forward for an award but so far we haven’t actually taken entered any of them. Maybe next year.
What are your bestsellers?
Our top 5 at the moment are probably:
Tea English Answer (aka T.E.A)
Cheeky Caramel Crème
For a tea novice what would you recommend for a first buy?
For something different most certainly London Calling. Both Earl Grey and non-Earl Grey drinkers respond very well to this blend. For caffeine free we’d probably recommend Cheeky Caramel Creme (Vanilla/toffee like Rooibos).
Are you working on any new blends at the moment?
Yes, we will soon be launching our Winter/Christmas blend, which we’re really excited about. We’re always working on new blends, so expect more early next year. We’re also updating some of packing at the moment with temperatures, times etc…along with some different designs. We will also be launching a much bigger size tin next month, which will hold almost triple what our current tins hold. The current tiny tin will still remain a much loved Jollybrew product.
Thank you so much Team Jolly for joining me on my blog today. To order your very own jolly good tea from Jollybrew please do visit their website and connect with them socially on the links below.