Leafy Bean Co Review tea review @LeafyBeanCo #leafybeanco #lovetea #teaandbooks #giveaway

Firstly, I’d like to thank Leafy Bean Co and their Brand Consultant for giving me the opportunity to try their teas. If you follow me on Instagram you will notice a pattern in my posts; I love tea and I love reading. There is nothing better than curling up in a comfy chair with a book and a cuppa.

So, who are Leafy Bean Co? Leafy Bean Co was formed by tea lover Laura Monk back in 2017 when she became the new tenant of the cafe bar at Bowes Park Railway Station, north London.

The café bar is now the thriving heart of this north London community, not only offering the very best in teas, coffees and snacks, but also locally sourced food and some brilliant events and classes, bringing local residents together. Sustainability is important to us, so all our packaging is recycled and we only work with partners who share our values. (sourced from Leafy Bean Co website).

Leafy Bean Co also sell loose-leaf teas and gifts online spreading the tea love to all. Leafy Bean Co are currently offering free UK postage with orders over £15.00. Please check out all Leafy Bean Co social sites to follow the tea updates from Laura and the Leafy Bean Co cheeky monkey icon.

Website: https://www.leafybeancompany.com/

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The first tea I was keen to try from my sample box was their Christmas blend ‘Tea’s the Season’. This is a glorious Black Tea blended perfectly with seasonal fruits and spices. Upon opening the box of tea you can smell the delicious aromas you associate with Christmas. Then once steeped in boiling water this then makes the aromas dance with delight. I inhaled the scent and once I tasted the fruits and spices came through deliciously with the black tea. Tea’s the Season is a warming, comforting drink that is perfect for now as the weather turns colder but I could also see myself drinking this blend in the summer as a cold tea. I teamed up my cuppa with a few of the latest festive reads: One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan (you can find my review here https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/one-more-for-christmas-by-sarah-morgan-sarahmorgan_-hqstories-bookreview-festiveread/, Christmas with the Teashop Girls by Elaine Everest (you can find my review here https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/2020/10/16/christmas-with-the-teashop-girls-by-elaine-everest-elaineeverest-ed_pr-panmacmillan-teashopgirlschristmas/ and I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day by Milly Johnson which I’m hoping to read in the next week or so.

The next tea I tried was ‘Pure Content-mint’ a Gunpowder Green Tea blended with peppermint and spearmint leaves. I find green tea a perfect drink to savour in the afternoon and with this blend of green and mint leaves it was refreshing and had a brightness to it’s taste which would be also ideal as an alternative breakfast drink to your usual black tea. I’ve teamed this drink with a book I have just recently read. The green mint tea and the mint plant were significant to Su Young Lee’s Japanese romance: The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery (you can find my review here https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/2020/11/09/the-tokyo-bicycle-bakery-by-su-young-lee-rararesources-blogtour-bookreview-japaneseromance-indieauthor/

My next tea was ‘On a Chai High’ an Indian Assam black tea blended with spices. I’m not a huge chai drinker but this last few months I’ve started trying a few. This chai by Leafy Bean Co is spicy, warming and has that peppery, chilli hit. I always drink my tea black without milk but this could be enjoyed with or without milk. This tea made me think of the foodie cookery books enticing us with their delicious makes and bakes so I teamed it with a few of the recent food book releases: Cook Slow Light & Healthy by Dean Edwards, Simple Comforts by Mary Berry and 7 Ways by Jamie Oliver.

I like to drink a few caffeine free blends during the day so was pleased to receive a sample of ‘Berry Nice Indeed’ and it certainly was berry nice! A richly fruited infusion blended with flowers. I always find with fruit and herbal infusions that they need a little longer time to infuse the flavours so after 5/6 minutes steeping I was left with a deep red drink that was bright and vigorous with its flavours.

My last sample to try was another green tea. I urge you that if you think you don’t like green tea then you need to try a loose-leaf variety and steep it with water at 80 degrees. If you don’t have a thermostat controlled kettle then leave your boiled water to cool in the kettle for a good 5 minutes then pour over your teabag. ‘Go Green’ by Leafy Bean Co is a Japanese Sencha Green tea that was subtly sweet, refreshing with a slight vegetative taste. I teamed this drink with my latest read: The Tearoom on the Bay by Rachel Burton, a perfect read for tea lovers.

Leafy Bean Co currently have 11 different teas for you to try sold as a box of loose-leaf tea or as a box of 15 loose-leaf filled bags. I have often found with loose-leaf tea that you can steep the bags or leaves at least twice, sometimes three times making the tea that more economical. I love loose-leaf tea as it’s drinking the tea in it’s purist format which is noted with the quality of the taste.

Leafy Bean Co have kindly sent me a pack of 4 boxes of tea to giveaway to one of my readers (sorry UK only). If you would like to win some tea please enter the giveaway link below.

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Tea Shirt Tailored Refreshments for the Curious Gourmet: Zero Waste Tea Subscription review

Tea Shirt logoTea Shirt Tailored Refreshments have just brought out a new tea subscription; the first ZERO WASTE tea subscription.  Everything from the packing box, pouches, labels, teabag envelopes to the tea leaves can all be recycled and placed in your cardboard/paper recycle box and the used leaves in your vegetation/garden waste box.  Another plus is that everything all packs neatly in a packing box that fits perfectly through your letterbox so no fear of a missed parcel delivery.

To buy link:  https://tea-shirt.co.uk/collections/subscriptions

There are two options to choose from:  Build A Box, were you choose your own teas from a selection; Discovery Box which will be picked by Tea Shirt Tailored Refreshments according to your tea type (i.e. Plain or Flavoured Teas, Herbal, Fruit or Spice Blends or Both).  If you have any allergies or health concerns please let Tea Shirt Tailored Refreshments know and your tea will be chosen according to your needs.

What’s in the Box

  • Four samples of loose leaf tea (each sample of tea would be enough for 5/6 cups)
  • Tea filter bags including a bamboo stick to hold your bags in place
  • Tea tasting notes and steeping guidelines
  • Your first box will also include a tea spoon

I chose the Discovery Box and was thrilled to receive my first box a few weeks ago.  In my box I received samples of Golden Monkey, Assam 2nd Flush Hattialli Tea Estate, Decaf Chai, Hibiscus herbal tea.


golden monkeyGolden Monkey – Is an organic black tea from Yunnan.  The dried leaves are very distinctive with the long golden, almost gnarly like, leaves.  The name of the tea comes from the leaves that resemble monkeys claws.  I’ve not tried this blend of tea before and I was so excited to try a new blend.  The taste is light and refreshing and very drinkable.  There’s a subtle earthy sweetness.  This could be a drink enjoyed throughout the day.


The teabag filters and bamboo stick that comes in your box is so easy to use, a pictorial card is supplied to guide you.  When I use my tea I always save the tea with it’s filter so I can re-steep again.


assam 2nd flushAssam 2nd Flush Hattialli Tea Estate – Is a carefully processed Assam black tea with large leaves and lots of golden tips.  Some Assam teas I find sharp and bitter but this blend produced a bright, malty taste that had a slight gentleness to it.  With Assam teas I only steep for around 2 minutes as I prefer this lighter version but for more intensity leave your tea steeping for 3/4 minutes.


decaf chaiDecaf Chai – A decaffeinated Ceylon Black tea with organic spices (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and black pepper).  I’ve tried this blend before as I enquired about a Decaf Chai to the co-founders of Tea Shirt and they blended a decaf chai for me using their Ceylon decaf and a blend of aromatic spices.  I’m so pleased with the result and that it was included in the Discovery Subscription box.   I steeped for 3 minutes which left me with a wonderful, tasty, aromatic drink. Not one spice overpowered the other and they gently warm you from within. Combined with the black Ceylon tea leaves this is a lovely satisfying cuppa. A chai that’s as warm and comforting as the original but without the buzz of caffeine = a chai that can be enjoyed anytime of the day.


Hibiscus herbal tea – I was fascinated with this tea with it’s whole hibiscus flowers.  I wasn’t sure how much to pop in my filter, so I added two flowers and steeped for 5/6 minutes.  However, I think I could have used just one flower.  This gives an intense rich red colour and the taste is fruity with a slight tartness.  I loved it!  I think this would make a perfect iced tea as well as a warm, comforting hot drink.

That’s all the samples of tea from my first box tasted and I loved them all and will definitely be putting in a re-order.  Subscribers will also be entitled to a 5% discount on purchasers from the website.

Discount Code:  To purchase a tea subscription of your own please visit the link above and use the code FIRSTBOX to get 50% off your first box.

This is an endorsement of a product/service and all views are my own.

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Rosie Lea Tea review

rosie lea tea logoI’ve followed Rosie Lea Tea on Instagram for a while now and have tried a few of their teas with success.  So to expand my tea tasting from Rosie Lea I decided to place an order from their Literary collection, Children’s Classic Collection (which includes the cake inspired tea), black tea range and a few tea accessories.

About Rosie Lea (as per their website)

We offer quality & hand blended loose leaf tea, all hand-blended in the UK. Innovation and offering great value are our key values.

We personally hand blend many of our teas to provide unique tea blends and are always looking for the next ‘eureka’ moment. With an expanding tea accessory range and our new subscription box service focusing on our Literary tea range, there is more than just a hot drink to explore on our site.  Whatever you are looking for, there is a perfect brew for everyone. We provide tea from around the world such as China, India, Sri Lanka and Japan.

Website link:  https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/

Literary Tea Collection (as per their website)

There are so many wonderful authors to choose from!  Literary greats that have stood the test of time.

We love all things about tea and as avid bookworms we can think of nothing better than to match tea with books.   Our own hand blended teas have been matched up with true literary greats such as Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Lewis Carroll. This collection is inspirational as a tea treat for someone special! Enjoy drinking each and every one while consuming the written word.  Perfect as a literary gift or a little bookish self indulgence!  
I decided to buy from the Jane Austen Collection and I chose the Mansfield Park tea blend.
Mansfield Park – ‘There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort’ – The youngest downy bud of white tea, it has a most delicate flavour with the beautiful aromatic essence of jasmine flowers, a heavenly match!
INGREDIENTS: Chinese white tea, and jasmine flowers.   Naturally Contains Caffeine.
To buy link:  https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection/products/jane-austen-tea-collection-individual-blends

There was a wonderful, subtle floral taste to this white tea blend and I found myself drinking a pot full as it was a very drinkable, refreshing brew.  Would make a perfect afternoon cuppa ideally paired with a book.  I could definitely imagine Jane Austen drinking a cup of this in her parlour.


I also purchased from the Children’s Classic Collection, I chose Heidi with a tin of Lemon Drizzle Cake. 

LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE: A fabulous blend of green tea with the beautifully balanced citrus zing of lemons, a bright refreshing tea and a perfect accompaniment to a slice of drizzle cake!
INGREDIENTS: Chinese green tea, lemongrass, lemon verbena, flavour, lemon pieces. Naturally contains caffeine.

To buy link:  https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection/products/childrenc-classic-books-inspired-tea-literary-gift

I’m not a huge Green Tea drinker but love tea blends with lemongrass and verbena in so was intrigued about this blend.  This is a pleasant green tea and the addition of lemon verbena and lemongrass was perfect, making it a bright citrusy tea, most definitely reminiscent to Lemon Drizzle Cake but without the calories.


Broadstairs Blend Loose Tea Blend
Rosie Lea are based in Broadstairs in Kent.  This tea was blended in celebration of this little seaside town.  It’s a black tea blend that is widely used in outlets across the Kent seaside town.  This tea is a lovely rich balance of strong Indian Assam, golden Ceylon and the slightly perfumed balance of Keemun;  it is based on a more traditional recipe for breakfast blends.
Assam Indian black tea, Sri Lankan Dimbula black tea, China Keemun black tea.
Naturally contains caffeine.

To buy link:  https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/black-tea/products/black-tea-broadstairs-breakfast

I tried this tea as my morning cuppa and it was revitalising without being too full-on as the three individual leaves of Assam, Ceylon and Keemun blended well together.


Rosie Lea also offer a wide range of tea accessories including infusers, caddies and spoons.  I decided to buy a caddy to store one of my tea blends in and a wooden shovel.  The wooden shovel is the perfect size to dispense the right amount of leaves for one cup of your favourite brew.

To buy link:  https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/tea-infuser-caddy-accessories

Rosie Lea Tea currently have an Easter offer on till 2nd April 2018.  Use code EASTER18 for 10% off orders over £10 (excluding p & p).

To learn more about Rosie Lea Tea please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/

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eteaket 7 Day Detox Tea Collection review

eteaket are a looseleaf tea merchant based in Edinburgh.  Founded in 2008 Erica Moore and her team are passionate about tea and love to spread their knowledge and enthusiasm at their Tea Room on Frederick Street, Edinburgh and at their Concept Store on Rose Street, Edinburgh.  Their website is also a great place for tea talk and has an online store to top up your tea caddies with your favourite brew or a new one; which leads me on to my review of their new 7 Day Detox Tea Collection.

I was kindly sent a 7 Day Detox Tea Collection to try and as per my love of books I am keen to share my love of tea.

7 Day Detox Collection is a collection of 7 packs of loose leaf black, green, white, herbal and fruit teas.  In each pack there is enough loose leaf tea to make roughly 2/3 cups.  The collection is an ideal introduction to new blends of tea, tea that is naturally decaf free or low in caffeine. This collection is perfect if you are introducing yourself to a healthier lifestyle.  You could take the #teatoxchallenge or swap one or two of your regular hot drinks to one of the blends in this collection.

eteaket 7 day detox tea chest

Included in the 7 Day Detox Collection are the following blends:

Blueberry Rooibos (about 10g) – a bright fresh fruity Rooibos with the character of fresh wild blueberries and a sweet and tangy aroma. High quality Rooibos is blended with blueberry, elderberry, raisins, apple, cornflowers and hibiscus to create this colourful cup.

I haven’t had the chance to try this blend yet …

peppermint eteaket teaPerfect Peppermint – a cool and invigorating herbal infusion  Peppermint tea helps to cleanse your palate and aid digestion and is perfect for those with a caffeine intolerance, and like the Prince of Bel-Air our Perfect Peppermint is most definitely Fresh!

This is a perfect take time-out drink.  Its refreshing with a cool minty taste.

lemon n ginger eteaket teaLemon & Ginger (about 10g)– this herbal infusion is like a hug in a mug. Fragrant lemongrass is expertly blended with lemon peel, ginger peel and just a hint of liquorice. Fabulous as a cold buster in winter but makes a truly remarkable iced tea in the summer!

I do enjoy a Lemon and Ginger tea especially when it’s cold and you are feeling a little run down but I did find this blend just a little sweet for my taste.

cranberry and apple riot teaCranberry Apple Riot (about 10g) – Our Cranberry Apple Riot fruit infusion is quite simply a superlative blend of cranberry and apple pieces that produces a riotous fruity taste! The apple creates a beautifully sweet taste with the  cranberry pieces adding a slightly tart finish. An absolute riot in a tea cup.

I enjoyed sampling this fruity infusion whilst watching a movie.  It was a welcome alternative to a sugary soft drink.

decaf breakfast tea eteaketDecaffeinated Breakfast Blend (about 10g) – this tea hails from Sri Lanka and has all the good bits of a strong hearty black tea blend but without the caffeine. Even though it’s a decaf, we have managed to retain all the taste because the leaves were decaffeinated naturally at origin whilst in the green leaf state – that’s right, no nasty chemical processing.  Our Decaf Breakfast Tea is a true guilt-free pleasure.

I really enjoyed this decaffeinated breakfast blend; it was warming, comforting and tasty.  I could drink it all day.

green tea eteaketGyokuro (about 10g) – Our Gyokuro is our favourite green tea here at eteaket HQ, deep, dark and mysterious… just how we like our men. The bushes used for this rare and much coveted Gyokuro tea are shaded for the first 3 weeks of May while the first flush develops. This decreases the bitterness and results in a sweet, flavourful cup. Gyokuro is considered Japan’s best tea. Raise a cup and show your appreciation.

This was a completely new blend of green tea for me.  I’m not a big green tea drinker but this was a perfect drink to enjoy at lunchtime and in the afternoon.  This tea was light, refreshing and had a subtle sweetness.

white peony tea eteaketWhite Peony (about 5g) – this white tea is made from the buds and leaves that remain after the more famous Silver Needle has been harvested. This tea is a winner in its own right without stealing all the limelight. The fresh and mellow brew has notes of melon and is very good for you.

This is a beautiful mellow cup of white tea.

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eteaket have kindly offered a prize of a Detox Tea Collection for one of my readers.  To enter the giveaway please click on the rafflecopter link below.

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Chai Kai Tea Company review


I was first introduced to Chai Kai Tea Company via the TeaTourist subscription box back in March and loved their sample of Turmeric Root Chai and it got me intrigued to find out more about the company.

Chai Kai first started out as a Tea House in Cambridgeshire by two brothers, the pairing up of looseleaf tea and Indian inspired street food was a perfect partnership.  The Chai Kai tea family expanded with a Mrs Chai Kai and a little Chai Kai.  The Tea House closed down and after a year long break the company has been relaunch with gusto.  The company now sell their quality loose leaf teas online.  Below is a quote from their website regarding their Chai Kai Tea Loose Leaf collection.

We are immensely proud of our premium quality loose leaf tea collection. I would say what makes our tea so popular with our customers is the care and inspiration behind our flavours.  Each blend has been carefully crafted, inspired by the colours and culture of South Asia that delivers delicate teas full of taste and quality.

All the loose leaf teas are hand picked from the finest tea gardens around the world, from the lush valleys of the Himalayas to the tea farms of South Africa.  The teas and ingredients are also ethically sourced and then hand blended right here in the UK.

Chai Kai currently has 16 blends of black, green and herbal teas available to purchase on their website.  They also offer a subscription service with two options; a Monthly Loose Leaf Tea Subscription which includes 4 x 20g of tea delivered to your door as a one off offer or as a regular subscription; the other option available (which is very tempting) is a Tea and Nankhatai Subscription which includes one pack of tea and handmade indian shortbread delivered to your door as a buy it now or regular subscription.  Both sound ideal tea lover gift ideas.

To purchase online teas, subscriptions and teaware please visit Chai Kai here:


Following two orders from the company I am now a fan of their tea.  I’ve had the pleasure to taste four of their blends.

Apple and Cinnamon Green Teaapple and cinammon tea

Purchase link:  https://www.chaikaitea.com/product/apple-and-cinnamon/

This is a wonderfully aromatic green tea that’s been blended with cinnamon, apple pieces and natural flavouring.  It’s a very comforting cuppa that takes you back to days of homemade apple pies and crumbles.  It’s a delicious, warming cuppa that has just the right amount of sweetness, a calorie-free cuppa.

chai kai darjeelingBombay Breakfast black tea

Purchase link:  https://www.chaikaitea.com/product/bombay-breakfast/

The aroma of the dried leaves is quite intoxicating, there’s a slight musky floral aroma. Once steeped the colour is a rich, dark amber. The taste is like an Earl Grey blended with a Darjeeling with an added oomph! Full flavoured and delicious and not just for breakfast!

darjeeling chai kai1st Flush Darjeeling

Purchase link:  https://www.chaikaitea.com/product/first-flush-darjeeling/

I’m loving Darjeeling tea more and more, it’s a lovely blend to drink in the afternoons with it’s gentle taste.  This blend by Chai Kai is full flavoured but still compliments the wonderful mellow tones of this tea.

chai kai earl greyEarl Grey

Purchase link:  https://www.chaikaitea.com/product/earl-grey/

This was quite an unusual Earl Grey but it still had a wonderful aroma from the bergamot but upon tasting there was something more, I can’t quite figure out what but the brew was quite warming and comforting and once drunk I proceeded to make another cupful! A gorgeous warming Earl Grey with Jasmine blossom and Safflower petals.


The company also offer a range of teaware and I’m particularly loving their enamelware.

Purchase links:  https://www.chaikaitea.com/product/hand-painted-mug/


Giving Back – MakeLunch

Chai Kai Tea are one of the official partners in 2017 for the MakeLunch charity.  MakeLunch is a charity that tackles child poverty in the UK building a network of churches and community groups who work together to fill the holiday hunger gap.  For every tea sold in 2017 Chai Kai will make a donation towards the MakeLunch charity.  To find out more about MakeLunch please visit www.makelunch.org.uk

To connect with Chai Kai Tea Co online please visit the following links:

Website:  http://www.chaikaitea.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/chaikaitea/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/chaikaiteaco

Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/chaikaitea/


Earl Grey Tea Taste Test

Earl Grey header

Earl Grey Tea is my favourite blend of tea and I much prefer it in loose leaf format.  A few fellow tea drinkers and myself have decided to conduct a taste test and have chosen three very good quality blends from independent tea merchants.

Tea One:  Elegant Earl Grey by Jollybrew Tea, can be purchased online here:


Tea Two:  Earl Grey Blue Flower by Suki Tea, can be purchased online here:


Tea Three: Earl Grey by Edgcumbes Coffee Roasters and Tea Blenders, can be purchased online here:


I used three identical cups and the ball type filter and added similar amounts of loose leaf in each cup.Earl Grey filter

I steeped the tea in freshly boiled water for 2-3 minutes.

Earl Grey tea brewing

This was such a difficult taste test as all three are very pleasant Earl Grey blends and I could quite happily drink them all day.

Earl Grey drunk

But one stood out a little more with a gorgeous aroma and stunning taste.

Earl Grey star

My star in this taste test was … Elegant Earl Grey by Jollybrew.  From the gorgeous aroma to the stunning taste I was won over by this quite simply elegant blend.

This is my honest opinion only and I would highly recommend all three of these teas.

Purchasing tea in the post is so simple and there is nothing more pleasing than receiving a lovely box of quality tea in the post.  Why I choose loose leaf: its simple the taste is more cleaner and flavoursome, you have the added benefit of re-steeping leaves, the leaves are whole and not ground to dust like most conventional teabags, you are supporting organic tea farmers, as the leaves are whole the added health benefits of tea are greater and the leaves can literally open up and flourish in front of your eyes.

I’m hoping to do another taste test soon with the likes of Darjeeling, Breakfast Tea, Green Tea and White Tea.



Let me introduce you to the newest blend from Jollybrew


Jollybrew is a luxury and ethically sourced tea company based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.  The Team at Jollybrew do an excellent tea in the post service and with all UK orders there is free delivery with orders over £30 using code UKFREE30.  I first ordered and reviewed Jollybrew back in September 2016 my blogpost can be found here: Jolly Good Tea post: Jollybrew tea review and Q & A with the Team.  I’ve been adding to my Jollybrew collection regularly and when I heard that the team had blended a new brew I had to place an order.  Please let me introduce you to Lime Regis, a caffeine free herbal tea.

To buy link:


Product Details and ingredients (as per Jollybrew page)

Where is this tea from:

Turkey, Egypt, Germany, China, Thailand and the USA.


Apple pieces, Rosehip pieces, Hibiscus pieces, Lemon pieces, Lime pieces, Peppermint leaves, Lime leaves and Natural Flavours.

How To Make Me:

Put 1-2 generous teaspoons of loose leaf tea per cup of water in the teapot. Pour freshly boiled water over tea. Ideal brewing temperature – 100 degrees. Steep for about 5-10 minutes. Milk and sugar not recommended.

My thoughts on Lime Regis


I’m enjoying my herbal tea even more and especially as it’s caffeine free it’s a drink you can enjoy any time of the day.  The first hit you get is the zesty aroma from the dried fruit and herbs, it’s quite uplifting.  Steeped for a good 5 minutes it develops into a lovely deep pink colour and you can taste the blend of fruits and leaves.  There is a wonderful zesty sparkle with this tea and it would be equally good served hot and chilled as an ice tea in warmer times.  The tea is only available in a sample pack at the moment but I’m hoping it will be housed in one of Jollybrew tins soon.

All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, the product owner may use elements of my review for quotes. 

To find out more about Jollybrew and their products do visit the following pages:

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Jolly Good Tea post: Jollybrew tea review and Q & A with the Team




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

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)

London Calling

Proper Peppermint

Barmy Berry

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.

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