Chai Kai Tea Company review

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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:

https://www.chaikaitea.com/

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.

enamelware

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/

https://www.chaikaitea.com/product/tea-caddy-small/

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

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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:

https://www.jollybrew.co.uk/products/elegant-earl-grey

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

https://suki-tea.com/tea/tea-type/black-tea/earl-grey-blue-flower

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

https://www.edgcumbes.co.uk/shop/premium-loose-leaf-tea/earl-grey-loose-leaf-100g/

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

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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:

https://www.jollybrew.com/tea/lime-regis

Product Details and ingredients (as per Jollybrew page)

Where is this tea from:

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

Ingredients:

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

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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:

Website:  https://www.jollybrew.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jollybrew

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jollybrew

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/jolly_brew/

 

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

 

 

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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)

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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.

Website:  http://www.jollybrew.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jollybrew

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jollybrew?ref=hl

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/jolly_brew/

Pinterest:  https://uk.pinterest.com/Jollybrew/