2017 · black tea · blog · blogger · Let's Talk Tea · loose leaf tea · T2 Tea · tea · tea blogger · tea bloggers · TeaBloggersUK · vegetarian

| Lets Talk Tea! – Caramel Swirl Black Tea Latte Recipe |

Hey there Teacups! I hope you’re all doing well today. If you’ve read my recent blog post about our T2 masterclass you will have seen that I ended up purchasing myself some of their caramel swirl – back tea. You’ll also remember that in that post I said that it makes for an amazing tea latte. – since that post a lot of you have asked how I make tea lattes so I thought where better to start than with the caramel swirl. – Things can only get better from there right?

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When it comes to making tea lattes you will want to use a black tea. They are the strongest of them all and will provide a full flavoured brew that will stand up well when  plenty of milk is added. (Matcha is the only exception to this – because its a green tea with a punch)

When it comes to T2’s Caramel Swirl its definitely the ultimate in indulgent sipping, with stacks of super sweet caramel and choc flavours. It’s the perfect tea blend for an delicious tea latte.


How To Make A Caramel Swirl – Tea Latte

Serves 1

What You’ll Need3-4 teaspoons of caramel swirl black tea

200ml of boiling water

150ml of hot milk (I find soy milk works best with this blend)

Honey or sweetener

How To

Infuse tea in boiling water for 4-6 minutes then strain or remove infuser.

Add hot milk to it. (remember to lightly froth your milk before you add it.)

Leave a little of your hot milk the side and froth heavily to top off your latte

add this to your tea and sweeten if desired.

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If you like it super strong  (like me), Add more tea, and infuse for the same amount of time. (this is what I do as I much prefer it stronger)  – If you want to be extra indulgent top this tea latte off some caramel sauce and a small sprinkle of salt for a delicious salted caramel taste.

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So normally I would let you all know where you could buy this tea for yourself but unfortunately T2 has now stopped selling this blend as it was a limited edition (let’s hope they bring it back next year)  – but fear not their caramel brownie makes for a great latte as well – and you can find that here : https://www.t2tea.com/en/uk/tea/caramel-brownie-loose-leaf-gift-cube-chocolate_brownie.html – If you’re going to use the caramel brownie tea to make this latte id recommend using more tea to really bring the flavours out,probably about 5 teaspoons.

As always you know if you have any questions stick them in the comments and I’ll answer them as soon as possible. I’m so not sorry for how much this post has more than likely made you want to drink nothing but tea lattes for the rest of the winter and beyond – in fact you’re welcome.

Have a great weekend teacups and I’ll speak to you again soon – Kimberley

2017 · blog · blogger · Let's Talk Tea · loose leaf tea · tea · tea blogger · tea bloggers · TeaBloggersUK

| Let’s Talk Tea- Chateau Rouge Tea – Review (Part 1) * |

Hey three Teacups! I hope you’re all having a great day so far. I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea review post. (So glad to be writing more of these recently they are my faveourite posts to write because I get to fully geek out about tea)

Today’s Lets Talk Tea post is all about Chateau Rouge UK. When Chateau Rouge got in touch to ask if I would like to try out some of their premium loose leaf teas there was no way in hell  I would have said no to such a great opportunity. They were kind enough to send me 6 different teas to try all of them in beautiful caddy tins. As a result of them being so kind I wanted to be as in depth as I possibly could be with my reviews. So I will be doing two parter. I’ll be covering three of the teas today and then three in the next part. This will allow me to be as in depth as I possibly can be without boring you guys with super long posts.


Chateau Rouge – Classique Earl Grey – Signature Blend (Black Tea)

“This classic Earl Grey is a quintessentially English afternoon tea that is fragrant, smooth and light. A unique blend crafted from selected single estate handpicked large leaf Keemun, Darjeeling and Ceylon teas; and delicately flavoured with pure Calabrian bergamot oil.” – Chateau Rouge

Ingredients : 100% Organic: Large loose leaf black teas (Assam, Darjeeling, Ceylon and Keemun), Italian pure bergamot oil. (Vegan Friendly)

I’m sure that by now you’re all probably sick of me talking about how much I love Earl Grey (it probably wont stop anytime soon I’m sorry).  So you wont be surprised to know that when the team over at Chateau Rouge asked me which of their teas I would like to try I simply had to give their Classique Earl Grey a go. I’ve tried and reviewed so many earl grey’s recently that have been blended with so many other things that I thought it would be nice to go for a classic earl grey this time. ( I’m so glad I went for this one)

This is such a simple earl grey, the large leaf blended black teas used have made for a tea with lots of depth. One of my favourite black teas is Darjeeling so upon my first try this was the first tea I noticed. What I love about Darjeeling is how light it is, I will admit that I didn’t think that I’d be able to notice the Darjeeling in this blend. I thought that the Assam would over power it but it actually stood out to me above every other tea. It even managed to rise above the strong flavour of the Bergamot which is a hard thing for tea to do.  Overall this is a great take on an earl grey, this will definitely be a tea I go for when I’m wanting the comfort of an earl grey but a much lighter taste.

Overall Teacup Rating : 5/5

Find out more about this blend here: www.chateaurouge.uk/collections/organic-loose-leaf-tea/products/organic-earl-grey


Chateau Rouge – White Monkey  (Green Tea)

“Grown on Wuyi Mountain in Fujian, China, this unusually light one bud and two leaves green tea derives its name from the way its leaves look like monkey paws. Plucked and processed entirely by hand, it is fresh, mellow, sweet and fragrant.” – Chateau Rouge

Ingredients: 100% Green Tea, from Fujian’s Wuyi Mountain, China. (Vegan Friendly)

This really is a beautiful green tea, the leaves have a clear, bright and slightly floral scent. This honestly tastes more like a strong white tea, than a green tea. Although the dry leaves smell very grassy there is surprisingly hardly any grassiness in the taste. The taste is just as clear as the aroma. I will say that the mouth feel and aftertaste are rather dry but I get that a lot with green tea, but the flavour sits strongly on the tongue. It’s overall notes are very vegetal, in a way that stands out, but is not overwhelming at all. (I  highly suggest adding a little honey to this if you are going to have it hot – It helps to bring out this teas underlying sweetness)

Overall Teacup Rating : 4/5

Found out more about this tea here : www.chateaurouge.uk/collections/organic-loose-leaf-tea/products/white-monkey-loose-leaf-green-tea-tin


Chateau Rouge – Himalayan Expedition (Black Tea)

“This beautiful hand-rolled large leaf rare black tea is produced in small batches daily over only a few weeks of the summer.  It makes an invigorating cup with an amazing jammy sweetness; with pepper, caramel and almond flavours that linger tantalisingly on the tongue.” – Chateau Rouge

Ingredients: 100% Organic Hand-rolled Black Tea from Eastern Himalayas, Nepal. (Vegan Friendly)

This is another Darjeeling style blend, which obviously means I loved it. This definitely still has all of a Darjeeling’s perfect qualities but it also has a delicious sweet almost fruitful jammy note to it. I wouldn’t normally cold brew a Darjeeling but I feel like this would make a perfect cold brew no matter what time of the year. I love that there is nothing in this tea but tea (if that makes sense) Without reading the ingredients you would think this had artificial flavourings or sweeteners because its naturally sweet (not overpoweringly sweet though) . One thing I love about Darjeeling is how light they are no matter if they have extra ingredients added in or if they stand alone, they’re so comforting to drink. There is also an underlying floral note which is to die for that was actually surprised me quite a but as it did hit me until the aftertaste. It rounds off this tea very well. From first sip to last this tea is delicious. I’ll be ordering a lot more of this in the future I can see myself drinking it a lot throughout 2018.

Overall Teacup Rating : 5/5

Find out more about this tea here : www.chateaurouge.uk/collections/organic-loose-leaf-tea/products/organic-himalayan-expedition-loose-leaf-tea


If you want to find out more about Chateau Rouge and purchase some of their teas and other products for yourself head to : www.chateaurouge.uk/collections/organic-loose-leaf-tea

Part 2 of this post will be coming up soon so make sure you keep your eyes out for it. As usual if you have any questions at all stick them in the comments and I’ll answer them ASAP to the best of my ability.

Speak to you all again soon – Kimberley

2017 · Animal Rights · blog · blogger · Blogmas · christmas · Cruelty Free · dairy free · Vegan · Vegan Food · vegetarian · Vegetarian Food · Veggie

| The Green Living Guide | Vegan Advent Calendars |

So as you’ll know from my last advent calendar post at the start of this month that I’m probably going to end up having a tea advent calendar this year, but I couldn’t help but cover the ‘chocolate’ side of things as well. (Because I’m incredibly bad at making decisions – and I’ll probably end up with both)

I’m still taking baby steps to becoming fully vegan, so for this year I’m looking for a dairy free advent calendar and I know a lot of you will be as well. So I thought why not document my search and make your searches a lot less stressful.

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There are actually a lot more options out there than I though there would be! I was so pleasantly surprised when I found them all. They aren’t just plain chocolates either like you would expect (well some are….but at least there are choices)


 

Organic and Dairy Free Advent Calendar – Holland And Barrett  – £3.99

The Holland & Barrett Chocolate Advent Calendar is filled with 24 yummy, organic and dairy-free chocolates – one for each day of advent. No one has to miss out on the excitement of the build-up to Christmas. It comes in two different designs Rad Or Blue (I much prefer the red because if the little bunny.) I can always count on Holland & Barrett to save the day food wise and they didn’t drop the ball for Christmas which I’m incredibly thankful for.

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Advisory Information:  May contain traces of Soya

Ingredients: Cane Sugar (35%) Cocoa Butter, Rice Powder (rice syrup powder, rich starch, rice flour) Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier- Sunflower Lecithin.


 

So free – Organic Fairtrade Advent Calendar – Plamil  – £4.95

All the taste of dairy milk without dairy. A festive and fun presentation. This organic dairy free milk chocolate alternative advent calendar is made in our own factory which never uses dairy or gluten. No milk. Vegan. Fairtrade. Gluten free. I’ve personally never tried So Free chocolate but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about them so I had to include it on my list.

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Allergy information: May contain traces of Soy. Plamil’s factory is also Gluten-free and Nut-free.

Ingredients: Fairtrade Raw Cane Sugar* (36.5%), Fairtrade Cocoa Butter*, Rice Powder (Rice Syrup Powder*, Rice Starch*, Rice Flour*) (16.3%), Fairtrade Cocoa Mass*. Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavouring.


 

Moo Free – Advent Calendar – £4.99

An A4 Advent calendar filled with 24 squares made from a blend of cocoa, sugar and rice. An alternative to milk chocolate. Natural, Organic and Ethical Ingredients
Dairy and Gluten Free. You all know how much I love Moo Free chocolates, it probably made me a lot happier than it should of to find out that they were doing an advent Calander. If I do go for a ‘chocolate’ advent calendar this year this will probably be the one I go for.

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 Ingredients: Cocoa solids*(45%) (cocoa butter, cocoa mass), sugar* (35%), rice powder* 20%), emulsifier (sunflower lecithin) & natural flavouring. *Organic ingredients.

Advisory information: May contain traces of hazelnut. Dairy free, lactose free, gluten free, wheat free, casein free, soya free, vegetarian & vegan. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.


 

The Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar – Hotel Chocolate£12.50

Can’t wait! Countdown to the big day in solid reindeer, snowmen, penguins and enchanted spruces cast in vegan-friendly, smooth 70% dark with rich cocoa notes. Behind each door reveal witty quotes from Dickens to Willy Wonka originating in the pages of their book The Meaning of Chocolate*. – I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with Hotel Chocolate, when I ate dairy chocolate I was always in there and when I decided to make the change to non dairy I though that would have to stop. But much to my surprise they had just as many option if not more. When I found out they did dairy free advent calendars there was no way they weren’t going on this list. If I wasn’t already going for a £20 tea advent calendar there’s no doubt id be buying this myself.

300505-the-advent-calendar-darkIngredients: cocoa solids (cocoa mass, cocoa butter), sugar, emulsifier (soya lecithin), natural flavour (vanilla). Dark chocolate contains minimum 70% cocoa solids.

Advisory Information: all chocolates are made in a factory that handles tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, milk and soya and therefore may contain traces. Always refer to product packaging for full information.


 

Luxury Vegan Truffle Advent Calendar – Chocally – £23.95

This vegan chocolate truffle advent calendar come filled with dairy free surprises.
Hidden inside each numbered truffle is a surprise for your taste buds that you can try and guess before you reveal underneath what flavour it is. How many do you think you will get right?

Yes you read that right VEGAN TRUFFLES! there was no way that this wasn’t going on my list. I’ve never had chocally chocolate (not yet anyway) but I doubt it will be long before that changes. I wont be getting this calendar this year but its a serious contender for next year.

Sadly I don’t have an ingredients list for this one (sorry) as all the truffles at different but I’m sure if you were to contact chocally directly they could let you know all of the details.


 

So have I left you wanting delicious cruelty free chocolate this Christmas? Let me know which one of these calendars you would choose. If I’ve missed any off that you think should be on here let me know in the comments.

As usual you know where to put your questions if you have any – they’ll be answered a soon as possible and to the best of my ability.

I hope you all have a great day today and an amazing week ahead, my next post is up on Monday so I’ll speak to you all then – Kimberley

 

 

 

2017 · blog · blogger · tea · tea blogger · tea bloggers · TeaBloggersUK · tisane · Vegan

| An Exciting Announcement! Feat – Leaves Of The World |

Hey there Teacups! That’s right I have another announcement.. This year has been full of them and its been so incredibly exciting. I can wait to see what 2018 brings blog wise. I’m so ready for it all.

Anyway back to todays announcement. If you follow me on any of my social media platforms you will probably know what this announcement is all about. But it’s so incredibly exciting that I couldn’t have not written a post about it.

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So as you can probably guess by the title this announcement involves one of my favourite tea companies Leaves Of The World. Creators of my favourite tisane ever! Pumpkins Go Bananas. Not to long ago now they announced that they were looking for 5 Online T-Rep’s to join their Tea-m. So of course you all know I couldn’t help but apply to be one of them. Never did I think I would actually get chosen to be one. There were so many other talented applicants that I didn’t think I had a chance.

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Well to my absolute surprise I was wrong, and a few days ago now LOTW announced that they had picked me to be one of their T-Rep’s. In all honesty I didn’t quite believe it when I read it and had to double take the Instagram post before I took it in completely.

”We are excited to announce that our first T-Rep is the wonderful Kimberley at:@teaisawishblog 😁 We are super excited to be officially welcoming Kim into our Family here at Leaves of the World.❤️ We love what you do Kim. You are, possibly, even more of a tea addict than us (which is saying a lot) and we love the fact that you are not only creative with the tea world and always immersed in what is happening with all things tea, but also that you have a passion for the ethical side of the tea industry, too. As an organic company that puts ethics first, it’s always great tea see people who share the same TEAthos as us. 💚 – Sam & Jason @LeavesOfTheWorld (on Instagram)

720 First of all a huge thank you to Sam & Jason for such kind words! It makes me really happy to see that readers and brands alike are loving what I do. It’s kind of starting to feel like all of the hard work since I started this blog is finally starting to pay off. I’m so glad that I get to carry on working with such a great company that not only makes amazing teas and tisanes but also cares about the environment and is completely vegan friendly. I feel so lucky! (Can you believe there are teas out there that aren’t?)I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity and I cant wait to see what it will  inspire me to do creatively over the next year. I hope you have all enjoyed my previous posts featuring LOTW because you’re about to see the on here and my socials a whole lot more.


To find out who the other 4 Leaves Of The World T-Reps are head to their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leavesoftheworld/ – Be sure to given them all a follow and keep up to date with their LOTW content and more.

as always if you have any questions just put them in the comments and I’ll answer them the best I can.

Have a great weekend Teacups! I’ll speak to you all again on Monday. – Kimberley

(Just because I’m a Leaves Of The World T-REP now doesn’t mean that all opinions in my posts about them aren’t my own anymore. All opinions on teas no matter where they have come from are my own They have never been and never will be paid for.)

2017 · black tea · blog · blogger · Collaboration · Let's Talk Tea · loose leaf tea · T2 Tea · tea · tea blogger · tea bloggers · TeaBloggersUK

| A Chai Masterclass – With T2 Tea.|

Hey there Teacups! If you follow me on twitter you will have seen that not to long ago I was invited to a one on one masterclass at T2.

Well October 27th finally rolled around and It’s safe to say that I had an amazing time. In fact amazing would probably be an understatement. Not only because I was in my absolute element but also because I got to bring my fiancé in on the experience as well. We both learnt a lot from our Chai masterclass but from completely different perspectives. It was a really unique experience that we would both like to have again in the future.

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So as you will all know by now I am woman who loves her tea. No matter what kind of tea I have its almost a given that I’m going to enjoy it, so you can probably imagine exactly why I am always in my absolute element when it comes to visiting T2 stores. This visit was no acceptation.

Before our masterclass I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that no matter what it was all about tea so there was no way I wasn’t going to enjoy it. When arriving in store we were welcomed by the lovely team and informed that our masterclass was going to be all about Chai.

Something I was incredibly thankful for. Despite all of the tea that I drink, I am a total newbie when it comes to chai. So this was probably the best masterclass they could have chosen for us to do, and the one I would have learnt the most from.


To start off our masterclass we were given a brief overview of the history of chai  and introduced to a selection of Chai’s that T2 blend and sell. I was pleasantly surprised by how many there were there sheer amount of them made it hard to choose which one we wanted to try first.

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The samples we were introduced to were: Chai (The Classic – Traditional), Organic Chai, Spi Chai ( A Herbal Tisane), Go Go Goa (one of my favourites), Choc Chip Chai (My Absolute favourite),  Honeycomb Chai (So amazingly Sweet – I could drink it all day) and Popcorn Chai.

Chai – Black tea, cinnamon, cardamon seed, ginger, orange peel, pink pepper, vanilla, flavouring.

Organic Chai – 100% certified organic ingredients: Black tea, cloves, cardamon, cinnamon, star anise, ginger

Spi Chai – Cardamon, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, jasmine blossoms, rose petals

Go Go Goa – Black tea, cinnamon, cardamon seed, ginger, orange peel, pink pepper, vanilla, flavouring.

Chocolate Chip Chai – Black tea, cloves, star anise, ginger, cinnamon, orange blossom, gingko, flavouring, cardamon

Honeycomb Chai – Black tea, ginger, cinnamon, cardamon, honeybush, natural flavouring, cloves, cocoa husks, chocolate chips (sugar, cocoa, emulsifier: E322 soy), pepper, cocoa powder, sunflower petals (CONTAINS SOY)

Popcorn Chai – Black tea, gen mai cha (green tea, roasted rice, popped rice), cardamon, natural flavouring, barley malt, ginger, caramel pieces (sugar, glucose syrup: wheat), cinnamon, carob, black pepper, chilli, honey granules (honey, maltodextrin: wheat, anti-caking agent E341) (CONTAINS GLUTEN)


I have to say that I was so pleasantly surprised by how much choice there was. Of course we went straight for the chocolate chip chai. Which I honestly can’t believe is vegan friendly it tastes so chocolaty that you would think it was filled with chocolate chips.

Traditional Vs Modern – Steeping

The T2 Meadowhall team steeped this chai in two different ways for us. The traditional way  (on the stove steeped in both milk and water) and with a T2 tea maker (steeped in only water with milk added afterwards). I didn’t expect to be able to tell much difference between the two , but oh my god was I wrong! The version that was done on the stove was so incredibly indulgent, creamy and naturally sweet. Chai has such a comforting smell and taste that was amplified tenfold when made this way. The chai steeped in the tea maker we tried both straight and with milk and it just wasn’t the same. Don’t get me wrong it was still just as tasty and flavourful but it just wasn’t the same.

We also added honey to the chai that was done on the stove afterwards and it made the chocolate notes even stronger. Its safe to say that whenever I make chai now I’ll be doing it on the stove.

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(If you’d like me to put up a post about how to make a delicious chai latte on the stove let me know in the comments – I’ve been doing a lot of it since our masterclass so it’s something I would love to write about)


 

The T2 team also gave me the chance to brew up some Popcorn chai myself on the stove after we were done trying the options the store had to offer and slowly becoming obsessed with chai.

It was a lot easier to do than I thought it would be, and has the best results in the end. Watching the colours change and the smell of chai fill the shop was really satisfying and I’m surprised it wasn’t drawing  passers by in like a freshly baked pie. Popcorn Chai was definitely has a unique taste that was incredibly moreish.

By the end of the masterclass its safe to say we were all chai’ed out with yet another new tea obsession. I’m going to be drinking a lot of chai throughout the colder months and probably beyond.

A quick shout out to T2 Meadowhall for promoting the use soy milk in store – I was really comforting to not have to ask if a dairy free milk could be used for our masterclass. Hopefully your work will show customers that plant based milks are the way forward. 

At the end of the masterclass T2 Meadowhall very kindly gifted me with a gift cube of Chocolate Chip Chai (because it was our favourite) and one of their handy infuser balls for easy steeping.

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I doubt that this will last two long I’ve been making chocolate chip chai lattes almost everyday since out masterclass! And because I clearly can’t help myself when it comes to T2’s teas and tisanes you know I couldn’t leave the store without picking up some other bits as well.

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Of course a box of T2’s chai selfies absolutely had to be part of our haul they were just calling my name after we finished our masterclass I can’t wait to try some of the ones that we didn’t try in our masterclass.  I couldn’t help but pick up some of their candy apple tisane that’s was a limited edition for the Halloween season, and some of their limited edition caramel swirl – Black Tea that I’ve had my eyes on for a while now. I haven’t had chance to try the candy apple tisane yet but the caramel swirl makes insanely good lattes. – You all know me well enough now to know that I’ll have posts about all of these going up in the near future.


 

A huge thank you to T2 for giving us this opportunity and to the T2 Meadowhall team for being incredibly hospitable and opening us up to the world of chai (we’re a little bit obsessed now). I know it won’t be long before were back. (Keep your eyes on twitter for any updates)

As always if you have any questions at all stick them in the comments and I’ll answer them as soon as I can, to the best of my ability.

Have a great week teacups, I’ll speak to you all again soon – Kimberley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 · blog · blogger · brand spotlight · Collaboration · eco friendly · Let's Talk Tea · loose leaf tea · tea · tea blogger · tea bloggers · TeaBloggersUK

| Lets Talk Tea – Wise Ape Tea Review |*

Hey there Teacups! I hope the weekend is treating you well so far. I’m back today with a my first lets talk tea brand spotlight post in a good while. These are honestly some of my favourite posts to write so I don’t know why its been so long since my last one.

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Anyway lets get into what this post is all about shall we?

Today’s post is all about Wise Ape Tea. When Wise Ape Tea very kindly sent me a some of their performance tea to try I couldn’t have been happier.

After following them on Instagram for a while I was really intrigued to find out what they were all about. Beyond the words on their website and the pictures on their feed, and lets be honest who wouldn’t want to try a tea named Chocolate Hustle. You all know I’m a sucker for teas based around chocolate.

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“Wise Ape is more than just a tea, it’s a tribe of like minded individuals who are focused on self-evolution with an altruistic attitude.”  

Wise Ape Tea is based out of Marlton Nj, and their mission is A.P.E (Don’t worry I’m going to explain exactly what that means) Their Chocolate Hustle – Adaptogenic Tea (Yerba Mate) definitely stands out in the over crowded tea industry.

So what exactly does A.P.E stand for?…

Altruism: We believe in giving back to the world and inspiring others to do the same. Each one of our performance tea blends donates 10% of profits to a unique charitable cause. (How amazing is that! – definitely something a lot of business’ these days could learn from)

Performance: We’re committed to providing excellence in products and powerful information to help you feel your best and perform your best. Wise Ape’s performance tea blends are designed with this purpose, for your mind and body.

Evolution: This journey is about evolution, as individuals and as a company. We’re dedicated to the process of helping our tribe members evolve into better versions of themselves. (From what I’ve heard wise ape tea have some really exciting things coming up … Like a brand new blend!…which sounds delicious)

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If you want to find out more about the missions of Wise Ape Tea and read their story head over to their website – http://www.wiseape.com (Their story is amazing and incredibly touching I recommend checking it out when you have the time)


The Tea – Overview 

Wise Ape’s Chocolate Hustle – Adaptogenic Tea is a roasted yerba mate tea with hints of chocolate and mint, blended together with natural brain boosting herbs. Designed to heighten your focus, energy, and clarity.

The Ingredients 

Organic Roasted Yerba Mate, Organic Peppermint Leaf, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Bacopa, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Tulsi, Organic Chicory, Organic Stevia, Natural Flavors. (Vegan Friendly)

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My Overall ReviewAs you all know I’m really new to yerba mate the first one I tried was in Octobers’ tea tourist box, but if you’ve read that post you know that I really enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to try more. So when it came to trying Wise Ape’s Chocolate Hustle I was really excited. Not only does it appeal to my dessert tea obsession but it also appeals to my new found love for yerba mate.

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The aspect of this tea that I love the most is that the tea and its roasted, earthy and slightly smoky notes are at the forefront in terms of flavour. The chocolate and mint are very much bottom notes but they are definitely there and compliment the notes of the tea exceptionally.

Normally when it comes to both chocolate and mint in teas they often have a very dry mouth feel and are a little bit bitter in aftertaste. This one however has a nice smooth mouthfeel and no bitterness at all. If I didn’t already love yerba mate I certainly do now.

When it comes to how this tea has effected me I definitely have seen a notable change in energy and have been able to focus a lot better on tasks I set out for myself. This tea is the perfect combination of deliciously flavoured tea and adaptogenic herbs. I highly recommend Chocolate Hustle not only people who love tea but those who want to up their energy and focus throughout the day in a natural healthy way.

Overall Teacup Rating : 5/5


To find out more about Wise Ape Tea and purchase their Chocolate Hustle – Yerba Mate for yourself head to : www.wiseapetea.com ( 10% of profits are donated to the National Brain Tumor Society)

As always teacups if you have any questions at all stick them in the comments and I’ll answer them the best I can.

I hope you all have a great weekend, speak to you all again on Monday – Kimberley

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Let’s Talk Tea – My Top 3 Tea Advent Calendars

Hey there Teacups! Now October and Halloween have passed it’s time to jump right into Christmas. Those of you that have been following my blog for a while now will know that Christmas is by far my favourite holiday and as soon as November 1st hits there’s no stopping me.

So were starting off my Christmas posts today in the best way possible …. Were talking about Advent Calendars. Not just any though todays post is all about Tea Advent Calendars. Did you really think that I wouldn’t find away to even make my Christmas posts about tea?

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There are a lot of companies out there at the moment that do tea advent calendars, I was honest surprised by the sheer amount of them. So instead of boring you guys with a huge list, I’m just going to do my top 3 ( that I’ve seen on the market so far )

So lets get started shall we?

3 – Fortnum & Mason – Christmas Tea Lovers Advent Calendar

 

The Fortnum & Masons – tea lovers advent calendar had to feature in my top three. Not only because its beautiful to look at,  but because it has such a great variety of teas included in it.

“Peek behind the closed curtains to discover something brewing behind each calendar window. The most refreshing way to countdown till the big day, each of the twenty-four windows are filled with one of Fortnum’s best and brightest brews in silky bags.” – Fortnum & Masons.

2- Post Tea’s – Advent Calendar of Tea

When I first found out about Post Tea’s advent calendar I was so surprised to see that a company was using loose leaf tea pouches with enough tea in each for at least 3 cups (don’t forget you can steep your leaves more than once). Most has a single serve tea bag ( Yes I know they are all high quality loose leaf but its nice to get more than one cup for once). Also can we talk about how cute their packaging is? who wouldn’t want this up on their wall during the festive season. According to their reviews aside from the tea you also get a metal ball tea strainer and some super cute Christmas washi tape ( who doesn’t love washi tape)

Enjoy an alternative Advent Calendar this Christmas, with our unique Tea Advent Calendar! 24 different teas for each day from December 1st – 24th – the perfect countdown to Christmas! – Post Tea

4 – Bluebird Tea Co’s – Luxury Tea Advent Calendar

If you follow me on twitter you won’t be surprised to see Bluebird Tea Co’s advent calendar has the top spot on my list. Bluebird are incredibly creative with their flavours all year round but they get really shine at Christmas.

” This year’s advent features a HUGE 18 of our silk pyramid tea bags, including your favourite, award-winning blends such as Snowball, Christmas Cake, Strawberry Lemonade, Earl Grey Creme +  Gingerbread Chai. Also, discover brand new, exclusive Christmas blends not available to purchase individually in tea bags this year… Mrs Claus’ Raspberry Prosecco, Mince Pie + Spiced Clementine to name just a few! ” – Bluebird Tea Co

I mean come on you can’t tell me your mouth isn’t watering after hearing about some of the blends going in this. I think the ones that stand out to me the most are Snowball, Mrs Claus and Spice Clementine. I think this might be the one I got for this year (unless T2 happen to do one). Be sure to check my socials to find out.

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So are you going for a classic chocolate advent calendar this year or are you changing things up a bit and going for a tea advent calendar or a beauty advent calendar? Let me know in the comments you guys always have the best suggestions.

Have a great weekend Teacups. I’ll speak to you all again soon – Kimberley