Everything is better after a good cup of Tea.
That good old fail safe phrase of, “I’ll put the kettle on”, has been the music to many a persons ear over the years. Mine included.
If you meet up with a friend for a chat, you put the kettle on. If you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps, you put the kettle on. If the toddler has smeared poo all over himself and his bedroom, once you have cleaned it up, you put the kettle on. Actually, the last one would probably make me reach for the Gin but, you know…each to their own.
The more friends I make, mainly thanks to my kids being at school now, the more I come to realise that people don’t just drink tea. You know, the Builders version. Strong, milk, 2 sugars (though, unashamedly that is indeed my favourite way to drink tea!). I once went to a friends house and she said, “what type of tea would you like?” and I was left sat in stunned silence. She reeled off about 10 different types of tea and in the end I settled for ‘normal’ tea purely out of confusion. I know about Darjeeling, Earl Grey, etc but I honestly had no idea tea came in so many flavours these days!
I was kindly sent some of these flavoured teas the other day by Ahmad, a brand I hadn’t actually heard of before but that sounded right up my alley. Ahmad have a new range of Dessert Flavoured Teas out and they all look super and sound scrummy. There are 6 in the collection and I was sent 3 to try. These were;
Mango and Lychee Souffle – which is a Green Tea
Escape to the exotic with this fusion of succulent mango and crisp lychee, gently infused with carefully chosen Chinese green teas. A truly delightful sweet and fresh aroma rises from the light pistachio-coloured liquor.
Moroccan Orange Slice
Inspired by the aromatic flavours of Morocco, this delicate balance of orange zest and cardamom spice delivers a warm and vibrant flavour. The subtle notes of Ceylon and Assam teas combine delightfully. Can be enjoyed with a splash of fresh milk if desired.
Citrus Mint Sorbet – Green Tea
A zesty and refreshing recipe of lemon, mint and grapefruit that combines delightfully with the tones of our expertly chosen Chinese green tea. Also delicious iced.
The other flavours in the dessert collection I haven’t tried are;
Strawberry Velvet Cake
Pear and Cinnamon Strudel
Strawberry and Basil Coulis – Green Tea
These award winning Dessert Teas are unusual and very different to anything I have had before. They are Sugar free, calorie free, and have very low levels of caffeine. Their 6 dessert inspired recipes have been beautifully crafted by master tea tasters who work closely with top home chefs. Their combined expertise of tea and desserts has created exquisitely delectable blends, balancing the flavour of their signature high quality teas along with moreish dessert recipes, which is enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.
(Information from the Ahmad Website)
Ahmad Tea is a UK-based family business, drawing on four generations of tea blending and tasting experience. Founded on a passion for the finest tea, we are dedicated to the unique place that tea drinking commands at the heart of daily life in Britain and beyond.
When the company was established in England, we felt that people desired an exceptional infusion which could be enjoyed every day. The selection of our first plantations and partners, our initial blending and tasting, and even our early packaging – all were driven by a commitment to meet this need. To this end, we were also one of the first companies to present tea in ways that emphasised its worth, offering it in beautiful gift packs, exquisite tins and charming caddies.
Over the years, as our reputation grew and our reach spread, it became equally obvious that people throughout the world shared this desire for a cup of tea that was much more than simply refreshment, but an enjoyable, memorable and satisfying experience. Such international recognition of the quality of our teas has grown to the extent that we now export to over 80 countries on six continents.
What did I think of the Tea?
If I an honest, I am a traditional tea girl. I like my English Breakfast and will sometimes push the boat out and have some Earl Grey if I fancy it. The issue is that I have a very sweet tooth and despite the fact that these are Dessert Teas, I still wanted to pop a sugar in (naughty, I know). My husband however is a fan of Black Tea and Green tea and he really loved these teas. They still taste of ‘tea’ as we know it but they just have a hint of something else about them. They smell fragrant and you can certainly taste the flavours which are described on the box.
My favourite one I got to try was the Moroccan Orange Slice. It had just the right hint of orange flavour about it and was more fragrant than pungent. I did add a little bit of milk and I loved it.
The Citrus and Mint one was very refreshing and my husband, who loved mint tea, said this was his favourite.
The Mango and Lychee tea was also lovely. It tasted fruity but nothing overpowering and it smelt stronger of exotic fruits than it tasted. Again, I added a splash of milk to this one which I preferred.
I would certainly buy the Orange one in my weekly shop from now on and my husband is really taken with the citrus and mint one.
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