It is well documented that I have a slight obsessive love of good tea. I drink around 6 cups of tea a day and love nothing more than sitting down with a good brew to relax. Although, I am ashamed to admit I have never given much thought to loose leaf tea. To me loose leaf always seemed a bit faffy and I thought you needed a special teapot and bags of patience; neither of which I posses.
Boy was I wrong.
I was contacted on twitter by a company called Trumpers Tea, they had seen my review of Victory tea and wanted to know if I'd like to give their loose tea a go. I jumped at the chance to try something new and broaden my tea horizons...
The first thing I did upon receiving my parcel of tea related goodies was pop the kettle on. I started with the classic English Breakfast Tea. Having never brewed loose leaf tea myself I was a bit nervous of getting it wrong, but after consulting the twitter hive mind I was confident to get brewing.
It was surprisingly easy and un-faffy! I simply popped a teaspoon of leaves into the mug infuser and poured in the water. A couple of minutes later I took the infuser out, added milk and sugar, Et voila! Tea!
It was an incredibly light yet flavourful cup of tea, you could really taste the strong almost malty tea flavour but without being bitter or overpowering. I am not sure if loose tea has a higher caffeine content or it was just the refreshing taste but it really gave me a boost and got me through the day.
On a side note, I enjoyed my One Jolly Girl teapot biscuit with my first cup and it was absolutely delightful!
I am not usually much of a herbal tea drinker, I go through phases of liking certain varieties but always end up back at the traditional English Breakfast. Trumpers also sent me Green Tea, Chamomile, Malawi Oolong and Orange Rooibos. Each were packed full of flavour but I have to admit I didn't love them all. Not because they weren't great teas but just not to my taste.
I really enjoyed the chamomile and got into the habit of brewing a cup in the evening, it really helped me wind down and relax. The flavour was subtle and delicate, I would definitely buy this one.
At first the green tea was quite bitter, but I spoke to a friend who advised that I should leave the boiled water for a while before pouring it onto the tea, as the boiling water can burn the tea and make it bitter. I also added a little slice of lemon which added freshness I loved. I would say this brew would be perfect for first thing in the morning.
The main thing I loved about Trumpers tea was how easy it was to make, the Chatsford mug infuser was a revelation and made the brewing really easy and convenient.
I work in an office and make tea for a lot of people throughout the day, I found it just as easy to make myself a cup of loose leaf at the same time as making regular teabag tea for everyone else (I wasn't wasting my lovely Trumpers on co-workers).
The lesson I have learnt from this review experience was that I can easily fit loose leaf tea into my day, and being busy or being at work is no excuse for a sub-standard brew.
I am so happy I got a chance to sample so many lovely varieties of tea and will definitely be ordering some English Breakfast and Chamomile soon, as my little 30g caddies didn't last very long at all.
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