As you know I love a good cuppa, so when I saw that Jolly Brew Tea Co. were looking for tea loving bloggers to review some of their supplies I jumped (wheel-skidded) at the chance! I love trying anything new, particularly flavours of tea.
Firstly I have to say how much I love the company name, oh so very English it is!
I was generously given three tea samples to try for you. The packaging was simple and rustic, pouches made from brown paper with a resealable top. Great for keeping the leaves fresh, and also appeared good for the environment.
Scrumptious Spiced Apple
Opening the sachet smelled really good. Fresh and appley with a hint of tea. I do love that fresh tea fragrance! This one is an actual ‘tea’ so contains a medium amount of caffeine.
Lots of colourful bits were interspersed within the leaves. It’s quite pretty and vibrant before you even start to brew. I could have these leaves standing in a container looking lovely!
Brewed my first cup for 5 minutes and didn’t add anything. The sachet does say this tea would work well with milk, but personally I don’t enjoy things too milky, so decided to try without. (I did try with milk at a later date but my preference is without).
You could taste the tea. Yes I know it’s tea and that might be an odd statement. With fruit teas sometimes they haven’t actually got ‘tea’ in them. They are light. This one has the depth of tea. A little bitter, but I like this. It had the crisp sharpness some apples do.
I would definitely consider purchasing more of this, I think I might even try adding a drop of honey in my next cup.
Im not always a fan of minty stuff. Mint choc chip ice cream is never top of my list. Sometimes I find mint too strong and overpowering.
The dried tea smells fresh. Made from peppermint leaves this one is decaffeinated.
I’ve tried various brew times on these leaves and for me 2 minutes is adequate. I find this gives the perfect minty sweetness. It’s zingy and fresh, without tasting like toothpaste!
There was quite a minty aftertaste that lasted a while, but it wasn’t too strong. Freshness. I also really liked the sweetness that came through.
This tea was soothing and relaxing. Mint tea also has many health benefits including helping with digestion, nausea and headaches. It also felt very cooling on my throat even though I drank it hot.
I will definitely consider mint tea as an option now after trying this, and am glad I still have a couple of brews left in my pouch.
It looks quite ordinary. Nothing exciting to report. Tea coloured, fairly small leaves.
I’ve just opened the sachet. Oh my goodness, I’m sorry but it smells horrid. Like smoke. A mixture of bonfire and barbecue, I can’t quite decide.
Brewing for 3-4 minutes the smell rises.
This is going to take some effort to drink. It may well taste delicious, but smell is an important factor when it comes to taste.
It looks like tea. I decide not to add milk to the first cup. I don’t want to complicate things and at that moment the thought of adding creaminess was too much for me!
I tried to drink it as hot as possible as I think often that’s when tea has the best flavour.
I just couldn’t do it. This tea is not for me and it’s not often you’ll see me type those words! I’m not saying it’s awful tea (honestly!), we all have different likes, and this isn’t one of mine!
I’m struggling to explain the flavour because obviously I don’t like it. It’s quite strong and intense, the smokiness completely took over for me.
Don’t let me put you off though, If smoky flavours are your thing, give this a go.
I’ve had a good few brews from the first two pouches (I couldn’t bring myself to try Celtic Campfire again!). I used a steeper in a mug, you’d get a fair few brews in a pot!
As well as loose leaf tea Jolly also sell tea bags, to use on the go or if you don’t want the faff of using a steeper. What makes these even better is that they are plastic free bags and are biodegradable.
Jolly also provide a tea subscription (which should really come under prescription for me!) where you can get tea delivered straight to your door so that you never run out. Imagine the thought!
Thank you to Jolly’s for letting me sample some of your blends. I feel it’s important to support small businesses, so if you love tea I’d highly recommend Jolly Brew Co. Although based in Oxfordshire you can also order online.
Now to decide which Jolly teas to try next…