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No more tea boredom

Bored with the same old tea, but don’t know where to start? I’ve certainly got my favourites, but it is always good to try something new. But where to start?

Whittard have just launched a solution. Sign up for their “Tea Chest” and you’ll receive 3 different teas each month. An easy way to find a new favourite? Whittard sent me a tea chest to sample.

Tasting notes

TastingcardsThese useful little cards instruct on the best brewing technique – one or 2 teaspoons, how long to brew, but also give an insight into the tea, a recipe and tips.

You may never have thought about what temperature the water should be for your tea, but a cooler temperature can avoid bitter flavours.

Straight through the door

Perhaps tea chest is a grand description for a slim box that fits through the letter box, but it certainly makes delivery easier.

Loose leaf teabags

Do it yourself tea bags
Do it yourself tea bags

I opened a small orange envelope without reading the description and was a little stumped at first as to what was inside. There were six little bags with drawstrings. Should you not have a teapot, these are your loose leaf tea bags.

Tea spoon

Handy spoon for measuring your tea exactly
Handy spoon for measuring your tea exactly

With your first subscription pack, you receive a spoon so you can precisely measure your tea, usually about 2 grams. No guessing needed.

Tea Tasting

WhittardTeaIn my pack, I received the Robert Fortune Blend, a black tea; Summer Pudding a flavoured black tea and a flavoured herbal infusion Strawberry Mint.

The Summer Pudding makes a beautiful afternoon brew. The suggestion is to serve cold, but I found it delightful hot.

The Strawberry Mint is a refreshing fruity blend you can imagine using it in a cocktail recipe.

With the Robert Fortune Blend, I decided to make iced tea.

Tammy’s Iced Tea Recipe

Iced tea is big in America. I asked my Texan friend Tammy Lynn Kwan who is an amazing photographer, about how to make it. She explained that there are two options one with sugar and one without.

“I take a pot of water, bring it to a boil, drop in a couple of iced tea bags for a large pitcher of tea and let it steep for 5 or so minutes. Then pour it over ice in a large pitcher and top off with water.

For sweet tea, which is very popular in the South especially, I’d add a half a cup of sugar or so. Depending on how large the jug was.

Another way we’d make it was to put a couple tea bag in a gallon jar or covered jug and set it out in the sun for a few hours. We didn’t do that often, as we usually wanted tea right away!

After making either version, we’d store it in the fridge. We’d pour the tea over ice in a tall glass and enjoy. I prefer non-sweetened ice tea with a squeeze of lemon”.

Tammy uses a particular blend of iced tea bags not found over here, so this is my interpretation, I think it hits the spot!

Robert Fortune Iced Tea

Ingredients

2 teaspoons of Robert Fortune Tea or similar black tea
400 ml of boiling water
Ice cubes
Lemon
Sugar to taste

Method

Place the tea in a heat proof jug and pour over 200 ml boiling water. Let it soak for 5 minutes.

Add 200 ml cold water.  Place in fridge to cool further.

Add ice cubes to your glass – don’t stint on how many you use. Pour over your cooled tea, add slices of lemon. I found that sweetening was unnecessary with the ultra cool tea and lemon slices.

Robert Fortune Iced tea
Robert Fortune Iced tea

My verdict

The Whittard Tea Chest is an easy way to discover new flavours. My selection has certainly inspired me to use them in recipes not just drink as they are! The subscription is £12.95 a month including postage.

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