A tea filled March is ahead and I love it already.
teapigs kindly sent me over some everyday brew and an everyday brew themed mug to take part in their everyday brew campaign real tea taste test. I am switching my normal tea (usually whatever is offer at the time I need to stock up) and having the everyday brew instead for two weeks!
I started yesterday on the 1st and I already love it!
The tea is very different from the standard tea bags you get. It proper full leaf tea, not some semi powdered stuff and you taste the difference. This does mean it comes with a slightly higher price tag. I’ve always saved teapigs as a treat tea and have it every so often, rather than all the time and this is all to do with cost. However I am willing to experiment and see if quality can win out quantity. I hope that I can switch to having less cups of much better tea it will make it balance out and be economical for me to continue with after the campaign.
I have already noticed a difference. The tea is much less dusty and tastes lovely through the whole cup, with none of the bitter residue the tea I’ve been drinking leaves behind. Someone also made me a cup of tea at work using the normal bags we get supplied and I it was a completely different taste! The one we get in work I’ve always thought was quite good, but when you taste it pretty much side by side you notice the difference straight away. It’s quite eye opening!
So for the next two weeks follow me here, on twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr to see how I get on switching my everyday tea to everyday brew!
I’ve now completed two weeks of the the #matchachallenge! I’m currently skiing so this post is coming from my mobile, so it won’t be pretty. I’m going to carry on using matcha like the challenge for the whole month, but wanted to share the two week challenge update with you first.
I have rally enjoyed that #matchachallenge these last two weeks and have definitely noticed an energy boost in the hours after I have had my shot or drink. I’m still noticing while I’m skiing as suffering with not not sleeping well at the moment. To me it is less of a buzz like you would get with coffee and more of a prolonged boost of concentration and motivation. This is what I needed and wanted so am really pleased. This was what I was aimed my for in the two weeks. I will have a look at the weight loss benefits over a longer period of time too
I tried the matcha in a number of forms. The shot is by far the quickest, but I found it can also be the least appetising. I tried it with milk, water, and apple juice, and the juice was the best. I would like to try with almond milk when I return from holiday, as teapigs recommended that as an option. I also made it up as a long drink in the form of standard tea and a tea latte and enjoyed both a lot and will continue to drink these when I have that little extra time to sit and enjoy over the shot.
I am continuing to use my tin as it lasts the month and will stock up on more while teapigs are offering a discount throughout January! I am then going to make it a regular part of my daily routine.
When we head into winter I like to have a good selection of tea to hand to keep me going through the cold, dark days and nights. So this year I ordered the Bluebird Tea Co’s Christmas box with five different teas. I have now had chance to have a good sample of all five and want to share my thoughts.
First up is the Gingerbread Chai. I really like this tea. It’s rooibos, which makes it great for evening drinking as it has no caffeine. The chai and gingerbread are warming and I have enjoyed this tea with and without milk. I really like this is the evening after dinner as it naturally sweet too. A definite winner in my books.
Next up is Candy Cane. I was dubious about this one. A black tea with mint was not something I have seen or tried before. I liked it, but it would have been better with peppermint, rather than spearmint (I don’t like spearmint). It was an interesting drink with milk and I think as it is mint, it suits no milk drinking better. Not may favourite in the box purely due to the spearmint.
Thirdly is Mulled Wine. I really liked this fruity tea. If I had brandy I think it would be really good to add a shot for a really warming beverage. This is purely a fruit tea and not something I tend to drink very often, but this really worked over christmas as I felt I was getting he festive feeling, without having to have the alcohol I didn’t want as I wasn’t very well. I have a bit left so if I get any red wine left over in the near future I will add this to it try as proper mulled wine.
This was my favourite in the box – Christmas Cake! It was fruit and spicy and natural sweet thanks to the sugar snowflakes. I liked this with milk and found a great pick me up afternoon cup of tea. This tea felt like indulging, without the calories. I will definitely be ordering this again next year!
Lastly was Snowball. I wanted to love this as much as Christmas Cake, but unfortunately another flavour I am not a fan of is coconut. However I did like this one as I think the chocolate chips made up for the coconut so it tasted more like a nutty black tea than a coconut flavoured tea. The mini marshmallows again added sweetness to this tea. It was an interesting cup of tea and one I am glad I gave a chance, but not my favourite.
Overall this was a great box to get in order to try a number of different teas. I enjoyed them all in their own way and now know which one I will be ordering for next year!
I’ve had thing for matcha tea since I first tried it a good number of years ago. It’s always been on the expensive side, so I have never consistently had it to hand to make things with myself. However since teapigs offered bloggers the chance to take part in their #matchachallenge and sent me over the matcha kit I have had the chance to try it a number of ways.
The matcha latte was something I tried in Vancouver the last time I was their and loved it. I tried to recreate it last year at home with a sample of matcha, but I didn’t get it quite right.
Whereas this year I have made two and they have both been really nice.
My method is to heat the milk in the microwave. I then boil the kettle and mix the matcha with honey in a nice amount of hot water and my milk frother. I then add the matcha mix to the milk and do an extra froth to get the foam on the top. This works for me, but there are several ways featured when you do a google search. I found a mix of about half water and half milk worked best. I like enough honey to sweeten the matcha to take the bitter edge it can have off. I think that is properly why I like the shot with apple juice as there is a natural sweetness there.
Both my cats have been intrigued by the green thing I’m drinking. Not enough to steal a try, but enough to take a good look at it.
This is a nice alternative and long way to get matcha into my life. It is also quite relaxing to make and feels a bit more like a ritual than the shot does. I would love to get the traditional matcha kit to make it even more of a ritual. I really want to visit Japan and go to a proper tea ceremony. I might look at seeing what people do in their own homes and see if I can replicate it in a way that fits with me.
I want to get 2015 off to a good start, especially with having flu over Christmas! I feel like the last two months have flown by and I’ve been ill for most of it with colds and flu. So when I saw teapigs advertising their #matchachallenge and wanting bloggers to participate I jumped at the opportunity.
The kind folks over at teapigs sent me a modern matcha kit to get me going.
It includes a pot of matcha, a spoon, a shot glass, an aerolatte, and a cute little badge!
Also a two week checklist to take part in the challenge
I started this morning (a little bit before January, but eager to get started!) and will be sharing my #matchachallenge on here, Twitter, and Instgram.
My motivation for doing this is to boost my energy levels. With being ill for the last week I really need an extra boost so this is perfect timing. I have a few extra goals I’ll be watching, but am going to keep them private for now. My main incentive is energy all the way – especially for skiing in a couple of weeks!
So what is matcha?
“Matcha is 100% natural, organic green tea leaves which have been carefully ground down to form a fine powder.”
The teapigs website has a fantastic page all about the process and where it comes from in Japan so head over there for the full story and join in with the #matchachallenge! Hold out until January and there will be an offer on matcha too!