2.12.13

For the love of Tea - #Competition

A nice cup of tea. What could be better. (shhh no one mention bacon butties or alcohol)

A nice cup of tea, what could be better, suitable for vegetarians, teetotallers and everyone (ha! see what I did!)

I love a nice cup of tea, you know when you make a really good one that is just right, no scum on top, just the right strength and just the right temperature. And that temperature is 60-65oC according to the Royal Society of Chemistry they also point out that the water should be freshly boiled and not re-boiled (something that my husband does grrr!) as previously boiled water will have lost some its dissolved oxygen and that is important for tea flavour.

My tea of choice is Assam. I love its golden colour and taste to wake you up! I always feel its like a 'posh' builder's tea. I drink it white, with one sugar.

My lovely husband drinks green tea (loose leaf only, in a glass cup) with no milk or sugar. But he's weird.

It was with excitement that I discovered the perfect website for the tea lover! The rather aptly named 'Nothing But Tea' (though actually that's a fib as they sell tea related goodies too.)

They are, to be blunt. tea obsessed. It's all about the wonder of proper tea. Honestly take a look, who knew that tea was such an enormous subject, a tea bag is nothing, nothing, the NBT website is alive with the joy of the leaf, the ceremony of the art of tea making. Just a read of the website makes me want to spend time watching my tea brew, to really savour the proper taste of proper tea, and I'm British after all, we are famed for making and drinking tea!

Nothing But Tea shuns the teabag (filled as they are with inferior leaves and dust) and sells only loose leaf (Mr TM will be happy!)

But don't panic, in a hurry you can still make a fast, fuss free brew using the cutest tea ball

Hedwig Tea Ball £3.60

or play submarines in your mug

Submarine tea infuser £4.68
Or go the full ironic and use a teabag shaped infuser

Cute teabag tea infuser!

I bet you fancy a cup of tea now. I know I do. Luckily the lovely people at Nothing But Tea would like to give away a Beautiful Tea set (worth £48)  and a whole box of tea samples to one lucky reader! Could it be you?




To enter use the Rafflecopter thingy below.

You must leave a comment here telling me which is your favourite tea from the Nothing But Tea website (I confess Mexican Sunrise Oolong sounds rather fine!) There are extra entries for Twitter follows, Google+ shares etc.

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23 comments:

  1. As lovely as all of the teas sound, I'd like to try the Nothing but Tea builders breakfast tea, I love a strong cuppa, but not keen on a chilled cup which is what happens when I leave it to infuse for too long :)

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  2. I'm not much of a tea drinker (Mum and Dad seem to mainline it) so I would like to try Coffee Cake.

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  3. Would have to masala chai for me :)

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  4. I have to say that I'm pretty stuck on Twinings Everyday tea and keep mine in a posh ironstone tea caddy on my desk at work.

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  5. It would have to be Assam and looking at the list I'd go with Assam Orangajuli, sounds delish! Obviously I have excellent taste as well because it has to be white, one for me. Lovely.

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  6. Gunpowder sounds intriguing, but I also love Roobois (sp)

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  7. Natalie3/12/13

    This all looks like my idea of tea heaven :-) x x

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  8. Natalie3/12/13

    and I would like to try yellow tea (I haven't ever tried a rare tea!!!!).

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  9. Lady Felicity sounds divine, nothing like a "bright cheery" cup of tea!

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  10. The Assam teas sound lovely!!! I'd be up for giving any of them ago. Always something so special about a cuppa when you take the time to brew it properly! Great giveaway :)

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  11. The Black Dragon Oolong tea sounds perfect!

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  12. I fancy some white tea, I haven't had any for yonks.

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  13. I love NB Tea's Melissa tisane, it's quite difficult to get hold of so I was chuffed to bits to find it. I remember when the company started up :-)

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  14. My favourite is Melissa (a tisane), it gently lifts the mood & has a pleasant, delicate taste. It's also quite difficult to get hold of so I was chuffed to bits to find it. I actually remember when NB Tea started up too :-)

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  15. So many choices! I would like to try the Darjeeling Autumnal Margarets Hope. I love black teas, and this looks like a good first forage into the world of NB teas!

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  16. I love Oolong and Pu Erh...so would go for one from those categories.

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  17. I love Oolong and Pu Erh...so would go for one from those categories.

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  18. I love Oolong and Pu Erh, so would go for one from those types.

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  19. Georgian old lady

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  20. Handmade Malawi White Needles

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  21. Darjeerling of all sorts, and lots of it and now. Have you seen were at 20F in sunny California?

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  22. Am torn between masala chai and spicy chocolate.

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  23. Anonymous8/12/13

    Smoky Caravan every time. Especially if it's Russian.

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