I’m blogging! A miracle! And I have to start by sharing giddy joy for my favourite item of clothing ever. It’s the most perfect fitting blouse, and it’s covered in Mermaids. I obviously just want to wear it every day, all day, including in the bath; like a true mer-type.
My other news is that a friend of Phil aka Chime Hours has recently started her own company in the business of TEA. After mermaids, tea is my favourite thing and so as soon as Phil mentioned this my ears pricked up and my fingers were tapping away to the lovely Lucy Dolan to see if she would be so kind to send me a few samples. It was fascinating to learn from Lucy about the Dragons Den style USP of her tea offering, which is that she wanted to create modern infusions and flavours; but using ancient elements. This theme runs through the mouth watering flavours including Tropical Earl, Coco Chai and BounTea (“lashings of sweet, succulent coconut and bold, rich cocoa. Nice but not too naughty. Paradise in a cup“- Hello! Please get in MY cup this instant!) Lucy started out Zig Zag as a stall at Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane – but is now bringing her delightful concoctions to the wider world and selling online here. (Quick! Order, before I nab them all…)
It was so tricksy for my greedy tea-brain to select just a few flavours to try, but I opted for Caramel Rooibos, Cherry Marzipan and Salted Caramel. Firstly I was impressed with the snazzy vacuum packed space-age style in which the tea arrived! I loves the way that this olde worldy mythical goods could be packaged in such a futuristic way. Also; it’s just plain useful to have the zip-loc to keep the tea fresh.
I was also instantly enamoured with the fact that all the teas were… pretty?! I know that seems quite odd, but I do feel what tea offers in glorious heavenly flavour, it slightly loses out in terms of attractiveness. Why else would people insist on shoving it inside a paper bag to serve it? I’ve sampled a few different types of “posh leaf tea” but I’ve never seen any this good looking. For example in the Salted Caramel packet I could see the huge hunks of caramel, liquorice and cardamom. This just made the whole tea experience feel so much more like one for all the senses; rather than just my mouth.
I carried out the tea tasting on a day when I was working from home and had a total presentationzilla to pull together that felt like an impossible Everest task. So I loaded up my tea submarine and mana-tea with the various flavours and set to hard work slurping and scribbling. First up was the Cherry Marzipan which certainly did not disappoint in terms of packing a flavour punch. Lucy describes the tea as “A sophisticated blend of refreshing Ceylon black tea, combined with juicy, tart cherries and rich almond. Full of enticing marzipan aroma and flavour to satisfy a sweet tooth without the killer calories.” I would describe the tea as “OMG Liquid Bakewell Tart!!! What is this wizardry?” I think this tea would work with or without milk (maybe depending on if you would put cream on a Bakewell Tart of not..?) and it has fast become a firm favourite of mine. It’s also so sweet, that you don’t even need any biscuits to dunk in it. I KNOW.
My absolute favourite flavour however was the Caramel Rooibos. Rooibos is already my go-to drink, but I can find myself getting a little weary of the flavour. In Lucy’s words this version of the South African wonder-herb “combines smooth caramel and sweet caramel for the perfect guilt-free indulgence.” (Two types of caramel? Who even knew there were multiple types?) It’s just SO right. It tastes a bit like a Tunnocks caramel wafer and is definitely a step above an average brew. I already think I need to to order myself a giant barrel of the stuff as I am down to my last “pinch” of the tea and already feeling twitchy about what occasion will be special enough to have my last cup.
Thanks so much to Lucy for sending me out these special samples. What a shiny tea star you are!
I will be back soon with a more thorough life update. There are some murmurings and mutterings of some pretty big stuff on the horizons and I am so excited to finally be able to tap away here and share them. Not to mention, it’s only 100 days until I get MARRIED and I definitely want to write a good old ramble about how that experience has been. But first… I just have a few mountains to climb.