Although I'm a big coffee drinker, one of my resolutions for this year is to try and reduce the amount of coffee that I somehow manage to gulp down every day. I've decided to switch for tea, which is a healthier drink to have when you want to have it in large quantities. I am not a tea addict, but I do like to have a mug once in a while, and as I had no tea left at home, I thought I would order some from a company that I discover last year and that I really liked.
Chantler Teas is a small Welsh tea company, that produces a variety of different loose leaf teas; produced regionally and that guarantee the best of quality. I discovered them last year at the Cardiff Christmas Market in the National Welsh Opera, where I got a bag of their Christmas Spice tea. All the teas smelled amazing, and I was not disappointed in my choice - I loved this tea so much that I got it again this time!
I chose three very different teas, because I wanted to explore more of what Chantler Teas had in store, and I thought I'd share these with you as I really like them all.
~ Chantler's Christmas Spice: this is my favourite tea of the three. It is a black tea in which orange pieces, cinnamon and cloves add a wonderful taste of Christmas, as the name suggests. I quite like strong teas, and this one does have a recognisable taste. The orange is what comes out the most in terms of flavour, and it is nicely associated with the cinnamon. I recommend drinking it without any sugar if you really want to experience its taste.
~ Winter Marzipan Rooibos: I was recommended this tea by a friend of mine, who got it in Cardiff too and loved it. I was right to pick it up! From the moment you open the bag, the smell of the almond is amazing. This tea is composed of rooibos (decaffeinated tea), almond pieces and different nut oils (almond, hazelnut and walnut). This is perfect if strong teas are not to your taste. I'd never had rooibos before, and I like how light it is.
~ Vanilla Spiced Chai: I was drawn to this one as I like the idea of vanilla and spiced together, it sounded like a good, comforting flavour for a winter tea. It is made with vanilla black tea, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper and clove. If you like spicy teas, this is for you! As advised on the website, I brewed the tea with hot milk, to make a chai latte - I'd never had one of these before, and I quite liked it. I think it is good to add a lump of sugar in the milk to give it the sweetness that may lack if you take it without anything. It is indeed really spicy, and I find that the vanilla is left behind all these spices a bit. You can of course brew it with boiling water, and in that case you can taste the vanilla a lot more than in the chai latte.
These teas are all really good, and I'm happy with all of them. They are great for winter - and this is one of the reasons why I chose them. I couldn't hope for a better quality too, for a very cheap price as well! If you like tea, I really recommend you to check out the Chantler Teas website - they have so many different types and flavours, and because tea is obviously lightweight, the shipping costs are reasonable. This is not a sponsored post at all, but I wanted to speak to you about this tea company in case you had never heard about them!
Do you love drinking tea? What is your favourite flavour and brand to have?