My Foxy Tea Time – make time for tea

My Foxy Tea Time

Sometimes all I want to do is post about tea, and in my head I try and consider how much an average tea drinker would want to read about tea (possibly not at all) and then hold off on continually bombarding you with tea favourites. It’s not my fault that its my life source. I am slowly trying to back away from my relationship with coffee and so tea is becoming even more important in my life, although to be honest I didn’t realise that was possible.

I’m so glad this week has come to an end. It’s not that I don’t try to enjoy everyday, but a few busy busy weekends, a flat inspection and then full on stuff at work has made me a slightly more exhausted version of myself than I would like to be. So to relax, I turn to tea. And here are 4 more teas that have been occupying my teapot lately.My Foxy Tea Harney and Sons Paris

This first gorgeous tin is full of a tea I had been meaning to buy for the longest time, and eventually picked up from the awesome little tea shop in Mt Eden (tea and romance novels, what more could you need?!). Paris is a black tea by Harney & Sons, and for someone who tends to stick to herbal teas, this is a firm favourite of mine. I would drink a pot of it every time we visited Okra, and now I get to enjoy it at home too! This black tea is pretty fruity and flavourful, with bergamot and orange, but also warm notes of caramel and vanilla. Its a delicious brew, strong yet comforting, self-assured yet mysterious, like the French I guess. Delicious.

My Foxy Tea Time Red Seal

I know we are moving into the colder weather, and these cold brew bags are now more often hot brewed, but I have been loving this Apple and Elderflower herbal tea by Red Seal a lot lately. It’s a refreshing cup, with clean flavours, and does a great job of satisfying my 3pm sweet tooth cravings. The individual packaging is not the most ecologically friendly I would guess, but is perfect for me throwing a few into my handbag for work,

T Leaf ChamomileJust take a moment to gaze on the beauty of this t leaf cinnamon apple chamomile herbal tisane (long name, but I promise its worth it). It not only looks weirdly wonderful, but this amazing combination of flavours is my perfect evening drink to de-stress, unwind and settle down before bed. The apple and cinnamon are subtle but do a perfect job of bringing a warmth and depth of flavour to the chamomile blossoms. A perfect option for someone who isn’t a super big fan of chamomile tea itself, but wants to have its relaxing benefits!

My Foxy Tea Time KeriKeriLast up is this wee bag of Kerikeri Organic Green Honeybush which has been my main choice at work lately. This caffeine-free tea doesn’t have super interesting flavours, but it tastes similar to a subtle green tea and has a slight sweetness. From what I have gathered, honeybush is a South African tea, similar to Rooibos, and normally the same golden red colour. This makes a great alternative for Green Tea as it still has high levels of antioxidants but doesn’t contain the caffeine of green tea.

Let me know what tea has been featuring for you lately as this colder weather moves in, or what you think if you have tried any of the above!

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My Foxy Tea Time: I’m all about that tea

My Foxy Tea Time

Another afternoon of being undecided about what tea to drink led to another tea post. Because I love tea and I have many tea options to share with you. Not that you need as much tea as me, but by doing these posts I almost feel as though my tea drinking has a higher purpose. It doesn’t, but we gotta make our excuses, right?

Here are four favourites that I have been enjoying over the last couple of months. I did a giant t leaf haul just before Christmas and was going to post on it but then felt guilty over its excessiveness and decided to refrain, needless to say t leaf will be popping up here and there.

red seal peach and pineapple

First up is this peach and pineapple tea from red seal, part of their new hot and cold brew range. I have mostly had this cold because it is so easy not having to bother with cooling down a hot tea when craving something refreshing in this hot summer weather. This tea will brew in cold water, making iced tea 10x easier and quicker to assemble. Aside from the convenience, this tea is also rather delicious, although with a combination of peach and pineapple that came as no surprise. Add alcohol to increase effectiveness.

t leaf peppermint tea

If I could only have one tea to drink forever it would take me less that a heartbeat to choose peppermint. Its just so perfectly relaxing but also refreshing, cleansing and still tasty. So when I placed my slightly ridiculous order with t leaf it wasn’t really a question over choosing their peppermint herbal tisane. Now a heads up, this stuff is pretty potent. So for a full 4 person teapot (or a normal tea session for my lonesome) one tea bag does the job. But for a single cup you have to be pretty quick to avoid peppermint overload. I love this stuff and will have a constant supply from now on, but rest assured, this is pure peppermint tea at its full, beautiful strength. Enjoy.

artemis immuno boost tea

I love artemis‘ range of health benefit teas, and although it is currently summer and most people aren’t constantly sick in summer, I am. So immuno-boosting in any form is always welcome. This tea has a very herbal flavour profile, with elderflower, thyme and sage with a little aniseed and linden blossom thrown in. You can read all about why these ingredients are supposed to help over on their website, but if you are looking for a natural way to give your body a bit of a boost, this is one delicious option.

t leaf pina colada green tea

Last but not least is the one I am drinking right now (and I just spilt some on the keyboard). I am not a green tea drinker. I wish I was, but I’m not. Why I decided to put this Pina Colada Green Tea in my shopping cart eludes me, but I did and it turns out that this flavoured green tea is delicious! With pineapple and coconut pieces drowning out the overtly “green” taste, this is definitely one of the nicest green teas I have tried. I imagine this would make a killer iced tea cocktail, I’ll do some research and get back to you.

My Foxy Tea Time

What teas have you been drinking lately? Are you the type of tea drinker who will avoid hot drinks in the summer or drink up all year round?

My Foxy Tea Time: keep calm and drink tea

I love tea. With weeks like last week where everything that could go wrong went wrong and my normal coping strategies were forgotten in the spur of losing my mind (just a little bit), the only thing that got me through each day (other than Edd, Ben Howard and copious amounts of wine) was my love of tea. Some people don’t get tea. Edd doesn’t get tea, especially herbal teas. To him they are just watery drinks with no real substance or meaning. I don’t get these people. Tea is great, stop sharing your tea complaints and just sit down and drink some more.

My Foxy Tea Time

My recent taste in tea is kind of reflective of my lifestyle/state of mind as of late. I assume this must happen for others too. With life being more stressful then I ever agreed upon, here they are, 4 of my favourite teas that have been helping me get through and face each day with a smile, even if it is the kind of pained smile that makes your face ache a little.

Twinings Invigorating Peppermint

Twinings Invigorating Peppermint If I could only have one type of tea for the rest of my life, it would take me less than a second to choose peppermint. I love this stuff. This Twinings brand is my current “at home” peppermint tea (I have a Dilmah one at work which I have raved about before). This is just a straight up, no frills but also non-challenging peppermint tea that is the perfect accompaniment to a lazy afternoon, or a rushed 10 minute break between tasks. I love the versatility of peppermint tea. Any time of day, any state of mind (although I seem to be testing it on a primarily stressed one).

artemis Deep Sleep Tea

Artemis Deep Sleep Teaartemis are a new brand for me, local and certified organic with a mission statement that I can get behind, I love their range of teas that are specifically targeted for different mental and physical  uses. This one is specifically to aid with Deep Sleep, something I have not been experiencing a lot of. This tea is a soothing loose leaf mixture of lemon balm, licorice, passionflower, hops and valerian root. You can see what each ingredient is specifically included for (I love that this information is so accessible!) but for me the key is whether it tastes okay and whether I feel any benefit. The taste was different to what I was expecting, I think due to the licorice and hops which give this a slightly unusual taste but it wasn’t at all unpleasant. Sleep wise, it seemed to help me get to sleep quicker and wake up less so if you want to try a natural alternative to sleeping medication I would definitely give this a go.

t leaf Restful herbal infusion

t leaf Restful infusiont leaf are a New Zealand tea brand that I may have become a little obsessed with. This is the first tea by them I have tried, and I chose the restful one because generally I reach for tea when I am not feeling so restful. Ignoring how beautiful the t leaf tea bags are (I feel so wasteful throwing them away), this tea is definitely one I would buy more of. It has a combination of relaxing ingredients such as chamomile, lavender, ginger and cinnamon along with a peach flavouring and it tastes delicious. Their tea is also pretty reasonably priced and so easy to shop from afar …. I may have an order currently on its way to me now.

T2 Southern Sunrise

T2 Southern SunriseI couldn’t do a tea post without including one of my favourite tea brands, T2 (also the most expensive, but I like to pretend the price tag is a figment of my imagination and just buy all the tea anyway, much to Edd’s dismay). This tea is kind of the odd one in the bunch, its summery and punchy and flavoursome. I have been using this as the weather gets warmer to create some delicious iced tea concoctions. Southern Sunrise is a looseleaf tisane and comes with a delicious combination of lemongrass and grapefruit flavours. The strong citrus and fruity notes make a beautiful iced tea, especially when sweetened with some of my all time favourite Turkish Apple Tea. T2 are great at doing samples in store so go try some.

My Foxy Tea Time

What tea has been your go to recently? And what are your tips for dealing with stressful times (asking for a friend)?

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