Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good cuppa. So, when the people at Mr Ames sent me their nine tea varieties to sample, I was more than delighted to try them all out.
Although it may not be a name you are familiar with, Mr Ames - Reginald - is not new to the world of tea. in 1909 he began to source and blend fine tea for the Great British public.
Up until recently, the team did this for other brands, but now they are bringing their decades of expertise direct to the consumer with the launch of Mr.Ames, a range of superbly flavoured and expertly sourced teas.
Teas are blended and hand packed in the Kent countryside and every pyramid bag is compostable. The best bit though, is the phenomenal taste of the tea.
Boxes hold 20 bags and cost £3.95 ( except for the All Day Decaf which is priced at £4.50). The packaging is fun and pretty too with interesting pairing ideas on the side of every box. You can choose between: • Golden Breakfast • All Day Decaf • Green Sencha • Earl Grey • Chamomile • Red Berry • Peppermint • Liquorice & Peppermint • Lemongrass & Ginger
And here are some fun facts about tea:
In Britain we drink 165 million cups of tea a day. That’s a lot of tea - enough in fact to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools!
Despite that, the British are only the third most prolific tea drinkers. Turkey and Ireland come first and second
The first record of an Englishman drinking tea was when Samuel Pepys’ wrote in his diary on September 25, 1660, “afterwards I did send for a cup of tea (a China drink) of which I never drank before"
The first tea bags were made of silk and used in 1908 by New York tea merchant Thomas Sullivan to send samples to his clients
According to legend, tea was discovered in 2737 BC by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung
Iced tea became popular after it was served at the World Fair in 1904 during a heat wave
With tea rarely out of the news because of the suggested health benefits or how the nation's tea drinking is soaring, Mr Ames, created as a result of lockdown is available on Amazon and mramestea.com . Try it, you'll love the taste!
Pukka’s Fresh Start Organic Tea
Uplifting and caffeine-free to boot, this tea is a lovely blend of organic lemon, lemongrass and warming spices. How better to start the day than with this energising, healthy herbal brew?
Pukka Herbs, the UK’s largest organic tea company, has launched Fresh Start. Blended by expert Master Herbsmith and practising herbalist Sebastian Pole, its sustainably sourced organic herbs, zesty organic lemon and warming aromatic fennel seeds, gently awaken your body and mind at the start of a new day. Stimulating yet soothing, this tea helps strengthen the digestive system to support optimum metabolism and, like all Pukka’s herbal blends, it is made with 100% organic and ethically sourced ingredients.
Pukka plastic-free tea bags come in their own recyclable envelopes to retain the essential oils in the organic herbs... and here's the clever bit, each bag has two chambers. This allows the herbs to flow and release the full potency in your cup. Pour boiling water directly on the bag and leave to steep for as long as it takes to make the perfect brew for you.
Nature’s finest ingredients to help you start your day in the best possible way:
Jo Webber, Head of Herbal Education and Ayurvedic Practitioner says:
“A Pukka twist on the traditional lemon morning drink, Fresh Start helps to promote healthy rituals, so you feel your best. The benefits of lemon are well-known. It’s been used in for centuries as a digestive due to its aromatic and bitter properties. Fresh Start supports the body’s own natural actions. The result is a refreshing cup of herbal goodness to leave you feeling energised. This brightening blend helps to optimise your wellbeing to awaken your best self."
Besides all the above plus points, Pukka Teas are Organic - Vegan - Gluten free - Vegetarian - Wheat Free - Dairy Free
Pukka Fresh Start organic herbal tea is available from online retailers, health shops and supermarkets. RRP 2.99 for 20 sachets.
Pukka Herbs has launched a fabulous bedtime tea which is absolutely chocca with immunity supporting ingredients.
Blended by Pukka’s Master Herbsmith, Sebastian Pole, Night Time Berry is a taste of fruity heaven with 100% organic blackcurrant, echinacea and elderberry combined with nature’s A-list night-time herbs; lavender, chamomile and valerian, making this the absolutely perfect bedtime brew.
Nature’s finest ingredients for sleep and immunity :
Elderberries: Bursting with brightly coloured pigments that act as natural antioxidants, elderberries are a natural source of vitamin C.
Echinacea: A renowned immune tonic, echinacea can be particularly helpful to maintain seasonal wellness.
Valerian: Traditional tonic to support restful sleep. Valerian can help us to drop off into an undisturbed sleep
Chamomile: contains an antioxidant called apigenin which works on brain receptors to help initiate sleep.
Night Time Berry (RRP £2.99) is a new addition to Pukka’s popular sleep range which includes Pukka’s Organic Night Time tea and supplements.
I've been trying Pukka night time berry tea to see if it would help improve my sleeping pattern. I have to say that I am surprised (because I've tried many others which have no effect on me at all) and very pleased to say that it has indeed improved my sleep .... and what's more, it's lovely fruity taste is extremely relaxing .... zzzzzzzzzz
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