Monday, 2 March 2015

The perfect cup of tea

Tea
Some stereotypes are true whether we like it or not. The British love to queue, talk about the weather and we British love our teas. 

When travelling abroad, tea is the one thing I seriously really miss. Yes it might be sad, but nothing beats a nice cup of tea to help me relax. My favourite is Earl Grey and controversially, I prefer mine with milk. 

Recently I have been enjoying experimenting with mixing loose teas. Try Twinings Earl Grey and Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Darjeeling to create the perfect refreshing blend.  
Loose tea
I've been using this little man to brew my loose tea. Best of all he doesn't give back chat. He is great for at work; if you can get over the fact that he looks up at you smiling after having a little accident.
Tea
The only problem with loose tea is that it's not that portable, that was until I found the Libre travel tea glass infuser (£20). 
Libre travel tea glass infuser
The Libre keeps my tea nice and hot whilst on the go and best of all magically, the outside doesn't get too hot to handle. 

You have two choices when making your tea: you can place the loose leaf at the top on the filter or add it to the water and drink through the filter. 
Tea
If adding your tea to the filter at the top, you have to turn the glass infuser upside down so that the tea can steeper.
LibreHere's the Libre in action...
There are times when I have problems sleeping. So at night time I have reduced my caffeine drinking altogether and have opted for herbal teas instead. 

For years I have used Pukka Aloe Vera juice, so when I was looking for a herbal tea to drink at night I thought I would give their teas a go. For those of you with intolerances they are dairy, wheat and nut free.

Favourites from the Pukka organic tea range so far have been womankind, night time, as well as lemon and madarin  
Pukka
Womankind (Rose, cranberry and vanilla), lemon and mandarin are perfect accompaniment for drinking in the early evening. 

Pukka night time tea (oat flower, lavender and lime flower and Valerian) is the perfect pre-sleep drink. If you haven't read my earlier sweet dreams post on getting a good nights sleep have a read here.

I am looking forward to trying some more teas in their range.  

What are your favourite tea creations? Do you drink herbal teas at night to help you off to sleep? 


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26 comments:

  1. The tea man is so cute!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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    1. He is very sweet and he just sits quietly which is even better Lucy x

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  2. Ooh mixing loose leaf teas is such a good idea, why on earth did I not consider it before?? I love the Pukka teas too, they're great for travelling with the individual sealed packets (I'm that annoying girl who asks for cups of hot water in train station cafes and then runs off to make her own tea ha) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua

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    1. To be honest I didn't really consider it but it really makes for an interesting cup of tea. The Pukka teas are great for travelling and they have so many flavours Lucy x

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  3. I'm really loving Twinings green tea with ginger and salted caramel at the moment! I love your little tea strainer :)

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Ooh that sounds lovely, really like green tea and ginger so with caramel sounds perfect Lucy x

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  4. I love Pukka teas! So relaxing. You should try Numi tea as well if you haven't already, they have a great selection of flavours :)

    Ash | Liakada Travel

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    1. Haven't heard of Numi tea will have to have a look for them Lucy x

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  5. love that little man tea steeper!! :D I've been avoiding coffee for Lent and having tea as an alternative. didn't know there were these many varieties for tea!

    Animated Confessions

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    1. He is sweet there is so much choice, you will have to have a look at some of the above Lucy x

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  6. I have the little man tea infuser too! I would have never thought to mix different loose leaves together, but it seems so obvious to try now! The Pukka Night time is a favourite tea of mine too :D

    Style Sunrise ☀

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    x

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    1. It is a good way to get the perfect tea. The pukka nighttime is perfect for the evening when you want a warm drink but not caffeine Lucy x

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  7. I'm not much of a tea drinker...I wish I was, it makes me feel so un-British haha! But I'm just not really a fan of hot drinks in general. I do love that little man tea infuser though! x

    Josie’s Journal

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    1. I have a few friends who dont like hot drinks. I personally love a warm drink to relax Lucy x

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  8. The tea glass is a ruddy brilliant idea. Tea just tastes so much better when it's made with leaves over a bag! x

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    1. It really is. I have now been adding fruit and water to it as a cold alternative perfect Lucyx

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  9. For me even heading south messes with my tea game x

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  10. That little man is so cute, and I like the idea of the Libre too

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. He is really sweet and the Libre carry bottle is perfect for having a yummy drink on the go Lucyx

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  11. I do love a nice cuppa and that glass infuser looks great. Fab idea to mix your own loose teas too.

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    1. It is a great way to make tea travel Lucy x

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  12. Your little tea dude is amazing! Does he have a name? He needs a name.

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    1. He is cool I would like to call him Stan Lucy x

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  13. Oh, I have missed reading your posts while I was away! I LOVE tea. And I take my Earl Grey with cream (!!!!!). So American! And I love Lady Grey with cream also. I think Lady Grey might be totally American. I purchase Twinings here (because I so want to be British!), but not sure if it's the real deal. I also have a loose tea infuser (it's a cat). However, being half-Japanese, I love my green tea, and brew it traditionally. My Mom would be proud.

    As far as sleepy tea, we have a brand here called "Celestial Seasonings", and they have a blend called "Sleepytime Plus", which is a blend of chamomile and valerian. Knocks me out every time. As well as the

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  14. Pukka night time tea is my favourite and using regularly. Sasha loves it, too...

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