Sunday, 2 June 2013

Review: Discover and sample the delicious new Tea India premium range of teas



I have recently discovered the exciting new and rather delicious Tea India premium tea range that offers 3 authentic Chai’s and a black tea blend.  There is nothing better than a delicious, perfectly brewed cup of tea and the Tea India range offers just that; an authentic Indian tea experience with each blend masterfully created using the finest ingredients and more than 70 years tea blending experience.

The inspirational fusion of tradition with the vibrancy of modern India suit every palate and are a real treat.  A combination of unique flavours, local tastes and family history ensure that they stay true to the Indian tradition of Chai.  The teas come in 3 delicious blends; warming Masala Chai, invigorating Cardamom Chai and refreshing Vanilla Chai.

I sampled the Vanilla Chai and Black Tea varieties.  The Vanilla Chai, already a 2 star Great Taste Gold Winner, has a delightful sweet and spicy refreshing aroma, with tastes of sweet spices of cinnamon, cardamom and natural vanilla flavouring.   Tea India have definitely created the perfect balance between sweet and spice.  I had mine black as I prefer my tea without milk.  I brewed my tea for 5 minutes as I like it to be quite strong but you can tailor this process to your own taste, adding milk and sugar if you prefer and brewing for  between 3  to 5 minutes as you like.   It is ideal as a delicious evening treat or afternoon pick-me-up and to be honest, I'd probably have it with my breakfast too.

The Tea India Black Tea (a 2 star Great Taste Gold Winner) is 100 per cent black tea with a high Assam content for a robust, golden flavour and is their signature blend.  I brewed it for 5 minutes and found it a bit too strong to drink black so I added a dash of milk and a cheeky, sneaky sugar, gave it a good stir, sat back and enjoyed the rich flavour.  Next time I will brew it for 3 minutes and remove the tea bag as soon as the timer goes off and try it black.

Award-winning chef Ravinder Bhogal was chosen to work alongside the brand, creating delicious recipes to accompany the fantastic range of Chai.  Ravinder, who was famously described as the new Fanny Craddock by Gordon Ramsay, also created fabulous tea tasting notes to ensure that you get the most out of your Tea India experience, no matter what the occasion.

I baked the Spicy Black Tea Cookies.  As I removed the freshly baked cookies from the over, I was met with a warm and exotic mix of spices; a real delight for the senses.  

Spicy Black Tea Cookies

  • 2 Tea India Black tea bags (leaves only)
  • 125g butter
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 70g self raising flower
  • 120g oats
  • 1 tsp cinammon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 C (fan assisted).
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and soft brown sugar.
  3. Add the oats, flour, Tea India Black tea leaves and spices, and mix until well combined.
  4. Roll the cookie dough into a log shape approximately 5cm in diameter.  Wrap in cling film and chill for 5 minutes.
  5. To bake, remove from the fridge, unwrap and slice into 12 even sized pieces.  Place on two baking trays lined with baking paper.
  6. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are just golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool on the baking tray before serving warm.
  8. These cookies will keep in an airtight container for four days.
Recipe makes: 12
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooling time: 12-14 minutes

Wonderful for dunking in a cup of Tea India tea, they may be a little bit dry for some but I found the cookies to be delightfully spicy, crunchy and possessing the amazing ability to disappear in a matter of seconds.   More delicious recipes can be found on www.teaindia.co.uk or on their Facebook page.

If you would like to try a selection of these delicious Tea India teas, visit their Facebook page.  'You & I and a Cup of Chai' gives  you the opportunity to claim a free selection of the finest Tea India blends.  Take time out of your busy day for you and a colleague/friend/family member to sit down, relax and indulge in the blissful and invigorating tastes of the Tea India range.  To receive a free assortment of Tea India, click here

Better still, if you fancy a cuppa with a friend at 'Tea time' between 1 - 2pm, you will receive a whole box of one of the authentic blends of Tea India.  Fabulous!


All Tea India blends are ethically sourced based on the Ethical Trade Initiative and are available in selected Tesco stores nationwide. RRP £2.59 for Black Tea (80 bags) and RRP £2.39 for Chai blends (40 bags).

Enjoy!

Ax

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Note:  The Blogger was sent both boxes of tea to sample and review.  Opinions are completely the Blogger's own, honest and not bias.



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