Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist

The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas : Strawberry & Rose | Champagne Twist

Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist
Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist

Today, I’m moving away from black based teas and tying out a more fruity and floral number. Twist Teas Strawberry and Rose tea is today’s subject tea for review.

Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist
Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose | Champagne Twist

Strawberry and Rose contains a list of delicious sounding ingredients – Chinese White tea, apple pieces, rose hip, hibiscus, freeze dried strawberry, elderflower, orange blossom, rose petals and orange peel.

This is a tea to be served without milk, but can be cold brewed as well as make a hot beverage.

Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist
Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist

Out the pack, the tea has a lovely aroma, and when hot brewed develops into a beautiful pink hue. I would serve this at an afternoon tea as an alternative to black tea.

Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist
Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist

Cold brewed ‘Strawberry and Rose’ makes a light and refreshing drink, ideal for a summer time soiree. I reckon made with sparkling water, with sliced fresh strawberries and a slice of lemon, it would make a great non-alcoholic drink.

Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist
Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist

With all the wonderful ingredients, I was surprised that I couldn’t detect any rose or strawberry during the taste test. It was more of a general fruity flavour, pleasant as it was, rather than a strawberry or floral blast.

Rating : 3.5 out of 5.

 

For more information check out these links:

Twist Teas – https://www.twist-teas.co.uk

National Tea Day – https://www.nationalteaday.co.uk

FesTeaVal 2019 day 1 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtEwh6YFXdA

FesTeaVal 2019 day 2 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPQQ5lvwifU

FesTeaVal 2019 review – TBC

 

Next review : Twist Teas ‘Mint Choc Chip’.

 

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The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas : Breakfast Boost | Champagne Twist

5T Breakfast Boost

Yesterday, I tested the first of the Twist Teas tasting menu, ‘Afternoon Perks’.  Today, it’s the turn of ‘Breakfast Boost’.

Breakfast Boost by Twist Teas | Champagne Twist - The Tea Twist Taste Test
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas: Breakfast Boost – Champagne Twist review

Like ‘Afternoon Perks’, ‘Breakfast Boost’ includes Sri Lankan black tea, as well as Indian Assam Black tea, Yerba Mate (1) and Siberian Ginseng (2). The tea can be enjoyed with or without milk.

(1) Yerba mate is used to make a beverage known as mate. When served cold, the drink is called tereré in Guaraní. It is traditionally consumed in central and southern regions of South America, primarily in Paraguay, as well as in Argentina, Uruguay, southern and central-western Brazil, the Chaco region of Bolivia and southern Chile.[3] It is also popular in the Druze community in Syria and Lebanon, where it is imported from Argentina.[4] Yerba mate was first cultivated and used by the indigenous Guaraní people and in some Tupí communities in southern Brazil, prior to European colonization. Yerba mate can be found in various energy drinks on the market, as well as being sold as a bottled or canned iced tea.

Yerba mate has been claimed to have various effects on human health and these effects have been attributed to the high quantity of polyphenols found in mate tea.[22] Research has found that yerba mate may improve allergy symptoms[27] and reduce the risk of diabetes mellitus and high blood sugar in mice.[28]

Mate also contains compounds that act as an appetite suppressant and possible weight loss tool,[29] increases mental energy and focus,[30] improves mood,[31][32] and promotes deeper sleep; however, sleep may be negatively affected in people who are sensitive to caffeine.[30]

Before 2011, there were no double-blind, randomized prospective clinical trials of yerba mate consumption with respect to chronic disease.[33] However, many studies have been conducted since then, pointing to at least some probable benefits from some claims, such as reduction of fat cells, inflammation and cholesterol, although more research is needed.[32] Some non-blinded studies have found mate consumption to be effective in lipid lowering.[33] Another study determined that mate reduces progression of artheriosclerosis in rabbits but did not decrease serum cholesterol or aortic TBARS and antioxidant enzymes.[34]

Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yerba_mate

(2) Some people use Siberian ginseng to improve athletic performance and the ability to do work. They also use it to treat sleep problems (insomnia) and the symptoms of infections caused by herpes simplex type 2. It is also used to boost the immune system, prevent colds, and increase appetite.

Source : https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-985/ginseng-siberian

Perhaps it’s the high caffeine content, that this tea reminds me of a builder’s tea, only posher. In terms of flavour it packs a punch. The black teas provide a strong, yet pleasant taste, and is ideal, I imagine, served with a wide range of breakfast styles, from traditional full English to Swiss muesli to pancakes with fresh fruit and yogurt, or on its own to set you up for the day ahead.

The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas: Breakfast Boost – Champagne Twist review
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas: Breakfast Boost – Champagne Twist review

Personally, I would drink this tea with milk, although if you like strong black teas, or require it for baking, the Breakfast Boost should work well.

The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas: Breakfast Boost – Champagne Twist review
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas: Breakfast Boost, with milk – Champagne Twist review

I really enjoyed ‘Breakfast Boost’, and would be keen to conduct cooking experiments with it. I think it could add a unique flavour profile to, for instance, tea breads or cakes.

 

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

For more information check out these links:

Twist Teas – https://www.twist-teas.co.uk

National Tea Day – https://www.nationalteaday.co.uk

FesTeaVal 2019 day 1 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtEwh6YFXdA

FesTeaVal 2019 day 2 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPQQ5lvwifU

FesTeaVal 2019 review – TBC

 

Next review : Twist Teas ‘Strawberry and Rose’.

 

Twist Teas Afternoon Perks - Champagne Twist review

The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas : Afternoon Perks | Champagne Twist

Twist Teas Afternoon Perks - Champagne Twist review
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas Afternoon Perks – Champagne Twist review

Yesterday (Sunday 21st April 2019)  was Easter Sunday and National Tea Day. A double celebration for those who, like me, love tea.

Today, I kick off a new blog series, called The Tea Twist Taste Test, where I taste and review a number of teas from new and established brands. Most of the brands I will feature, I discovered, or in some cases rediscovered, at the recent FesTeaVal event run by National Tea Day.  The first brand in this series is Twist Teas  (love the brand name already!), which has been producing a wide range of teas for 3 years. The first tea I’m taste testing is ‘Afternoon Perks’, from their Whole Leaf Tasting Menu.

Twist Teas Afternoon Perks - Champagne Twist review
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas Afternoon Perks – Champagne Twist review

Made with Indian Darjeeling and Sri Lankan black teas and Gotu Kola, ‘Afternoon Perks’ can be drunk with for without milk.

Gotu Kola is used for fatigue, anxiety, depression, psychiatric disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and improving memory and intelligence. Other uses include wound healing, trauma, and circulation problems (venous insufficiency) including varicose veins, and blood clots in the legs.

Source : https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-753/gotu-kola

I found the tea refreshing in both formats, although I slightly prefer the tea black, with maybe a lemon slice. Just as the ‘twisting notes’ on the tasting menu pack claimed, the tea was energy boosting, after a busy morning in the garden.

Twist Teas - Afternoon Perks by Champagne Twist - without milk
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas Afternoon Perks – Champagne Twist

I like the idea of including Gotu Kola in the blend, as I feel it helped with my fatigue. I wonder, with prolonged use, if it would prove to be a good memory boosting aid. Regardless, the tea tastes lovely, and is ideal as a post- noon pick me up. I will certainly be adding this to my collection.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Twist Teas – https://www.twist-teas.co.uk

National Tea Day – https://www.nationalteaday.co.uk

FesTeaVal 2019 day 1 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtEwh6YFXdA

FesTeaVal 2019 day 2 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPQQ5lvwifU

FesTeaVal 2019 review – TBC

Next review : Twist Teas ‘Breakfast Boost’

 

National Tea Day – 21st April 2018 | Champagne Twist

creative | London | lifestyle-4.pngHello,

Can you believe it’s that time of year already? Yes, National Tea Day is coming up this Saturday and as, for me at least, it’s one of the most important days of the year, I collated a tea quotes video for your enjoyment.

More tea-related treats coming up this week, but for now, grab yourself a cup of your favourite brew and indulge in some tea wisdom. Enjoy!

 

Wednesday Thinking: The other side of Afternoon Tea | Champagne Twist

Wednesday Thinking The Mid-week Editorialv
Wednesday Thinking The Mid-week Editorial
Afternoon Tea Week 14-20 August 2017
Afternoon Tea Week | ChampagneTwist.com

Hello,

When we think of Afternoon Tea, our minds often turn to the lovely cakes, pastries and of course tea. However, we rarely think about where the tea actually comes from, how it’s manufactured and the people who produce it.

Following are a number of YouTube videos which examines the tea industry. As I come across more videos, I will add them below. If you have any recommendations for this list, comment below.

Enjoy!

The History of Tea – TED Talks

Assam’s modern slaves : The real price of a cup of Tetley Tea

Tea documentary; The Bittersweet Truth Tea Drinks

“Tea Time”, an animated short by ESMA

How it’s made – tea bags

Golden Meringues – recipe | Champagne Twist

With just 2 ingredients, you can make these extra special meringues, which can be used for a wide number of puddings, desserts, tea time treats, or enjoyed on their own.

The distinctive colour and flavour of the meringues comes from the golden caster sugar used in this recipe.

The following recipe is enough for 1 large meringue nest which could be shared between 5-6 people as a pavlova, or about 6 mini sized individual nests. You could also create 2-3 medium sized meringues with this recipe.

Golden Meringues – recipe

by Champagne Twist

Golden Meringue nest

Ingredients:

3 large egg whites
150g golden caster sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 1.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with greaseproof paper, and set aside.
  3. Separate the egg whites, and keep the egg yolks for another recipe.
  4. With an electric mixer, using the balloon whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until firm.
  5. Slowly add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, until the meringue is stiff and shiny.
  6. Dab a little bit of the meringue on the underside of the greaseproof paper and stick on to the baking sheets. This will prevent the greaseproof paper from slipping.
  7. For a large meringue, use all the mixture to create 1 nest.. For medium sized meringues use 3 heaped tablespoons of the mixture for each meringue. There should be enough for about 2 or 3 nests. For smaller meringues use 2 heaped tablespoons. If you’re making medium or small meringue, make sure they are equally spaced apart. You can use the back of the spoons to help shape the meringues. Alternatively, you can pipe the meringues for a more uniform or decorative look.
  8. Place the baking sheets on the top and middle shelves of the oven, and bake for 45-60 minutes. Half way through baking, swap the trays around to ensure even baking.
  9. When finished, remove from the oven and set aside. The meringues should be allowed to completely cool on the baking sheets.

Golden meringues.jpg

You can freeze the meringues until ready for use. The meringue can be used in a number of different recipes, such as Berry Meringue Nests.

Homemade Butter – Recipe | Champagne Twist

homemade butter

Homemade butter, like most homemade food, is simply better than any you can purchase in a store. For a start, it has a fresher, cleaner flavour, and you can control what goes in your butter.

It is so fun and easy to make, you only require a few tools and as an added bonus, there is minimum waste because the by product is buttermilk, so why not have a go?

Butter and Buttermilk – recipe by ChampagneTwist.com

Tools required:

  • Kitchen grade muslin cloth
  • Large sieve
  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Electric hand or stand mixer (you can use a hand whisk if you prefer)

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Pour the cream into a large bowl of a food mixer and whisk on medium speed for about 4 minutes until thickened.
  2. Increase the mixer speed to high and continue to whist until the cream separates into curds (solids) and whey (liquid). This will take about 5 more minutes.
  3. Place a sieve, lined with muslin over a large bowl.
  4. Pour the contents of the food mixer bowl into the lined sieve.
  5. After about 1 minute, gather up the corners of the muslin over the curds and twist so that you can squeeze out as much of the whey as possible.
  6. Set the whey aside – this is now otherwise known as buttermilk.
  7. In medium bowl half filled with chilled water, add the solids and stir fairly vigorously with a wooden spoon. This action ‘washes’ the curds in order to help remove as much of the remaining whey/buttermilk as possible.
  8. Place the curds back into the muslin, gathering up the corners and then squeeze as much whey out as possible. You now have butter.

butter homemade

Shape and wrap the butter in greaseproof paper and store and use as you would shop purchased butter. I ended up with over a pound of butter and 2 cups of buttermilk, which can be used in all sorts of recipes, including scones, bread and soups.

homemade butter wrapped

You can flavour your butter with salt, herbs, pepper, spices, even alcohol to make say brandy butter. Making your own butter can open up a wide range of culinary avenues. All you need to do is experiment and have fun.

Afternoon Tea Week 2017 on Champagne Twist – Day 1

Hello everyone, and a very warm welcome to new readers. This is Afternoon Week on Champagne Twist

Afternoon Tea Week 14-20 August 2017
Afternoon Tea Week | ChampagneTwist.com

This week is a very special week for me, as over the next 7 days we get to celebrate my favourite meal. Imagine an entire week dedicated to all things Afternoon Tea.

There are special events up and down the country, including discounted afternoon teas at some very nice establishments, so be sure to check them out. For more information, please click the link – AfternoonTea.co.uk.

But stick around here, and you will be awarded with the following treats:

 

Afternoon Tea Week 2017

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ChampagneTwist.com

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Afternoon Tea Week – Day 1

  • Monday 14th August – Start of Afternoon Tea Week

General introduction and what you can look forward to this week on ChampagneTwist.com

Afternoon Tea Week – Day 2

An Afternoon Tea menu to rival all, featuring a host of brand new recipes.

Afternoon Tea Week – Day 3

The return of Wednesday Thinking, where I showcase thought provoking articles from social media, focusing on a recent and relevant topic. The aim is to help raise awareness and contribute to positive and proactive discussion and conversation. 3 guesses what this week’s topic will be.

Afternoon Tea Week – Day 4

  • Thursday 17th August – Cakes and Bakes

More brand new recipes in celebration of all things Afternoon Tea, with a slant towards vegetarian, vegan and plant based diets.

Afternoon Tea Week – Day 5

  • Friday 18th August – Views and Reviews

A look back at some of the best (and worse!) afternoon tea treats, plus a general history of Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea Week – Day 6

  • Saturday 19th August – Crafts and DIY

All sorts of craft makes relating to my favourite hot drink.

Afternoon Tea Week – Day 7

Highlights of the week.

All this a more on ChampagneTwist.com. Please subscribe so that you don’t miss out. Thanks for reading, I hope you will enjoy the next few fun packed, tea filled days.

See you soon!

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