Thursday, 20 May 2010

teapigs for the Cup!

I want to be part of the tea revolution! A few years ago I probably would never had made that statement, as tea was not high on my beverage list, but lately I have been introduced to some very good real tea. Tea drinking is becoming a habitual treat in my household, providing it is made from high quality leaves, I mean, who can honestly say that they enjoy quenching their thirst with something made from nothing but dust?

teapigs are committed to producing some pretty high ranking teas, everything from good old English Breakfast blends, through fine Green teas and even the most palatable herbal infusions.
I became aware of them at the Real Food Festival and BBC Good Food Show and eventually experienced the taste when I received a Christmas goodie bag. Inside, was a box of Summer Flowers, a herbal blend. After several unpleasant experiences with herbal teas, I was a little apprehensive about trying it, but my expectations were completely turned around. The infusion was fresh with lemon grass, scented with lavender and had an agreeable after-kick of ginger. I was hooked.

Recently, I was lucky enough to be to get some free tickets to the Real Food Festival, from teapigs themselves, so, I made sure I paid a visit to their stand and bought some more teas to try. While I was there, I sampled the Liquorice and Peppermint variety, it’s really rather amazing. If you like liquorice, you’ll love it. It’s naturally sweet and the cool peppermint pleasingly slips down your throat – very relaxing and refreshing.
Being so impressed I bought a pack, along with their Mao Feng Green Tea. I’ve become quite addicted to good green tea and the Mao Feng is now on my list of the chosen few.
I love the gorgeous clear pale green colour it makes, as the whole leaves slowly unfurl, and the taste is very out-doorsey, sort of reminds me of fresh cut grass and fuzzy soft fruit.
It’s summer everyday when I drink it.

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Victoria said...

I have tried Tea Pigs before and have to admit they are not my favourite as i like a really strong cup of tea and these gave a much more delicate flavour. Have you tried Suffolk Maid Tea by Butterworth & Son? I love it!

Cheeky Spouse said...

Hi Victoria,
Sounds like you prefer a good old English cuppa.
I'm not keen on too strong a cup of a tea, so perhaps that's why I prefer the more delicate green teas and oolongs.

John Peterson said...

Did you know they're owned by Tetley?

Not really the small tea company they make out to be!

Cheeky Spouse said...

Hello John,
That's interesting information, so thanks for sharing.
Whether they're owned by Tetley or not, the tea is of superior quality to the usual Tetley brand. It is certainly a very clever marketing campaign and I doubt that if the teas were launched under the Tetley name, that they would sell so well.
The brand positioning is right on the mark, and I say hats off to them.

Maybe the marketing is misleading to the consumer, but there are many 'small' food brands that are actually owned by major companies – Mars owns Seeds of Change, for example. They're obviously all above board, otherwise they wouldn't be allowed to do it.

As consumers, I think if we really want to know the fine details of the origins of the product, we have to do our homework, however I'd like that to change, so that we don't.

Personally, I don't like everyday Tetley tea,so the Teapigs range is a breath of fresh air at an affordable price.

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