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Sunday, 15 December 2013

A Festive Cuppa | Teapigs 'Spiced Winter Red Tea' (& 20% off!)

Teapigs | Spiced Winter Red Tea | £4.49* for 15 bags | Link

Yep.  I just hung a tea bag from a Christmas tree.  Something I never thought I'd do but blogging doesn't half make you do some weird things.  If it isn't hanging tea bags from random decorative ornaments, it's swatches half-way up your arm or trying to balance a selection of products in your 'claw hand'... Moving on - bit of a different post from me today.  Sorry to the loyal coffee fans out there - or those of you who simply don't drink tea, but I love a good cuppa. I must admit I'm a bit of a tea belly. I have one every morning when I'm doing my makeup and it's something I reach for when I'm in need of a bit of a perk up.  I can't say I'm the most adventurous with my tea - it's usually just milk, no sugar (more on the 'builders' side than weak and pale...let's get specific here...) with the odd green tea thrown in for good measure when I fancy a bit of a detox.  So when the lovely people at Teapigs asked if I fancied trying some of their festive tea - I was quite intrigued to say the least.  I'm a sucker for a Christmas drink - something about the cold weather and twinkly lights has me reaching for the kettle like a crazy tea lady. So, as soon as this adorable little box arrived in the post, I whacked the kettle on and settled into the sofa almost straight away. But what did I reckon?

First off - the 'Spiced Winter Red Tea' is like Christmas in a mug. No word of a lie. Just as it says on the box, it really is 'log fires, happy cats and old movies on the telly'. It's the smell of wintery comfort! As soon as you pop the boiling water in, the cinnamon, orange and warming spices hit your nostrils and the water turns a beautiful deep shade of maroon.  You simply pop a tea bag in and let it infuse for about 3 minutes.  I don't pop any milk in because I quite like it as it is - but the box comes with little hints and tips to make your own latte - it even recommends a teeny bit of brandy if you're feeling particularly festive!  I thought it would be too strong for me at first - the smell when it's infusing is undeniably quite strong. But once you sip it, it's actually quite a gentle, soft taste with just a hint of spice. I love the fact that there are tiny bits of the leaves left in the mug after you remove the bag.  They really have captured everything about the festive season in a teabag.

It's not something I'd usually review on my blog, but I couldn't resist! I'd definitely recommend having a look at the Teapigs website if you're a bit of a tea belly like myself. They have some fab flavours to try - the 'popcorn' tea sounds like a winner to me! Definitely a place to go to if you fancy a little tea treat.  Their whole company ethos is really lovely and all of their packaging is beautifully designed (geeky graphic design-y side of me coming out to play there...apologies!) They also use whole leaves in their tea bags - meaning that none of the flavour is lost through being overly processed or chopped.  I'll definitely be trying some more of their tea in future - if you know someone who is a fellow tea-fan then it's worth having a look at their website here.  They have a little Christmas gift shop on there at the moment if you're after a last minute stocking filler! A little selection would make a lovely gift! (not hinting at all)... 

I currently have a little discount code for you all which is valid until the end of December - so still plenty of time left to give Teapigs a try! For 20% off (excludes cheeky deals, mix & match and match kits) simply enter 'XMAS13' at the checkout :) 

Have you tried Teapigs?  What's your favourite festive hot drink?


19 comments:

  1. This sounds so good! I love anything with a festive flavour :) x

    http://theressomethingaboutalice.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I've wanted to try Teapigs for such a long time but always find them too expensive so this 20% off discount is perfect, thank you! I love the way you've taken this photos. xxx

    Grace | Glitter and Carousels

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    1. Oo yay! I'm so glad it's come in handy - 20% off is perfect if you've wanted to try it for a while :) I reckon I might grab some 'popcorn' tea with it :) You'll have to let me know what you think if you end up getting some! And thankyou - i got a bit creative with a christmas decoration! haha xx

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  3. I spotted these the other day but didn't get them but will definetly try them now...sounds like the perfect cup of tea for Christmas time x

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    1. oo definitely try it! Such a lovely festive drink :) x

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  4. I'm completely addicted to tea , bet this is lovely xx

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  5. I've got the ginger and lemon ones and I love them, perfect way to wake myself up in the morning :) These sound great too, might have to by myself a box :)

    |DippyWrites|

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    1. oo ive never tried those - will have to give them a go - i bet they're lovely in the morning!x

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  6. I really want to try this brand, I was browsing the site just the other night to see what they have.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. oo yay! They're worth trying if you're a tea lover :) Grab the 20% off if you decide to place an order Amy! :) xx

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  7. I adore tea and I have to say, this looks absolutely amazing! Cinnamon is one of my favourite scents/tastes as well, so this would definitely be my cup of tea (paha). Is there anywhere else to get these other than online?

    Serene Siren

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    1. ahaha i see what you did there ;)
      Pretty sure you can get them from Waitrose? Other than that I'm unsure. They arrive pretty quickly if you order online though! xx

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  8. I've asked my dad to get these for me for when I visit over Christmas as I don't drink so this will be my mulled wine, really looking forward to having it now after reading your review. I love their peppermint tea. :) x

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  9. This tea sounds yummy, I do love my green teas! might have to get myself some Christmas tea :) xxx

    SparklySJ
    http://sparklysj.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. I love trying different teas, especially the spicy ones. I'm a fan of the teapigs chai tea so this sounds right up my street :) x
    RosalieJayne

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  11. Ooh this sounds reyt lovely and festive :)

    Danniella x | www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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