Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Williamson Tea - A 'Proper' Tea Review

Williamson Tea*
Williamson Tea*
I love tea. Yes, I know that's stating the obvious but just because I love it doesn't mean there are things I dislike about it. Many mainstream brands sneakily get away with calling their drink 'tea' when really it's more like flavoured dust in a bag, a far flung, distant cousin of what tea should be. Today let me introduce you to good 'proper' tea. Williamson Tea creates both loose leaf and bags of loose tea how it is meant to be. Wholesome leaves stuffed full into biodegradable temple bags. Another thing I dislike with a cup of regular builders brew is that distinct aftertaste left in your mouth. Finally! Williamson Tea has made an after-taste-free drink. Instead you have a fresh tasting breakfast tea (or afternoon, evening or sneaky late-night tea) with no funny business.

The Pepé sniff of approval
The Pepé sniff of approval
Williamson Tea produce high quality, sustainable tea from the fertile lands of Kenya in Africa. I love the transparency of this company. All their farm reports are available for your viewing on their website. They also run their own foundation to ensure staff and their family's get the support they need in all aspects of life, from accommodation to their children's education. All the tea is grown and packaged on site making their carbon-footprint minimal. And if that is still not enough for you, £1 from the sale of each collectable elephant caddy is donated to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) which rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and rhinos. A tea company that cares not just about it's product but about the people involved in the creation, the local wildlife and the land they work with.

The enamel tea mug is my new favourite cup and inspired me to grab my flask (and dog) and go for a long walk in the crisp woodland. It is very practical as you can chuck it into your bag without worrying about it chipping or smashing. This lightweight cup has been designed to for adventures with the hashtag #keeponwandering so you can share your teatime adventures on social media whilst raising awareness for DSWT
Loose Leaf Tea Bags
Loose Leaf Tea Bags
Now let's talk tea. I've heard of green, white, red and even blue tea but I had never heard of purple tea before. I tried their Earl Grey Purple which is crammed with antioxidants. When you brew this, do not expect the amber colour of your traditional EG. It is more of a pale green so be warned, if you are the kind of person who likes a splash of milk, it will turn a greyish colour but do not let that put you off because this Earl Grey packs a punch. The floral, zesty aroma of bergamot is very powerful so if you like your tea to give you a kick then this is the one for you. I have not smelt or tasted such a tea. 
I think this would be great for fancy baking and I may have to have a go at creating earl grey shortbread. (Watch this space!)

If your a little more traditional and can't start the day without a breakfast brew then the Kenyan Earth is the one you need to grab. Fresh, strong and like I said earlier, with none of that bitter after-taste you're generally left with. You'll probably have a frequent rush of unexpected guests if you start serving up this. Without question this is one of the nicest black teas I've had. Traditional, no-funny-business tea that goes well with biscuits or maybe even earl grey shortbread.

I've saved the best bit to last. The thing that really drew me to Williamson Tea besides their incredible ethics are their beautiful elephant tea caddys . I am yet to see any in my local shops but they are available online. These are reusuable and collectable elephant tins containing either loose leaf or bagged tea with a whole range of designs and flavours. They are adorable and I can imagine reusing them years later. Oh and it's my birthday soon *hint hint*. They have recently brought out very unique baby orphan elephant mini matcha caddys. I adore matcha. Be it pure, in a latte or added to a smoothie. I believe they are one of the healthiest things you can consume and Williamson Tea have made one with purple leaves. Just look at these beautiful designs and there are many more available.
Mini Elephant Purple Matcha, Williamson Tea
Mini Elephant Purple Matcha, Williamson Tea
Floral Spring Caddy
Floral Spring Caddy
Mini Elephant Ejulu Matcha
Mini Elephant Ejulu Matcha

Williamson Tea is sold at Waitrose as well as Selfridges and Harvey Nicholls and you can support the orphaned elephants by buying the mug on their website.

Have you tried Williamson Tea before? What is your favourite kind of tea?


Helen x 



*PR supplied product. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

13 comments:

  1. Great to read your review. Your photos are all beautiful, although the one with the, "The Pepé sniff of approval," is the best. Adorable!!

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    1. Thank you. Pepé hadn't modelled for a while so I thought I'd get him involved.

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  2. The elephant packaging is so beautiful!

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  3. Ooo I'm definitely going to go buy me some! I <3 tea ! And those elephant tins are beautiful. (Also my boyfriend's called William and is a tea obsessive so he'd love it too :) )
    Thanks for sharing this :)
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

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    1. You'll have to buy a couple then. One for you and one for him. A little elephant family :)

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  4. Oh I've not heard of them and love a cup of tea. I had an enamel mug but the edge got too hot for me to drink Lol. Love the elephant design too
    Sally

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    1. Ouch. Maybe stick to good old bone china.

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  5. I've never heard of them and I'm a Yorkshire Tea girl, but I think I'd love to try this. Love the designs!

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    1. Yorkshire tea is delicious. If you like that then you will definitely like this one too.

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  6. Ohh I've never heard of this tea!! But being a Yorkshire girly... I LOVE my tea!! These sound so yummy too .. And I love your pictures girl !!

    Saira
    www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
    Xxx

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    1. Thank you. Pepé loves posing (AKA getting treats).

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  7. Aww haha, love how you got the Pepé sniff approval! :D I agree about some teas being a dust in a bag! I love tea too, and I'm happy to have found a fellow tea lover! Lovely blog.

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