Like most sensible, law-abiding people I like my tea and you know I’m partial to a nice knitted tea cosy from time to time, so imagine (if you can) my glee when I discovered Cosy Tea, which cleverly combines the two in a perfect package. Let me explain.
Inspired by the recent renaissance in knitting, Cosy Tea has worked with local knitters to create patterns that fitted with its teas and are proudly displayed as a key part of the wonderful packaging (the knitter’s name and stitch used is even referenced on the side).
The idea is that Cosy Tea evokes the comfort of the traditional English tea cosy and doesn’t it just? I love the trad/modern twist of this new brand of tea, which has bags of personality and makes me smile before I’ve even put the kettle on and taken a sip.
That said, once I did get stuck into sampling the tea I wasn’t disappointed, for ‘while the look and feel of the tea is important,’ says Cosy, ‘the taste is paramount’. Absolutely!
Cosy Tea make 8 varieties including Breakfast, Earl Grey, Rooibos & Vanilla, Chamomile, Lemon Green, Blueberry with echinacea, Peppermint and Jasmine Green. I have to admit that I haven’t tasted the green varieties (as they just aren’t my cup of tea I’m afraid) but here are my thoughts on the ones I’ve tried so far.
Rooibos with vanilla
There’s a lovely smell when you open the pack and once brewed to a satisfying creamy brown colour (I always add milk to Rooibos) the taste is wonderfully caramel-like. Put it this way, if a herbal tea could come anywhere close to emulating the taste of banoffi pie, this is it. This is the best Rooibos I’ve ever tasted and I’ve a tried a few. The added vanilla makes it quite a sweet drink so I would finish off a meal with this when I was too full for pudding. Drink it curled up on the sofa in front of Antiques Roadshow after Sunday dinner.
I loved the mellow comforting flavour of this tea and, as my friend Molly pointed out, it almost has a hint of licorice flavour and not at all ‘grassy’ as I think some cheaper chamomile can taste. This tea is great for chilling out after a manic morning or a caffeine overload. Drink it during your afternoon tea break, probably with a bit of cake on the side (and as Cosy Tea recommends, ‘definitely no under-fives’).
This tasted fine but didn’t knock my socks off. I detected no real difference to any other peppermint varieties I’ve tried and so was slightly disappointed as I drink a lot of mint tea and was hoping for something special. It’s perfectly nice though and I would slug back one of these with a few pieces of chocolate.
Sadly this old man was not quite sprightly enough for me but this might be because I prefer Lady Grey and a bit of a citrus kick. I expect this would please Earl Grey traditionalists especially drunk black with a slice of lemon.
Blueberry with Echinacea
I do like fruit tea but I think the tendency is, with some brands, that they can become too sharp and all end up tasting the same (a bit like bitter ribena or bland fruit cordial). This blueberry tea has a lovely soft fruity flavour and never starts to taste astringent. This would do nicely as a breakfast tea if you wanted to ease yourself in gradually (especially on the weekend). I’d have it with croissants or fruit toast or maybe later in the day with a buttered scone. Lovely!
Have you tried Cosy Tea yet? For more information take a look at www.cosy-tea.com
If you’d like to know about the clever people who designed this packaging check out www.penciluk.co.uk