We are pleased to announce that our organic Cocoa Bean from Crayfish Bay Estate, organic Damask Rose Buds from the Tsolakis Rose Farm, organic lavender from Cyherbia, and our naturally grown Lemon Verbena and Greek Mountain Tea (Sideritis) from Naxos, have won Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food!
Here are a few snippets from the judges:
“A very appealing milk chocolate aroma on the loose infusion which is also well-presented and fresh. It has a slightly cloudy-reddish-amber liquor and an unanticipated depth in the aroma that is malty and is redolent of milk chocolate. On the palate, the infusion has surprising depth of flavour with the milk chocolate notes and hint of maltiness coming through. It has good body. We enjoyed this infusion very much and it sings quality.”
“This is a very clever drink. It has all the comfort elements of a creamy hot chocolate but without richness from the milk and cream. It is light and buttery with deep roasted chocolate notes. It has a light sweetness too. Well balanced. The nibs are delicious and we enjoyed nibbling on them. Not over roasted and bitter, they are just spot on. You don't need too much - it's remarkably rich. Divine.
A pleasant light brown infusion with some oils on the top of the liquor. The chocolate flavour came through, but it was short, harsh and had a bitter aftertaste.”
An enticing smelling dried mix. We loved the fact it was a by-product. A 'guilt free' hot chocolate! Not the most appealing in appearance but the comforting chocolate characteristics more than make up for this. This tea plays with your mind - hot chocolate but not hot chocolate! The aroma and warmth reminds you of hot chocolate but the texture leaves the palate clean.”
“The dried ingredients are delightfully floral with a sweet aroma, and the prettiest little rose buds. The taste is delicate and moreish - the rose buds give a delicate floral flavour, and there is also a gentle floral-herbal undertone which adds a refreshing and well-rounded character. Everything about this tea feels that it has been done with real care.”
“Beautiful neat buds of died rose with a delicate but distinctive aroma. A clean and fresh looking tea, this has a delicate floral and vegetal aroma. The flavour is clearly rose and is not too overpowering.”
“The pure lavender leaves and flower heads produce a clear bright infusion. The aroma is uplifting, fresh and clean and this is reflected in the drink: cleansing, refreshing, with a clean, fresh and perfumed finish. Unexpectedly delicious!”
“Glorious aroma of lavender, deeply comforting and most promising. The flavour surprised us.”
“The lavender is fresh and full of the essential oil. The flowers are not dusty but whole - they have been prepared well. The infusion has moderate clarity and shine. The heavily lavender nose comes through with a hint of citrus and the flavour is perfumed with a back note of menthol.”
“The clear pale straw/ gold liquor which has a rich an appealing perfumed nose. On the palate, there is a lovely fresh summery feel about the blend.”
“The large pieces of this enormously fragrant dry product show the care of production taken. It has a deeply herbal aroma, smoky and like incense in church. Beautifully clear liquid. Light aromatic flavour, true to the sideritis without any bitterness. Simple flavour, lasts well.”
“The flowers and leaves have been picked with care and have a gentle floral freshness, which you expect from a Greek mountain herb. It is a mild soothing tea, ideal for a night-time drink. The skill is less in the making of the infusion than the picking - getting the flowers and stems at the peak of freshness.”
“There's a pleasing lemony fragrance from the leaves. The liquor replicates this lemony scent, is gentle on the palate and is a refreshing drink. We appreciated the clearness of the liquid.”
“Great quality whole leaves with an excellent lemon verbena aroma. There is a good clean aroma of the herb from the liquor that carries through to the flavour. An enjoyable, well produced infusion.”
We are pleased to announce that our wild foraged Lemon Thyme, naturally grown Red Amaranth (grown in Kent by Chegworth Valley), organic Lemon Verbena, and our organic Damask Rose Buds, have won Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food!
Here are a few snippets from the judges:
“A shockingly hot-pink colour, it looks great! Very light on the nose, subtle vegetal notes come through. Really interesting flavour. Earthy beetroot comes through, and carries a lingering sweetness that really works. Very smooth and drinkable. Visually this tea would stand out from the crowd, and it doesn’t disappoint in taste.”
“You have to like beetroot! We think this delicious. Congratulations on this innovation.”
“A glorious beetroot-juice pink, the link to the vegetable is there in the aroma. Earthy, rounded and sweet on the palate like long-baked beetroot, there’s also a dusty herbal note. A really welcome innovation.”
“The prime condition rosebuds brew to produce a delicate light yellow infusion, with good damask rose scent. The liquor is delicate but clearly true to its origins and has a very mild astringency to balance the mild sweetness of the rose flavour. This infusion is worthy of a star rating.”
“The dry rosebuds look beautiful, dried just right. In the cup the liquor is a lovely pale yellow with a hint of pink, very clear and bright. The nose on the wet buds is of a warming rose with hints of sweetness. The flavour is lovely. A really nice, soft and subtle rose that is very enjoyable.”
“Very herbaceous in the aroma. Really interesting flavour. Again, very herby as you’d expect from a thyme, with delicate citrus notes coming through. Underlying peppery notes that linger on the palate. This is a grown up tea, and a very good one at that.”
“A revelation. A fresh new way to enjoy citric flavours, this time with a discreet touch of green but none of the staleness that dried thyme can so easily give.”
“A lovely pale yellow in the cup and a subtle aroma on the nose. Pleasant sweetness and gentle lemon on the palate. A good example of lemon verbena.”
“The dry ingredient has a floral and lemony smell, fresh and bright. The liquor brewed is pale lemon yellow in colour and has a lemon and herb aroma and is refreshingly tart in the mouth with hints of herbs and lemon. A delightful and delicious infusion worthy of star rating.”
We are pleased to announce that our organic Chamomile (grown in Scotland by Windy Hollow Farm), and both our Kykeon™ blends (Modern and Traditional recipes) have won a Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food!
"Delicious fragrance of stepping into a wild meadow. Really beautiful bright yellow heads which remain whole after brewing. Drinking this was like a big hug - it was warm, clean, refreshing with a good chamomile flavour following through with delicious buttery vanilla tones which kept on giving. You really felt it was doing you good."
"The dried flower heads give off their sweet, warm honeyed aroma when rubbed in the fingers - hay, summertime meadows and warm sunshine. A well balanced and rather delicious example of Chamomile tea."
"A pale infusion, a delicate mint background - not dominant or bold. The initial mint starts to develop, fresh flavoured and vibrant. There is a sweetness, we feel this could be from the toasted oats which have caramelised - there is a delicious delicacy here. We went back for more and found a complexity which was very delicious - rounded and multi-dimensional. The finish leaves a fresh herbal flavour almost as if the bees had introduced the taste of the countryside, the land and the terroir."
"Very roasty toasty on the nose once brewed, the oats doing well to stand up to the normally strident mint. This balance continues onto the flavour with the oats lending a creaminess to this refreshing brew. The mint, with its characteristic chill holds its own. Well crafted, the balance is clever."
"This is a creamy tisane which gives a good mouth feel and is almost a filling tea. The honey coloured liquor looks rich and full bodied. The flavour is a vibrant mint flavour mixed with honey/mead. Distinctive and full bodied."
We are pleased to announce that our wild mountain mint from Armenia, and our organic olive leaf from Greece have won a Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food!
Here are a few snippets from the judges:
“ A light caramel colour, great clarity. Has a rustic taste and full bodied.”
“Clean and consistent taste.”
“Deep colour and intriguing vegetal notes on the nose. The mint flavour is pleasantly smooth and subtle with an interesting complex grassy background. Altogether a pleasant, warming, interesting tea for those looking for something milder.”
“A delightful amber gold colour. On the nose the mint was intriguing and unusual.”
“Attractive looking leaves, but with little scent. Delicate colour. Quite a pleasant savoury umami aroma and flavour when brewed, refreshing and it stays on the palate.”