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It has been another crazy month and it isn’t too long before Mister and I head off for our long break. The timing was perfect and a great opportunity to take time out from our hectic schedule to attend the High Tea Brewed By Lipton event at Masterchef Dining pop up in Circular Quay.
We had the privilege of having Lipton Master Tea Blender, Kurush Bharucha, joining us for the afternoon. He has been in the tea industry working with tea for the last 30 years. He spoke about the time when he was a young apprentice and there was times that he was tasting one thousand cups of tea every day. I have to agree with him that tea is currently on trend and there has been lots of buzz about tea drinking.
Kurush also introduced the 16 new flavours which come in the pyramid shaped tea bags. The pyramid shape allows them to add longer and larger tea leaves. It also allows sizeable ingredients like dehydrated orange peels, petals, tree barks such as cinnamon. With the pyramid shape, it allows the tea leaves to move around more freely in the bag and hence, releases more flavour and depth.
We had the opportunity to try 5 flavours from the range of 16 new flavours. The first was the exclusive English breakfast. It is a strong cup of tea and was recommended that we had with food that is heavier in flavour. This is the only tea from the lot that we were allowed to have it with milk. A good strong English breakfast is as good as a cup of coffee in the morning.
Tea number 2 is the very special and one of Mister’s favourite, the Russian Earl Grey. It is a very aromatic black tea with strong citrus flavours of orange that is derive from the orange and lemon peels. Mister had a second helping of this.
Cup number 3 is my favourite of the lot as I do love a good and refreshing fruit tea. The Forest Fruits is a black tea with strawberry, raspberry, red currant, blackberry and cherry pieces. The aroma reminds me of camping and waking up in the morning and having the first sip of tea and sucking in the fresh air. I love this!
Tea number four is not actually tea. It is a blend of fruits and herbs. It is a herbal infusion of peppermint leaves, roasted chicory roots & lemongrass. This is perfect after a heavy meal or just a relaxing night cap.
After soaking up all the knowledge of tea, it was time for a high tea of sweet indulgence. We were served sandwiches, tea infused friands, passionfruit tart, vegemite cupcakes (created by Julia), macarons from Zumbo which are finger buns, cherry and coconut and bread and butter pudding. My favourite from the lot is Julia’s vegemite cupcakes. It was irresistible. I had the Uplifting Lemon Ginger tea and it went perfectly with the sweets. Are you jealous now?
You can visit the Lipton tea website and find out more about the new pyramid tea range. As much as I love my coffee, I do enjoy drinking tea at home. My tea collection has grown over the years and have learnt to appreciate it even more now. If you have to pick, which flavour will you try out first?
Last but not least, this is myself and Julia after enjoying an afternoon of tea and sweets. Many thanks to Lipton Tea for the wonderful afternoon.
There is an opportunity for 5 Jeroxie readers to WIN a sample pack of 8 flavours from the Pyramid range!
The giveaway is simple and is open to all residents of Australia age 14+. All you have to do is to answer the question – Which Lipton tea flavour would you try first?
Giveaway ends 27th September so HURRY UP!
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