Other than nail varnishes, Game of Thrones, and My Husband (Obviously apart from when he snores), I am very partial to a cup of tea. Actually, that is a huge understatement, I love the five minutes I get with the hands wrapped round a cuppa, and I don't do small cups either. The mugs I have could easily hold 2 'normal' cups. There is seriously nothing better than a cuppa.
I, somehow, one day starting chatting to Chateau Rouge Tea Company generally about tea and how my blog is generally run on tea consumption. After a while of having banter, they offered me two bags of their loose tea (and to be proper tea it has to be loose) to try.
The first was Fergussons Ceylon, a rich, smooth tea that is from Southern Sri Lanka. I found this was a great afternoon pick me up with a rich tea biscuit. Medium bodied has a deep redish tone, came be drunk with milk but tastes great on its on (which I do with all my tea - Black, no sugar). This has now gone to my parents who are avid tea drinkers as I no longer can drink tea with caffine inside because of my pregnancy. (Winner Great Taste Awards Gold 2012)
This then leads me to the one I now have constantly brewing - Wild Harvest Organic Honeybush. It's light delicate flavour has a honey and pepper tone, and the best things is for me it's caffeine free so I can brew a pot of it and sip away to my hearts content. Picked and dried in the South African sun, you cannot over stew this, that means that for people like myself you can get easily distracted can leave it, come back and the flavour is still beautiful. (2 time winner of Gold at Great Taste Awards 2011)
A note on Chateau Rouge - They are lovely people, please tweet them and ask them for recommendations and advice. They also regularly tweets facts about tea that are fascinating. Founded by Steve Farrell, it's a small company run from London which pays attention to detail and has a genuine love for tea.
Sample packs from £1.95 and can be purchased at http://www.chateaurougetea.com/