With the diamond jubilee coming up, the country has gone very patriotic. Shops and streets are filled with red, white and blue decorations, clothes, cakes and merchandise. Everyone is loving all things British, and what better way to celebrate than with a good old cup of tea?
Victory Tea very kindly sent me a trial pack of their Blend No.1 so I could experience it for myself. Victory Tea has only just been launched this year and is only available online, but the way the tea is packaged and sent to you is a big part of Victory Tea's appeal. If you love receiving pretty post as much as I do, Victory Tea will be a real treat for you. Finding their brown box decorated with blue and red, union jacks and vintage stamps on your doorstep feels like you are receiving something special. On the inside of the box is a little story about how Victory Tea is made with lovely illustrations and gold foil packets of tea bags. It is without a doubt the most stylish cup of tea I have ever had! But this is to be expected. The woman behind Victory Tea is Sarah Holmes, former fashion journalist for Red magazine, marketing manager for fashion house Jules B, and founder of designer clothing store Ophelia. However, her family business is Ringtons, who have been making tea since 1907. This interest and knowledge in tea combined with her experience in the fashion industry is what makes Victory Tea special.
Victory Tea really is a lovely cup of tea. It tastes as good as it looks and my whole family has loved it. My mum described it as a 'proper cup of tea, how it should taste' and that is exactly it! They say 'Unlike most tea companies we vacuum pack our tea almost as soon as it's been picked (this removes oxygen which impairs flavour) then it's packed into teabags which are specially sealed in foil. This keeps Victory Tea fresh all the way to your cupboard. '. I am not an expert in how to make tea, but I can tell you it is one of the best I've ever tasted! The only downside is they only have one type of tea, a black tea. I am a big lover of tea and like lots of different types, and I prefer to buy decaffinated tea, which they unfortunately don't have. Hopefully this is just because the company is new and they will expand their range in the future.
If you would like to try it for yourself, you can buy it from their website here. They also have a really handy tutorial on how to make the perfect cup of tea on their blog here.
Will you be doing anything to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee?