A while back, I ordered some tea from Bellevue Tea for a taste test and review on the blog. I’ve been trying to avoid buying tea from the big tea brands, and Bellevue Tea are an independent business based in London.
I ordered three teas and got one free. I was very impressed with the speedy and friendly service. I bought tea leaves by weight, and they were packed in foil-lined jiffy bags (I didn’t even know these existed!). They also sell tea in bags, so don’t worry if you don’t want loose leaf. The front of each bag is printed with the tea that’s inside. I love this packaging. It’s flat and doesn’t take up much room, which makes it good for delivery as well as storage.
I bought Kenya Orthodox, Niligiri Special Organic (there are two standards in their shop at the moment) and Bellevue Reviver, which is one of their house blends of black tea. I received Bellevue Belter as a free sample, which is the second unique blend of black tea they make.
I haven’t tried the Bellevue Reviver yet, so this blend is not included in my thoughts below. I didn’t buy any other teas, but the store also sell green, white and fruit teas, along with tea paraphernalia.
There was something not quite perfect about this tea. I don’t know what it was though. It had a shallow taste. I tried brewing it longer, using less milk, using less sugar (I like my tea with one sugar), but I just couldn’t find the right level of tea-ness. I suppose that’s OK – the reason there are so many tea blends is because people have different tastes! I wouldn’t buy this one again, but there wasn’t anything specifically wrong with it.
Nilgiri Special Organic Black Std.
This tea is really cool. When it’s dried it looks like a normal tea. However, once you’ve brewed it with hot water, you notice that the tea is actually made up of individual tea leaves. They unfurl when you brew the tea! It’s the first time I’ve had actual tea leaves that look like leaves!
It takes longer to brew than your regular teabag, so you have to be patient or you end up with brown water. However, I liked this tea. For me, it had a delicate flavour but still made a decent cuppa!
Bellevue Belter (free sample)
This tea is great. It’s a unique blend made by Bellevue, and it’s lovely and strong, with a dry taste. Proper Yorkshire tea! I really enjoyed this blend. Great for anyone who likes tea that you can strip walls with!
If you’ve got someone who likes tea, some samples from Bellevue Tea would make a good Christmas present. It makes an unusual and personal gift. They’ll be able to enjoy your present into the cold new year!
*Not a sponsored post, I just like tea.