If you follow me on either Twitter (linky) or Instagram (linky), you’ll know that I’ve often said that I feel a cup of tea can solve anything. I wholeheartedly believe that taking time out to breathe and enjoy just a moment or two with a cup of something lovely can help us feel much more restored.
I was recently invited to take a trip to planet tea, otherwise known as T2 in Milton Keynes! I say “planet tea” because, well, anything these guys don’t know about tea isn’t worth knowing!
As soon as you walk in to this beautifully styled store, you’ll be amazed at the plethora of tea available. Now you may enjoy exploring the store by yourself or alternatively feel a bit flabbergasted and not know where to begin, but do feel free to ask the *genuinely* friendly team about anything you see or to show you the way, as they’re so lovely in there!
When I arrived for my masterclass in all things T2 I was greeted by a very lovely lady and boy does this lady know her stuff!
First up she introduced us to this delightfully delicious cuppa called Baxter’s Buns – which is one of their “feature” teas. This cup of yumminess is based on hot cross buns, and who doesn’t like those tasty little fellows!? If you’re a cinnamon fan and love those doughy buns, then this is definitely worth grabbing a box of! It was served with milk, a squidge of honey for sweetness, tasted so lovely and the cinnamon (one of my favourite scents and tastes!) reminded me of my favourite time of year, Christmas!! (Yes! I said the “C” word in May!)
Now I must say I was particularly intrigued by all the amazing equipment we were shown during the entire masterclass. It put my little teapot at home to shame!
The next lovely drink we got to try out was the fabulous Packs a Punch! Before we had our Baxter’s Buns, the Packs a Punch tea was left sitting pretty as it brewed away in these totally awe-inspiring teamakers!
These amazing little things not only let the tea brew away inside them, just simply pop them on top of the mug, press down and voila! Your drink is served! No drips, no mess, just a really super easy to use teamaker! How clever? If you fancy getting your mitts on one of these fab little things, they’re £20 from T2 and come in a choice of 4 colours. I think they’d make such a great gift for a tea lover!
Back to the tea…
So we tried out the Packs a Punch tea both hot and (as you can see above!) …iced! I loved both ways it was served as it was so full of fruit flavour (because T2 make things properly! No weak fruity flavour here!), but I must say I really liked it on ice and found it so refreshing after a long day at work. Think of those sunny days ahead – this could be the perfect after work chill out iced tea!
To complete our masterclass, we learnt all about Matcha tea! If you pop into T2 right now, you’ll discover a variety of matcha teas available. Whether you fancy giving the classic Matcha tea a whirl, or you’d prefer a little extra flavour. It’s all there to be enjoyed!
Another lovely T2 lady joined us to teach us all about Matcha, and once again we were wowed by the fountain of knowledge these guys have! It was truly brilliant!
We were talked through the different versions of Matcha that can be made, from the strongest, through to the more milky and frothy tasting. Matcha tea is made using the best part of green tea leaves and has many more antioxidants than your standard green tea. Due to the way it’s grown it also has a higher level of caffeine – it’s said that the monks like to drink it to keep themselves focussed!
Just before Christmas I had tried a Matcha latte, which I enjoyed – probably because it was full of milky frothy goodness!! So I was intrigued to try out the different “levels” as such of the Matcha tea. I really enjoyed trying them all out but definitely took more of a liking to the milkier tasting versions. Of course it’s an acquired taste, but I think it’s worth trying out to see what you like – it’s all personal preference after all!
You might be intrigued by the cute little bowl and whisk that’s used to whip up the Matcha drinks. These little items are the traditional Japanese tools to use when creating your Matcha drinks! The bowl is called Chawan and the bamboo whisk is called a Chasen.
It’s also said that it’s tradition to eat something sweet before having the more bitter styles of Matcha, so we were offered a jelly baby before trying it out – and who was I to say no!?
Do pop by their “Matcha Discovery Station” instore and have some fun trying it all out – you might just love it!
When it was time to head home, the lovely team gave us a goodie bag with Packs A Peach and an infuser – I am *SO* ready to enjoy some peachy iced goodness after work this Summer!
Have you set foot in the T2 Milton Keynes store before? I’d love to know your tea recommendations!
…and if you haven’t, do swing by and check it all out! Whether you’re a loose tea, tea bag, fruity tea, classic tea or simply a tea pot collecting person….it doesn’t matter – this store has it all covered!
T2 Milton Keynes is located next to Cath Kidston and opposite The White Company. Visit the website here: http://www.t2tea.com/en/uk/Home
Thank you once again to T2 Milton Keynes! It was so fun to come and truly explore the wonderful world of tea!