Branching Out With Tea

HumbleBee Ceremonie Green Tea Review

I've never been a big fan of a standard brew. It's not that I dislike normal tea, in fact I quite enjoy a cuppa now and then, it's just that it's never been something I've craved or reached for in general. A few years ago after reading great things about green tea I decided to try it out for myself, and I fell in love. Now a whole section of my cupboard is filled with different green teas or flavoured teas. So when HumbleBee Gift Company asked me if I'd like to review some of their teas I immediately said yes! 

I was sent these adorable little mini cubes that contained one tea bag each as little individual tea tester experiences. These are from the brand Cérémonie an Israeli company offering premium tea. The three flavours I received to try were Sencha Green Tea*, Jasmine Green Tea* and Wild Berry* and can be brought from HumbleBee's Mini Tea Shop.

HumbleBee Ceremonie Green Tea Review

Overall I thought these teas were lovely, I like the idea of them coming in individual boxes so you can sample different teas without committing to a huge box. The actual tea leaves are quite large with actual bits of leaf and other flavourings in the bag, which is nice and I think definitely adds to the flavours. The tea bags are also netted which allows the water to move through the bag easily helping to enhance the flavour in comparison to other types of tea bags that don't allow as much movement of the leaves.  

The first one I tried was the Jasmine Green Tea which is described as "delightfully reassuring" and is a pine needle green tea with a flowery taste, grassy undertones and fascinating pearlish hues. I can definitely agree on it having a flowery taste, which I can sometimes find a bit over powering, however in this is was quite light and it still tasted like green tea but I think the pine needle flavour comes through and has a different flavour to other green teas I've tried. This tea also had a lovely Jasmine scent which I really liked, and I think this would be a lovely tea to have in the evening to relax. 

Next I tried the Sencha Green Tea, which is a steamed whole leaf green tea "of lush character, delicate and sweet aroma" and is said to be perfect for welcoming the day. In compaison to the Jasmine tea this is definitely a stronger flavour of green tea and I can see why it is suggested to be taken in the morning as it has an uplifting scent and flavour. I'd say it tasted sweeter and slightly more floral than more plain green teas I've tried before. It was probably my favourite out of all three teas. 

HumbleBee Ceremonie Green Tea Review

The final tea was in the flavour Wild Berry, a tea of Eastern European origin, that is a caffeine free blend of berries and hibiscus that brews to a beautiful ruby colour. This tea was my least favourite of the three but that was just down to my own tastes. I wasn't a huge fan of the smell, I couldn't put my finger on it but I just wasn't as nice as I'd hoped. The flavour was also a bit too strong for me, being very fruity and sweet but with a slightly sour hint to it. This tea could be enjoyed cold as well, which is a great idea because Im always forgetting about my tea and letting it go cold! 

Over all I enjoyed these teas, I loved being able to sample a few different flavours and I definitely want to experiment with other teas. I think giving tea or coffee as a present is a lovely idea, especially if you know the recipient is a coffee or tea lover! HumbleBee also offer a subscription service where you can receive a bag of tea or coffee each month, as well as variety boxes that have lots of these mini cubes in different flavours which would make a perfect gift for someone who likes to try new things or love their tea! I also love this little House Shaped Tea Infuser!

Are you a tea drinker? If so would you ever experiment with different flavours or types of tea? When's your favourite time to have a cup of tea? I love curling up in bed with a nice green tea and a book. 

26 comments

  1. Oh my gosh these look divine! I'm SUCH a tea lover! Yorkshire Tea being my favourite 'normal' tea and Pukka Green Tea with Matcha being second fave. Also a fan of the Your Tea range. TEA!

    Moving on, these look beautiful! The packaging is gorgeous, looks super luxurious and as you say it would make a lovely gift. Definitely want to try the Jasmine one!

    Rhianna | robowecop

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  2. I really like the elegant boxes. I find hibiscus based teas hit and miss as it can be overpowering and is really easy to over brew making it stronger and slightly bitter.
    I love green tea so would add a slice of lemon to the sencha to boost the health properties and enhance the flavour. YUM.
    Huge tea fan in case you couldn't tell.

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  3. I love having a mug of green tea n the morning, it really wakes me up! :)

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  4. I absolutely adore green teas, peach in particular, is my favourite, but recently I've been branching out so I might just give these a try. Sencha had rocketed to the top of the list, it sounds amazing!! Nothing beats curling up on the sofa with a cup of green tea, whatever the time of day, and no matter what my dad says about it being 'flavoured water' aha :)

    little miss fii || Fii x

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  5. I'm exactly the same! I don't drink traditional tea but I do like jasmine tea and green tea. These look really nice! x

    http://www.curiouser-and-curiouser.co.uk

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  6. I'm quite partial to some green tea! There's something I don't like about normal tea but I can't put my finger on it! Would love to try the jasmine infused one! xx

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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  7. I love trying herbal teas because I get really bored of normal tea
    www.misslaurenmorgan.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I need to drink more tea, but coffee obsession is a bit OTT thats for sure! These sound like they've got some good potential!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  9. Ohh I love my herbal teas as well! I am trying to quit diet coke so this is my new obsession which is much better for me! I love variety packs as well, to try lots of different things. Will need to check these ones out! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  10. I'm a huuuge green tea fan. These sound delish! The Jasmine infused one sounds particularly tasty.


    Lauren x


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    like to say that you have beautiful photos! Great job! I know that it requires
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    Diana
    Cloudlet

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  12. Thank you for reviewing the teas Emma. We have some new Chai Tea's coming in soon, would you like to review them? Also, we have a Mothers Day promotion on at the moment offering 10% off all our teas including the Ceremonie Cubes.


    Thank You Again


    Simon
    Mini Tea Shop

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  13. They were yummy! I love Green Tea so much, so always up for trying new flavours. I think a little box set of all the different flavours would definitely make a lovely set. :)
    xxx

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  14. Yeah I think I might have over brewed it, was just too strong of a taste. Ooh a slice of lemon is a great idea! Haha Im a huge tea fan as well! x

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  15. Green Tea in the morning is my favourite, really refreshing. x

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  16. Peach green tea is my favourite too! Sencha is definitely one I'd try again and the jasmine one was lovely. I love having a read with a green tea :D x

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  17. I drink normal tea if someone offers me a cup of tea but I never make it myself, would always rather a green tea. x

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  18. I just find normal tea a bit bland I think, would rather have something with a bit of flavour. :) xx

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  19. I find normal tea a bit bland, herbal teas have so much variety and they're good for you. x

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  20. I love having a coffee if Im out shopping but at home it's always a green tea! I'd definitely recommend giving them ago, I'd start with a flavoured one as green tea alone can be a bit strange. x

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  21. Im all about the herbal teas, my favourite one is Salted Caramel Green Tea that stuff is just amazing! I think the variety pack is a good idea. x

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  22. The Jasmine one was lovely, really nice and relaxing. x

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  23. No problem Simon, I really enjoyed trying some new flavours. Chai Tea definitely sounds interesting I'd love to try them! I'll have to see if there are any teas my mum would like then!
    Thanks, Emma.

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