I just love tea. Can’t get enough of the stuff. And I know I’m not alone on this one. So contain your excitement, fellow Chilterners, when I let you in on a little secret… I’ve just found THE BEST cuppa this side of Darjeeling. And it’s served up, loose leaf or by the bag, by clever local tea specialists Jollybrew.
I stumbled across Jollybrew at the recent Great Missenden Food Festival. Their colourful stand was packed with gorgeous tins of fruit, green and black teas and the array of flavours, or blends in tea-speak, was dizzying! I was VERY excited.
You see, I’m a girl who believes the answer to everyday challenges can be found at the bottom of a cup. Morning jumpstart? Strong and black. Mid afternoon slump? Something zingy. In need of a detox? Green, please! I’m always on the lookout for unique and original takes on tea.
With their imaginative approach to blending, Jollybrew certainly ticks that box for me and it didn’t take much convincing for me to relieve them of a few varieties.
‘London Calling’ is their signature blend – a delicate earl grey with jasmine notes. ‘Barmy Berry’ for when I’m feeling fruity – a real fruit explosion of elderberry, raisin and hibiscus petal. And ‘Tea on the Thames’ – a naturally caffeine free lemon rooibos. I find the names alone a real treat, giving each tea its own quirky little personality. Pop onto their website and you’ll see exactly what I mean!
And… now I know this will sound a little crazy (chiefly because I saw the look on Chiltern Boy’s face when I shared this with him), but their teas are soooooooooo pretty too! Colourful petals, twigs and leaves make them a delight to behold. I wasn’t sure whether to drink it or frame it. A real masTEApiece. (See what I did there?)
Thankfully I did drink it. Dave and I sat down to a London Calling brew this very afternoon. And it didn’t disappoint. Sublime. The fragrant and familiar scent of Earl Grey hit me as I raised my cup. And a parting hint of jasmine, subtle but detectable, as I lowered it back down. Aaaaaaaah. Tea as tea should be.
I popped straight on to their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages so I could like, follow and… do whatever the Insta-equivalent of becoming a die-hard fan is. This way I’ll be kept up to speed when they dream up new blends. And generally kept entertained with their creative take on tea and life.
Buy it directly from their lovely website or look out for the moustachioed logo on the shelves of many Buckinghamshire cafes and farm shops. There’s even a dedicated Tea Bar in Caramel Square in Holmer Green who stock mountains of the stuff. Give it a try, you won’t be let down.
I love hearing about unique local businesses and products, so if you’ve any recommendations, please leave me a reply below!