This time, it wasn't me opening the door to the postie, it was Daddy, who is slightly less terrifying first thing in the morning I was greeted with a box containing Black Tea and Vanilla Chai. (And some tissue paper which has been stashed in the craft box for a rainy day. We have lots of those.)
While I'm not a big tea drinker, I always keep some on hand in the house for visitors, and so I enlisted the help of a couple of willing volunteers (aka my parents) to test out the black tea. They were very impressed with the box, it's such a pretty design, and really gets across both the "tea" and the "India" sides of things, even if you took away the words, the paisley print teapot is so pretty! On tasting, my dad said "It's tea, it tastes of tea." Well, yeah. Mum was a bit more detailed, "It's GOOD tea, one to save, not just for breakfast every morning." I'll take that as a complement, I noticed the box sneaking out of the house in her handbag, so they're back to whatever's in my cupboard next time!
I kept the Vanilla Chai for myself. I'm not good at sharing! I love love LOVE vanilla chai. I'm not even sure where I picked the habit up from. It's not something I can find many places, but when I do, it makes me a very happy person, so receiving my own personal stash of it was a really big treat. I make it with milk, but you can drink it black if that's your thing. If you're really technical, you can even make it into a chai latte by heating the milk and using more milk & less water. That's a bit too much work for me though.
I'm still of the belief that Chai isn't *really* tea. It's nicer. And the vanilla is so soft and smooth and soothing, after Squeaky's gone to bed, I can curl up with a mug and a couple of biscuits and have a few minutes of "me time" before I get back on with the busy life of a mum, blogger, laundress, nail polish addict and whatever other titles I may currently have.
Have I tempted you enough to want to try Tea India out for yourself? I have? Excellent! Right now, on their facebook page, Tea India have a You and I and a cup of Chai campaign going on. Click on the link, and invite your best tea-drinking buddy around for a very special cuppa. You're then in with the chance to win a selection of teas, including Black Tea, Cardamom, Vanilla, and Masala Chais to share with your friend, and earn you a favour or two! Read the terms & conditions before entering. I'm not in any way connected with the promotion, just giving you a heads up!
Tea India is available in various supermarkets nationwide.
Disclosure: I was provided with the packs of tea shown above free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not told what to write and all opinions are my own. Links are provided for your convenience, I am not a member of any affiliate scheme and will not receive reward for their use.