Product Reviews

HumbleBee - Tea for the Queen Bee of the house

I recently received some beautiful loose leaf tea to try in my Sage Tea Maker from HumbleBee, an online tea, coffee and gift seller who pick and choose their teas, coffee beans and hot chocolates like I pick my gin, with great research and a lot of tasting sessions... it's a hard life :)

What their website says they do...

Humblebee goes to great lengths to source the best tea and coffee from around the world. We set up this website so you can get all your tea and coffee online.

Our Coffee is roasted near HumbleBee’s office in Herefordshire. We work closely with the roasters to ensure your coffee is fresh and of the highest quality.

Each coffee we offer is unique in flavor and we have plenty to choose from to meet your taste.

Buy loose leaf tea online and choose from classics such as Earl Grey and English Breakfast to more obscure blends such as China Keemun and Kenya Superior.

If you want a caffeine free lifestyle or just fancy something different, we have a range of Herbal and fruit teas as well as delicious luxury hot chocolate.

All of our ranges will grow over time, if you have a favorite tea or coffee which we don’t stock, please fill in our contact us form and we will try our very best to source the product.

I was sent two types of tea, ones in which I have never tried before and so I was a bit excited, also it meant I got to press a new button on my tea maker; Easily Pleased.

Peppermint -

Caffeine free. Made from all parts of the tea bush except the leaves.

Peppermint tea is an herbal tea made from an infusion of peppermint, Mentha piperita. It is sometimes called mint tea. It is naturally caffeine-free. It has also been linked to many health benefits but according to Wikipedia has never had any clinical trials to prove it. Wiki is such a cynic.

Here are 5 things Peppermint tea can do for your health -

  • Stress Relief
  • Aids Sleep (if drunk before bed)
  • Natural Decongestant
  • can be an Appetite Suppressant
  • Clears Skin by boosting Estragen
  • Anti Bloating and wind (helps with farts in other words)
  • Helps with the pain of IBS

What I Thought...

Well that all sounds a bit awesome and all in one cup of minty... dishwater. OK so apparently you get used to the taste and I have to say once I had brewed it a bit stronger I loved it. I can completely see where the sleep aid helps as I have been sleeping better when drinking it at night. I am less bloated too but that might be because I have stopped eating crap too. I will carry on drinking it but I'll have to buy some more as I'm running out.

Lapsang Souchong -

A Smokey golden tea. Smoked using pinewood.

After a bit of research, it turns out Lapsang Souchong is the Marmite of tea. It typically has a stronger flavour and aroma, flavours include pine smoke and Whiskey and can be a bit strong for the breakfast tea drinkers (like me). Tea merchants marketing to Westerners (that's us) note that this variety of tea generally produces a strong reaction, extremely positive or strongly negative, hence why I called it the Marmite of Tea... you either love it or hate it!

  • Origin: Fujian Province, China
  • Leaf Type: Black Tea
  • Taste: Smooth, with a distinctive smokiness
  • Drink: Best without milk
  • Brew: 3-5 minutes according to taste
  • When to drink: During a mid-morning brunch (posh innit)

What I thought...

Ummmmm *puke face* I'm not a huge fan. Marmite is the right word, I hate that too. It's too smokey and strong for me. I tried it again weaker, same thing. I even tried it with milk and sugar because apparently the Irish do that, it was a little bit better but not my favourite, put it that way. It smells like the Blitz.


HumbleBee Gift Co. has a great range of expertly sourced teas and coffees for all tastes and is a great gift inspiration for any occasion.

Where to buy...



Lapsang Souchong


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food, Home, KitchenAlice Hassall