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18 September 2015

A scrum-ptious Rugby World Cup offer from Blossoms Syrup

To kick off the Rugby World Cup in style, Blossoms Syrup have a great offer on their 500ml bottles of Blackcurrant Syrup.

Buy one and get the second half price!

Join in the Rugby World Cup celebrations with a special drink – add the Blackcurrant Syrup to sparkling wine or even add a splash to a glass of Guinness.

Blossoms Syrup is all completely natural and made with real fruit and can be used in in so many ways, not only for drinks. Try drizzled over desserts, in marinades or even on your morning porridge.

Make sure your Rugby World Cup celebrations are truly scrum-ptious and place your order today on the Blossoms Syrup website here.

This offer ends 31st October 2015

1 September 2015

Meet the expert: Graham Childs of The Artisan Food Trail

To give you a little more insight into the experts that are part of the live panel for our Pitch to the Experts competition, we are introducing each of the four members over the coming days…

Graham Childs
Graham is one of the co-founders of the multi award winning Artisan Food Trail and creative director of design agency, childsdesign and has worked in design and marketing for nearly 30 years. He’s worked with some of the biggest brands around and brings his experiences with them to smaller businesses, helping them to refine their brand offering with limited budgets, create customer visibility online and offline and increasing their sales.

Through the Artisan Food Trail, Graham and his co-founder, partner and wife, Lisa, help promote small artisan food businesses to potential customers, they work with a number of then on their brand development and support through other important business services. Their own multi award winning business started on a budget of less than £50!


For more information about the Pitch to the Experts competition read our article where you will also find the links to submit your pitch to win up to £10,000 worth of help and advice for your food business.

A refreshing change: Tg hot green teas

Photo: © childsdesign
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A short while ago we tested out Tg Green Teas Iced Teas which won our approval and now it’s time to put the kettle on and brew up their hot teas.

There are three flavour variations, each in neat pyramid bags which are filled with good quality tea leaves. There’s nothing at all dusty about these and the leaves are of a good size and smell wonderful. It might sound usual, and you may disagree, but we thought the dry leaves had an almost chocolatey aroma.

After some careful tea making (more about that later) we made some good tasting drinks. To be honest it has taken us a while to get into drinking green tea mainly because it has been a long journey in finding a good green tea. Some have either been too insipid or had a strange seaweed-like flavour.
Not so with Tg. It is has a refined flavour.

Let’s look at the flavours individually…

Green Tea
This is green tea in its purest and exceptional from. It brews to a delicate golden colour and has a nutty aroma. The flavour has notes of hazelnut which is initially smooth with a slightly tangy dry finish. A sipping tea for some relax and contemplation time.

Green Tea with Ginger & Lemon Zest
The lemon smell is wonderful and certainly not overpoweringly ‘unreal’ which can often be the case in some mainstream brands. A light golden brew delivers a fresh enlivening flavour with a hint of warm ginger tingle. A mood lifting, head clearing drink ideal to enjoy first thing in the morning.

Green Tea with Jujube & Osmanthus
This tea has a more pronounced fruity flavour from the jujube (Chinese red date) and a slight raisin-like sweetness. The Osmanthus flowers imbue a gentle fragrance. The colour is a little darker than the others. Treat yourself with this rich smooth-tasting tea.

The teabags come in a resealable pouch which will keep the tea fresh, perfect for those who don’t have an airtight caddy to store them in. Fifteen bags may not seem many but the beauty of this tea is that a bag can be brewed for a second time and maybe even at a push, a third!


Perfecting the art of brewing green tea
Green tea has to be treated with respect to get the best from it. Remember, it is not your average everyday dunk-and-drink cuppa or a mug of ‘builder’s’.

Water temperature is very important Whatever you do, don’t use just-boiled water from the kettle – it is too hot! The optimum temperature for green tea is 80°C, anything hotter will cause bitterness to be released from the naturally occurring tannins which can be unpleasant.

Take your time and leave the kettle to stand for 5 minutes or if you’re very particular, pour the water into a jug and use a temperature probe to check it reaches the essential 80°C. We know it seems pedantic but we’ve found it very effective especially if your kettle is well insulated.

Now you can make your tea. Drop the tea bag into a cup and pour on the water and leave to steep for up to 3 minutes. We like ours at the 2 minute mark.
Do not be tempted to mash the bag about with a teaspoon and do not squeeze it either as this will also release the bitter tannins. A gentle swish will suffice, then when your preferred flavour is achieved lift out the bag and put it on to a saucer to be used again.


We are pleased to award Tg Green Teas our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Green Tea, Green Tea with Ginger & Lemon Zest and Green Tea with Jujube & Osmanthus.




To find out more about Tg Green Teas visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here where you’ll find a link to their website for further information.