I really enjoyed our brief period living in Bristol. I made some lovely friends, I joined a netball team and I ate more brunches from independent cafes than you can shake a slice of fried halloumi at.
I missed Somerset though.
I missed the feeling of familiarity and belonging somewhere, of driving past places and thinking ‘I remember going there with Gran and Grandad when I was little.’
When I moved back to Somerset about four years ago (four years!) it felt like coming home, only better than first time around because I appreciated it more. Perhaps it’s age too, that means I enjoy all that shiz like heritage and feeling rooted in a community. I like chatting to people at the weekly farmers’ market in Taunton and buying locally produced food and drink. I like going to garden centres and drinking cups of tea.
I am living my Best Somerset Life.
Given how fond I am of all the tea drinking and local producers and what not, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I was pretty excited when local tea and coffee legends Miles asked me if I fancied coming for a nose around their factory in West Somerset and helping them launch their new range of Tea Kites.
Basically they asked me to be the poster girl for local tea bags. Pretty sure that’s what happened.
Look how excited I am to be holding a box of tea!
(My face can go a bit funny in pictures sometimes. I keep my mouth closed and do a weird smile that makes me look like Belle in all her primary school photos where she refused to show her teeth. I think I may have gone too far the other way with this one though.)
Getting to have a look at the expertise that goes into creating something as seemingly simple as a bag of coffee or a box of tea was really fun. I especially liked the machine that takes the tea and a roll of gauzy paper and makes tea bags – I felt like I might become hypnotised.
So what are Miles Tea Kites?
Good question. Tea and Coffee has been blended and roasted by the sea in West Somerset by Miles since 1888, so these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to tasty beverages. Tea Kites are a new offering in the ‘fancy tea’ market.
You know when you go into one of those independent halloumi cafes I mentioned earlier, and they have about 30 types of tea decanted into large mason jars behind the counter, all in glossy pyramid teabags, filled with beautiful chamomile flowers and rose petals?
Here they are:
They look beautiful, they smell amazing – they will turn you into a better version of yourself every time you drink one.
So far I have only tried the lavender, lime flower and rose flavour, but based purely on this experience I am giving Miles Tea Kites 10/10 – ‘would recommend.’ I will be honest and say I tried the lavender one first as that was the flavour I was most sceptical about. Lavender is lovely, but it can be a pretty overpowering flavour and I wasn’t sure how they were going to make a tea with it that didn’t taste like you were chewing one of those microwaveable lavender pillows.
Suffice to say that Miles managed it. The lavender tea is flavoursome but subtle, gently floral without tasting like toilet pot pourri, which is always a good thing in a tea.
Win ten boxes of Miles Tea Kites
If you’d like to make your tea shelf the envy of all your friends then you’ve come to the right place. The lovely people at Miles have very kindly offered me two COMPLETE SETS of all ten flavours of their new Tea Kites to giveaway. That’s ten boxes, one of each flavour, just like in the picture.
To be in with a chance to win, go and visit the Miles website and come back and leave a comment on this post telling me which of the new teas takes your fancy. Register the comment in the Gleam widget below and you’ll unlock lots of bonus ways to enter and increase your chances of winning. The competition is open to UK residents only and is open until 11.59pm on July 30th 2018.