I have an apology to make – this post is ridiculously late going live. You know when you’ve legit typed a post up, photographed and tested the products, but then you just kind of forget and it sits in your drafts for a few months? Yeah… that happened. Anyway, I’m an honest person, so to Dragonfly Tea: I’m sorry this is up so late, and to my beautiful readers: I’m sorry I’ve kept such a beautiful tea company from you all for so long!
When an invite to the Dragonfly Tea #DFMasterclass event popped into my inbox, I was super excited. Anyone that knows me well enough will know I LOVE a good cuppa, so I couldn’t wait to be introduced to a new brand of tea experts I’d never heard of before. The most exciting thing was that the event was also celebrating Dragonfly Tea’s 15th birthday and their new Tea House Collection!
I arrived at the event in a hot flush from the tube and subsequently panicking trying to find the venue without being late (phone signal outside St Pancras station is just AWFUL!). I was warmly welcomed, however, and was excited when I walked into the Waitrose Cookery School to see an absolutely beautiful set up – there were flowers everywhere, a beautiful display of teas, cocktails and live chefs cooking some nibbles!
As I mingled with some other bloggers also at the event, I learnt that the whole set up was to take us on a ‘tea journey’. The cocktails were all tea inspired – I had the most gorgeous earl grey infused cocktail. I was extremely impressed to then learn even the nibbles being prepared by the chefs were unique tea recipes – matcha infused noodle nests and jasmine tea smoked duck tacos – yum! The food was all incredible and it was great to watch and chat with the chefs as they worked. They even gave us tips we could recreate at home and even let a few of us have a go with the blow torch! I’d never actually seen or tasted any food using tea as an ingredient before, so it was really inspiring. I wish I was a good enough cook to come up with these amazing flavour combinations!
Top tip for the perfect herbal cuppa: boil the kettle and let it cool down for a couple of minutes before pouring! Don’t be impatient like most of us are and pour the freshly boiled water into your mug as this will ruin the flavour. Boil the kettle, nip to the loo and when you come back your water will be at the perfect temperature!
After we had widened our brains with all these new tea facts, we were let loose on a challenge – there were various different teapots of tea around the room, and we had to guess which one was which by using all of our senses – tasting the tea, smelling the infused tea and the dry tea leaf etc. It was rather tricky, but I got 7/10 which I thought was pretty good!
After some selfies with the props and instagram frame, we said our goodbyes to leave. I was stunned when as we were leaving, we received a goodybag* with a ton of bits and bobs – Dragonfly Tea were so generous! We took home two boxes of tea of our choice, some Dragonfly Tea marshmallows, a candle, a little glass mug to drink our tea, and some sheets of origami!
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