Hoogly – Luxury Real Teas

Newbie tea brand Hoogly Tea was launched in April 2016 by Danish-born tea enthusiast Tina Gloggengieser who now resides in Brighton. Her mission is to spread the joy of ‘Hygge’, (a Danish word, pronounced “hoo-ga”) a Danish way of life. According to Hoogly Tea’s website Hygge is an all year round feeling of warmth, wellbeing and cosiness. Made with fresh healthy ingredients including apple, orange, almonds, ginger, mint and green tea, Hoogly Tea has created a range of stimulating, luxury infusions to help achieve relaxation and mindfulness. But has the brand succeeded? Read on to find out…

Chill Out Mint: Herbal Infusion
 – Peppermint (45%), Spearmint (30%), Eucalyptus, Pine Needles

Rhubarb & Vanilla – Hibiscus, Chinese Green Tea, Rhubarb Pieces (2%), Sunflower Petals, Calendula Petals, Natural Flavour (>1%)

Vanilla Chai: Black Tea – Sri Lankan Black Tea, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves, Orange Flowers, Vanilla Pieces (3%), Flavour

Marzipan: Herbal Infusion – Rooibos, Almond Pieces (5%), Mallow Flowers, Vanilla Pieces, Flavour

Sparkling White: White Tea – Chinese White Tea (56%), Apple Pieces (15%), Chinese Green Tea, Lemongrass, Elderflower (4%), Orange Blossom (4%), Hibiscus, Rosehip, Orange Peel (0.5%), Natural Flavouring

Contains plenty of protein, vitamins and minerals; aids in digestion and lowers blood pressure as well as helps in curing stress-related diseases. Low fat and calorie content.

Chill Out Mint: Herbal Infusion
 – An invigorating and commanding tasty peppermint thirst-quencher that has many medicinal applications, such as reducing inflammation and discomfort. Also cools your body down inside, making it the perfect consumption after a long run or a vigorous workout at the gym.

Rhubarb & Vanilla – There’s no restraining this healthy pick me up. It has a strong and sharp pleasing flavour and a noticeable rich scarlet appearance like a full- bodied red wine. Thankfully though, there’ll be no chance of a hangover.

Vanilla Chai: Black Tea – The sweet flavour of vanilla is soon surpassed by an exciting rupture of spiciness…without a nasty after tang. Rigorous yet gentle to taste, it’s an invigorating brew that can be enjoyed throughout the day.

Marzipan: Herbal Infusion – Who would have thought it! For some, marzipan is like marmite; you either love it or you hate. Personally I love it, but it wouldn’t have been my first choice as a flavour for tea. However, I was pleasantly surprised that mixed with almonds, which are full of fibre and Vitamin B, this concoction actually works. It’s like consuming cake in liquid form without the calories.

Sparkling White: White Tea – Saving the best till last. I absolutely love this tea. It’s full of character and bursting with flavour. One cup of this feel good beverage and you’ll soon feel calm and ready to get in touch with your inner-self.

Boil freshly drawn water. Allow to cool to about 80 degrees and brew for 3 – 4 minutes. Drink without milk or sugar.

At a cost of £4.25 – £5.25 per pack, each containing 15 biodegradable tea bags with loose tea inside, these extravagant teas are sold at very economical prices. Also available as mini packs (3 pyramids in each) at £1.65 each or as a group of 4 of your choosing for £5.99, making it a fun and cost effective way for you to try a variety of flavours before deciding on the ones you like best.

I can’t fault any of the samples I tried.  Each blend from the selection has a unique rousing flavour and is of high standard at an affordable price. Whatever your preference, be it menthol, spicy or fruity, you won’t be disappointed with this brand of teas. Experience a little of the relaxing and healthy Hygge Danish way of life and give Hoogly Teas a try, you’ll be glad you did.

To learn more about the concept of ‘Hygge’ and Hoogly Teas and to place your orders, visit their homely site! They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Spencer Lloyd Peet

Spencer has has made drinking healthy teas a part of his diet for 20 years and has a library of books on the subject that is continually growing. He's a writer, interviewer and photographer and regularly contributes to the popular culture magazines NEO and MyM. He has also written for wellbeing publications Soul & Spirit and Kindred Spirits among others. He is the creator and editor-in-chief of Diverse Japan (www.diversejapan.com). To find out more about Spencer and his photographic work, check out his website (www.slpeetphotography.com ).

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