03 December 2015

Tregothnan Tea and Teapot Review and Giveaway

Tregothnan Tea and Teapot Review and Giveaway - And Tea Tips / www.delightfulrepast.com

Tregothnan has been at the top of my Next Trip to England Must-Do List ever since I learned of it several years ago. Imagine, tea growing in England! Theirs is a fascinating story you'll want to read on their website.

(Normally, I wouldn't be doing two giveaways in a row, but lots of people are looking for gift ideas just now, so ... And this one is open to UK and EU, as well as US, readers!)


The Teapot


Tregothnan recently sent me their teapot as well as four black tea blends for review. As regular readers might already know, I'm rather particular about my teapots. Of all the faults a teapot can have, the worst, by far, is a dribbly spout. Apparently, Tregothnan shares my view as the teapot designed for them has, in their words, "the best non-drip spout we've ever come across."

The Tregothnan Infusion Teapot can, of course, also be used with teabags; but I like that it includes a stainless steel infuser to hold loose leaf tea (I always use loose leaf). Its spout did indeed prove to be non-drip, something I insist upon. When I buy a teapot in a shop, I actually test it (with cold water) on the spot. That has raised a few eyebrows over the years, but frequently a shop owner has concluded that it's a really good idea.

It's a small pot, 17 fluid ounces/500 ml (3 teacups or 2 mugs), just right for my solo tea-drinking throughout the day. If others are joining me, I use a larger teapot; I have sizes ranging all the way up to 3 quarts.

Tregothnan Tea and Teapot Review and Giveaway / www.delightfulrepast.com
  

The Teas


The first tea I brewed in the teapot was GREAT British Tea, created by Tregothnan for Number 10 Downing Street (Recognize the Prime Minister's address?) in honour of the GREAT Britain campaign. It is a hearty blend of Cornish tea leaves and Assam, making the strongest of their brews.

I like to use 3 grams of tea for every 8 ounces of water, so for the Tregothnan pot I used 6 grams of tea, which was 3 level US measuring teaspoons. I did a 4-minute brew. That might be a little stronger than you like if you don't put milk in your tea. Sometimes I drink it plain, and when I use milk it's just a teaspoon or two. No sugar.

On my next tea break, I brewed a pot of the Classic tea. After 3 minutes I poured a cup to be tried plain. After another minute I poured another cup--a bit stronger to stand up to a splash of milk (I always use 2%). Then, just for fun, I stirred in 1/4 teaspoon sugar. Wonderful, but by no means necessary.

Later I brewed a pot of the Earl Grey loose leaf tea. Earl Grey, one of my favourite teas, can be very good or, more often, very bad. The characteristic bergamot is often overdone (one major brand tastes more like pine cleaner than tea, and I was recently served one with overpowering lavender!). Not the case here. The Tregothnan tea blended with imported Assam has just the right amount of bergamot. The 4-minute brew of this subtle blend was perfect.

The Afternoon tea blends the English-grown Tregothnan tea with imported Darjeeling. Since I never add milk to Darjeeling, I didn't add any to my 4-minute brew of this lovely tea that has been referred to as a "delicately refreshing blend." (I know, I know, I drink a lot of tea!)

If you're new to tea, see How to Make a Proper Cup of Tea. If you have any questions, just ask me in the comment section below. I'm always happy to answer tea questions. And if you are in the US, UK or EU, be sure to enter the giveaway!

Photo courtesy of Tregothnan

Tregothnan Tea and Teapot Giveaway 


This giveaway is open to residents of the UK and EU as well as the US who are 18 years of age or older. Leave a comment below (one entry per person, please) and please include your email address in the body of your comment. Must enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday December 9.

Winner will be chosen by random drawing and be announced here in the comments before noon Eastern time on Thursday December 10. If I don't hear back from the winner of the random drawing by noon Eastern time Sunday December 13, another drawing will be held and a new winner selected from the original entrants (those who commented before the giveaway deadline). 

Disclosure: Tregothnan provided product for review purposes and for the giveaway. The views expressed here are entirely my own. I always tell my readers what I really think!

88 comments:

Swathi iyer said...

Lovely tea pot looks great Jean.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Swathi. I needed one that size, and it does indeed have a non-drip spout!

Marilyn Miller said...

What a wonderful give away! The teapot looks wonderful. Thanks for visiting me at Delights of the Heart. Nice review!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Marilyn. Isn't tea delightful?!

Earl Grey said...

Nice bit of refinement there. Love your EG descriptions, nailed it.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Earl Grey Addict! And I hope readers of this post will go over to your site and check out your Earl Grey reviews. I love the detail you give about temperatures and such, too. Very helpful for tea shoppers.

Daniela said...

I'm so very glad to have 'found' you again, my darling, actually, that you've 'found' me again, giving me the opportunity to come back here, and I'm so overjoyed to take part to this giveaway, I'm 'tea addicted' {{smiles}} !

May the remainder of your week be joyous, dearest Jean,
thank you for the beautiful comment on my blog !!!
xo
Dany

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Dany, thank you, we tea addicts must stay in touch!

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

I believe in “tea for two,” as long as there are three people and I’m the one not drinking any of the stuff. I’ll skip over the part that tries futilely to explain why I don’t “get it” about tea. Wish I did like it. But I’m fascinated by the fact that you field-test teapots right there in the store. I’m thinking this consumer strategy wouldn’t transfer well when shopping for spittoons, hot-air poppers or bath tubs. But I’m tempted…

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sully, HA! I think I could field-test a bathtub before I could field-test a spittoon!

Angie Schneider said...

I can't imagine my life without tea! I grew up drinking tea, lots of tea!!! This is a fantastic giveaway, Jean. Thanks!!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

You're welcome, Angie. It's been a while since I was able to do a giveaway for those outside the US.

Cranberry Morning said...

That's beautiful! I'd never heard that name before, but when I saw the photo, I realized it's just like the teapot my daughter has...from some tea shop in St. Paul, MN. It would be great to have a teapot that didn't dribble. ? Somehow that word just sounds disgusting. Anyway, you know what I mean. LOL

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Judy, sounds disgusting and IS disgusting -- I hate dribbly spouts! It is a sweet little teapot.

Carina said...

Thank you for hosting such a lovely giveaway! I am intrigued with the idea of English grown tea! And as someone who goes through several POTS throughout each day, I can't think of a better prize! :)

Amy at love made my home said...

I am so with you about drippy teapots, I hate that! My other dislike is metal teapots with lids that don't close all the way! Picky thing aren't I!!! I do however love a good cuppa and like mine either with a little milk, or earl grey with a slice of lemon and no milk. No sugar for me in either. There is nothing like a nice cup of tea is there! xx

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Carina, I'm always so pleased to find another tea lover!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Amy, you can't be too picky when it comes to teapots!

Helen said...

my little pot got broken so I've not been making Earl Grey at home but drinking hot chocolate all the time. I have used similar pots in caf├ęs and found them very good. My email is helen@polpeor.plus.com or @h_barrpol

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Helen, thanks for entering AND thanks for calling my attention to a very important typo I'd made.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

That is a very cute teapot, Jean. I like a teapot that has a built in infuser. And "Downing" St. is very dear to me because that was my Granny's maiden name. I adored her! Pity the giveaway is only open to the US, UK, and EU. Canada is part of the British Commonwealth, after all. *smiles* Thanks for sharing and have a wondweful weekend.

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

Patricia Miller said...

Hi Jean. I am new to blogging and actually stumbled onto your site. Not sure what I did, but what a delightful stumble. Will bookmark you so I can find my way back. Would be thrilled to win your lovely dripless teapot. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Dear Jean - WOW - what a glorious giveaway - thank you for the opportunity!

Please, by all means, count me in for sure! : - )

Thank you so much for visiting me today - and for your sweet comments.

I am now your newest follower - don't want to miss your posts! Love a new tea sister! ♥

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sandi, I'm sorry Canada wasn't included -- I'll try to do that next time! Thanks for commenting about your grandmother; I love grandmothers!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Patricia, I hope you'll come back again! Happy blogging!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Michele, I love that -- new tea sister!

Mildred said...

I had not heard of this tea pot. It was interesting to learn more about it and read your reviews of the teas. Thanks for this opportunity. Hope you are enjoying this joyful month of December.

Patricia Nickel said...

Hello from Canada,
I have followed your blog for quite awhile now. I have tried out several of your recipes and they are indeed delightful. I see your latest blog regarding the tea, and teapot giveaway. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to participate in that giveaway, but it is not open to Canada. May I ask why? Surely it is just as far to ship the prize to America as it would be to Canada. Please?? Pretty please would you consider opening your give away up for your devoted Canadian followers?? Thank you! I love your blog as I love to bake, and am all about anything tea, and cross stitch. Creature comforts for me. Thank you Jean Sincerely Patricia

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Mildred, thank you! And I hope you and your husband are having a lovely winter!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Oh, Patricia, I am sorry! If it were up to me ... :-( But when I do giveaways it is the company that specifies who it is open to. Next time Canada is not specified, I *will* press for it! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. Won't be forgotten.

Hope Clark said...

I would adore a perfect teapot. I'm the only tea drinker in my house and I often do not indulge myself, but this would be wonderful for my evening tea in front of one of my mystery shows. Thanks for offering.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Hope, so good to hear from you! Yes, this is the perfect little teapot to indulge in solo tea-drinking. What are your favorite mystery shows?

relevanttealeaf said...

The Tregothnan teapot looks like a perfect size. Please enter me in your giveaway, and thank you for letting me know about it.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks for entering! Isn't tea just the best thing ever?!

Ann said...

How wonderful to have some exact measurements of tea by weight-never thought of that just always use the same spoon-and exact minutes of steeping.

Remember the add that used to say "tea psyches you up?" I really think it does.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

A dribbly teapot is a terrible thing - I agree! Wonderful information about brewing and measures. I always have a cup of tea and a little treat every afternoon and sometimes a cup of chamomile in the evening. Lovely blog - I am a new follower. Thank you for your sweet visit. x Karen

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Ann, thank you. Yes, I think it's important to use exact measurements, whether by weight or measure, for tea. Always the same for a particular tea. I don't remember that ad, but it's true that tea energizes or calms, warms or cools, whatever is called for!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Karen! I'm so glad to have a new follower, and it's always fun to find another tea aficionado!

Stephanie said...

Ooooh, what a lovely giveaway, sweet Jean. Your blog is full of delightful goodies right now :) You are very kind and generous and I would love to enter my name. Thank you, my dear.

Have a lovely weekend. Hugs!

Tony Grant said...

This sounds intriguing, Jean. Tea grown in Cornwall. Actually, I am not that surprised. The south coast of England have many micro climates. There is even a rainforest that stretches for about eight miles along the undercliffe at Lyme Regis in Dorset.Think The French Lieutenants Woman. The many "Combes," ( ravines cut into the cliffs and coastal areas along the Cornish Coast) create the most amazing micro climates too. So yes, I can believe that tea is grown in Cornwall. Phew!!!!Now I have finished. I like the fact the teapot is white too. If it was dark brown, the traditonal colour for a tea pot, I would be even more pleased. Can't stand the fancy ones. Tony

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Great set.
Never make a pot of tea these days, pity really.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Stephanie, it's my pleasure. Thank you for hosting the wonderful link parties!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Tony, thanks for the geography lesson! I think my husband would really like that part of the country. I should have taken him there instead of north, and he would probably be clamoring to go back on a regular basis!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Margaret, maybe all that will change now! :D

Jayne said...

Thank you so much for this article. I have always been a tea lover. Really needed a lesson in how to brew a proper cup of tea.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Jayne! I hope you'll come back and check out all my teatime recipes. Just go to the Recipes page and look for the Teatime subheading.

Linda Kay said...

Jean, now that would be the very best opportunity to do a review, fresh tea in a cute little teapot. I'd love to share with you!

Karen Weaver said...

I search for things that will make our world seem more civilized. Having a cup of tea, during several wars, has saved my sanity.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Linda, I'd love to have a pot of tea with you and tour your lovely new home!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Karen, excellent point! That is so true!

DeniseinVA said...

Hello, first of all thank you for visiting me at my blog. I came back to return the kindness and saw the giveaway. Would love to be entered please. My e-mail is luvinwildlife@gmail.com

Thanks for offering this giveaway. Looks like a lovely product.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Denise, this morning I just thought, "I haven't visited DeniseInVA lately" and thought this was the perfect time to do it while I have this giveaway going!

April J Harris said...

What a beautiful teapot, Jean! Loose leaf teas give such a wonderful flavour! Thank you for sharing this giveaway with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile said...

I am a total tea addict! Love it!!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

April, thank *you*! Hope you're having a lovely winter!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Lucy, I love finding other total tea addicts! :-)

Sammi Ricke said...

Oh the teapot is just gorgeous! I have all white dinnerware so it would match perfectly! ...And I would have perfect tea every time too :) Thanks for hosting this lovely giveaway.
groundedandsurrounded@gmail.com

Lynda H said...

What a sweet little pot! I love that it reduces dripping - major pet peeve! Thanks so much for the giveaway! rchreviewlh@yahoo.com

Betty said...

I would love to try this tea and the teapot is just lovely.
Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thanks!
bettyy5919@aol.com

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sammi, I have all white dinnerware, too! Love it. I come from a long line of dishaholics, though, so I have other patterns as well; but I do love the white.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Lynda, you are so welcome! I'm all about tea!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Betty, I think you'll like the teas. And isn't it wonderful that they're growing tea in England?!

Ancilla Jagdeo said...

Lovely giveaway, I have been getting into trying different teas in the past few months. My favorite right now is white chocolate mint.
ancilla81@gmail.com

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my Jean, you and I share a love of good tea, also. I drink tea throughout the day and love trying new flavors. I also love a teapot with a good pouring spout., as I drink a pot every morning. I feel kind of bad about entering this generous giveaway (since I just won!), but please throw my name into the drawing. I haven't found an Earl Gray tea that I like, and I was interested to hear your comments about this particular blend. Thanks for this generous giveaway with products that you love!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you for entering, Ancilla. I always enjoy "meeting" tea lovers!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Kitty, you are so welcome. If you'll let me know what Earl Greys you've tried and not liked, I might be able to make a recommendation or two. Just pop me an email.

Kara Marks said...

I love this so much and would love to win it! karaleigh2 at cox dot net

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

I'm so glad you like it, Kara!

amherstrose said...

Hello Jean,

Like you, I have given teapots the dribble test before I have purchased them. Have had the Tregothnan tea and it is indeed special to know that it was grown in England.

Happy sipping,

Mary Jane

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Mary Jane, glad to hear it -- testing in the shop saves a lot of trouble, doesn't it?!

Carol Preibis said...

Hello Jean,

Thanks for offering this very nice giveaway!

Wishing you a joyous Chritsmas, and many blessings all year!

Carol

Ally said...

I feel like a slacker that I'd never even heard of Tregothnan tea! Seems that I've been missing out!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Carol, thank you! And I hope you have a fabulous 2016!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Ally, true, you've been missing out -- but not because you're a slacker!

Cora said...

Would love to win a charming little teapot that doesn't dribble!
mcchupp@gmail.com

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Cora, you'll love the tea, too!

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

Thank you for visiting my blog today. What a lovely giveaway. Oh how I wish to visit Tregothnan on our next trip to England.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Me, too, Linda! Such a beautiful place!

parTea lady said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm sorry I don't know the name of the rose in my header. I enjoyed reading about Tregothnan tea (I've never tried it). Yes, it is important to have a non-dribble spout and that teapot looks perfect for every day use. :-)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

parTea lady, thank you for visiting mine! One can never have too many teapots!

Martin @ The Why Chef said...

A big bone of contention in my house is if the milk and sugar go in the mug before the tea and hot water, or after it's brewed! (when making straight to mug, that is)

Email: me-me-I-said-it-first@thewhychef.com

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Martin, when I make tea "straight to mug," here's what I do. I set the stainless steel infuser over the mug, measure in the loose leaf, pour on the water, let brew 5 minutes, remove the infuser, and then add milk. You should definitely add the milk and sugar after the tea has brewed. Of course, that didn't really tell you the "Why" of it! :-)

Dori P said...

Thanks for sharing your review of this lovely tea! It looks wonderful! :)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Dori! And come back Thursday for my mincemeat recipe.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

This sounds like something I would like to try.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jerry, thank you for entering!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

*Giveaway Winner Announced* - The winner of the Tregothnan teas and teapot, by random drawing, is Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest. Michele, as soon as you send me, delightfulrepast at aol dot com, your name, address and phone number (required by shipper), Tregothnan will ship the teas and teapot to you. Congratulations!

If I don't hear from the winner of the random drawing by 11:59 am Eastern time Sunday, December 13, another drawing will be held and new winner selected from among the original entrants (those who commented before the giveaway deadline).

This was fun! Watch for more giveaways here at Delightful Repast! In the meantime, follow me on Google and Twitter. You can even use the Follow Me By Email button in the right column.

creativelyhomespun said...

This looks delish!! Thank you for linking up to Creative K Kids' Tasty Tuesdays. I have pinned your post to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board! I hope you can come back and party with us again today!

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