Tea charme – My first bubble tea experience

For those who do not already know, bubble tea is a special kind of tea/drink that has its origin from Taiwan. It is made with boba balls, which can also be called tapioca balls. The boba balls are kind of soft and chewy in nature. Now as a Nigerian local who has never been to Taiwan before, I obviously have never tried it before. However, I’ve had tapioca a number of times before. I have always fancied bubble tea but I never really knew where to get it because I obviously wasn’t going to Taiwan anytime soon and Nigeria is nowhere near Taiwan. Luckily for me there have been some improvements with different food franchises coming to Abuja. Restaurants now are more focused on bringing in something new/foreign to customers so there’s a lot of room to try out different cuisines other than what we are already used to here.

I have actually noticed a growing number of bubble tea vendors here in Abuja (which I’ll definitely be trying out soon). I decided to try tea charme first because I just kinda felt like it would be coming from an authentic Taiwanese source and not just someone trying to Mimic something they’ve had. Although it might actually be the case but I really don’t think so.

Tea charme is a cute little take out tea shop that not only sells bubble tea but also coffee, drinks and ice cream. As a take out spot, there is obviously no sitting area. I would have honestly preferred it if they had like a little space where you can sit and wait for your order most especially because of the sun. Your only options if you have to wait are; sitting in your car, standing for as long as it takes for your order to get ready or climbing up to the charme restaurant upstairs which in my opinion is not very wise because there’s no means of knowing if your order is ready.

Their menu is quite big for a small take out shop, but I love the fact that it gives you a variety of options including non-dairy options.

What does bubble tea taste like?

Well, to answer the question we’ve all been dying to know, It tastes like a nice milkshake with boba in it. I ordered the medium sized chocolate dirty tea (because when I’m not sure I go with the safest, most delicious option – CHOCOLATE!) It cost NGN2,300. I initially wanted to order the milk bubble it but someone said it wasn’t rich and creamy enough.

The chocolate dirty tea was honestly delicious! I wanted to finish it in a single sip. It was very rich and creamy. I got carried away sipping and forgot about the boba at the bottom of the cup so when a single bubble slipped into my mouth I almost screamed that there was a giant bug in my tea but the it was chewy so I immediately remembered what I was having. The boba at the bottom if the tea were not too soft and sticky neither were they hard to chew. I must add though, that I do not think the boba adds any special kind of flavour to the tea. I think its just there for chewy purposes.

I definitely loved it, and I can’t wait to try out more flavours and most probably more vendors too.

TEA TIME WITH RUMI LEAVES

Before I dive in, let me just say I am an absolute tea lover. My favourite tea flavours are strawberry and lemon but I think I am adding a new flavour to my list of faves so grab yourself a cup of tea and join me as I try out some new tea flavours!

Earlier last week I got a Dm on instagram from a new tea brand asking if I do reviews for teas and I was like woah! I absolutely do! so we discussed some details and I received a package on Monday evening. Before the package arrived I was anxious all day. My anxiety was not only because I love tea and trying out things but also because it was my first ever PR package. I mean, I knew I was doing ok with my entire food blog thingy but I didn’t actually realise I was PR package worthy.

The package arrived in cute little brown paper bag which had orange silk cloth handles which I found totally adorable. It was the first time I was seeing a paper bag with such handles. I received a total of three flavours – Hibiscus, herbal tea and exotic bloom.

The hibiscus and herbal tea came in tea bags, while the exotic bloom was a loose tea blend.

Rumi leaves hibiscus tea

I’m starting off with this tea flavour because it turned out to be my favourite out of the three flavours I received. Prior to this package I had never tried hibiscus tea before, in fact I didn’t even know it existed. I have had different tastes of countless hibiscus drinks and they were truly great but I never thought of what it would be like as a tea. The first and most beautiful thing about this tea flavour is the colour. It has a beautiful purple/burgundy colour when you brew it. one of the reasons I love the colour is that you can tell its natural, unlike most teas that are usually artificially coloured.

The tea wasn’t just plain hibiscus, it had a hint of mint and lemon grass. I tried it with sugar at first and it was great but the next morning I mixed it with honey and it tasted even better! The hibiscus tea is not only delicious but it also comes with some health benefits like lowering blood pressure, boosting kidney and liver functions and so much more. This makes it an organic, natural, delicious and healthy tea blend. A pack of the tea comes with fifteen tea bags and it costs just NGN1,000.

Rumi leaves Herbal tea

Like most herbal tea’s the rumi leaves herbal tea was a green tea. However, it had some other flavours infused in it like cinnamon, ginger and mint. Unlike the hibiscus tea, the herbal tea didn’t really have a popping colour, it looked like normal green tea.

The other flavours infused into the tea weren’t really significant in the taste. The most significant taste was the green tea, I could barely taste the ginger in it but i did sense a taste of cinnamon in it. When I tried it with sugar I didn’t really enjoy it but I absolutely loved it with honey. I also tried it out with a squeeze of fresh lemon and honey and it was also great. It helps in boosting your immune system which is a great necessity at this time, it promotes weight loss and relieves indigestion. Just like the hibiscus tea, the herbal tea comes in a pack of 15 tea bags and it costs NGN1,000.

Rumi leaves exotic bloom

Exotic bloom is a different kind of tea. It doest come in tea bags like the other two flavours, its a loose tea blend which automatically means it is brewed differently. To brew this tea, you will need an infuser to avoid spilling loose tea leaves into the tea cup. It looks like the green tea but its much darker in colour. The most significant taste the tea has is mint. The tea is surely exotic! it contained a burst of flavours ranging from mint, green tea, a tiny hint of hibiscus and many more flavours that I can’t really place till this moment but they all go together really well and give you a wonderful and delicious taste. It costs NGN1,000 for a bag.

Side note

All in all I’d like to say that rumi leaves has a unique and quality blend of tea flavours. You can tell that each tea flavour is carefully made with natural and organic ingredients that not only taste great but also smell amazing, it improves your health and is super affordable. I totally recommend it for anyone out there who is a tea lover.

If you have any suggestions of new tea’s or food that you want me to review or you’d also like to send me a package for an honest review, kinldy check for my contact information on my blog page ‘book me’ and let me know.

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