Tea Time #12 – Chocolate Tea & Top 3 Reveals

Tea Time #12 – Chocolate Tea & Top 3 Reveals

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Tea Time with Justine (s)

I want to thank everyone for joining me for:

Tea Time #11 – Dim Sum Tea & Top 3 Entries Revealed

You can still see the Inlinkz page here for:  InLinkz Tea Time #11

I had two lovely lovely bloggers participate with me on Tea Time #11, Desley from The Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist  who brought an amazing pink cake, go take a peek guys and gals and Debs from Deb’s World, who brought us a beautiful reflective piece about her family.

I totally appreciate the support and participation I get for these challenges that I hold.  I would love some feedback from you if you think it could improve in any way or if there is something you particularly like?


Tea Time #12

Due to Eclectic Corner tying in with Tea Time, ie I feature the top 3 entries in the Tea Time Post, I will be keeping the InLinkz open for this Tea Time Event until voting stops for Eclectic Corner #13, which will be at the end of the July so there is plenty of time to join in, as many times as you want.

If you need to familiarize yourself with what the Tea Time Event is, please follow the link which goes to the Tea Time Page – Tea Time Page

A quick summary of the process 😉

  • Please grab a badge to display
  • Tag your post Tea Time (#1 or #2 etc depending on which number it is)
  • When you write your post, please link back to my post that it relates to
  • Please then come to my post back here and enter the URL in to the InLinkz which you will find below.  This collects all the entries and displays thumbnails on the InLinkz page so everyone can congregate together, find out what everyone is doing and party!
  • Even if you are not posting a link, please pop by the InLinkz page to blog hop.
  • Please don’t forget to put your link in to the InLinkz page, just click the tea picture below 🙂


So I present my treats for the Tea Time #12 :-

Chocolate Tea

I went the other day to the Duck Pond Market in Richmond.  It was there that I discovered a Tea Specialist.  I was super thrilled to also discover that this particular specialist was  named Freeda who owns the Monkey Char Tea business.  She is local, what a discovery for a tea addict like me to find someone local?  She ethically sources and hand blends loose leaf teas from all around the world.

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This particular tea I got is a limited edition Chocolate Tea and I can that everyone who has come over has done a “oooh” and a “aaah” and a “wow I must get that” comment/sound when trying it.

You can find out all about Freeda’s teas here, I really recommend them from the experience I have had so far:  Monkey Char Tea

So this tea contains black tea, cocoa nibs, cocoa beans, flavourings and sunflower petals.  It looks great too!

  • As most of you will know the recommended guidelines for getting great tea is to always use fresh water when boiling.
  • Freeda recommends 1 heaped teaspoon per person to a 240ml cup.
  • With black Tea one should heat the water until boiling and infuse for 3-5 minutes.
  • I used this tea more than once so it’s great value too.

You can smell the chocolate, a rich, not sickly, deep aroma that permeates through your nostrils as you lift the cup, really enticing the tastebuds before you actually get to taste anything.  It is really heavenly.

It’s very hard to describe the taste, you get a hint of the black tea, and it’s almost like a vanilla chocolate taste, very mild, though there is no vanilla in it.  It’s subtle and elegant.  One that is easy to drink yet infuses one with a sense of richness as one does.

Visual Evidence



Eclectic Corner #12 Perspective

You can see all my related Perspective posts by clicking the badge below, which will also have the InLinkz which is still open to view on the various lovely bloggers who participated too.


Who Did You Vote For?

We had 11 amazing entries throughout the month, consisting of photography, poetry and quotes.  Thank you to all and at the bottom of this post you will find the InLinkz page to go and blog hop to see the other entries.  As promised however I am featuring the top 3 entries that you as the general public voted for 🙂

This month many of you got equal votes, so I am going for votes plus number of clicks and therefore I present to you the most clicked and voted below:

Top 3 Featured

Top Entry

Andy Townend who brought us poetry, quotes and photography all in one, well done.

Andy Townend Perspective Eclectic Corner #12

Andy Townend Perspective Eclectic Corner #12

Andy brought us a unique perspective on ‘perspective’.  Go take a peek at his post as I have only brought the photography with me, but there’s far far more to it than just this.  But I love how the glass looks like an eye to me, the windows to the soul.  Very good, thanks Andy!


2nd Place Entry

Lucile De Godoy Perspective

Lucile De Godoy Perspective Eclectic Corner #12

Lucile De Godoy Perspective Eclectic Corner #12

Lucile brought us a massive post, a mega one.  This photograph was part of it, which I have to say really  made me laugh.  Apparently this chap was there for ages, getting his ‘perfect perspective’ it seems for his photo shoot.  I was half expecting a moonie shot, Lucile has promised that for another time, though I am sure not a personal moonie shot.  Go take a peek at her post though it is rich with content, thank you Lucile for your support, well done!


We had joint 3rd Entries Placed

Deb’s World Perspective

Deb's World Perspective Eclectic Corner #12

Deb’s World Perspective Eclectic Corner #12

Deb's World Perspective Eclectic Corner #12

Deb’s World Perspective Eclectic Corner #12

Deb’s brought some great photography, showing how the illusion or perspective can change of certain shapes, depending on how far, what view point.  I have not included all the photos, nor words, so please pop by and say hello and take a peek at her lovely post.  She also gives a wonderful insight in to how this amazing structure was built.  Thank you Debs x

Desley from The Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist

Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist Eclectic Corner #12

Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist Eclectic Corner #12

Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist Eclectic Corner #12

Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist Eclectic Corner #12

Wow, I have not included all the photographs from Desley’s post, but I do know I felt like I was on ‘that’ ride and I am not good on ‘those’ kinda rides.  Desley takes amazing photographs and well this one made my tummy flip lol.  She gives a fantastic perspective from a photography point of view and how it might make you feel, your perspective.  Go take a peek at the rest, see how you feel.  Thank you Desley x

You can still pop by and see the other wonderful entries, of whom all I thank for supporting me here: Perspective InLinkz Page


Just a side note, my blog URL has changed from Eclectidoddsnsods.com to Eclecticoddsnsods.co.uk, you can find the URL here:  Eclecticoddsnsods.co.uk

The .com URL will take you through to my Retail Website, which is an Artisan, Handmade & Vintage collection of goodies from all over the world and from where I live in the UK.  At present the website shows shipping only within the UK, however I am adding on next shipping to the US, however I am VERY happy to ship elsewhere if someone is interested.  All you need to do is send me an email of what your’e interested in and where your’e from and I can get a postal quote, it works easily.  E-mail being:  eclecticoddsnsods@gmail.com

You can buy here things like Vintage Tea Spoons for our Tea Parties!

Website is:  Eclectic Odds n Sods

Click this badge to go directly to Eclectic Odds n Sods Shop

Click this badge to go directly to Eclectic Odds n Sods Shop


So please come and join the Tea Time #12 Party, click the Tea badge below to go through to the InLinkz page to either post your tea time fun, or blog hop and visit others just to simply say ‘hello’ and see what they have done.  Remember to pop back and say ‘hi’ every so often to see what new deliciousness or visual treats might be there.  Justine xxxx

Have a little click below to enter or just enjoy!


  45 comments for “Tea Time #12 – Chocolate Tea & Top 3 Reveals

  1. June 23, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Thanks for showcasing our posts Justine, I’m thrilled to be included. I love the sound of your tea! Congrats too on your new venture, the site looks great. 😊😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 23, 2015 at 10:38 AM

      thank you re the new venture, it’s early days but getting some positive feedback. I need to get on my marketing head now and tout it out to all, hehe. The tea is wow, I just love it, i wish I could post the smell somehow through wordpress lol x


  2. June 23, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    I echo Deb’s comment completely! Next time I visit, let’s have chocolate tea!!! Xx

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 23, 2015 at 10:39 AM

      awe thank you and defo I will be saving some of this tea for you, I had a look on her site and don’t think she has it anymore as it was limited edition, so a portion has your name on it hehe x

      Liked by 1 person

  3. June 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    I need to do some reading up about Tea Time and everything that’s happening on your blog I think…or I could just keep looking at all the gorgeous things on your retail site and keep building my wish list!!! x

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 23, 2015 at 1:02 PM

      haha, well you could look at the website during the day and the blog during the night? grinzzz

      Wish list sounds good, I will bribe you to share once it’s matured, but make sure not to miss out on limited items! Not a sales speel but if you do like something let me know as many are just one off’s or a couple etc ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  4. June 23, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    I love your summary of the best entries, they’re getting better and better 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. June 23, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    I leave tomorrow for Amma’s programs in Dallas and Atlanta! I’m excited.

    I know what I’m bringing to tea but will work on it after I get back!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. June 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Wow, Justine, my unashamed photographer on the ground made to the 2nd place! He should be proud! How cool!
    And about this tea! I am not sure if I am convinced because of the black tea but I am into trying into next time we meet. If there would be anything left of it. Anyways, I can always resort to that salty caramel chocolate. Right??
    I’ve been cookies free lately, so I brought Oolong tea to the party and perhaps will go for Nalinki’s strawberry cocktail later! Cheers to another great tea party!

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 24, 2015 at 9:24 AM

      Awe thank you and honestly the tea is amazing i think i will save one portion and convert you 😀

      Thank you so much for coming to tea and Nalinkis drink sounds great I must go and find it 😀

      Now oolong tell me what is it like? Full palate and aroma description please 😀 xx


    • June 25, 2015 at 2:50 PM

      Well I think it should have been awarded first place, if only for being willing to be shot in such a pose!!!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. June 25, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Hello, yet another wonderful post, not sure my contribution was so deserving but thank you Justine! x
    Am hopelessly behind with blogging but will try to join you for tea soon!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 28, 2015 at 2:31 PM

      ah i am hopelessly behind too, but i do hope you come an djoin for tea it was mentioned the lack of alcohol content recently hehe x

      Liked by 1 person

  8. June 26, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    You had me at ‘chocolate’! hahaha! I can only imagine what your tea and house must smell like when this tea is brewing! Lekker! I finally made it to tea this time – with a cool and refreshing offering!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 28, 2015 at 2:24 PM

      a lovely post and always a thumbs up from me for home made teas! x


  9. June 29, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    I’m rather late but, as I said, I was having a cold beer, and here it is 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 6, 2015 at 1:25 PM

      thank you for such a lovely and interesting post Karuna, I think i might be brave enough to try that smoothie hehe x


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