Something that has become very obvious since the start of our lockdown period three weeks ago is that we are drinking a lot of tea. It has thus been a pleasure to experience another offering from IKEA that has come my way in the form of their soothing Egentid Black tea with Bergamot and Oak.

The box of 25 tea bags has gone down rapidly and makes a pleasant change from the usual brands of Earl Grey tea available in this country. It must be the addition of the aroma of oak that makes the difference.

The tea itself may be organic and bear the UTZ certification, but thumbs down to them for using the silken-like sachet teabags, made from finely meshed nylon, that I assure you remain intact should you inadvertently add them to your compost! I am perfectly happy with old-fashioned teabags.

That said, the tea has a delightful flavour as well as a satisfactory colour, with the right touch of bergamot not to be overpowering. Even though it is not available in South Africa, if you can get your hands on a box I recommend you give it a try.

Note: Today is the 21st since the Lockdown began: two more weeks to go!