Category Archives: Tea History

A Herbal History

Regarded as the key to good health, happiness and wisdom, indulging in an herbal a day may deliver your ideal supplement this spring.

The Age of Pu-erh

  A tea for the truly initiated, Pu-erh is as rich in history as it is in flavour. Described as the “Bordeaux of China”, Pu-erh is a unique, fermented tea, deserving of its own category as it constantly changes and improves with age. Maturing to produce a complex array of flavours that both challenge and […]

Compressed Pu-erh Brewing Instructions

The following instructions apply to the larger compressed Pu-erh teas including our bingcha and tuocha.  We recommend using a 1-2 cup teapot for many short infusions. Pre-warm the teapot by swirling some boiled water in it and then dispose of the water. Break off 3-6 grams of leaves (3g for one cup, 6g for 2 cups), taking care […]

Assam Hajua

In Upper Assam of north-east India sits the district of Sivasagar where the largest amounts of the best quality black tea in Assam are produced. Where other Indian teas like Darjeelings and Nilgiris flourish in the highlands, Assam teas are grown in low floodplains. Rich clay soils, carried down by the Brahmaputra River from the […]

A Little Cup of Tea Goes a Long Way – New ‘Small Farmers’ Teas

Through our association with Tea Promoters India (TPI), an umbrella organisation responsible for supporting and promoting small farmers, we have now extended our existing ‘Small Farmers’ line of teas. In addition to our outstanding Kerala teas from South India, we have now also added teas from Darjeeling, and the Dooars. These teas stem from gardens that […]

Kenya Marinyn – Cream of the Cash Crop

In the sprawling Kenyan highlands that fringe the Great Rift Valley, fertile volcanic red soil yields some of the finest, rich-flavoured tea in the world. The tea plant was introduced to the East African country of Kenya in 1903 where it soon became their most significant cash crop. The abundance in quality supply is a […]

The Chosen Chasen — Why bamboo whisks make the best maccha

With maccha still maintaining its popularity, people are discovering more and more ways of enjoying the powdered pleasure of this traditional Japanese green tea. Whipping up a quick smoothie is a tasty and convenient way to reap the benefits of all the antioxidants, amino acids, and chlorophyll found in maccha. On the other hand, sometimes […]

Stripping the stimulant — A look at decaffeination

For some, caffeine has long been considered a necessary evil when the desire to enjoy a good cup of tea arises. While the thought of caffeine makes a few tea drinkers feel uneasy, the concept of decaffeinated tea (or coffee) tends to rate even lower. This is partly due to the long held belief that […]

Egyptian Red (Hibiscus Tea)

Rich and refreshing, tart and tantalising, Egyptian Red (also referred to as hibiscus tea, karkadé, or rosella/roselle tea) has long been revered for its health benefits and delicious qualities. Made from the crushed red calyces of the rosella plant (Hibiscus Sabdariffa), the resulting drink is an intensely cerise infusion with a tangy flavour reminiscent of […]

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