loose tea

What are the Benefits of Loose Tea?

What are the Benefits of Loose Tea? Loose tea makes the best tea. That’s a bold statement you say. Why? Well, I’ll tell you why. Loose tea is larger leaf and, if you choose large leaf teas, they are even better than standard loose leaf teas. The reason is this: large leaf teas have a larger…read more

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Lapsang Souchong tea

Lapsang Souchong Tea

Lapsang Souchong Tea: love or hate like Marmite?   We conducted an online poll on the thorny issue of Lapsang Souchong tea, thinking that it was analogous to Marmite in that we considered that people either love it or hate it. In fact we thought the parallel was so close we gave people four choices….read more

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Poll results

Where poll results got it wrong!

Of course, your poll results must have been correct! We have long run a tea poll on various tea-related issues. These polls are sometimes run with the intention of better understanding the needs of loose leaf tea enthusiasts and those who enjoy single-origin teas. Sometimes we just want to offer a bit of entertainment once…read more

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Chinese Tea Ceremony

Chinese Tea Ceremony: celebrating the ordinary serving of tea. Gongfu Cha is the original Chinese tea ceremony, designed principally for the preparation of oolong tea. This developed in Chaozhou in Guangdong province. There is a reverence shown to the tea: its delicate aroma is appreciated and its lingering taste is experienced in small cups where…read more

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tea chest

Tea Chests

18th Century Tea Chests: for a valuable new commodity Tea first exported from China to England in was extremely expensive and was stored in ceramic Chinese caddies, frequently blue and white. Soon tea chests were made in which to keep these tea caddies under lock and key and to be placed in the drawing room….read more

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Earl Grey tea

Earl Grey Tea and the Man

Earl Grey Tea and the Man: Discover more about his marvellous tea and the great man. Earl Grey tea is the most famous blend but who was the man and how did the tea come about? Earl Grey was not, surprisingly for some, in the tea business. He was born at the family seat of Falloden in…read more

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Japanese tea

Japanese tea

Japanese tea: an Insight Here we give and insight into Japanese tea which are highly acclaimed. These are often noted for their greenness, smooth taste and grassy character. The main Japanese tea producing regions are Shizuoka and Kagoshima in the south. Most Japanese teas are produced there: Sencha, Bancha, Gyokuro, Kabusecha as well as Kamairicha. Kyoto…read more

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English tea

What is English Tea?

English Tea: some definitions. English tea is an ambiguous term. It has gained many quite different meanings over England’s long association with tea. Here we try to provide you with some definitions. Only a few acres are under cultivation in England for growing tea and this is largely for novelty value as the climate in terms…read more

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Tea clippers

Tea Clippers

Tea Clippers: Not beaten for speed until air-freight. In the 1850’s there was huge competition to build ever leaner and faster tea clippers to bring the harvest from China to Europe and north America. This was epitomised by the Champion of the Seas which in 1854 sailed 465 miles in one day – a feat…read more

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Iced Tea

Iced Tea: How to make it. Iced tea is perfect on a hot day and is easy to make. It may be made hot, then cooled or be cold infused. The latter takes longer but cold infused tea better carries the lighter, fresher more floral flavours into your glass. This is especially important when making…read more

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