Tea Stories: The Beginning

The legends of how tea began are something I hold close to my heart as they are the inspiration for my blog and now companies name. Therefore, I wanted to share them with you all, just to add to your repertoire of knowledge and your own enjoyment. Legend has it that tea was discovered roughly…

An insight into Oolong Tea in time

The reason I love this tea is simply the names it’s been called. My all-time favourite will forever be “Oolygoolgone tea”. The amount of interest in this forgotten tea has been through this particular piece of writing, where I uncover just what makes Oolong unique and how it travelled through history to meet with you…

Taylors of Harrogate

In February I was given the opportunity to spend a week on work experience with the Taylors of Harrogate tea buying team. This blog post will discuss everything I learned, including the time I spent trying the numerous teas. History A former agent at a tea company in London, Charles Taylor, established C.E. Taylor &…

5 mistakes everyone makes when storing tea and how to correct them

It has recently become more and more obvious that people just don’t know how to store tea correctly. It’s kept in its box or bag and that’s it – job done. However, there are so many factors that affect whether the tea you will have today is different from the one tomorrow. Below I have…

Fukamushi-Cha Tea Tasting Review

In a previous post, I mentioned attending a tea tasting held by the city of Kakegawa. Well, this blog entails all I learnt about the Japanese style tea tasting as well as what I thought of those delicious teas. The secret to different teas lies in the cultivation and further processing. Sencha is made from…

Kakegawa City

On the 15th December my compatriots and I, travelled to Kensington, London, to participate in an exciting Kakegawa tea tasting event. This event featured a slideshow presentation discussing the tea growing region Kakegawa propounded by Asako Steward, followed by an opportunity to taste Fukamushi-Cha, through both the official Japanese tea tasting evaluation style as well…

The effect of flavourings on black tea

Surprisingly despite most people knowing a few benefits tea can have, very few understand that what you add on top can completely change the benefits. So bring on the science as I try to explain what happens to your precious tea once you add a bit of milk or sugar. Sugar – this additive has…

8 things you need to know to get the most health benefits out of tea

Something everyone wants to know or thinks they know is the health benefits of tea. Let’s see if your right, as I have compiled a go-to guide of my top 8 medicinal properties that all tea has no matter the type contains. However, this only includes those from the tea plant, not tisanes (herbal teas)….

An insight into Tisane and time

When referring to tea or herbal tea more often than not they refer to Tisanes. Which as a self-proclaimed tea snob it can occasionally get on my nerves. So, today I wish to set the record straight, whilst I thought at the same doing a little bit of education about where exactly Tisanes have come…

Pu’er Tea and its double foray through history

Pu’er tea is more often than not forgotten due to the unusual technique of post-fermentation that gives the tea its unique characteristics. Both types, yes there are two, are incredibly similar, however, they have some key differences especially in their history with one a relatively new invention and the other a testament to the stand…