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 slide show 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…

Tea History Quiz

This is just a bit of fun to test your knowledge and see how far you’ve come. The answers span my very first series of blogs that should have given you an insight into how tea has progressed over time. Don’t forget to comment below with your score.

Medicinal Properties of Tea

The medicinal properties associated with tea, as well as the low caffeine levels, are not supported by modern scientific studies. This is due to the fact that the tea plant grows in so many regions and can be processed in so many different ways, tests on one tea do not prove effects of all tea….

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 gets 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…

An insight into 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…

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…

An insight into how White Tea reached royalty

White tea is, in fact, a relatively new tea having only been discovered some 1 thousand years ago, compared to the 3 thousand years of Green tea. It is said to be the purest type of the tea types, originally only fit for the emperor. But was in fact not always the way. Hopefully, I…

An insight into how tea came to Britain and took over

The history of tea in Britain is especially close to home as this is where I am from, and unlike what most would assume it has a very interesting very bloody historical tale to it. Spanning the opium wars and invention of tea pirates. And yes you heard that correct, tea pirates. First, let us…

A beginner’s guide to tea

Something people have told me more often recently is that what may seem like common sense to me is not necessarily general knowledge to others. Thus, in that vein, this is my survival guide to the fundamentals of tea. It contains everything I believe any budding tea fanatic should know about this staple beverage. As…