Teakruthi Tea Review

Months back I ordered some tea samples from Teakruthi wanting to add some variety to the teas I was trying, and I had unfortunately not done a review until know. Teakruthi originates from Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka. Their teas are hand plucked and ethically sourced from some of the world’s finest tea plantations,…

Tea and Food Pairing

Tea pairing is an art in itself with people training for years, so that their palette is attuned in order that they can unlock unique new flavour notes in both the tea and the food – a new breed of experts known as tea sommeliers, much like their wine equivalent. Also, a vast amount of…

Caffeine in tea and other stimulants

Recently I have found numerous articles and been asked about the levels of caffeine in tea. This is most likely due to the general consensus that caffeine is bad for you. In this blog I am going to debunk some of the myths of caffeine levels in tea. Owing to an ancient misconception that the…

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 &…

Camellia sinensis

“Camellia sinensis originated in South East Asia, specifically around the intersection of latitude 29°N and longitude 98°E, the point of confluence of the lands of North East India, North Burma, South West China and Tibet. The plant was introduced to more than 52 countries, from this ‘centre of origin’.” (Mary Lou Heiss; Robert J. Heiss. The Story of Tea: A…

Why temperature matters?

The reason black tea traditionally requires a higher temperature than green teas is that black teas are more oxidised and are therefore more stable. In order to bring out the tannins, water of a higher temperature is needed; however, if the brewing occurs for a long period of time then a high concentration of tannins…

The effect of flavourings on black tea

Sugar – this additive has the unusual effect not only of masking the bitter taste of both tea and coffee but also of actually changing the chemistry of the caffeine within these drinks. A research paper, led by Dr. Seishi Shimizu, published in Food and Function shows the original theory that the suppression of the bitter…

How to Store Tea

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…

History Quiz

Some holiday fun, all the answers can be found in the previous history blogs. Have fun and don’t forget to comment how you did at: https://www.facebook.com/shennongofkent/ or https://twitter.com/ShennongOfKent or even comment below. The winner might just get a prize.

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….