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,…

The Art of Tea and Food Pairing

Warning the following blog might make you hungry. Tea pairing is an art capturing two completely separate flavour notes and bringing them together to create something new. I am by no means an expert in this field as people can train for years, but I would like to share a few hints and tips for…

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

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…

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…

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….