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…

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…

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.

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…