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The humble black tea

Black tea is easily to be forgotten these days, a distant memory nestled away somewhere with your grandmother and her biscuits. With the increased popularity and range of herbal and green teas, this humble tea is often overlooked for more exotic options. However, we feel black tea has a lot to offer and shouldn’t be neglected on your next tea purchase. Black tea has been enjoyed by cultures around the world from as early as 2700 BC in ancient China. It has a bold, earthy flavour as well energizing effects. Distinct from green and white teas, black tea is allowed to oxidise or ferment for some time following harvest. This is what gives it such a rich flavour profile. Along with its full bodied flavour, black tea has a range of health benefits that should not be overlooked. It is calorie free and packed with plenty of caffeine to help energise you in the morning. Perhaps next time you need a coffee, try black tea instead as each serving contains on average 50- 70 mg …

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The Origins of High Tea

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the indulgent High Tea? It was one of Queen Victoria’s closest friends, Duchess Anna who had a hand in creating the afternoon tea. Anna complained of having “that sinking feeling” one late afternoon. She wanted something small to satisfy her hunger until dinner time. And so the afternoon tea was born. When the rest of the high society women became aware of this new event, which was perfect for eliminating their afternoon ennui, they took it upon themselves to transform it into a serious affair. They would come to afternoon tea dressed in long gowns, gloves, hats, and have their tea served to them in opulent drawing rooms between the hours of four and five o’clock. When summer came around, the wealthy ladies took their afternoon tea outside to their beautifully manicured gardens. This piqued the interest of the lords and men of the house, where they quickly joined the ladies in this activity. Tea was a rare and expensive beverage at this time and was only …

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How To Choose The Right Teapot

Part of the pleasure of indulging in a comforting cup of tea is the accompanying ritual and accessories. All true tea lovers will know the joy of pouring a perfectly brewed, steaming cup of tea from their gorgeous teapot into their favourite teacup. A teapot isn’t just a practical item, it also has considerable aesthetic value and can serve as the centerpiece on you table or a decorative piece on your shelf. However, when choosing a teapot, there is much more to consider than simply how it looks. One should consider which size is needed, how easy it is to hold and pour and the material it is made of. The material makes a big difference to the tea the pot will produce and how it can be used. Here’s the lowdown on the three most popular types of teapots to help you decide which is the best for you. Glass The main benefit of glass teapots is that you can see what is going on inside of them. This makes them perfect for making …

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How To Judge The Quality Of Tea

Don’t get suckered into buying tea that is overpriced and low quality, learn to distinguish the good from the bad with this simple guide. The Look It is usually best for the tea leaves to be whole and unbroken, as broken leaves can create a bitter taste. However some black teas are cut on purpose to give it a stronger flavour. When choosing a good quality green tea, opt for smaller buds and leaves as this generally produces a more delicate flavour. When green tea is brewed, the colour should be a fresh subtle green. If the leaves are old the colour will be murkier and brownish. Black tea should be vibrant reddish gold when brewed. The Smell If you can’t smell anything when the tea leaves are dry, then they are very likely to be of a poor quality. Dry green tea should have a fresh fragrance while black tea should have a sweet floral fragrance. The Feel The texture of the tea can tell you a lot about its quality. For example, a good …

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4 Common Tea Making Mistakes

We all have that one friend or relative who is famed for their superior tea making abilities. We plead with them to make the tea because we just can’t get ours to taste quite the same. These people aren’t necessarily blessed with a magic touch that turns all tea into liquid gold. In fact, they are probably just avoiding these four common mistakes that many people make without even realising. 1. Your tea is too old  Because tea is dried, it doesn’t actually go “off” but over time the flavour will deteriorate, becoming less crisp and less intense. The greener your tea is, the faster it will deteriorate in quality over time. Additionally, tea bags are likely to give a worse flavour more quickly than loose leaf tea. In order to drastically increase the shelf life of your tea and maintain an optimal flavour, store it in a tea canister. This also prevents the tea from absorbing the flavours of foods stored in the same cupboard, which can also alter the flavour. 2. You’re over brewing …

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A Simple Guide to Pairing Tea with Food

While most people associate sommeliers with wine, there is a new expert in beverage matching emerging; tea sommeliers. These experts are part of a growing trend of pairing food with tea in order to accentuate and complement the flavours of a dish. As any true tea lover will know, the diversity of flavours and aromas of tea is almost limitless, making it the perfect beverage to complement food. This trend originated in France but is growing in popularity across the globe, as tea takes on a more prominent role in the dining experience. If you’d like to enhance the flavour of your meals and be the first of your friends to pick up on this trend, try following this beginner’s guide to pairing tea with food. White Tea White tea has a very subtle and delicate flavor, meaning that it will be easily overpowered by strongly flavoured foods. White tea should be paired with lightly flavoured, fresh foods such as salads or steamed fish. Check out our range of white teas here. Green Tea While more strongly …

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3 Green Tea Home Beauty Treatments

Drinking green tea has some pretty impressive health benefits including reducing your risk of cancer, assisting in weight loss, improving dental health and even making you smarter. So it’s no surprise that green tea can also work wonders on your body from the outside. Topical applications of green tea can improve your complexion, reduce inflammation, protect your skin from UV damage and can even effectively treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea. Here are a few quick and easy ways to incorporate the benefits of green tea into your beauty routine. Green Tea Face Mask This face mask is the perfect way to fight fine lines and wrinkles while adding moisture and radiance to your complexion. It is also effective at clearing blackheads and spots and relieving redness. You will need: • One heaped teaspoon of iTea Green Tea • One teaspoon of organic honey Directions 1. Place green tea in a bowl and add enough warm water to moisten the leaves. 2. Mix in the organic honey and combine well 3. Apply the …

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Cold Brew Iced Tea

We are coming into the summer months and from what we have heard we are in for a hot one. You want to stick to healthy drinks, after all a lot of those so called iced teas are usually full of sugar but who wants to boil a kettle and brew a hot cup of tea? Well did you know that you can cold brew tea just like all those trendy cold brewed coffees you can cold brew tea AND you do not need any fancy equipment. You might think I can just throw the tea I have left over from breakfast into the fridge and there you go iced tea….no stale cold tea, bitter and definitely not the refreshing drink you were looking for. What you actually want in an iced tea is something as refreshing, complex, delicious and interesting as the hot teas you drink. Placing your tea leaves in cold water and leaving in the fridge overnight or if you can’t wait …for a few hours will leave you with a delicious …

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The Correct Storage of Your Tea

Storing your tea is very important. You have gone and bought yourself some lovely premium teas and due to improper storage you find your favourite cup of tea turns into something truly awful! So how do you store your favourite teas so they remain fresh and flavourful as possible?  There are 5 things that can rapidly affect your tea. LIGHT Your teas should be stored in a dark place and although it is popular to store them in a clear glass jar, so you can see how pretty they are, sunlight and UV rays can degrade your teas very quickly. Teas will lose their flavour and aroma very quickly when exposed to sunlight. AIR Not storing your teas in an airtight container increases the risk of your teas absorbing moisture or unpleasant odours. HEAT You should avoid storing your teas in direct sunlight. Other warm places should also be avoided such as near your stove, toaster or oven. Heat also removes the flavour and aroma of your tea and will increase the chances of your …

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Did someone say cocktails?

By Breana MacPherson-Rice It’s quickly creeping up to that time of year – the end is nigh, and in between negotiating busy schedules preparing for the summer, there is a chance to celebrate in the sultry summer afternoons. What better way to get into the party spirit than getting creative with some tea cocktails? If you haven’t already heard of these, we’ll forgive you for being a little excited. It’s the perfect combination – your favourite teas all dressed up with some choice parings, the perfect take on a punchbowl or drinks for two. Plus, the nutritional goodness of tea is still hanging around, so there’s no need to second-guess this one! Check out some of our concoctions, or start experimenting with your own favourites! Tropical Twist Brew a pot of Pina Colada Green Tea and allow to cool before adding 3 teaspoons of sugar and chilling. When cool, combine 2 parts tea mixture with 2 parts young coconut juice and 1 part spiced rum. Serve with pineapple for a light and delicious tropical take on a …