What is Tea
All teas are created from the leaves and leaf buds of the Camellia Sinensis plant
Camellia Sinensis Sinensis
Grown in China, which likes high altitude, cool temperatures and misty air.
Camellia Sinensis Assamica
Grown in India, which prefers low altitude, high temperatures and high humidity.
Not technically tea, a tisane is a term that is used to mean a 'medicinal' drink. It is when you pour hot water onto herbs, flowers or leaves.
Also not technically a tea! This is a leaf taken from the a red bush in South Africa
The Perfect Cup of Tea
Carefully stored in a tea caddy with no exposure to light.
Fresh filtered water to preserve the flavour of the tea.
Water at the correct temperature to brew the tea, too hot can burn the leaves and too cold may not allow the tea to brew.
As a guide 200ml of water to 2-3g of tea will allow you to enjoy the tea as the brewer intended.
Follow the right brewing time as leaving the leaves in too long can make the tea bitter in taste or removing too early will produce a weak tea.
Each bag has the temperature and infusion time on the base. The tea blender believes if you follow the instructions it will brew the perfect cup.
These teas are fresh, often have grassy, herbaceous or green vegetable flavours.
These teas are darker in colour with a richer stronger flavour and can be blended.
These teas are golden or light brown in colour with a light to medium flavour.
These teas are the least processed of all teas. Only the unopened buds and young leaves are used. They are very light in colour with a mild flavour.
Herbal & Fruit Infusions (Tisanes)
These teas do not come from the tea plant, varieties include chamomile, mint etc. As these varieties do not contain caffeine they can be enjoyed before going bed.
Redbush or Rooibos (Roy-boss)
These teas are indigenous to South Africa and have needle-like leaves. Processing involves cutting the leaves by hand and securing them into bundles. Whilst bounded the leaves are bruised to encourage oxidation, which turns the leaves an orange brown colour. Rooibos offers sweet, fruity notes and it is caffeine free.