How does flavored tea taste? Meet our teas.
We make a big thing about using quality real tea – whole leaf tea, whole leaf herbs and whole flowers. All the real ingredients are handled gently and with love, to maintain every drop of precious flavour.
This is our signature blend – our daily cuppa, our builder’s brew, our Rosy Lee. Call it what you want but our everyday brew is the ultimate British favourite.
We’ve blended three top quality whole leaf black teas – Assam, Ceylon and a lovely Rwandan – to give a balanced, malty, zesty alliance and the most perfect cup of tea.
How does flavored tea taste? A gutsy tea full of flavour. We describe it as malty, zesty and rich in strength.
DARJEELING EARL GREY
Most of the Earl Greys you find use a poor-quality black tea base from China, which is like palming yourself off as landed gentry when all you own is a Barbour jacket. In this blend, we use a Darjeeling tea – the best of the best from the foothills of the Himalayas.
These whole Darjeeling leaves are blended with zesty, citrus bergamot and lime flavours from the Mediterranean to create something altogether more elegant, or so we think.
How does flavored tea taste? The exotic, floral tones of Darjeeling tea are balanced with the sunny citrus taste of bergamot.
EARL GREY STRONG
Do you like your Earl Grey to come with some real oomph and wallop? Well, this is the one for you. We’ve blended some powerful Assam and Rwandan with the more delicate Ceylon and Darjeeling to give the perfect strong tea base to compliment the zesty bergamot.
Maybe more of a Duke than a lowly Earl, what do you think?
How does flavored tea taste? Strong black tea with delicate Darjeeling and fancy bergamot. An Earl Grey but with wallop!
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Every vendor, in every city, in every region of India, offers their own version of chai masala, the aromatic, spiced, milky tea that has been the Indian drink of choice for hundreds of years.
Here’s our version: a rich, malty Assam tea blended with cardamom pods, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. A satisfying, yummy drink that captures the vibrancy and colour of India in a cup.
How does flavored tea taste? A gutsy Assam tea and an exotic mix of whole spices for a true taste of India.
This blend is a twist on our traditional chai – the same authentic Indian recipe but with a little extra kick from little flakes of real chilli. A gutsy Assam blended with whole cardamom pods, real chunks of ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and not forgetting those spicy chilli bits.
This chai is for those of you who don’t order korma and plain naan from your local curry house.
How does flavored tea taste? A gutsy Assam tea with exotic spices and an extra fiery kick at the end.
CHOCOLATE FLAKE TEA
Choccie biscuits dunked in tea – a match made in heaven. Strong tea and a hint of dark, rich, chocolate – this blend gives you both. A partnership so very perfect, it belongs between the pages of a Mills and Boon novel.
How does flavored tea taste? Not sickly sweet hot chocolate, but a far more sophisticated tea and chocolate combo.
GREEN TEA WITH MINT
While haggling in the souks of Morocco, we discovered tea with mint and sugar – lots and lots of sugar! The lovely people of Morocco have their tea super-sweet, this is partly because the Gunpowder green tea they drink can sometimes be a little harsh – the sweetness melts that away.
After a bit of trial and error, we opted for a green tea called Chunmee or, as we prefer, Precious Eyebrows, which is a more delicate tea. Better to change the base tea than your teeth, we reckon!
How does flavored tea taste? A delicate green tea with a punchy mint taste.
These tea temples house lovely little pearls of hand-rolled green tea tips which have been delicately infused with pure jasmine flowers.
The leaves are just allowed to rest among the flowers to pick up their floral scent – jasmine tea doesn’t get any purer than this. Once you cover with water, the leaves will unfurl from the hand-rolled pearl to reveal a whole leaf and a bud – surprisingly hypnotic viewing we think!
These particular pearls are often called ‘dragon phoenix pearls’ – that’s because the tea bushes on the hillside look like a dragon coming out of the water. Although I’ve seen these bushes climbing the hillside I’ve yet to see a dragon getting out of a bath, so I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this claim, unfortunately!
How does flavored tea taste? Delicate green tea with a light, floral, refreshing, natural jasmine taste.
MAO FENG GREEN TEA
If you enjoy the benefits of green tea but hate the taste, this is perfect for you. It has a delicate natural flavour of summer air, peaches and apricots and, unlike most murky brown standard green teas, this one turns a clear, pale green when infused.
How does flavored tea taste? A delicate natural taste of fresh summer air, peaches and apricots.
Matcha is a super-hero among teas. A super-concentrated 100% green tea powder from Japan. When drinking Matcha you’re swallowing and ingesting every little bit of green tea goodness.
A good source of natural green tea flavonoids (catechins), amino acid L-theanine and beta carotene, Matcha has been drunk for centuries in Japan where it is used in the traditional tea ceremony. Organic Matcha is premium grade Matcha from the Nishio region in Japan.
The tea bushes are grown under lots of shade, which maximises the chlorophyll content then hand-picked to ensure only the juicy young leaves and bud are plucked. The stems and veins are removed after which the fleshy leaves are ground by granite stones to a fine powder.
This is then immediately vacuum packed and sealed to ensure maximum nutritional value is retained. That’s why we call it super-power green tea.
How does flavored tea taste? With water, like a super-power green tea brew. With juice/milk, a hint of delicate green tea flavour.
Not one we’ve made up, we promise! Back in the day, green tea was rather expensive and too pricey for your average Japanese peasant, so to make it go further they’d mix it with grains of toasted rice.
From such humble beginnings has grown a tea that, in today’s Japan, is celebrated in its own right as Genmaicha tea – or, to its friends, Popcorn tea. The British equivalent would probably be something like bubble and squeak, although obviously not recommended for use in teapots.
How does flavored tea taste? Green tea with a popcorny, almost nutty undertone.
SILVER TIPS WHITE TEA
For two hours every morning, for a very special two weeks of the year, the tea pluckers of the Chinese Fujian province where white tea is grown, are in the fields at the crack of dawn to catch the early morning shoots.
Once plucked, these are simply left in the sun to naturally wither and sent to people who appreciate this kind of thing. Possibly the most exclusive tea we stock.
How does flavored tea taste? Refreshing, light and aromatic – think peaches and apricots. Very pure. We have chosen to bring you genuine white rather than green tea masquerading as white tea. If your white tea looks green in the cup, then it is green tea – watch out for fakes.
TUNG TING OOLONG TEA
Oolong tea, sometimes known as blue tea, is part fermented and this one – Tung Ting – takes its name from the mountainous region in Taiwan where it is grown.
This area is regarded by those who know about this kind of thing – us included – as one of the finest around. We’re very proud to be able to offer a genuine oolong tea, as these teas are mostly sold to the local Taiwanese at hundreds of dollars – a bit pricier than your average cuppa, but worth every penny.
How does flavored tea taste? Oolong tea sits between green and black. This tea delivers the strength of a black tea, with the aromatic, flowery flavours of a green tea. Green tea is for now, but we reckon Tung Ting will be the next big thing.
APPLE AND CINNAMON
Whether its in grandma’s pie, giant muffins or American pancakes nothing beats the flavour of sweet juicy apple with punchy cinnamon spice. It’s the perfect combination for a lovely fruity and spicy tea. Thanks go to the team at Olive and Bean, one of our lovely stockists in Newcastle, who suggested this blend of apple and cinnamon.
How does flavored tea taste? Like apple pie.
It’s long been known that the best chamomile tea comes from brewing the whole flowers. So guess what we sell? That’s right, only the whole flowers of the Croatian chamomile bush.
You may have noticed most other chamomile teas are made from dusty little bits – this is the crushed flowers, which, in our view, is a plain nasty thing to do. The chamomile flower is celebrated for its many benefits, which include calming and aiding sleep.
How does flavored tea taste? A beautiful yellow cup that gives way to a sweet, surprisingly juicy flavour of chamomile.
CHOCOLATE AND MINT
A classic combination. Mint choc chip ice cream, after dinner minty dark chocolates, a super-retro pairing. We have put together our finest peppermint leaves and added yummy chocolate pieces to deliver a slightly indulgent drink with 3 calories per cup.
How does flavored tea taste? Like a dark chocolate mint, that you’d have after 8pm.
FENNEL AND LIQUORICE
Fennel has an anise-like aroma and is used widely around the world for both culinary and health purposes. Importantly to us it tastes yummy and is particularly delicious with its partner in crime – liquorice. A naturally caffeine-free, sweet and savoury aromatic tea.
How does flavored tea taste? Super, super-cleansing.
HONEYBUSH AND ROOIBOS
A scrumptious blend of slightly sweet honeybush with the nutty overtones of rooibos (Africaans for ‘red bush’), two native South African shrubs.
They grow only in the Cederberg mountain region of South Africa and are harvested and prepared in much the same way to regular tea. Naturally caffeine-free, this blend is a great alternative to regular tea.
How does flavored tea taste? An earthy, mahogany-coloured nectar that gives way to a subtly nutty flavour.
LEMON AND GINGER
Close the door to the wind and rain and brew up this all-natural, gingery, lemony brew to sweep you away to a British summer’s day. Think home-made lemonade, traditional ginger beer, croquet and morris dancers (ok, perhaps a step too far), it’s simply summer in a cup.
There is no match for the ginger kick and refreshing lemon in this infusion.
How does flavored tea taste? A light, refreshing burst of citrus with the subtle warmth of ginger.
As with our other teas, we insist that our herbal ones always use the whole leaf or flower. We think the leaf should be worshipped, not crushed.
Because we use whole peppermint leaves, you’ll find the flavour of this blend much stronger and fresher than regular dusty paper teabags. Peppermint is reputed to be great for soothing sore tummies and helping us to keep a healthy digestive systems.
How does flavored tea taste? Very minty, very refreshing, very light.
Lemongrass is drunk all over Asia after meals for pure refreshment. Originally from Malaysia it flourishes in any humid clime. Commonly known as an ingredient in Thai cooking it also makes a wonderful, and unexpectedly, sweet, lime and citrus drink.
How does flavored tea taste? An unexpectedly sweet lime and citrus drink.
RHUBARB AND GINGER
Crumble in a cup! Give us rhubarb and give us ginger, then we put them in a tea temple and here we have it; a super-wow zesty rhubarb with a sweet ginger kick. Rhubarb lovers, this is for you.
How does flavored tea taste? Clean, pure and zingy.
ROOIBOS CRÈME CARAMEL
Scrumptious, this tea has it all – rooibos is naturally caffeine-free, contains flavonoids and is as hydrating as water. The chunks of caramel make it a sweet, rich, comforting drink to rival any dessert but a cup contains only 2 calories.
We can’t guarantee all temples contain caramel chunks but if you do get all 15 full of chunks, you’ve really hit the sweetness jackpot!
How does flavored tea taste? Woody, nutty rooibos balanced with sweet crème caramel for an indulgent, smooth, rich drink.
SPICED WINTER RED TEA
We think we’ve captured the best bits of winter with this one – mulled wine, mistletoe, winter coats and rosy cheeks. Log fires, happy cats and old movies on the telly. Tea and warming spices.
This tea also makes a yummy wintery caffeine-free latte – orange, cloves and cinnamon on a red tea base, perfect on a crisp, frosty morning.
How does flavored tea taste? Warming winter spices combined with a delicious rooibos tea base.
We can’t get enough fruit these days and this naturally caffeine-free herbal tea is literally bursting with berries! What’s more, the invigorating hibiscus flower base not only gives this tea a lovely deep red hue but a punchy and slightly tart taste.
How does flavored tea taste? Super and fruity – this cheeky drink is a little tart!
Big in ginger flavour, loaded with sweetness and full of spice. This brew is loud, loud. Just like some other well-known folk with ginger connections.
How does flavored tea taste? Ginger, then cinnamon, then sweet.
If you’ve ever travelled to South America and particularly Argentina you’ll see yerba mate (pronounced yerba mah-tey) being drunk by nearly everyone. Literally. Drunk to help maintain a healthy weight and for its stimulating properties, our yerba tastes a little like a smoky green tea.
How does flavored tea taste? A bit like a smoky green tea. Could this be the new lapsang souchong?
Darjeeling Premium India Tea DARJEELING – nestling in the foothills of the snow-capped Himalayas – grows the world’s most sought after tea. No other tea anywhere in the world has its unique “muscatel” flavour and exquisite bouquet. Darjeeling tea is a Protected Geographical Indication. Assam Rich India Tea ASSAM.
In the Western world, Green tea is not preferred and is not as widespread as black tea. Green tea is the powerhouse and most preferred kind of tea in Japan and in corners of China, and Green tea is gaining recognition within the West due to its purported well-being advantages, which embody excessive ranges.
Tea, subsequent to water is the most affordable beverage people eat. Ingesting the beverage tea has been thought-about a health-promoting behaviour since historic occasions.
Health benefits of Darjeeling tea, when it comes to tea, Darjeeling is arguably the most famous tea producing region in the entire world. Established over some 175 years ago, there are 87 estates producing some of the most expensive and highly sought-after tea leaves. Every cup of Darjeeling tea carries with it the aroma, flavour.