Know Your Teas
Whether its Green, White, Yellow, Oolong or Black, all tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant. It is merely the way the leaves are plucked and processed that changes the character, chemical composition & appearance.
These are the youngest leaves, handpicked with care ensuring the natural withering process & gentle drying are the only process the leaves are exposed to. White tea is the name given to the new growth buds & young leaves that are plucked before they are fully opened. It is the silver hairs on the new buds that give the young leaves a white appearance.
These are one of the least processed teas which involves plucking the leaves once they are fully opened. As a result, green tea retains high levels of antioxidants (polyphenols, often referred to as ECGC or catechins) and it is their abundance that provides the specific health benefits associated with green teas.
Pouchong is classed as a lightly oxidised tea, somewhere in between Oolong & Green tea. It has a mellower taste than Oolong, and a stronger taste than Green tea. It is considered to be a special taste by tea experts all over the world and is only between 8 & 10 % oxidised.
These are classed as “semi-oxidised” which means that the leaves have been left to partially wither. A physical change is visible as the leaves begin to curl and their edges turn a coppery colour but the oxidisation process is stopped before it is fully completed.
Black tea, in its various forms, is probably the most well known in the western world. The reason that it is different from the rest is because the plucked leaves are fully oxidised. There are many variations of methods and processes used by tea producing regions around the world to give a wonderful variety of flavours.
Grown on the slopes of the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa, Rooibos, often known as Red Tea or Red Bush Tea, is totally caffeine free. Sometimes classified as a herbal “tea” is renowned for its deep aroma & full bodied taste but does not contain any leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant.
Fruit & Herbal Teas
Often referred to as “tisanes” or “infusions” are also not from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Caffeine free, herbal & fruit infusions have been enjoyed for thousands of years for their taste as well many healthy benefits.
How to make Iced Tea
Quantity: makes 1 Litre
How to Store Your Tea
Tea needs to be stored well in order for it to retain its freshness and flavour.
Experience your tea at its best. We take great care looking after your tea so that when you receive it, you will experience and taste your tea at its best. To ensure you keep your tea in tip top condition, store it in an airtight container away from light, moisture and strong odours and whatever you do, do not freeze your tea!