Tea? It's just a bag in a cup, right? I guess it depends who you're talking to. For a tea enthusiast like myself, there is so much more to tea than "just a bag in a cup". Ok, so the busyness of life quite often prevents from doing tea the correct way. Sometimes it is just easier/faster to pop a bag in a cup, pour water over and enjoy.
But when you make time for tea, only then can you truly enjoy it's aroma, elegance, sheer beauty and health benefits.
Ok, Ok - we're not going to get into a huge, technical ritual or ceremonial blog, I'm just going to try and make you're daily tea drinking a little more interesting. Here are some ideas or recommendations for someone who may not know where to start when it comes to consuming something other than a "traditional" cup of tea.
Don't talk to me until I've had my tea!
I like to start my day with a black tea, preferably what we know as an English Breakfast tea. Our own blend 'The English Answer' is built up of leaves from two very different places - Assam (India) and Kenya. I'm a huge fan of tea from Assam. I seriously love it - the maltiness suits my taste buds, but as a morning tea I need a little more depth which is where this combo comes in. Black tea contains the most amount of caffeine in the tea family, so is great for getting our bodies moving. This particular tea is my wake up brew, my go to, my everyday cuppa. I struggle to start the day without it. Actually I quite fancy a cup of 'T-E-A' now.
It's a time for contemplation.
Throughout the day it's good to start the process of winding down. That's why I find the lightness of 'London Calling' just prefect. Less strength and depth than 'The English Answer', it's an afternoon tea as it should be. We haven't completely smothered it in bergamot like our regular Earl Grey, and with the added Green Tea and Jasmine, you have more character, plus it has a higher level of antioxidants than a straight black tea, which is great for helping to breakdown the foods eaten throughout the day.
Alternatively a Green Tea is another preferred choice of mine for the afternoon, as there is a lower amount of caffeine in Green Tea than there is in Black Tea, and of course you get those all important antioxidants. My personal favourite is 'Miss Jasmine Green'.
Let's start thinking about bed - now that's a nice thought zzz.
It depends on if your body can take caffeine in the evening or not. I'm fortunate enough to be able to drink tea/coffee late at night and most nights still sleep like a baby (without crying and wanting feeding that is). That might have a lot to do with being an overtired parent though, rather than an immunity to caffeine. I come across a lot of people who are affected by caffeine, so I recommend either a herbal tea (tisane) like Peppermint or Rooibos. Peppermint of course helps with digestion, as we all know, and soothing the stomach can be a huge help towards having a good night sleep. Rooibos, like Peppermint can help aid digestion, but because of it's richness and the fact it can take milk well (better without though in my opinion) it can be a super tea alternative. Many people tell me they're not keen on Rooibos and a lot of that is to do with the fact that over steeped Rooibos can become bitter. Try loose leaf or whole leaf tea bags, and with an added flavour to start. We do a Rooibos with Lemomgrass (Tea on the Thames) which is simply delightful or if you have a sweet tooth then Cheeky Caramel Creme will be right up your street.
This is my ideal daily rouTEAne. Obviously I don't follow this every day, but it's a good guideline should you like to benefit from tea on a daily basis.
I hope this is of some help and as always if you need any advice on any of our blends, please do get in-touch - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much for reading. Now go and pop the kettle on - you deserve it.
Until next time.
Mr Jolly (aka Greg).