Why Choose Loose Tea
Why Loose Tea?
“Whilst we simply couldn’t live without the teabag, loose tea is so captivating and mystifying with such romantic origins and histories that it is an absolute must for any tea drinker when the occasion presents itself”
WHY CHOOSE LOOSE TEA?
We live in a world where convenience is king, whether that is
nipping to the out of town supermarket to avoid the traffic,
purchasing a "dine in meal" that we can put straight in the oven
after a busy day or paying more for petrol out in the country
because it is more convenient to stop somewhere on the way than
head back to the main roads. All of these things we do, but
often these come with a slight compromise.
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The Tea Bag
The humble teabag is idea for making a delicious cup of your
favourite blend. If, like us, you have your tea making down
to a tea (excuse the pun) you may be able to boil, brew and slurp
your favourite tea within just 10minutes ; perfect for the busy
lives we lead. However, there is another side to tea which up until
the mid 1950s was the only way to drink your tea here in the UK;
using loose leaf tea, and what a wonderful thing it is...
Loose tea comes in many shapes and sizes, from small pellets to
long rolled leave and can be white tea, black tea, green tea, an
infusion of herbs or fruits or as a hand made, flowering tea.
Some can be truly delicate, such as China White Tea or Golden
Heart Rose, whilst others such as a Lapsang Souchong Tea are bold
in taste and eye opening. The variation is astonishing and
not just in the aroma and flavour, but also in the quality of the
tea, the craftsmanship that goes into it and often the
accessibility - some are extremely rare.
For us, the magic of these teas is in the pure variety that is
available and the special qualities each one holds, from the
elevation at which it is grown, the craftsmanship that goes into it
and the accessibility (some are extremely rare) right through to
the person who quality checks it when the invoice is sent down the
dusty slopes from the tea garden to the tea broker.
Whilst we simply couldn't live without the teabag, loose tea is
so captivating and mystifying with such romantic origins and
histories that it is an absolute must for any tea drinker when the
occasion presents itself.
It is enjoyed by millions of tea lovers around the world and as
with teabags, each person has their own special way of drinking it,
from the depths of China to the streets of the UK.
Importantly, what makes loose tea so incredible encapsulating is
the artisan method by which it is produced. A method that
breaks down the cell integrity of freshly plucked leaves known as
orthodox rolling...this releases all the enzymes and juices from
the inside of the leaf to coat the outside of the leaf, which when
left to oxidise becomes our familiar black tea. Some of these
teas are then twisted to release a flavour explosion which when
brewed correctly will give you one of the finest flavour
experiences whilst others are enjoyed simply as whole leaf.
Often, the craftsmanship is passed down through families, some as
complex as tying each leaf into a little known knot like that
of the Jin Shan Tien Hau flowering tea, which unfurls as it brews,
offering up the most beautiful of aromas and flavours.
So why not explore the world of loose tea, from China and Japan
to Kenyan and Sri Lankan and find out just how exciting an complex
the world of loose tea can be...