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Scottish Teas 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:00:00 Europe/London

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Scottish Teas 2017

As we have mentioned in previous Blogs, this is such a great time of year in the Tea industry. As Spring ends and Summer starts, Tea plants are flushing, and plucking and processing is well under way. This is as true in Scotland, as it is in any Tea Growing region of the world – and there have been some wonderful developments this year already!

So far this Spring, there has been real excitement at WeeTea HQ as we have been receiving first flushes and indeed new teas from Scotland’s Tea Gardens. Indeed, we were even fortunate enough to have a quick lesson in Matcha making – a real treat! Best left to the experts though!!

We thought we would take this opportunity to bring these teas together in this Blog, and give you a bit of an overview of some of the teas produced this season so far.

Isle of Mull - Matcha

It is a joy to know that since harvesting their first flush of 2017, Isle of Mull Teas have continued to make their now famous Matcha. Matcha is a super-concentrated green tea made by finely grinding the tea leaves into a bright green powder that is famed for high levels of antioxidants and nutrients.

You can expect deep vegetal notes from this Matcha. Smelling the tea before brewing offers aromas of beautiful, fresh, almost salt-water tones. On tasting, expect sweet vegetal flavours, a hint of pepper and a tiny bit of smoke. The slight bitter edge that follows the initial sweet, offers refreshment and is light on the palate.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MATCHA HERE

Dalreoch Teas

Dalreoch - First Flush White Tea 2017

The Dalreoch Tea Garden continues to produce teas of sublime quality. This year’s first flush of White tea has been consistently outstanding, and continues to impress tea enthusiasts the world over. All the tastes we want in first class White Tea are in abundance. Sweet notes of peach, melon and a certain nuttiness. However, this harvest has produced flavours that are distinct beyond that. Initially, there are hints of pine, vanilla and grape, which are beyond silky and smooth. The lingering profiles are very much brighter flavours of citrus, lemon and honey. The unique Scottish terroir has produced another true delight.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DALREOCH WHITE TEA HERE

Ecclefechan Oolong Tea

Dalreoch - Ecclefechan Oolong Tea

The first Scottish Oolong Tea! What more to say! A real achievement and a lot of effort in the making! Everything about this tea is enticing and exciting. Before even getting to brewing, the bold and large leaves themselves are intriguing and unique.

Once brewed, there are two distinct layers of flavour to expect. Initially, embrace the sweetness, which shows hints of floral and vanilla. Then, at the back of the palate, enjoy the deeper, subtle peat and vegetal notes. As these little complexities enchant you, sit back and appreciate the warm, rounded, evenly balanced profiles which make this a tea to savour.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ECCLEFECHAN OOLONG HERE

Garrocher TeasGarrocher - Cherry & Blossom Scottish Green Tea

Perhaps the springiest of Spring Teas?? This limited blend from Garrocher is just a cup full of happiness and all things seasonal!! At the heart of this blend is beautiful, delicate Scottish Green Tea. In perfect harmony, there are bursts of fruit, and hints of sweet and sour Cherry, paired with very subtle floral notes, that make this a tea to dance with! The dry leaf appearance is large, exciting and colourful. Brew with some care to release the layers of flavour and surprise!

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CHERRY & BLOSSOM GREEN TEA HERE

Isle of Lismore Grown in Scotland

Isle of Lismore Tea - Scottish Sencha

One of Scotland’s newest Tea Gardens, and recently featured in our #brewdaytuesday feed on Facebook (link). This VERY limited edition tea is incredibly good! A real skill to produce such fine and delicate Sencha style tea leaves, absolutely crammed with flavour and Scottish freshness.

Expect long vegetal notes, with a degree of salinity and gentle bitter, grassy flavours. The quality arises from the earthy, sweet and deep warming fruity flavours. The essence of true Sencha has been captured in this tea, and with the love and attention it deserves, a palate full of fresh, complex flavours awaits. There are certain aspects of Sencha one hopes to experience when drinking it. To bring out these flavours, care and attention MUST be taken during brewing - the leaves are very delicate.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SCOTTISH SENCHA HERE

 Isle of Arran Grown in Scotland

Isle of Arran Tea - Hojicha

Also one of Scotland’s newest Tea Gardens, this Hojicha from the Isle of Arran is truly something very unique and special. The depth and range of flavours from this tea is literally outstanding.

You could be forgiven for not recognising this Hojicha as a Green Tea. The skill in processing has replaced the expected vegetal flavours, with complex aromas that will surprise and perhaps even astonish. There are lasting and long flavours of roasted nut and toffee with just a hint of salinity and vegetative freshness. The depth of flavour is a joy, and the resounding impact of the almost peanut brittle like flavours, leaves you wanting more and more.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOJICHA HERE

 

 

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Comments | Posted in June 2017 By Jamie Russell

Green Tea Blog

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 12:22:00 Europe/London

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Green Tea Platter

Brewing Green Tea

In case you weren’t able to join us live on Facebook yesterday, we launched the first in a series of #BrewdayTuesday live feeds that are aimed at giving some straight forward hints and tips to help with brewing your favourite teas.

The focus of this week’s #brewdaytuesday was Green Tea. One of the questions we are most commonly asked is “how do you make Green Tea? Aren’t there different rules?”

The reality is that as Green Tea has increased in popularity in Western cultures, little time has been given to actually learning how to prepare it.

Over the last two decades Green Tea has received a huge amount of publicity in relation to the associated health benefits. Due to this, many of the world’s very large tea blenders have provided Green Tea in the easy format of teabags. The downside of this is that people often prepare the tea the same way they would make their everyday brew – boiling water, steep for 3 minutes. The result of this type of brewing will often be a very bitter and disappointing experience.

TWO simple adjustments we can make!

1) Use water at approximately 85C – either leave your kettle to cool after boiling or catch it on the way up!

2) Brew for ONLY 1.5 to 2 mins – but remember to get multiple uses of the leaves.

Making these changes can result in a much more amicable Green Tea drinking experience. Green Tea will often have delicate and almost fruity tones, but they are lost if boiling water is poured over the leaves – it literally scalds them.

Check out our Facebook page to watch the full video now. Click Here.

Facebook Live Green Tea

The teas used in our #brewdaytuesday video were:

Gunpowder Green Tea

A. Gunpowder Green Tea

Classic Chinese Green Tea. Delicate, with hints of smoke and pepper.

Isle of Lismore Grown in Scotland

B. Scottish Isle of Lismore Sencha

A stunning new tea from one of Scotland’s newest tea Gardens.

Japanese Sencha Green Tea

C. Japanese Sencha

Fresh, vibrant, grassy flavours commonly associated with Japanese Green Tea.


 

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Comments | Posted in June 2017 By Jamie Russell

Fathers Day 2017

Friday, 19 May 2017 12:22:00 Europe/London

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Earlier this year we were lucky to have had a fabulous guest Blog from Jill Bair, all about Mother’s Day. Perhaps this could be our reply to the lassies??

Ah…Father’s Day..the day all Daddies feel wrapped in cotton wool, wake up to a hearty cooked breakfast and spend the day doing all the things they love! After a lovely long-lie, it’s off to breakfast. A feast prepared specially by those most cherished of people, washed down with a mug of brew (Wee Tea of course!).

Then it’s off to the living room for a ceremony of opening the Father’s Day gifts, getting cosy in the goonie and enjoying the warmth of the baffies on our feet (while playing with new toy and sipping another mug of brew – still Wee Tea of course).

A longer than normal shower/bath follows, which in turn prompts the desire to spruce up a bit before lunch. Smelling good – feeling good! An afternoon of fun and games follows as we indulge in the most grown up of pursuits, never once having MORE fun than the kids of course!

As evening beckons a further feast appears as if by magic, which goes down particularly well today as no dishes need washed following it, before a relaxing evening ensues leaving us feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead…………………

But before all that…..there may be a few runs in the car required, the grass to cut, the windows to wash, the leaky tap to tighten,

another few runs in the car, couple of work emails, some laundry to hang out, fix the tyre on the kids bike…time for breakfast yet????

Indeed – life is hectic and the modern man is ready and able, no matter what day of the year, to do his part in forming the team required for effective parenthood!

So even if the dream scenario seems a little far-fetched, amidst the noise and haste – what better way to spoil Dad than make him a nice, relaxing – even special cup of tea? So here are our top Father’s Day Tea Gift ideas for making Father’s Day a little more amazing!


 

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Comments | Posted in May 2017 By Jamie Russell

Easter Tea and TEAster Celebrations

Friday, 31 March 2017 12:22:00 Europe/London

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It seems that there really is a tea for every season, and there is certainly tea in Easter - you just remove an s, an e and an r!! (sorry!)
Chocolate eggs, Easter feasts and a mug of tea – sound good?
Or could a mug of your favourite brew offer the solace required amidst the hustle and bustle of Easter egg hunts and family gatherings?
How about celebrating Easter with a mug of chocolate flavoured tea?..even better? Hang on - tea and chocolate in the same cup..really?
We have spoken before about tea blending and coming up with flavours and ideas. In all honesty, the first time we came across a chocolate flavoured tea,
the idea just seemed all wrong – certainly a challenge for the tea purist! Within a few weeks of first seeing chocolate flavoured tea, we started getting enquiries about Chocolate Tea – time to get on the hunt (not of the egg variety) and do some research!
In reality, sourcing and creating Chocolate Tea blends turned out to be a lot fun, and the results were very surprising. Creating the right balance of sweet, bitter, spice and fruit is always the ultimate blending challenge. Black Tea is perfect for a slightly more bitter chocolate flavour, whereas Green Tea needs a more subtle chocolate influence, Rooibos loves sweeter, malty chocolate flavours.
Last year we launched special Easter Tea tin caddies of our three favourite chocolate tea blends, and they were so popular, that we are doing exactly the same this year.
Chocolate and Tea may not be two words you ever expected to find describing a brew, but believe us when we say – the results are really astounding. If our Master Blender could be swayed, anyone could be swayed! And perhaps, just maybe – a chocolate tea may provide an Easter gift with a few less calories!!
So here you are – See below for our top three Chocolate Teas for Easter (TEAster)!

 

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Comments | Posted in March 2017 By The Wee Tea Company

Mothers Day 2017

Monday, 13 March 2017 12:22:33 Europe/London

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Ah, Mother’s Day – I can picture it now. I’ll wake up to the sun lighting up my bedroom on a mild spring morning, the sounds from the kitchen telling me that my adoring child is busy preparing a lovely breakfast which he brings to me in bed on a tray; perfectly browned toast, Earl grey tea, a little bowl of strawberries, plus a home-made card announcing just how much he loves and appreciates me.
And then I wake up from that delicious dream, and find my teenager dead to the world and unlikely to get out of bed this side of noon, the kitchen bares the tell-tale signs of a midnight feast, but at least he’s tidied his room judging by the mountain of washing on the floor and dishes in the sink.
If I could choose a Mother’s Day gift it would be to have a few more hours in the day, and to feel a little less stressed. We are all guilty of trying to pack loads into the day; housework, laundry, gardening, work, kids, shopping, cooking, friends, family, leisure activities – there sometimes just aren’t enough hours. And what do we do when we get a little down time? We sit down with a cuppa. Yet caffeine, which tea and coffee are both high in, increases our levels of cortisol, one of the body’s stress hormones. Just what we need, to feel more stressed!
So I decided to have a look around for some caffeine free options that are a bit more interesting than run of the mill decaffeinated teas and coffees. A lot of the fruit infusions that I tried smelled amazing,
but they just didn’t taste of anything, no matter how long I let them brew for.They also looked a bit like bags of dust. I needed something with a bit more punch to it to make me want to switch from my regular tea. I now have a bit of an addiction to The Wee Tea Company Lemony Ginger tea. It has 3 of my favourite flavours all packed into a gorgeous little silk pyramid teabag – lemongrass, ginger and liquorice. Heavenly. The ginger leaves a lovely warmth at the back of your throat, the lemongrass gives it a really nice tang without making it taste like a cold and flu remedy, and the liquorice adds a touch of sweetness to just round it all off, it’s absolutely delicious. Smells AND tastes divine, and you can see all the chunky bits in the bag – no dust! I found this flavour especially nice at bedtime, it gave me a really comforting warm glow before I went to sleep. It’s also in a really smart looking caffeine free tea selection box along with a couple of other flavours that would certainly make this mummy happy on Mother’s Day if it appeared alongside that home-made card and tasty breakfast, hint…hint…!
Another favourite, which is also in the gift box, is Rhubarb Rooibos. I LOVE rhubarb. Rhubarb rock, rhubarb crumble, just rhubarb – and this tea makes me think of rhubarb and custard. Again, you can see the pieces of fruit and the lovely red rooibos tea in the bag. I let the tea brew for about 4-5 minutes and the flavour and smell were lovely, very rhubarby.
A nice sour note from the fruit is balanced out by a really pleasant vanilla flavour, making it seem almost creamy, just like rhubarb and custard. Since 2 out of 3 in the box had tickled my taste buds, I was really looking forward to trying the last one, Wild Berry.
Wow! This is my new morning cuppa! It makes a beautiful deep purple infusion, bursting with zingy but sweet fruity flavours and reminded me of hot blackcurrant drinks my own mum would make for me when I was a little girl, wonderful! The chunks of pink and red and purple fruit in the bag smelled delicious before I had even poured the hot water in, like little sweets. The tea itself woke my mouth up with a fabulous berry blast, really tasty.
We mums really appreciate a little present, and as much as I love a scented candle or a box of chocolates, I’d be absolutely thrilled to get this box of teas as an unusual Mother’s Day gift with a difference. There are 5 of each flavour in the box, plenty of relaxing cups of tea for your amazing mum (or treat yourself!). I’d quite happily put my feet up for ten minutes and unwind with any one of these caffeine free tea options. I have enough stress already, I don’t need my cuppa making me feel more wound up.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there, have a lovely day.

Jill Blair

Mum, Guest Blogger and Tea Lover

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Comments | Posted in March 2017 By Jill Blair - Guest Blogger

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