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Tea Buyers Guide - Part 5 - Fruit Tea

Monday, 14 May 2018 09:45:00 Europe/London

Tea Buyers Guide - Part 5Tea Buyers Quick Guide 2018 - Fruit Tea

 

Continuing our buying guide, we will now take a look at Fruit Tea, strictly speaking Fruit Infusions or Tisanes.

Continuing our buying guide, we will now take a look at Fruit Tea, strictly speaking Fruit Infusions or Tisanes. Fruity teas have surged in popularity over the last few decades, and there is no doubt caffeine avoiders and those keen on sweeter, lighter flavoured hot drinks have helped in the growth of this alternative section of the tea industry.

Most fruit teas are created by using dried fruit, roots, peels, flowers and virtually all commercial fruit teas rely on flavouring to offer a true fruity flavoured tea drinking experience. Most berry based fruit infusions are quite acidic, whereas some of our favourite fruit teas don’t have much berry content and are much lower in acid.

We will again start by highlighting a few notable values of Fruit Infusions, then suggest a few teas with very different flavour profiles. We’ll begin by considering what all Fruit Infusions have in common.

Caffeine – No

Flavour – Fruity, sweet, acidic, sour, tangy

Oxidised – No

Brewing – Approx 95c

Milk – Not recommended

Here are five great Fruit Teas with very different flavour profiles. How do you like yours?

Apple Fruit Infusion – Beautiful, sweet and strong apple flavours. Little acidic after-taste with hints of sharp apple too!

Cherry Vanilla Fruit Infusion – Almost Kirsch like flavours! Strong and slightly sour Cherry. The Vanilla adds a sweet element too – think Cherry Bakewell!

Rhubarb Fruit Infusion – Some may remember Rhubarb & Custard sweeties – it’s the only way to describe this tea! Lower in acid. Scrummy!!!

Wild Berry Fruit Infusion – Sharp, sweet and sour flavours. Lots of Strawberry notes, with a deep, full acidic kick!

Mango Mash Up Fruit Infusion – Perhaps the sweetest fruit tea of this selection. A truly tropical taste brought to your tea cup. Divine!

NB – All these fruit teas are fabulous served cold over ice!

 

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Tea Buyers Guide - Part 3 - Herbal Tea

Friday, 27 April 2018 11:22:00 Europe/London

Tea Buyers Guide - Part 3Tea Buyers Quick Guide 2018 - Herbal Tea

 

Continuing our buying guide, we will now take a look at Herbal Tea…or as it should be called – Herbal Infusions.

It would be fair to say most Herbal Infusions are not new and have historically come from a place of healing or medicinal purpose. Our ancestors had uses for many flowers, roots and even weeds that remain popular today, although we make no claims about guaranteed healing properties! There is of course not normally smoke without fire!

We will again start by highlighting a few notable values of Herbal Infusions, then suggest a few teas with very different flavour profiles. We’ll begin by considering what all Herbal Infusions have in common.

Caffeine – no

Flavour – Can range from floral to sweet – usually no tannins though so lighter flavours

Oxidised – No

Brewing – Approx 95c for as long as you like – no bitterness should prevail

Milk – Not recommended

Here are five great Herbal Infusions with very different flavour profiles. How do you like yours?

Peppermint Infusion (China) – Very fresh, zingy and full of menthol vapours. Often associated with helping digestion. Naturally sweet flavours.

Camomile Flowers (Japan) – Grassy, floral, sweet and honey flavours. For centuries Camomile has been associated with aiding relaxation and sleep.

Lemony Ginger (China) – Zest, citrus, soothing and warming flavours. Ginger has been linked to helping with stomach complaints in the past.

Cherry & raspberry Herbal Infusion (Japan) – A stunning array of dried flowers flavoured with Cherry and Raspberry. Delicate, sweet and great after a tough day!

Lavender Flowers (China) – The perfect tea for those that was a deep floral flavour. Lavender has also been linked for centuries with aiding relaxation when used appropriately.

 

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Chocolate Tea

Thursday, 26 April 2018 12:22:00 Europe/London

Chocolate Tea Blog

 

When we launched our first Chocolate Teas two years ago – we had no idea just how popular they would become!

Lately, it seems the trend is continuing, and we have seen a marked rise in sales of these teas. In many ways – that makes us really happy, and confirms our belief that the Great British Tea Drinking public just love invention and variety in their tea options.

Dark Chocolate Breakfast Tea

Dark Chocolate Breakfast

Dark Chocolate Breakfast Blend A delicious decadent dark chocolate blended tea, boasting deep sweet and bitter notes. Sumptuous and fulfilling!

Chocolate Rooibos Cream Truffle

Chocolate Rooibos Cream Truffle

If you love the sensation of soft creamy melting truffles complemented by the sweet taste of Rooibos then this chocolate infusion is for you.

As Tea blenders, we have noted before that often it is a gamble to create blends that perhaps push the boundaries, and challenge perceptions of what tea ought to be. Our more unusual blends will often require ingredients not normally associated with tea, and we work hard to make you fully aware of these in our ingredients listing.

It can be these odd little additions that make all the difference though! If you aren’t familiar with our range of Chocolate Tea, here is a quick reminder! Oh..and to celebrate their success, we have jazzed up the packaging a bit, and have extended our 3 for 2 offering…but not forever! Be quick! Chocolate Orange Green Tea

Chocolate Orange Green Tea

Savour this rich, velvety, smooth chocolate orange green tea with its zesty Christmas tangerine zing.

Oh..and to celebrate their success, we have jazzed up the packaging a bit, and have extended our 3 for 2 offering…but not forever! Be quick!

 

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Tea Buyers Guide - Part 2 - Green Tea

Friday, 20 April 2018 11:22:00 Europe/London

Tea Buyers Guide - Part 2Tea Buyers Quick Guide 2018 - Green Tea

 

Continuing our buying guide, we will now take a look at Green Tea.

No-one could argue with the huge surge in popularity of Green Tea in the western word, yet many of us brew this tea slightly wrongly, and don’t get the best impression of the flavour. There are also really significant variations in flavour of Green Tea depending on the style of leaf and the country of origin.

We will again start by highlighting a few notable values of Green Tea, and then suggest a few teas with very different flavour profiles. We’ll begin by considering what all Green Teas have in common.

Caffeine – yes

Flavour – Generally vegetal but lighter than Black Tea

Oxidised – No

Brewing – Approx 80c for 2 minutes. Most Green Tea should be brewed multiple times

Milk – Not recommended

Here are five great Green Teas with very different flavour profiles. How do you like yours?

Gunpowder Green (China) – Full flavoured Green Tea - slightly smoky and peppery notes

Sencha (Japan) – Bright, grassy and vegetal flavours with a touch of salinity

Teasecco Green Tea (China) – Treat yourself to a combination of gentle Green Tea, sweet apple and Prosecco inspired flavours

Genmaicha (Japan) – Tea and toasted rice – nutty, sweet and grassy flavours

Chun Mee (China) – Slightly less smoky than Gunpowder - earthy, vegetal and fresh

 

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Tea Buyers Guide - Part 1 - Black Tea

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 12:22:00 Europe/London

Tea Buyers Guide - Part 1Tea Buyers Quick Guide 2018 - Black Tea

 

The world of tea has changed….a lot!

One need only venture back 2 generations to find (particularly here in the UK), that tea was just….tea. Nowadays, it’s about knowing which tea to choose – because the selection available to us is literally overwhelming! Recently we overheard a conversation about an experience in a wine store, where the member of staff took real interest in what flavour profiles the customer wanted to experience to help guide the customer to choosing the right bottle of wine. Great customer service! In many ways the same can be done with tea. This series of blogs on “knowing your tea” might just help guide you – we’ll do our best!

Starting with Black Tea, we are going to highlight a few notable values of Black Tea, and then highlight a few teas with very different flavour profiles. We’ll begin by considering what all Black Teas have in common.

Caffeine – yes

Flavour – Generally full flavoured

Oxidised – fully

Brewing – generally 95c and for 2/3 minutes depending on strength desired.

Milk – Most Black Tea can handle a spot of milk

Here are five great, famous Black Teas with very different flavour profiles. How do you like yours?

Assam (India) – Bold, malty and earthy robust flavours

Ceylon (Sri-Lanka) – Bright, sharp, lighter and more astringent flavours

Keemun (China) – Earthy, rounded and slightly smoky flavours

Darjeeling (India) – Fresh, nutty and almost floral aromatic flavours

Lapsang Souchong (China) – Lingering, smoky and peaty flavours.

 

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Comments | Posted in April 2018 By Wee Tea Company

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