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#49 Tisanes are Herbal Infusions

#49 Tisanes are Herbal Infusions

Tisanes or herbal infusions, as distinct from tea created from the plant Camelia Sinensis, are becoming increasingly popular. They have remedial and therapeutic qualities and demand is largely driven by health conscious young women. Aromatic herbs, plants, flowers, berries, roots and bark are blended to create healthy caffeine free, delicious and relaxing beverages – usually(…)

#48 Better Tea: Man or Machine?

#48 Better Tea: Man or Machine?

While it is stating the obvious that careful and selective picking of tea leaves by hand will always give you better quality tea, the case is now being made for mechanical plucking methods. The best tea is produced by careful picking by hand of two leaves and the bud from the new growth or ‘flush’.(…)

#47 How Do You Brew?

#47 How Do You Brew?

Good quality tea and good water are the essentials for a great cuppa. However to brew the best cup of tea the quantities used, as well as the brewing or steeping times, are crucial. The table below will give a guide to the amount of tea to be used as well as the optimal  brewing(…)

#46 Single Estate Teas & Blended Teas

#46 Single Estate Teas & Blended Teas

Single Estate Teas are teas produced from a single plantation or even from a particular garden (sometimes referred to as a division) within a particular plantation. These teas will vary in flavour depending on the time of the year in which the tea is harvested, the particular weather patterns prevailing at the time and also(…)

#45 Climate Change and the Flavour of Tea

#45 Climate Change and the Flavour of Tea

While there are many who doubt that climate change is taking place, the reality is that changing weather patterns, particularly around the Indian Ocean rim are causing variations in the flavours of tea. Tea production in the major tea growing areas of the world had for many years enjoyed distinctive ‘seasons’ during when their flavours(…)

#44 High Grown, Low Grown and Teas in Between

#44 High Grown, Low Grown and Teas in Between

Altitude, soil, rainfall and climate collectively referred to as ‘terroir’ in wine growing and tea production also determine the flavour, appearance and quality of the tea. High grown teas generally have a distinctly lighter, subtle flavour and quality in comparison to the denser and more liquory low grown teas. There are also mid grown teas(…)

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