Everything Stops for Tea
The naming of teas is a difficult matter, It isn't just one of your everyday games - Some might think you mad as a hatter, Should you tell them each goes by various names ~ T.S. Elliott
Legends about the discovery of tea, with the origins of the beverage is shrouded in Chinese folklore. One legend credits the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, who discovered that the boiling of water made it safe to drink. The Emperor drank the liquid and found it tasty, and relaxing. The Chinese word for tea is tcha.
Tea really is the most refreshing drink in the afternoon and it is a shame to spoil its flavour by not brewing it correctly. We serve the highest quality teas, from traditional Earl Grey to Herbal teas for guests who prefer to limit caffeine consumption. Our thermostatically controlled kettles produce perfectly brewed tea, every time.
There are three main types of tea to choose from: black tea, oolong or red tea, and green tea. Each type of tea has a number of varieties each with its own distinctive flavour and aroma.
Enjoy life sip by sip, not gulp by gulp. ~ The Minister of Leaves, The Republic of Tea
Classic Black Teas
Earl Grey- Traditionally Earl Grey was a blend of Chinese and Indian teas scented with oil from the citrus bergamot fruit - a sort of orange. Stories about the origins of Earl Grey are numerous. One such tale tells how a British diplomat on a mission to China saved the life of a Mandarin. As a gift of gratitude, the diplomat was given the recipe for this flavoured tea. Upon his return to Britain, the diplomat presented the tea to the Prime Minister of the day, Earl Grey. Another story says it was the Prime Minister himself who saved the Mandarin. In any event it was the Prime Minister of England (1830-1834) Earl Grey who made this tea fashionable. An unbelievable aroma that portends an unbelievable taste. We have been told repeatedly: "This is the best Earl Grey I have ever tasted!"
Cream Earl Grey - Earl Grey is world renowned as a classic English tea – probably as famous as the Tower Bridge or Big Ben. If you are fan of Earl Grey and haven’t tried Cream Earl Grey yet, you’re in for a treat. Cream Earl Grey has a taste that’s smooth with vanilla overtones that stand out above the premium bergamot flavour – the signature taste of Earl Grey. This is a tea that would complement a royal meal or any another aristocratic occasion for that matter! One has to assume that Charles Grey himself (1764-1845) would have strongly approved of this delicacy.
Baroness Grey - And what exactly is a Baroness? Well, the short answer is the wife of a Baron. The longer answer is the wife of a member of the landowning nobility in old England. As with all noble titles, the term Baron was conferred on people by the reigning King or Queen. Over the centuries many women have held the title of Baroness Grey but this tea is blended in honour of one woman in particular.
British legend has it that this Baroness of Grey, who lived sometime in the 16th or 17th century, was married to a man who was a Ship's Captain in the Royal Navy. As the story goes, his ship never returned from a trading voyage to China. Refusing to believe that her husband would never return the Baroness would walk to the port lands every morning to greet each ship hoping for news of her husband. Sadly, she continued this practice until the day she died. In honour of the loyal Baroness Grey, this tea is blended with the traditional bergamot and the addition of lemon to represent the bitter tears shed over her beloved. The dried lemon peels add an additional tartness to the citrus character of the tea making it a fantastic alternative to traditional Earl Grey.
Black Tea with Caramel - Caramel owes much of its legacy to the famous Chocolatier Milton Hershey. Before branching into chocolate, Milton brought a confection normally made by grandmothers using butter, vanilla, and sugar to national attention. He formed the Lancaster Caramel Company and then sold it in 1900 for the whopping sum of million dollars thus creating the American Caramel Company. That company - if you can believe it - even had its own banknotes printed? But enough about that. The taste of caramel is what is truly amazing. Crème caramel...caramel popcorn...caramel ice-cream...caramel cubes...caramel apples… Any way you look at it caramel is delicious. Its sweet butteriness makes this tea one of the great dessert teas. The slight vanilla notes of the blend mix perfectly with a little milk and a dash of sugar.
Black Tea with Chocolate and Peppermint- The combination of chocolate and mint is one of the most delectable flavour pairings known to humankind. It’s a fact. The exact origins of the combo are unknown, but considering people have known about both ingredients for thousands of years, it was no doubt a long, long time ago. (The ancient Maya and Aztec of South America discovered chocolate and mint is so old it features in ancient Greek mythology.) In our opinion, this exceptional chocolate mint black tea blend is the ultimate expression of the delectable pairing. A favourite with youngsters, of any age.
PG Tips - An English classic since 1930. Formerly named Pre-Gest-Tea, the name implied that the tea could be drunk prior to eating food, as a digestive aid. Grocers and salesmen abbreviated it to PG. PG Tips flavourful black tea is harvested from the finest tips of tea plants grown in Ceylon and Kenya, providing you a quality tea with exceptional taste.
Chamomile- Stop for a moment and see if you can think of a tea that even sounds more relaxing than Chamomile…ok, at least one that is available legally. You can’t. It simply doesn’t exist. This is simply no doubt that this is one of our most daydream inducing herbal blends. More recent beliefs maintain that chamomile aids digestion and may be beneficial as a natural remedy for insomnia. Chamomile produces a sweetish cup with notes of honey and subtle blend of fruit.
Pure Peppermint Tea - The best peppermint comes from the north western United States. The pure, moist mountain air of the spring and early summer growing season gives this peppermint some of the highest volatile oil counts of any member of the mint family. Peppermint is an herb and contains no caffeine. Peppermint tea is made from both the leaves and the flowers.
Lemon Ginger - The zesty citrus flavour of lemon has been invigorating the tea experience for hundreds of years. Chinese herbalists were known to use the pungent taste of ginger in tea over 2500 years ago. The combination of these two great flavours make for a lively and enjoyable herbal tea experience.Beatrix Potter Strawberry Herbal Tisane Blend - Beatrix Potter’s talent as an illustrator surfaced shortly after she was born in 1866. She spent her childhood enjoying long walks in the countryside where she drew everything she could see. She developed a special affinity for drawing the local animal life, especially rabbits. Her pet rabbit, Benjamin Bouncer, served as the model for many of her early illustrations and would later inspire her most memorable creation, Peter Rabbit. This naturally flavoured, caffeine-free, strawberry herbal blend, adds a delightful sweetness that is sure to appeal to children while the natural and organic blend keeps parents happy. This is the tea of choice for Children's Parties.
Honeybush, Mandarin & Orange - A refreshing herbal tea expertly blended with honeybush and the delicious flavours of mandarin and orange to deliver a mouth-watering tea with a fresh citrus aroma and naturally sweet taste.
Cherry Rose Infusion Green- With its inviting bouquet and subtle flavours of cherry and rose, this gourmet tea is created using Japanese-style organic green tea features dried rose petals and natural flavouring. Wonderful for Mothers Day or a Children's Tea.
Cinnamon Spice Sensation - Once you experience the inviting aroma and delightful flavour of this robust black tea blend, it is sure to become one of your favourites. Infused with spicy cinnamon, lemon, and orange, this unique tea has been inspired by a famous Moroccan tea recipe.
Chai Tea - Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with 'pie') is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures. The most common spices found in Chai are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper that are masterfully blended for an exotic taste sensation.Scarlet O Herbal Blossom - You’ll feel like Margaret Mitchell's heroine, Scarlett O'Hara, from her 1936 novel, Gone with the Wind, as you sip this delicate looking blend that houses surprising strength. An undertone of Hibiscus, elderflower, rose petals is accentuated by sweet organic honeybush. This naturally caffeine-free tea is tart, sweet and thirst-quenching.
Holiday Teas - We offer a variety of seasonal teas, depending on the season.
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