TRICKS WITH YOUR TEABAG…

If you leave your teabag to stew in the cup for as long as possible then the more disease fighting chemicals called flavonoids are released, so the longer it steeps the better.

AWARD WINNING TEAS AVAILABLE AT THE VILLAGE KITCHEN, EDWINSTOWE.. — The Village Kitchen…

We stock a number of award winning teas which are also available to buy from Novus Teas Novus Tea started entering product at Great Taste Awards really to get some independent feedback on their teas back in 2009, and since then have won countless awards year after year, highlighting their consistency at selecting the very […]

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BAKEWELL BAKING FESTIVAL 12th-13th AUGUST…

BAKING, VINTAGE, MUSIC AND FAMILY FUN…

The World’s Baking Festival is back for it’s 4th year with it’s new bigger Baking Theatres and a World Baking Theme.

Live Music, Tea Dances, Baking and Food Village, Vintage Games, Camping, Custard Pie Fight, World Alternative Games, Masterclasses, Vintage Car Display, Competitions, Circus Skills, Great Food and Drink, Birds of Prey, Comedy Night and more…

Tickets available online . Take a look at last years video here .

Bakewell has been voted the second best town in Britain by the Times, and is the quintessential English market town in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, deriving its name from ‘Beadeca’s Well’.

It is the only town included in the Peak District National Park, and is well known for the local confection Bakewell Pudding (often mistaken for the Bakewell Tart).

It is located on the River Wye, about thirteen miles (21 km) southwest of Sheffield, 31 miles (50 km) southeast of Manchester, and 30 miles (48 km) north of the county town of Derby; nearby towns include Chesterfield to the east and Buxton to the west northwest.

Not the biggest town in the UK according to the 2001 Census the civil parish of Bakewell had a population of 3,979.
The town is close to the tourist attractions of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall

A LITTLE HISTORY OF TEA FROM 2737 B.C – 907…

In 2737 B.C.the second emperor of China, Shen Nung, discovers tea when tea leaves blow into his cup of hot water or so the story goes.

In 350A.D. a Chinese dictionary cites tea for the first time as Erh Ya.

In 400-600 demand for tea as a medicinal beverage rises in China and cultivation processes are developed. Many tea drinkers add onion, ginger, spices, or orange to their teas.

In 400 tea was called  Kuang Ya in the Chinese dictionary, tea and its detailed infusion and preparation steps are defined.

In 479 Turkish traders bargain for tea on the border of Mongolia.

In 618-907 T’ang Dynasty Tea becomes a popular drink in China for both its flavor and medicinal qualities.

 

5 TOP TEA SUBSCRIPTIONS…

Tea Tourist UK – I have their subscription and have written a few reviews on their teas. Their subscription is a bit different as Tea Tourist is not actually a tea supplier but they source exciting teas from specialist tea companies and deliver a tasting selection direct to your door each month –Tea Tourist is your passport to the wonderful world of loose leaf tea. They package them in taster-sized portions which each sample providing enough for 3-4 cups. It’s a rolling monthly subscription, so no contract, and you can cancel anytime.

Bluebird Tea Company – As a VIP member of their tea Tasting Club, you will receive three new loose leaf tea blends every month, through the letterbox without having to lift a finger! Each loose leaf blend will come in a 20g pack, enough to make 10-15 cups of tea. They have three, six or twelve month subscriptions. Their Tea Club members are also the first to receive our limited edition seasonal collections before they get released …. AND they will send you a Perfect Tea Spoon as a welcome gift!

Bruu – the gourmet tea club have a three month, six month or twelve month subscription and you will receive 30 teas every month giving you up to 40 cups. (Less than 25p per cup).

They also have an option to pause or cancel your membership at any time. Gourmet by name, gourmet by nature, they say with all of their teas packed with only the finest quality tea leaves and in many cases blended with fresh organic ingredients. Which means their teas not only taste delicious but are also packed full of natural goodness.

The Tea Taster Club – You will get 4-5 teas to sample every month and guaranteed min value is £25 – but it’s often far more. The quantities of tea will depend on which teas are chosen for you. Your tea box comes with 3 Tasting Cards – so you can enjoy tasting the teas with friends. Each month you will also receive tasting notes and information about the teas.

There is no commitment and you can cancel at anytime.

Cha Tale – they have the most interesting and unusual teas, sourced from independent tea farms around the globe to give you an amazing taste. Each month they will send you a selection of new teas to try, how many depends on your monthly plan. They choose from over 1000 different fine teas, stocking everything from Green Tea to Milky Oolong. They are constantly sourcing new varieties and making their own blends to ensure that each month you get to try something exciting.At 20p per cup we think out tea is incredible value.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING TEA…

 

When buying loose-leaf tea, make sure it smells fresh and vibrant. Check the packet labels to check whether you’re buying a blend or single variety. If buying flavoured tea, check whether the flavouring is natural or a ‘nature-identical’ synthetic. For example, Earl Grey tea flavoured with bergamot oil is far superior to Earl Grey tea with bergamot flavouring.

Black teas are graded by their leaf size, from whole leaf, to ‘broken’ and ‘fannings’, down to ‘dust’. The leaf grade will determine the tea’s brewing time: the smallest leaves are used in teabags because they brew very quickly. All grades can produce fine tea, albeit in different styles ranging from light and delicate to full-bodied.

All tea is made from the processed leaves and buds of the evergreen ‘Camellia sinensis’ bush. There are a huge variety of teas, however, generally classified by the size of the leaves and the way in which they’re treated. The flavour will vary according to the conditions in which the tea is grown, the soil and climate, the way the leaves are harvested and the manner in which they’re processed after picking.

A great advantage of loose leaf over bagged tea is your ability to see and smell the product before purchasing it. Generally, it’s better to buy more intact-looking leaves; a lot of crushed bits can indicate rough handling, excessive processing, and/or stale tea. Let your nose gauge the quality: Sniff for freshness and richness.

Tea has a long shelf-life, but both leaf tea and teabags should be stored in an airtight container or canister in a cool, dark place in order to preserve the original flavour for as long as possible.

More details on tea from the BBC Food/Tea

 

NATIONAL TEA DAY 21ST APRIL…

National Tea Day on 21st April is celebrated with many but especially with the National Tea Day organizers.

They hold events all over the Country to enjoy this event including a National Tea Day Festival which takes place at Kensington Roof Gardens in West London where guests can enjoy the feeling of an afternoon garden party in the heart of the Capital.

Some featured Afternoon Tea Day events were held at Hoar Cross Hall, Derbyshire. The Midland Hotel, Manchester, brewbabu in Peterborough, The Chase Hotel, Coventry and many more exciting places. After looking through the National Tea Day list of locations I am sure you will find many you have never tried before.

They even have a number of charities which benefit from National Tea Day. They believe that tea is all about bringing people together, whether it be families, friends or communities. National Tea Day is working with charitable organisation’s in order to raise awareness of good causes.

SOME MORE TEA TASTERS WITH TEA TOURIST TEA’S…

I received another batch of Tea Tourist Teas to review and also gave some to my daughter to try as she loves loose tea and has become quite a tea addict but loves trying new flavours.

Cherry Sencha Green Tea by Cheshire Tea was one my daughter tried and she gave a rate of 4 out of 5. This fragrant green tea helps you to relax and unwind and the juices of cherries give it a subtle sweet edge so a lovely tea to drink with afternoon tea or a pudding.

Brockley Breakfast Tea above is made by the Good & Proper Tea Company and is great as a breakfast tea with a traditional base of Assan, Kenya and Ceylon tea which is complimented by aromatic notes of Darjeeling.

A perfect tea to start your day which can be topped with a dash of tea. I prefer it with a dash of tea and would definitely give it a 5 rating.

This Black & Dandelion Tea is made by O’Teas from in Hertfordshire and the Isle of Man. This popular black tea combined with the nourishing roots of dandelion flowers makes it burst with health benefits.

They say that the root of this yellow flower is thought to be great for digestion and weight loss. It is a perfect detox tea for everyday use and can be served with a touch of milk and honey if required.

I’ve just starting drink this twice a day and enjoy it with just a bit of honey and will let you know if the weight drops off. I would give the flavour of this black tea a 4 out of 5 rating.

The Gunpowder Tea above is from a tea company called The UK Loose Leaf Tea Company  based in London.

This is what they call a punchy, full flavoured, tightly rolled green tea, and an all day classic with a rich roasted flavour and best served without milk and sweetened with honey if required.

Blend No 45 is made by Edgecumbes Tea Blenders from Arundel and is a full bodied aromatic blend of orthodox leaf black tea which is designed as a tea to drink at any time especially with breakfast or afternoon tea. I would definitely give this a 5 out of 5 rating.

The Ben Shan Oolong is by Tea in the City who are based in London. This tea is a lightly roasted Oolong from China’s Fujian Province. It comes completely unflavoured and is a great tea to have with your puddings or fruit. Another four our of 5 from me for this tea.