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Speciality Tea : Part 6 – Handmade Tea

Blink and you might miss it! It’s so quick; the assessments of the tea leaf, deft movement to select the perfect leaf, pluck the bud or tender young leaf and skilfully hand roll.  Their experienced eyes will access the bud for: QualityAgeSize (all the buds would need to be the same length).  This is key,…

Speciality Tea – Part 5 – Tea Tasting

Tea Tasting Part 5 – Tasting Tea Slurp, swirl and spit.  Slurp – you are taking in lots of oxygen along with the tea, which releases more of the tea’s flavours.  Swirl – moving tea around your mouth gives you the chance to get to know its complexity. Watch a master blender and taster do…

Specialty Tea – Part 4 – Sorting and Packing Tea Leaves

Tea Leaf Grading – Sorting by This is a good a place to talk about tea leaf grades.  Tea leaves begin to get sorted at the rolling stage and it culimenates at the sorting stage.  Handmade or rolled by machine, the leaves will be sorted by type of leaves, size and thus graded accordingly.  This…

Gluten Free Pudding – Plum and Rose Water

Armfuls, bagfuls and car boot full of season fruit pickings!! I can’t seem to keep up with all this jamming! These purple wee rugby balls are from my sister’s friends’ garden. What was left went into this Almond, Plum and Rose Water Pudding. Ingredients 115g butter, at room temperature 115g caster sugar 2 eggs 115g…

Jam Season

Apricot and Cardamon Jam Ingredients 450g apricots 2-4 tablespoons of water 450g caster sugar 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 7 cardamon pods, crushed, I prefer these to be quite large so that when and if you bite into it, there is a whoosh of fragrance Method Add the water to the apricots and Half the…

Cold Brewed Tea

Green Tea – Cold Brewed Easy to make and good to go for the day. Ingredients 1 litre of filtered water, boiled and cooled 15 g of green tea/6 green tea bags Method In a jar that fits into your fridge, place the green leaves/tea bags and pour the cooled water in. Place in the…

Speciality Tea – Part 3 – Fermenting and Drying Tea Leaves

Fermenting Tea Not just when making wine, whisky or even bread.  The process of fermenting in tea is similar but without the addition of any additional bacteria or yeast.  All of the microorganisms that are needed are present in the juices of the tea leaves. When the leaves are rolled (as we saw in the…

Speciality Tea – Part 2

Wilting/Drying and Rolling Tea Leaves Drying Tea Leaves Freshness is key. Once plucked the tea leaves are ferried to the factory as quickly as possible.  Small tea farms and tea grown in back gardens are sold to larger tea estates.  These estates will manage collection of the tea leaves at a scheduled time to be…

Hard Water in Tea

Do you have icicles on your kitchen and bathroom taps? These are icicles of calcium on your taps or do you have pronounced white water marks even when the water dries?  Then you most likely have hard water. This is where your tap water contains dissolved calcium and magnesium.  These are almost always at safe…

Speciality Tea

Growing and Plucking Ceylon Tea Do it extraordinarily well.  Sri Lanka/Ceylon is renowned for its black tea.  But with a market that’s flooded from all four corners of the world with good black tea, the tea estates in Sri Lanka have finely honed the art of producing fantastic speciality teas. Growing Tea Tea is grown…

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