2016 at The Tea Makers of London
Friday, 23 December 2016 | Maja Alice
Looking Back at Our Year of Tea
We would love to thank all our customers for a wonderful year. It has been a very exciting year for us.
As well as having had the honour of winning several awards, we have traveled to various tea gardens in some of the most revered tea districts in the world.
At the beginning of the year, many of you were getting in touch requesting samples of different teas. To help you discover new loose leaf tea flavours, we introduced Tea Discovery Packs. Each discovery pack includes five different loose leaf teas and allows you to sample teas of different variations.
In order to create the very best tea experience, we have also been putting great efforts into improving our packaging design and have introduced the distinctive and stylish origami-style matcha cartons and our colourful Zenshi glassware boxes.
Building close relationships with our tea farmers is very important to us. In April, we traveled to Ise Bay in the Mie Prefecture region of Japan to visit our Japanese tea farmers. Every one of our 12 Japanese green teas grow in this bay area. During our visit, we were able to walk around the tea fields, sample the latest teas and visit the special matcha facilities. Our matcha teas, from this area, are made from the finest hand-picked, shade grown Camellia Sinensis buds and stone-ground using traditional Japanese production methods.
During spring, we introduced our ‘2016 First Flush Darjeeling’ Indian black tea range as well as new-season artisan Chinese flowering teas. Both selections are of the most premium quality within their respective categories.
Darjeeling is one of the most revered tea regions in the world and produces some of the very best black teas available.
Flowering teas bring with them all the magic of the orient. As the tea bulb steeps, it unfurls in a natural emulation of blooming flowers in spring. Made with the finest quality silver needle green tea, these teas are a treat for all the senses.
In August, we traveled to Ceylon (Sri Lanka). During our trip, we were able to visit several of the talented tea farmers who grow our Ceylon teas. Our accomplished colleagues from this revered tea-growing country, have expert knowledge of tea, which has been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years. This ancient knowledge is reflected in the superior quality of our Ceylon teas selection.
Upon our return from Ceylon, we received the happy news that we had been awarded non-less than 15 stars at the 2016 Great Taste Awards which is hosted by the Guild of Fine Food. A panel of expert judges gave stars to ten of our very best teas - including our Ceremonial Matcha Green Tea Powder, our English Breakfast Tea triunes and our Japanese Sencha Supreme triunes. It was a great honour to receive these awards.
We have very much enjoyed sharing our love for great tea with you this year. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and look forwards to an exciting year to come.
The Assam Tea Region
The Assam region in India is one of the most revered tea regions in the world. Read more about it in our Tea Journal post, ‘A Brief History of Assam Tea’.
Discover Green Teas
With so many choices, how do you find the perfect green tea to fit your taste? Browse our guide, ‘Green Teas Explained - Explore the Flavours of Green Tea’.
Superfood: Matcha Green Tea Explained
Matcha is a special Japanese green tea variety that has many health benefits and is popularly enjoyed as a superfood. But where does matcha come from, what is its history and how exactly does it help your body? Learn more about Matcha in our Tea Journal post, ‘Superfoods: Matcha Green Tea Explained’.
Pu erh Tea Brewing Guide
There are two recognised ways of brewing Pu erh tea - the modern Western way and the traditional Chinese way. Learn all about the tools, temperature and timing of brewing Pu erh tea in our guide, ‘How To Brew Pu erh Tea’.
Rich & Rare Loose Leaf Teas
Rich black teas are favourited amongst many gentlemen and tea connoisseurs. Explore our great selection of rich and rare loose leaf teas in our Tea Journal post, ‘Rich Teas for Gentlemen’.
New Teas from 2016
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