Our Favourite Flavoured Black Teas

The diversity of black tea is immense. Depending on terroir, harvest time and finesse in production they vary vastly in taste. Black tea is the most common type of tea accounting for up to 85% of total tea consumption in the western world. Black tea is fully oxidised and has darker appearance, stronger flavour and can be higher in caffeine content compared to other teas. The caffeine content in black tea is still only around half the level of coffee.

In the world of tea we group single estate teas, blended teas and flavoured teas. The later are expertly married with high quality herbs, spices, fruit and blossoms to give the teas some added delicious taste. Flavouring tea requires skill, knowledge and dedication, something which is definitely clear with our classic flavoured varieties; Earl Grey and Chai.

Earl Grey Tea – The best known flavoured black tea. A fully fermented black tea blended with the refreshing citrus flavour of bergamot. The tea is highly aromatic and the perfect accompaniment with afternoon tea.

Chai Tea – An Indian black tea, mixed with spices such as cardamom, cinnamon and pepper. Mysterious, delicious and warming.

CHAI TEA

Chai tea originates from India and is widely known as the national drink. In India the tea is named ‘Masala Chai’. ‘Masala’ is the word for spice in Hindu and ‘Chai’ simply means tea. Traditionally Masala Chai was made by simmering milk and water with loose leaf black tea, spices and sugar; exact recipes vary to local customs so there is no exact common recipe.

Chai tea is warming and soothing, and the increased popularity has led to a range of new variations. You can drink chai tea whichever way you would like, although we would recommend if you are going to add milk that it is hot, as this will bring out the full flavour of the tea and spices.

Our Chai tea is blended using warming spices like cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger and fennel. The result is a drink that is pleasing and invigorating to the senses.

Chai tea is well suited to autumn as the spicy taste and mysterious flavours are ideal for a cosy night by the fire!

Chai Tea

HOW TO BREW CHAI TEA

Boil some freshly poured cold water

Place 1 levelled to 1 heaped teaspoon of tea leaves in a tea strainer

Pour the hot water over the leaves

Steep the tea for the appropriate amount of time (3-5 minutes)

Strain the tea

Add a dash of milk to taste, sweeten if required

Sit back and enjoy!

 

The modern world has elevated Chai to many new avenues such as; chai latte, chai ices, milkshakes, chocolate chai, decaf and so on. Chai Lattes have becoming increasingly popular recently, especially in coffee shops. The drink has grown in popularity with many people choosing it as an alternative to frothy coffee. Chai latte is an interesting mix of flavours creating a sweet and indulgent drink that is richly aromatic.

CHAI LATTE RECIPE

One of our favourite recipes is a delicious spiced Chai Latte using some of our loose-leaf Chai Tea.

A Chai latte is similar to a traditional latte that contains espresso and steamed milk. However, the espresso is substituted for a spiced tea concentrate. A Chai tea latte is made with steamed milk, resulting in a foamy, light texture with a much creamier taste that that of a traditional chai tea.

Ingredients:

Chai Loose leaf tea (we recommend Chennai Chai Spiced Black Tea £7.90 for a 100g bag)

Boiling water, 1/2 cup whole milk, honey or sugar to taste, cinnamon or nutmeg to sprinkle

Method

Brew Chennai Chai loose leaf tea with freshly boiled hot water for 3 to 4 minutes.

We recommend a slightly stronger brew, used a slightly heaped teaspoon of tea per cup

Warm some milk in a pan and then whisk to get a frothy texture.

Combine the milk with the Chai tea.

Add honey or sugar to taste.

Sprinkle a dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg.

Enjoy!

Chai Latte

OUR FAVOURITE CHAI TEAS

Chennai Chai Spiced Black Tea – Organic loose-leaf tea

£7.90 for a 100g bag

Discover the world of Indian spices with this traditional Chennai Chai Tea!

With spices including cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and anise blended with delicious malty Assam tea you can enjoy this national beverage of India with or without a dash of hot milk.

Each Indian family keeps their own recipe which they protect like a major secret.

This tea represents the true Indian culture.

Ingredients:

Black Tea, Pieces of Cinnamon, Fennel, Pieces of Ginger, Cloves and Anise

How to Brew:

1 teaspoon of loose-leaf tea for 0.3 litres of water

Water temperature 100C

Brewing time 4-6 minutes

Chennai Chai loose leaf tea

Masala Chai Black Tea Pyramid Teabags – Organic

£6.90 for a box of 15 teabags

Discover the aromatic world of tea from India with our Masala Chai Pyramid Teabags. Spices like cardamom, clove, cinnamon and anise blend harmoniously with our strong Assam tea. The taste of Chai is a true reflection of India.

Ingredients: Black Tea, pieces of cinnamon, fennel, pieces of ginger, cloves, anise

Content per box: 15 pyramid tea bags

How to Brew:

1 pyramid teabag for 1 cup of tea

Water temperature 100C

Brewing time 4-6 minutes

Masala Chai Pyramid Teabags

EARL GREY TEA

Earl Grey is a black tea scented with the oil from the rind of bergamot orange. Bergamot is a citrus tree most commonly found on the coast of Italy and southern France. The rinds’ fragrant oil is added to black tea to give Earl Grey its signature zesty punch. Earl Grey is a firm favourite among tea drinkers across the UK. The origin of this traditional blend is shrouded in legend, but its delicate, fresh flavour has withstood the test of time. Earl Grey is one of the most recognised flavoured teas in the world. So how did we all fall in love with this citrus and floral infused black tea? It is highly aromatic and the perfect accompaniment with afternoon tea!

China must be seen as the pioneer in flavouring teas. Chinese tea masters constantly experimented with ways to make their teas more exotic, to capture the attention of the reigning emperors and worldwide trade merchants.

Earl Grey is traditionally defined as a black tea that has been flavoured with the oil of bergamot. But what is bergamot oil, where does it come from, and how does it blend with black tea to form a classic combination?

Bergamot oil is extracted from the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit.  The fruit is used to make marmalades and the scent is often used in fragrance shops as it is very popular in perfumes.

A classic, traditional Earl Grey tea starts with a base of black tea leaves, a Darjeeling or Ceylon for example. Once the tea leaves have been withered, dried and oxidized they are flavoured with the bergamot oil extracted for a powerful aroma and rich flavour. Every blend of Earl Grey is different; the tea-to-bergamot ratio is dependent on each variety.

HOW TO BREW EARL GREY TEA

Boil some freshly poured cold water

Place 1 levelled to 1 heaped teaspoon of tea leaves in a tea strainer

Pour the hot water over the leaves

Steep the tea for the appropriate amount of time (2-5 minutes)

Strain the tea

Add a dash of milk to taste, sweeten if required

Enjoy!

Earl Grey Tea

OUR FAVOURITE EARL GREY TEAS

Earl Grey Flavoured Black Tea – Organic loose-leaf tea

£7.90 for a 100g bag

Our Earl Grey Black Tea is delicious, try it today!

The flavour and taste of Earl Grey is created by scenting the tea with fine, lemon-fresh bergamot oil that comes from certified organic resources.

The beautiful red-brown cup with its spicy, full-bodied character is enhanced with the fresh fruity notes of the bergamot.

The fully fermented broken grade black tea has many golden tips with a taste reminiscent of fine, sweet, Chinese Yunnan teas and the power and strength of the best Assam teas.

Ingredients:

Black Tea, natural bergamot oil

How to Brew:

1 pyramid teabag for 1 cup of tea

Water temperature 100C

Brewing time 3 minutes

Add milk if desired

Earl Grey organic loose leaf tea

Earl Grey Black Tea Pyramid Teabags – Organic

£6.90 for a box of 15 teabags

Earl Grey Pyramid Teabags use fresh natural bergamot oil from controlled organic resources to create our interpretation of this famous blend. Based on a fully fermented black tea that tastes of earthy sweet Chinese black teas as much as spicy Assam varieties, the bergamot flavour adds a distinct note and refreshing fragrance to this composition.

The deep red brown cup colour surprises with the fresh notes of the bergamot and delivers an excellent drink that many people love.

Ingredients: Black Tea, natural bergamot oil

How to Brew:

1 teaspoon of loose-leaf tea for 0.3 litres of water

Water temperature 100C

Brewing time 3 minutes

Add milk if desired

Earl Grey Pyramid Teabags

ENJOY!

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