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Ambient Tea

  Towards Pairing Fine Tea with Food Asia gave the world tea. Since it also gave some of its most sublime cuisines as well, why isn’t fine tea more often paired with fine food? Like wine, tea produces a huge variety of floral, fruity, vegetal and woody flavours capable of complementing many foods. Some foods […]

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Moroccan Rosebuds

Rosa damascena, commonly known as the Damask rose, is one of the wonders of nature. Both its common and its botanical name refer to it as the ‘Rose from Damascus’, however the traces of its origin go back to 5000 BC in China. It was found in Europe again on mural paintings dated from 2000BC in Cnossos […]

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French Peppermint

In 2014 Tim asked me to look for the perfect farmers to match our demanding criteria in sourcing tea: they must own their land, be under 15 acres,  and produce delicious plants without artificial fertilisers and pesticides. It took me nearly two years to find four small growers, who added two unexpected criteria to our list since […]

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French Lemon Verbena

In 2014 Tim asked me to look for the perfect farmers to match our demanding criteria in sourcing tea: they must own their land, be under 15 acres,  and produce delicious plants without artificial fertilisers and pesticides. It took me nearly two years to find four small growers, who added two unexpected criteria to our list since […]

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French Camomile

In 2014 Tim asked me to look for the perfect farmers to match our demanding criteria in sourcing tea: they must own their land, be under 15 acres,  and produce delicious plants without artificial fertilisers and pesticides. It took me nearly two years to find four small growers, who added two unexpected criteria to our list since […]

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2014 Wuyi Oolongs and new sample sizes

Back in 2009 I walked into Postcard Teas for the first time as a customer and asked to try Master Xu’s Rou Gui. At the time I didn’t really know what it was but I had read somewhere that this was the tea to try, and I thought that I might as well start my flirtation with […]

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SUPERWEEDS vs. SUPER WEEDS

Since visiting Mr Ha’s small organic estate in Bosong, South Korea 10 years ago,I have believed natural farming methods often make better tea and certainly improve everyone’s health, as well as the environment. The other day there was an interesting article in The New York Times  about a new strain of superweeds that are resistant to […]

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Hakka Roundhouse

Hakka Roundhouse & Master Wang

I visited a few tea villages together with tea maker Master Wang. A few of the families from these villages supply their Dan Cong tea leaves to Master Wang – “I don’t buy the leaves from many of the families. To me, only the tea which grows above 700 meters is good”, he said. I […]

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