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Friday, 28 August 2015

The Friday Review....Birchall Tea - Part One

Hello There,

Well, it's that day of the week again....it's Friday and that means we want to share a new tea with you....but this week we have something a little different to share.

Yesterday I was invited to a tea tasting event held by Birchall Tea, a fifth generation London based tea company with over 140 years of history. Today we are one of the world’s largest exporters of East African teas shipping 36 million kgs of tea worldwide per annum.

A history of Birchall Tea

Quality is really important to Birchall Tea, something they highlighted during their informative and very enjoyable tea tasting. Their teas are always 100% pure main grade black leaf tea...you know what that means? 

No powder, dust or stalk in your cuppa!

Birchall Tea

So, after we had an introduction to the company we were given a first hand experience of their teas with a tea tasting session

We were shown exactly what is inside the tea bags of several different brands of black tea....

Tea bags exposed - spot the dust!

Can you tell which one is from an economy teabag? 
I'll give you a hint.....its the pile of light brown dust on the far left hand side.

The teas were then brewed, following their individual brand instructions....

Tea tasting from Birchall Tea

Once brewed to perfection, we examined the difference in the teas - from the leaves to the colour of the brew....we also tried each of the teas too. The experience was led by Sinclair, a very knowledgeable member of Birchall Tea, who answered all our questions as he guided us through the experience....

Tea tasting from Birchall Tea

Once we had finished the black tea tasting, we sampled the other teas in the Birchall Tea range which includes green teas and a range of fruit and herbal infusions. From a fresh and fruity Green Tea & Peach blend to a warming Lemongrass & Ginger or the fresh and punchy Peppermint. There is something for every taste bud!

Birchall Tea

I particularly enjoyed the Green Tea & Peach which is a traditional green tea, blended with real fruit pieces and marigold flowers. It has a wonderful peachy aroma, but the taste is light and fresh and not at all overpowering. I was also told a wonderful recipe to try with this tea....watch this space for another blog post coming soon!

The other tea I enjoyed was the Red Berry & Flower tea which is a smooth blend of sweet red berries and refreshing hibiscus. This tea is a beautiful ruby red colour, and has a full flavour...but because of the hibiscus flower it is not too sweet. I tried this tea hot, but I think it would make a wonderful cold brew or iced tea too.

Red Berry & Flower tea - Birchall Tea

Now I'm not going to tell you too much about the other teas, as I will leave that for the next blog post, but if you want to find out more about Birchall Teas you can visit their newly launched website.

I'd like to thank Birchall Teas for inviting me to their tea tasting event, it's always good to learn about different tea brands.

Watch this space for more blog posts about Birchall Teas!

Thank you for popping by today,

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