Relax

So how do you make the most of a cup of tea?  It doesn’t matter what type, green, black, Chinese, Ceylon, Kenyan…..the most important part is that you sit back and savour every last drop.  Life is good and we need to appreciate every moment.  And where there is a problem, taking time out to enjoy a cup of tea can move mountains.  So please enjoy this.

Lavender Dunkers

Lavender tea biscuits

Lavender  Dunkers

The art of tea dunking is a skill that should be learned and honed as early as possible.  Going through life without being able to experience the tea dunked biscuit is a life badly lived.

And what, you may ask, is THE ultimate dunked biscuit.  Ah!  Now my dears, you are wandering into a very dangerous territory.  For what one taste bud adores, another abhors.  Some may consider the humble Rich Tea to be the only candidate.  Others may go all soggy at the mention of a Malted Milk.  Actually soggy may not be the best word to use here because the whole point in tea dunking is that one can CONTROL the biscuit right up until the end.  Lose control and well………

Personally, we are a tad  more refined, here at the Tea Ladies.  WE think that control of soggy is only part of the craft.  It is important that what is dunked not only softens but doesn’t soften too quickly AND that the flavour is enhanced.  So we set to work and came up with a quite delightful little number.

This biscuit lasted 4 seconds when dunked.   We got really carried away and put a spoonful of made black tea with lavender and lavender flowers in the mix.  This meant that when they were dunked, the flavour of the tea and the lavender reacted and became a gorgeous almost unidentifiable spicy experience.  So, if you fancy taking the challenge, then here is the recipe.

Happy dunking

Teabread

Tea BreadWhat morsel of delight goes well with a cup of tea?  Ah, it’s all a matter of taste, darling.  What one person might consider ideal, another might consider sacrilege.  Many connoisseurs of the amber liquid would say that tea should be consumed on its own so that the delicate nuances of the particular tea can be understood and savoured.  ‘Tosh’, I say under my breath. What could be better than a wonderful slab of teabread to go with ones tea.

So, my dears, here is the delight.  It is a very easy recipe which you can find here .  But there is still that niggling little question that is which tea would go well with it.  After all, the world of tea is HUGE and the range of flavours ENORMOUS.  Making and tasting the teabread sorted all that out, however.  This is a teabread  that makes a statement with its abundance of juicy, tea soaked fruit mixed with the warmth of mixed spice.  It needed a tea which could stand on its own, make a speech if necessary AND have a fight afterwards.  Well it just has to be a Keemun then.  So, go and make that teabread and put the kettle on.  It will be worth it.

Tea is Good (for you)

Tea and booksWell now, isn’t that a bit of Good News.  Tea is good for us.

Breathe a big sigh of relief – because we drink A LOT OF IT here.

But then if one is treating oneself to a regular dose of feet up on the chaise longue, a HUGE pile of books that are screaming out to be read and a steady flow of tea, then that is all one really needs to feel good, isn’t it?

Oh, just a moment, someone in the background here is making a few more TOTALLY unprintable suggestions….hmmm…..worth thinking about though.  Perhaps this calls for another pot of tea.

But, just for your information,it’s the polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) that is the goodie in your cup.  There are oodles of sites that will fill your brain with all the necessary information.  We are happy to put our feet up and wallow in the fact that our favourite drink has been given a golden star of approval.  Long may it last.

 

Tea & A Track

We’ve just started selecting some absolutely wonderful music for you to enjoy with your tea.  If you’ve missed the selection on our Facebook page,  then you can still enjoy it again here. Remember that life is all about living well;  enjoy your life and it will repay you in many ways.  Slowing down is one of the best ways to collect yourself together, ponder (not too much, though), dream a little and by the time you’ve reached the bottom of that cup, you will feel ready to face the world again.  So, here’s one for the road

Oolong

Oolong teaReading tea leaves has become a forgotten art.  Why?  Because reading tea bags simply doesn’t have the same je ne sais quoi.  And as sitting down to enjoy a wonderful cup of tea is also becoming lost in the rush of daily life, it’s little wonder that a bit of divination over the teacups is rarely spoken of today.

However, should one ever encounter oolong tea leaves at the bottom of a cup then one might well ponder on their significance.  Oolong tea leaves are martyrs to the cause.  They are bashed, bruised, withered, curled and twisted and all for the sake of your cup of tea.  Now having offered their existence to such processes, it would be sacrilege on our part to stuff these leaves into a teabag and hurl it to its fate of the well documented 10-second dunk in a teacup.  Beauty should be revealed slowly, not confined.

Oolong tea could change ones destiny in other ways too.  Rumour has it that it has far reaching health benefits affecting teeeth, brain function, skin and metabolism.  And that suggests that it could be useful if one has over indulged in the past.

Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea and there are many varieties.  Furthermore, different processes create a range of flavours from light floral notes of narcissus, orchid and hyacinth to more earthy tones of peach and apricot.  At The Tea Ladies we have selected a light, delicate and floral oolong from the Fujian Province to give you a clear golden cup of delight..  It requires a shorter brewing time (2-3 mins) so one could still master a foreign language, complete the Mensa application form or compose a symphony in the time it takes to brew tea from another part of the world.

In the same way that we care not to consider what goes into a sausage, nor shall we dwell for too long on what goes into the average tea bag.  Rest assured that when you have enjoyed the naked beauty of an oolong tea leaf unfurling and revealing itself in your cup, your destiny will be set fair.


Keemun

Keemun teaLife, like tea, is as good as the time spent making it.  If life is treated like a teabag (and who would want to share the fate of most teabags) then life is not going to give much back.  Pale and insipid is the best one could hope for.

Is this what life is meant to be like?  Well nor is tea and proper tea leaves are the answer along with a valuable amount of time to make a decent cup.  So slow down and stand aside from the daily drudge.  Cancel the tall, toned, glistening personal trainer;  postpone the full body wax treatment;  defer the colonic irrigation and put the kettle on instead.

China knows a thing or two about tea.  They are rolling in it.  Languishing somewhere between the Yellow Mountains and the Yangtze River is the Huang Shan region.  This is the home of the wonderful Keemun tea, considered by some to be one of the best teas in the world. It has only been produced since the late 1800s and was originally reserved for the aristocracy.  Nowadays, of course, the hoi polloi can get their hands on most things.  Hah!

Keemun tea has a number of  attributes that add to its charm.  It is low in caffeine (so you won’t be buzzing all night), it contains a copious amount of antioxidants (a buzz word you do want to hear) and it is a very good aid for the digestion as it dissolves acidity in the stomach (and that’s another reason to cancel the colonic irrigation)

Our Keemun tea at The Tea Ladies can boast a sweet, delicate, floral taste with a slightly smoked note.  So if you want to join the best in society and are prepared to ditch the drudge, then sling your pearls on, put your feet up and enjoy your tea.  You’re worth the time.


Ceylon

Ceylon tea

Loose tea leaves, like loose women, need to be treated with respect. They require patience in order to release their true nature and will repay all the time lavished on them by unleashing flavours that get taste buds tingling. Tea bags beware! Tea leaves are back and have set tongues wagging!

In an age of notorious 10-second teabag dunkers, loose tea leaves have qualities that need to be tasted in order to preserve our understanding of what tea should taste like. And once hooked, taking time out to prepare tea properly will leave one wondering why on earth one had previously spent so much time on the hectic daily treadmill of trekking up the Himalayas, racing across the Sahara or swimming with sharks.

That apart, if your taste buds need invigorating, then here at The Tea Ladies we have selected a Ceylon tea that will meet all your requirements. Tea is grown extensively in Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon. Sri Lanka retained the former name for tea marketing). Ceylon teas range in flavour from full-bodied to light and delicate. All, however, will fill your cup with an exquisite liquid ranging in colour from gold to red. Our Ceylon tea has been selected for its light, delicate, fragrant qualities and can defend itself magnificently against any marauding teabag. Furthermore, our particular tea is identified and renowned for its silvery tips. So let’s celebrate and greet our days and years by enjoying a cup of silver tipped Ceylon tea and may your greying roots be a distant memory.


Assam

Assam teaIs there life beyond tea bags?  Does builder’s tea leave you blushing?  Is own brand tea just too pale, darling?  Don’t worry, you are  in just the right place.  Sit back, relax and let us tell you about a wonderful tea.

Now if your tastebuds veer towards the robust (dare we suggest you may already drink builder’s tea, Heaven forbid) but you yearn for a touch of refinement, then you may well sink to your knees in gratitude to this tea.

Assam is the largest tea growing region in India and much of its tea has a smoooth, malty, full-bodied flavour.  It’s little wonder that Assam is often found in the popular ‘breakfast’ blends.  It is just what is needed first thing in the morning when contemplating the rigours of the day ahead, whether that be bare-back camel riding in the Gobi desert, flying single-handed around the world in a hot air balloon or a date feeding the ducks on the local pond.

At The Tea Ladies we use a Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe Assam. This is a golden tippy Assam which means the leaf tips are flecked with gold.  Ah that we could all lay claim to having golden tips.

Welcome to the world of The Tea Ladies

Welcome!  Come in and join our world of Tea Ladies, Tea Leaves, Tea Tales, Tea Tips, Tea Bites and there may even be a few Tea Cads about too.

We tasted, we tested, we tasted again and this, my dears, is what we came up with.  A selection of absolutely wonderful teas.

Hibiscus tea

THE LADY & THE SCANDALOUS AFFAIR

A racy combination of silver tipped, high grown Ceylon tea with a tantalising touch of fine hibiscus flowers and rosehips.

Blossom tea

THE NOTORIOUS LADY IN AMBER

An arresting blend of Keemun tea with calendula and orange blossom flowers plus a flirty dash of orange blossom essence.

Lavender tea

LADY LAVENDER’S GOLDEN LOVER

An alluring confection of Assam tea with the confident flavour of lavender and a delicate touch of cornflowers.

Rose tea

LADY ROSE & THE TAMING OF THE BEAST

A deliciously suggestive blend of Oolong tea and rose petals with an irresistible hint of rose and vanilla essence.

A modest selection for the moment but now our taste buds are whetted, new fancies are flitting through our heads as we speak.  But we digress.  Visit our shop now to see our teas and our ladies on display.