The best drink in the world - no matter how much I drink of it, it never ceases to give intense pleasure. But it has to be Good Tea - and by that I mean LOOSE LEAF - Tea since only inferior quality is used in teabags. On this list are some Exquisite Teas and Tea blends from top Tea firms. Many things are called Tea but the only Real Thing comes from the leaves of the plant CAMELLIA SINENSIS. The UK tea council has a good website with loads of Tea related information. (http://www.tea.co.uk/ )
Jane Pettigrew is a Great Tea Specialist who has written many books about Tea and this book is a good source on Teas from around the world. Pettigrew givesTea Masterclasses and writes Tea-blogs, here is her homepage - (http://www.janepettigrew.com/ )
This book is about that wonderful English Culinary tradition - Afternoon Tea, where you drink high quality tea, have some great small sandwiches, nice cakes and the best of all, freshly baked warm Scones with Clotted Cream and a nice dollop of Strawberry jam.
I always make my Tea using this. You add water to the top and Tea leaves in the infusion basket. Chose the right program for your Tea. The water warms up and runs into the infusion basket where the Tea infuses for the appropriate amount of time. When it´s ready the Tea runs into the kettle at the bottom where it is kept warm by a hot plate for 30 minutes. (http://www.fine-t.co.uk/t-machine/ )
See the full review, "Easy to use Tea Machine".
Fortnums has a Great Resturant where they serve Fantastic Afternoon Tea and I always go there when in London. The best place in London in my opinion. Here is a book about the place and the tradition of afternoon Tea.
The English shop Fortnum and Mason is my favorite shop of all and the food hall is simply marvelous, they make some fantastic Tea blends. Fortmason Tea is a blend of Black Teas from India and China, scented with Orange blossom. It has a flowery, perfumy taste which is really tasty and refreshing. (http://www.fortnumandmason.com/ )
From Fortnum and Mason - Assam tea, from India's steamy Brahmaputra Valley, is one of the world's oldest varieties. Assam has a rich, dark liquor and smooth, round, malty flavour full of body and flavour.
Until recently White tea was very rare and not available outside China and even not so common there either. It is made by picking one leaf and one bud and the Tea is very light and delicate. I usually prefer the stronger black Teas but many connoisseurs of China teas find this to be the best of teas.
This is an unusual Tea because the Leaves are smoked, which gives it a strong and smoky flavor. For many this is an aquired taste. I do not drink this much because it is rather intense but once it a while it is just the right thing.
Taylors of Harrogate make the Best Earl Grey Tea in my opinion. This is a Fantastic blend of Black China Teas Scented quite strongly with Bergamont oil, absolutely Fantastic Tea. This is the Tea I would take to the Dessert Island. (http://www.taylorsofharrogate.co.uk/ )
See the full review, "Superior Earl Grey".
Gunpowder Green's are made by steaming the leaves, then rolled by hand and dried in pans over fire. When the water is added the leaves unfurls. Green teas have a delicate flavor, a bit grassy. My favorite's are the Black ones but many find the Green's the best and in China and Japan these are the Tea's most people drink.
The famous store Harrods in London has a great Food hall and there you can buy many Great Tea's. This is a blend of Darjeeling, Assam and Sri Lankan loose leaf tea. (http://www.harrods.com/harrodsstore/ )
Kusmi Tea was a Russian Firm that fled the revolution and is now established in Paris. They make many good blends and this one is a blend of Black teas from China and Ceylon Scented with Bergamont and Lemon and Orange Blossom. (http://www.kusmitea.com/en/index.html )
Mariage Freres is a French firm which creates many exotic and great tasting blends, this one is a blend of Black Tea spiced with fruits, vanilla, almond, rare spices, and the sweet taste of honey. ( http://www.mariagefreres.com/ )