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Afternoon Tea.

  • Sep 12, 2010
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Tea is Heaven on earth - The wonderful flow of the stimulating, refreshing and oh so tasty Nectar is always a source of Intense Pleasure and Afternoon Tea is by far the best time of the day.
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/ )
Tea Classified: A Tealover's Companion by jane Pettigrew.
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/ )
Afternoon Tea by Jane Pettigrew.
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.
IQ Innovations Fine T Tea Machine
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".
Tea at
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.
Fortmason 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/ )
Royal Blend Tea
A very good blend from Fortnum and Mason. First blended for King Edward VII in the summer of 1902, Royal Blend, blends Assam with a touch of Ceylon for a smooth, almost honey-like flavour
Regent's Blend
Regent Blend from Fortnum and Mason is a bright, full-bodied blend of Black China, India and Ceylon Tea's.
Assam tea
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.
Fortnum and Mason Darjeeling Broken Orange Pekoe
Darjeeling is from India and has a mild and quite distinctive taste. A very good Tea although not one of my Favorites but many find this one of the best Tea's.
Fortnum and Mason White Yunnan Tea
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.
Fortnum and Mason Lapsang Souchong Tea
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 Earl Grey Leaf Tea
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".
Taylors of Harrogate China Keemun Leaf Tea
Keemun Tea comes from the Anhui province in northern China and has a very good taste, strong but not bitter or overwhelming.
Taylors of Harrogate China Yunnan Leaf Tea
Yunnan is another region in China which produces Fantastic Black Teas.
Taylors of Harrogate Imperial Gunpowder Leaf Tea
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.
Twinings - Earl Grey.
Twinings make really good Tea´s and their Earl Grey is one of the Best. This is a Great blend of Black Tea which is Scented with Bergamont oil. ( http://www.twinings.co.uk/ )
Twinings - Lady Grey.
Lady Grey is slightly lighter blend than Earl Grey. It uses Bergamont oil as Earl Grey, but also add's hints of Orange's and Lemon. A great tasting blend.
Twinings English Breakfast.
English Breakfast is a traditional Black Tea blend which is strong and Powerful, perfect to give you a kick in the posterior at Breakfast.
Heritage No. 18 Georgian Blend Loose Leaf Tea
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/ )
Whittard of Chelsea Loose English Rose Tea
Whittard of Chelsea is another English Firm that makes many exquisite Tea Blends - this one is quite flowery, it blends Black tea with Rose Petals and Fruit. ( http://www.whittard.co.uk/ )
Kusmi Tea - Anastasia.
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 )
Kushmi Tea Violet
Another interesting flowery blend of Black China Teas with natural essences of violet.
Kusmi Tea - Christmas tea.
This is Perfect around Christmas time. A blend of Black China Tea flavoured with orange, almond, vanilla and spices.
Mariage Freres - Pleine Lune
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/ )
Mariage Freres - Bolero.
Black Tea - A refreshing blend with the aroma of Mediterranean fruit. Velvety taste.
The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea: The Art and Pleasures of Taking Tea by Helen Simpson
Like Fortnum and Mason the Ritz is a great place to experience grand Afternoon Tea.
Clotted Cream
Clotted Cream is a wonderful cream product that is sweet, thick and buttery and just perfect with Scones, Strawberry jam and a spiffing cup of Tea.
Simply Scones: Quick and Easy Recipes for More
Freshly baked warm Scones with a nice dollop of Clotted Cream and Strawberry jam is simply Perfect with a Nice cup of Tea.
Afternoon Tea Parties: by Susannah Blake
A book about Afternoon Tea with recipies.
Some are quite happy to drink their tea from any cup or mug - I prefer Wedgwood.

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November 23, 2010
I just found this wonderful old English film from 1941 called Tea making Tips, it´s quite funny although most of the Tips are still true. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnvYymrCn4g&feature=player_embedded
September 15, 2010
Taylor's has a great website and I like the fact they've been around as a family company so long. Their Scottish Breakfast and House Blend Loose teas are both recommended. I also have enjoyed another blend they used to have in a smaller container, but they seem to have shifted to larger tins for their 4.4 oz.. canisters, which have a lot of deceptively empty space inside, I admit.
September 16, 2010
Yes I must try them, there are many blends from Taylors that I have not tried yet since they are not available in Iceland I have to order them from their website. But the Scottish Breakfast is it a strong blend like the English Breakfast ususally is ?
September 16, 2010
Scottish is more malty, which I prefer and which holds its own against milk. English tends to be more rounded. I'd say the Scottish is slightly stronger.
September 16, 2010
OK sounds good, will try it.
September 13, 2010
Excellent list, thanks and welcome to Tea Time Orn!
September 13, 2010
I'm craving some Afternoon Tea myself now, Orn! I always admired the tea devotion of the English, but I've got to say not many people know what tea addicts the Russians are! They have tea with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and most of them like really dark black tea. With that said, I think I'll have to check out the Anastasia Kusmi Tea - a perfect match for my name! :)
September 13, 2010
I'm like the Russians then because I drink strong black Tea all day with everything, I mean it's so good why drink anything else. Kusmi tea is of course originally a Russian Firm and they have some excellent Teas which you can order from their web site if you don't find them in store's near you and I don't think you will be dissapointed with Anastasia.
September 14, 2010
:) Thanks for the recommendation! I used to drink strong black tea after a trip to Russia, they had me hooked there. But now I'm back to my favorites, herbal and fruit teas. We have regular guests who drink strong black tea though!
September 13, 2010
Fantastic list, Orn! I dig reading about this tea-loving side of you. I love tea, too, but have never indulged in it enough to create a list like this :P. Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll definitely have to track down some of those Fortnum and Mason teas and some of that clotted cream!
September 13, 2010
You wont regret it and if in London you must visit the store it's Fantastic.
Unfortunately Clotted Cream is not made in Iceland so I always kind of Overdose on it in London  :-)
September 13, 2010
Oh, I've never been to London before, but plan on it! I'm amused by all of the super English names on this list. Of the companies, teas and authors :) And I'll try to see if clotted cream is available at any international food marts around here because it sounds really interesting!
September 13, 2010
Well there's nothing more English than a Nice Cup of Tea. Americans seems to have fallen out of love with this wonderful drink due to some failed Tea party in Boston 1773 but some have seen the light like the American Author Henry James who said - " There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. "
September 13, 2010
Great quote!  And being Chinese, I sure do appreciate a nice cup of tea.  I think you might appreciate my review of Chinese tea culture.  We have different practices from the English, but it's still a universal love of tea :)
September 13, 2010
Oh Absolutely - I had not noticed your Review of Chinese Tea Culture, must check that out. One of my many Tea Books is "The Chinese Art of Tea by John Blofeld". One of the fascinating things I remember from the book are stories of Chinese Tea masters who could say from what well or spring the water came from and if it was rain water or melted snow !! - Ha Ha that's what I would call being a connoisseur :-)
September 15, 2010
I know John Blofeld from his immersion as a pioneering English-born "gone native" proponent of Buddhism, but thanks as I did not of his tea book!
September 13, 2010
Wow, you're the expert on tea, Örn!
September 13, 2010
Well I've been drinking Tea most of my live and like Music I never get bored with it. it is always a source of Great pleasure.
September 13, 2010
love me some tea...especially jasmine and blueberry. Nice one and thanks for sharing!
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