What makes a great tea?
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There are five quality groups for tea. They are listed below in descending order of quality. At Tea from The Manor we only take the top three grades from the finest whole leaf and flowers tea grade - that’s over 20 grades above dust – the quality found in most “everyday” tea bags!
- Whole Leaf & Flowers (4 grades)
- Whole Leaf (4 grades)
- Broken Leaf (11 grades)
- Fanning (6 grades)
- Dust (2 grades)
The great tea growing regions of the world produce tea for most of the year, but each area has its best months when the finest teas are made. Again, Tea from The Manor only buys in these peak quality months.
Northern India, the worlds most important tea producer and source of “the champagne of teas” Darjeeling, is a good example – the slopes of the Himalaya produce their best in early March and June, whilst Java produces its best tea in September and China in March and April.
…WITH OUR LOOSE LEAF TEA
Place the desired amount of tea into your favourite tea pot, add freshly boiled water and brew for the recommended time. If infusing two or more teas together follow the brewing time for the tea with the shortest length of time.
Using a strainer, pour into your favourite cup and add milk, sugar, honey or lemon if desired.
Our teas are of such high quality that the same leaves can be infused a second time. On the second brewing different subtleties of the delicate flavours will be released. The longer you steep the first infusion, the less times you will be able to re-steep your leaves. To prevent the leaves from becoming bitter the tea should be strained completely between infusions.
…WITH OUR SILKY TEA BAGS
Place the silky teabag into your favourite cup or if making for more than one person, add one tea bag per person into your best tea pot, add freshly boiled water and brew for the recommended time.
Add milk, sugar, honey or lemon if desired.