Taking a look at The Tea Makers of London range

Peter Morrell samples three products from this luxury tea merchant

With a history of tea-making going back two generations, The Tea Makers of London are passionate about making the luxury and authenticity of the world’s greatest teas accessible to tea-lovers around the globe. Their unique and extensive collection of blends are hand-picked from the very best tea gardens as well rare and unique teas made by small artisan tea farmers. The brand aesthetics and the originality of the tea makes every single infusion a truly luxurious experience.

I have been trying three of their teas, the first for drinking in the morning, the second for the afternoon and the final one to drink with dinner in the evening.

The teas all comes in elegant black packaging so as well as treating yourself the teas would also make stylish gifts. One of the teas came in a bag which was brewed in the cup but for the two loose leaf teas I used a Korean Celadon cup with removable infuser. I never add milk to tea so can appreciate the full aroma and flavour of the drink. I also used a thermostatically controlled kettle, a must for all tea connoisseurs, as one of the teas needed to be brewed at 80c. Full directors for water temperature, amount of tea to use and brew time are on the packaging.

I began with their English Breakfast, this was a black loose leaf tea from Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Sniffing it before brewing it had a slightly sweet dark chocolate aroma. Once brewed the nose was uplifting, it was full bodied and flavourful in the mouth, had smooth tannins and left a long finish. It also gave me a pleasant buzz of caffeine so was a good tea to drink at the start of the day.

The second tea was in a pyramid shaped ‘triune’ mesh bag and it was my afternoon cuppa, enjoyed with a fruit cookie. It was the Earl Grey Supreme another black tea from Ceylon and flavoured with both bergamot oil cornflower petals. The bergamot, which is a citrus, imparted a clean fruity taste while the cornflower introduced floral notes. This was a rich but delicate tea that was very aromatic and it worked well with a sweet biscuit.

The final tea was the organic Dragon Well. This was from China and had been pan fried to preserve its green colour. The aroma was that of newly mown hay with strong herbal tones. When brewed the tea was a light, straw yellow colour and the flavour of fresh grass and herbs prevailed. It was pleasantly sweet and had a crisp, cleaning finish. I paired this with a Chinese stir-fried dish.

I enjoyed all three of these teas and they worked well for each of the times of day when when I drank them. I was impressed with both the presentation of the teas and their high quality which made them distinctly unique.

The Tea Makers of London supply a wide range of premium teas from around the global as well as tea making accessories. The company has recently launched the Darjeeling First Flush 2016 collection including a range of teas from renowned gardens; Jungpana, Margaret’s Hope and Makaibari. These estates have been making top quality teas for over 100 years, and have remained popular amongst Darjeeling lovers across the world.

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