Autumn is nigh and we're increasingly finding ourselves reaching for the Masala Chai for our afternoon tea break - or Smoko, as Phil insists on calling it!
If you've had a chance to check out the Tea-rivia section of our Masala Chai product page, you'll know that when tea was first grown commercially in India due to the British, it wasn't popular among the locals so Indian vendors began adding tea to Kadha – an existing drink of water and milk boiled with spices – and Chai tea was born.
This is our favourite way to prepare it...
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 2)
2 heaped teaspoons/2 pyramid teabags Debonair Tea Company Masala Chai tea
A 600ml 1:1 ratio of milk to water in a pan
Sugar to taste - we find a small teaspoon per cup/mug is sufficient
2. Bring the mixture to simmer, stirring frequently, until the flavour has developed to your taste
3. Add sugar once you have removed the pan from the heat so it doesn't make your pan sticky and difficult to clean
4. Strain into mugs using a tea strainer or sieve and serve - our favourite accompaniment is a homemade slice of Mary Berry's Banana Loaf.
It's an exciting week here at Debonair Tea Company HQ – our very first directly sourced tea is finally available to buy!
Darjeeling teas, and particularly the range produced at Glenburn, are absolute favourites of our co-founder and in-house sommelier, Louisa.
The name ‘Darjeeling’ literally means the ‘land of the thunderbolt’. The British acquired the land here in 1835, the first tea seeds were sown in 1839 and following bumper harvests, private growers had more than 2,000 plants growing in the area by 1853. It was not until 1856 that the first commercial tea garden was established.
Given that some of the very finest tea producing regions are seasonal so that the tea plant only grows in warmer temperatures, Spring is a very exciting time in tea production. Indeed, the plucking season in India, China, Japan and even Europe – including England’s Tregothnan tea gardens (pictured) – run from March through to November.
Following harvesting and processing, the very first of the new season’s tea leaves begin to make their way across the world from Asia in time for early summer.
It's been a lot of work behind the scenes but we are proud to finally be unveiling our latest offering - our high quality, Ceremonial Grade Japanese Matcha!
While we at Debonair Tea Co. enjoy all that the Japanese matcha tea ceremony has to offer, matcha has become quite the superfood darling in recent years and for good reason; it has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea!
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