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About TomA

Currently studying for an MSc in Applied Economics at the University of Nottingham in the UK. I like real beer, independent music and meat pies.

Sri Lanka

Beautifully shot video about the tea industry in Sri Lanka that I’ve just stumbled upon.

[Sorry, can’t embed it, but go here to watch!]

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The Royal Wedding: another good excuse for a tea party

I can’t say I’m particularly fond of our bunch of royals, but the impending marriage of Prince William and the descendant of a coal miner (class system? ha!..) does give an excellent excuse to dust off your best china, splurge on some excellent tea and hang up some bunting in the street like its 1953 (or indeed 1935). Find a big trestle table, stick it in the middle of the road and brew for all your hearts desire.

I’d personally avoid the overwhelming and slightly ludicrous selection of specially blended royal teas, such as this from Twinnings:

or this from Clipper:

and instead keep your tongue firmly in your cheek with these from Donkey:

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Naive Tea


Naive Tea have been wonderful enough to send some oolong teas over the Atlantic for us to taste here at Splash Of Milk. I’ve tasted a few and there’s excellent (proper tastings to come soon), but in the mean time, bask in the beauty of the packaging. Yum.

TomA

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Tea Sub

Miss Believer has already spoken about the playful piece of design that is this yellow submarine tea strainer, but we’d been unable to track one down. Or so I thought – Miss B managed to get one for my birthday! Wahey! And in full Splash of Milk honour, here it is in action:

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The beautiful outdoors

One of my favourite spots to take tea is a small cafe on the Swedish coast. Tables are outside a small summer house, hidden amongst small outcrops in the rock face. Once you’ve navigated (the occasionally treacherous) path down, carefully balancing your tray of tea and goodies, you can escape the rest of the world, stare out to sea and watch swans in the foreground and the boats navigating by lighthouse in the distance.

Where do you like to take tea?

TomA

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Post Bank Holiday Tea Tasting – Fairtrade Green Tea Chai

And finally, we come to the end of a marathon tea tasting session. My last tea is a fairtrade green tea chai. Its good. Very good. There’s something endlessly comforting about chai; this particular chai is less spicy than many and rather lighter, perfect for a Sunday afternoon cuppa.

Do you know of other tea selections we should taste en masse? Are you a tea distributor or enthusiast? Please make suggestions of teas I should hunt out and taste in the comments below.

TomA

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Post Bank Holiday Tea Tasting – Fairtrade Pomegranate Echinacea

Let us say I’m slightly sceptical about this tea. For all my bluff of having a refined taste and knowing about tea, when it comes down to it, I can’t resist a cup of builders. Strong black tea, with a large wallop of milk (save the sugar though). I’ve never ever got herbal teas. And to be honest, I had no idea what an “echinacea” was until I popped the bag in the mug. Pomegranate though, I am rather a fan of…

So, first off: echinacea. Wikipedia (don’t say four years at university hasn’t taught me how to engage in critical and complex research) leads me to believe it is essentially a daisy, though purple in colour, and means hedgehog Here’s one with a bumble bee on (the flower, not a hedgehog sadly):

There’s all sorts of jazz about it being good for immune system or something too. Blah. I don’t drink tea for health, I drink it for taste. And this tea leaves me a little bit confused. Its far darker than your typical fruit tea, with a fair bit more substance. There’s an orangey taste and something a bit peppery too. The pomegrantate aroma is fabulous, the pomegrantate flavour is just about there but nothing to shout home about. Which is what gets my goat about fruit teas. They always smell sublime yet have no real taste. This is better, but I’d rather have a mug of builder’s in all honesty.

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