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Lapsang Souchong Tea

I was walking home last night and the air was thick with the wonderful smell of barbecues. Oh, how I love those smokey notes, and especially in my food! Barbecue wood chips, liquid smoke or bits of smoked bacon, whether you are grilling or not, there are plenty of tricks to infuse our favourite dishes with subtle smokiness. But have you ever considered tea? Lapsang Souchong is a unique black tea from the Fujian province in China, made of mountain-grown tea leaves and [...]

Teas for the Autumn you must have in stock!

Dry winds, the cool, unsettled weather, and decreasing daylight hours that we experience as the season transitions into autumn can be difficult for our bodies and minds. Autumn, according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), represents the element Earth which represents the transition from summer to autumn. Body imbalance may arise during autumn and may cause one to feel unwell and experience disharmony such as disturbances within the digestive tract, flaccid muscles and weight gain.  The good news is that we [...]

A personal experience of creating Camellia’s Gold Taste Award winning teas – “Happiness Tea” and “Soothing Rose”

Camellia’s Tea House started in 2008 with the idea of creating tea infusions that were both healthy and tasty, but also visually beautiful.  I was a homeopathic practitioner and always had a natural flare and interest in healing herbs and also loved being creative in the kitchen, using aromatic herbs and spices from around the world in my cooking. Happiness Tea and Soothing Rose teas were born from the idea of wanting to create caffeine-free infusions which themed well with [...]

Breaking the back of the tea industry in Darjeeling

Storms are brewing in the eastern state of West Bengal, as India’s most famous tea-growing region is under conflict. Darjeeling with its beautiful sprawling estates and unique micro-climate, by many considered to be the Mecca of tea, produces some of the world’s most expensive black premium teas, including the highly coveted First Flush teas. Prized for their distinctive flavor and aroma, Darjeeling teas, also known as the ‘Champagnes of Teas’, are largely exported to European markets. Due to the current conflict, [...]

Summer Sun Iced Teas

Are you prepared for the summer? Despite the recent wet weather that the UK is so famous for, it seems that things are about to change. It’s reported that Britain is in for the hottest summer and only weeks away from a flaming 100F/37C with tropical heatwaves driven by the “Spanish Pluming”. Before the panic sets in and people rush to buy electrical fans and other cooling mechanisms, we suggest that you stock up on plenty of tea leaves and [...]

Can a Cup of Tea Fight Inflammation?

Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. However, in some diseases, like arthritis, the body’s defense system triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. This is known as autoimmune diseases. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic inflammation. Acute inflammation arises after a cut or scrape in the skin, site of injury or [...]

Mother’s Day Celebrations

It goes without saying that being a mother is one of the toughest yet the most rewarding jobs out there.  Not a day should go by where we are not grateful for all the hard work and sacrifices mothers make for their families.  That’s why it’s important to use Mother’s Day to tell your mum you appreciate, respect and admire her. In our opinion having one day to celebrate doesn’t seem like much time, given all the hard work which [...]

Matcha Has Taken The World By Storm

It looks like everybody is going Matcha crazy; it has taken the world by storm and the craze just continues to grow! Matcha is so versatile that you can’t help creating recipes outside the cup. There are many fun things you can do with Matcha, from creating delectable desserts and exotic drinks to cosmetic skincare and mouthwashes – the list just goes on! So why is everyone sipping Matcha? Well, it is classified as a superfood and one that is [...]

Has Valentine’s Day Lost Its True Meaning?

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, shops are already flooded with hearts, chocolates and fluffy merchandise. But has it lost its true meaning? Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about people that we care about, but instead we get lost in its craziness and cause ourselves much emotional and physical stress, trying to make dinner reservation at over-priced fancy restaurants or breaking the bank with expensive presents. We believe there is an antidote to all this ‘love madness’ and that’s to [...]

Christmas Tea with Friends – How to Create Your Own Christmas Blend

When planning a Christmas Tea Party what could be more amazing then creating your own tea blend to share with friends and family.  The festive season brings inspiration and important key flavours of cloves, oranges and cinnamon to a cup of warming spicy tea.  We have listed some of our teas which mix well with seasonal spices.  We recommend the following: English Breakfast: This is a blend of black teas from Sri Lanka and India and offers a robust body [...]