Tea Journal

Summer Iced Tea – Green Mint & Ginger

Here, at Camellia's Tea House, we have created a series of delicious summer iced drinks, using our hand-blended teas, which we will be sharing with you over the course of the next few weeks. You will also be able to find all of the recipes later on our Tea Journal pages, including last week's Very Berry Iced Tea. This week we are featuring a superbly refreshing and cooling drink, cold brewed with a bit of a twist: Green Mint & Ginger Iced Tea  Put about [...]

Summer Iced Teas – Very Berry

We have some great news for you - summer has officially began! With the 20th of June marking the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, we can finally say goodbye to spring and welcome all of the wonderful things that this season has in store - plenty of sunshine, sunbathing, flipflops, holidays, picnics, ice creams, barbecues, lazying on the beach and of course, refreshing cold drinks when the temperatures start to spike. Here, at Camellia's Tea House, we have [...]

Wellness Through Yoga And Tea

As the saying goes, ‘there is more than one way to crack a nut’ and I believe the same applies to attaining and maintaining our well being. I’m now putting the theory into practice in running and hosting a number of specially designed Wellbeing Retreats, bringing together a unique blend of Yoga, hill walking and NLP coaching held in a beautiful tranquil and remote Scottish Highlands location. During our March Retreat we shared with our guests a number of Camellia’s [...]

The rise of Matcha in the West

Hard to imagine how a finely ground green tea powder when whisked properly results in a jady lush green drink called matcha. Beyond the etiquette surrounding the Japanese tea Ceremony tradition that dates back to the twelve century and very important in Zen monasteries in Japan, matcha is now main stream in many parts of the world with various gastronomic applications. Matcha lovers appreciate its freshness and energizing properties. Authentic matcha is made of shade grown tea leaves, preventing direct [...]

Mother’s Day Healthy Breakfast Start To The Day!

Treat your mother to breakfast in bed with this super healthy flourless, gluten-free, refined sugar free and dairy free muffins.  The ingredients contain everything you need to start off on the right foot.  The muffins are slightly dense and doughy than your ordinary flour-based muffins, but it feels nice to have something more substantial with a bite in the mornings. Camellia's Turkish Apple tea (made entirely of apples) accompanies this perfectly, especially if your mother is on a healthy mission [...]

Mother’s Day Sale

To celebrate Mother’s Day and to help you pamper your wonderful mums, we are offering a special sale at our online shop with a 15% discount on selected teas. And to make it a little extra special, if you order any of these teas while the promotion lasts, we will add a sample bag of our delicious Mango Tea to your order! Mother’s Day Sale is valid through Sunday, the 6th of March.

Beautiful Skin Tea

Our Beautiful Skin herbal infusion is one of our favourites, and certainly incredibly popular with our regulars in Kingly Court! But why is it so good, and what benefits can it have for you if you have skin problems? The health benefits of tea and herbal infusions have been widely documented and yet, despite some cursory knowledge of why some teas are better than others, there is not a great deal of common knowledge regarding the specifics. What should you [...]

Delicious Honey Chai Tea Cake Recipe

If you are a fan of Chai Tea then you will love this moist and flavourful cake made from ground almonds and Camellia's warming Chai Tea.  With autumn in the air this will perk up your dinner table and will be much appreciated by your guests. Honey Chai Tea Cake Ingredients: 125g butter, softened 75g caster sugar 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground allspice 2 eggs 180g ground almonds 80g semolina 1 teaspoon baking powder 60ml milk Tea syrup 220g caster sugar 250ml water 6 cardamom pods, bruised 1 cinnamon stick 2 teaspoons [...]

Camellia’s Christmas Tea and Pumpkin Chai Cookies

This is our favourite tea to get you into the festive spirit and available all year round.  Its a delcious blend of bright Ceylon-China black tea with subtle hints of smoke enriched artistically with crushed cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and orange pieces.  It is highly aromatic with a rich explosion yet perfectly balanced flavours of spice, delicately sweetened with exotic vanilla and harmoniously interlaced with citrus notes of orange. Camellia's Christmas Tea makes a perfect festive combination with warm mince pies [...]

Whiskey & Lapsang Souchong Fruit Cake With A Festive Vanilla Tea

This will be well worth the effort! The recipe makes a delicious moist, fruity cake with complimentary flavours of whisky intertwined with smoky Lapsang Souchong tea.  The gastronomical experience is further enhanced with smooth velvet and sweet notes of  Camellia's Vanilla tea. Ingredients 200ml hot, strong Camellia's Lapsang Souchong tea (2 tsp brewed for 5-10 minutes depending on the prefered strength. I brewed it for 10 minutes) 3 tbsp whisky 3 tbsp marmalade 700g mixed dried fruit *100g mixed peel 100g glace cherries 225g golden caster sugar 4 [...]

Extravagant Earl Grey

Earl Grey is perhaps one of the most widely drunk teas in the world and one that can easily be considered truly English. Brewed with care, it proves to be a rewarding cup of tea; its easily recognizable aroma warming and comforting.  Yet combine it with a careful selection of fragrant flowers and you will find yourself immersing in a whole new experience. Extravagant Earl Grey is one of our new bespoke handmade blends and already an extremely popular choice [...]


The story of tea begun in ancient China and its true origins are steeped in wondrous myths and legends. It is no wonder then that, over the course of many centuries, China has managed to produce literally hundreds of different teas. Although green tea has always been the beverage of choice there, it is the black teas for which China is most famous in the West. One such popular black Chinese tea is Keemun. The name derives from the place [...]

Tea is good for your memory!

We can never stress enough just how beneficial tea drinking is for our overall health and we are always excited when new tea research is conducted and the results reveal the positive effects of our favourite drink. For example, a recent study conducted in Switzerland and published in the March 2014 issue of Psychopharmacology shows that there is a link between drinking green tea and our memory. Although the research was limited in scope and included only twelve healthy volunteers, the results were [...]

Happiness Tea

With spring in full swing, what better tea to celebrate than with our very own Happiness Tea? This truly delightful blend is packed with goodness from fennel to rosebuds, and will have you bouncing through the upcoming months! This tea has been tailored to uplift and revitalize your senses, and what could be more uplifting that the zesty fragrance of lemon verbena? Lemon verbena, although native to Argentina and Chile, is grown all around the world and has been used [...]

Darjeeling First Flush

The Darjeeling District found in India is well known for its tea and perhaps the most special one of them all is the Darjeeling First Flush. This seasonal tea is the first harvest, or 'flush', of the year after the winter has come and gone and the first leaves of spring are ready to be plucked. Typically, the First Flush is in season from March to May, but each year's harvest is different, as much depends on weather patterns and the [...]

Healthy Immunity

Icy gusts of wind, sudden temperature drops, gloomy wet days and the ever persistent rain; that has been the norm for quite a while now. We've all been trying to endure these dubious perks of the season with varying degree of success, however the same can't be said of our immune systems. It starts innocently enough; a slight cough here and there, an annoyingly runny nose, a little shiver soon followed by a fever and more often than not one [...]

China Pai Mu Tan

China Pai Mu Tan is a Chinese white tea with a very refreshing aroma and a gorgeous light golden colour. The name, sometimes spelt as 'Bai Mudan', derives from its resemblance to the White Peony's petals. The white green leaves are exceptionally big and one can find many silver tips among them. This tea is carefully processed in a natural way, only through drying and withering in the sun. As it is a white tea, China Pai Mu Tan contains [...]

White Harmony Tea

White tea characteristically has a subtle, layered flavour. For this reason, I was a little defensive when I first heard about its use in flavoured blends - surely the tea's own delicious taste would quickly be swamped by anything mixed in with it? It turns out that I underestimated its underlying robustness, and the possibility of the tea's subtler notes making themselves felt over a background of other flavours. At core, white tea - China Pai Mu Tan in particular [...]

Soothing Feminine Tea

I am conscious of not really being in the target demographic for Soothing Feminine Tea - what with being a man, and usually being more interested in tea tea than herbal infusions. It happens that I am a fan of all the main ingredients here, however. Chamomile is a long-term favourite of mine; very few things are so relaxing. Oats are my favourite grain, and although it is the stems, not the ears, that are used to make tea, something of [...]

Ceylon Green

Sri Lanka competes with the Far East at its own game. Traditionally, tea from the Indian Subcontinent has almost always been black, while the teas of East Asia are overwhelmingly not - with a few delicious exceptions like Keemun and Yunnan. In recent decades, however, tea-makers of India and Sri Lanka have been experimenting more and more with green, white and oolong teas, with an impressive degree of success. I have had some very respectable green and white teas from [...]