As I sit here on the train from London to St. Ives, winding my way through the beautiful Dorset countryside memories come flooding back to me of the times I have been aboard the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. This is quite simply the most mesmerising journey I have ever been on . Words can do little justice to the serene beauty on offer during this seven hour weave through the Himalayan Mountains.
Archive for February, 2012
Luxury…Darjeeling Express…the most memorable train trip in the world in search of the best first flush Darjeeling teas…Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
We got a new mantle clock and looking at the lovely bright design I remembered the Press Event tea tasting at Harvey Nichols this last week. One question that comes up again and again…so how do you make the perfect cup of tea? Well its really simple, it takes only 2-3 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »
Having looked at the now number of rooibos teas available in the market, and having drunk more than my fair share of Rooibos over the last 30 years, I thought it set out what really sets our Rooibos apart. Why all Rooibos was are not made equal…
Rooibos or redbush tea from South Africa is gaining such popularity that it might well rival gold and diamonds as one of South Africa’s biggest exports. So having looked at the market again the last few weeks and the number of new Rooibos tea products available, I thought this a good opportunity to take a look at what makes a good Rooibos a good Rooibos. First and foremost is the quality of the leaf – and yes, not all Rooibos teas is created equal and you do get what you pay for. Read the rest of this entry »
It all came about due to the social dynamics of society and the idea that women should be primarily based in the home place at the time. Women were only allowed in teashops and tea gardens if accompanied by a male companion – a real luxury! A lady was considered too vulnerable to be allowed to venture into the world alone and as a result they had to entertain in private or be escorted by a male companion. Read the rest of this entry »
Tea for two…
Last week I found myself sat in the glorious Plaza Athenee Hotel in Paris (on Avenue Montaigne, near the Champs Elysees) catching up with an old friend – and missing London of course… When the waitress came over (a young, elegant looking French woman), we both ordered a cup of tea – a fine loose-leaf tea from Darjeeling India.