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Make it Iced
15/09/2015 10:04

We want to share with you everything needed to make your own delicious H&H Red Berries Iced Tea...

Ingredients:

  • 4 Heath & Heather Red Berries Teabags
  • 8 cups of boiling water
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • Plenty of Ice
  • 1 cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 cup Fresh Raspberries
  • 1 Lemon
  • (optional) A handful of fresh mint leaves

How To Make it:

Infuse the 4 bags of H&H Red Berries Tea in a pan of boiling water for 8 minutes. Remove the teabags and keep the pan on a low heat whilst you add the sugar and 3/4 of the berries. Allow the berries to soften and break apart before you remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Once cooled, strain the mixture through a fine sieve. Pour into a jug over ice and add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the remainder of the frozen strawberries before stirring the infusion gently to maximise all flavours.

Serve in a tall glass over ice, mix in the fresh mint leaves and add the remainder of the fresh raspberries as a garnish on top.

Heath & Heather Fruit & Herb Infusions

Top Tea Plantations
19/08/2015 18:14

If you're looking for your next travel destination and want to experience something unique and, most importantly, tea-related, then look no further. As true enthusiasts we think there would be nothing better than to relax in the misty rolling hills of a tea plantation sipping a freshly plucked brew... So, we have collated a list of the Top 5 Tea Plantations you really should visit if you love tea half as much as we do.

1. Darjeeling Tea Estates, India

Only 10 million kilos of Darjeeling Tea is produced annually and all of it is in the 86 tea plantations in the Darjeeling District of India. This romantic mountainous region is at an elevation of 750-2000 metres, receives generous rainfall, and has rich soil – a perfect recipe for the most sought after tea in the world. Even the tea pluckers are well aware of the status their produce enjoys and they pick only the finest two leaf and the bud to enhance the unique flavour.

2. Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka had a rocky start when it came to tea. Tea planters overcame many disasters to build what are now endless green acres of tea. In fact, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle recognised on their bravery, and said, "The tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo." Now, Sri Lanka produces nearly 300 million kilos of Ceylon tea annually, which is a refreshing and light blend of tea that is infused with bergamot and citrus to make the famous Earl Grey tea.

3. Kericho Tea Plantations, Kenya

Kericho is located in the west of Kenya and is now considered the tea capital of Kenya. Tea is grown in the highlands that enjoy year-round afternoon showers. Tea bushes were first imported to Kenya from India and China after World War I, and in less than a century Kenya has become the world’s 3rd largest exporter of tea and the largest exporter to the UK.

4. Assam Tea Estates, India

Tea is grown in the Brahmaputra valley of Assam in northeast of India. The tea is known for it’s distinctive, rich colour and it’s smooth, malty flavour. If you visit in November you can witness and celebrate the colourful Tea Festival with locals.

5. West Lake District, Hangzhou, China

Famous for growing high quality green tea, Hangzhou’s tea gardens are a green tea lover’s paradise. Hangzhou is well known as the imperial capital of China and tea has been enjoyed in this city for over a thousand years by Chinese emperors. Hangzhou also has a Tea Museum dedicated to the history of Chinese tea.

Drink More Tea!
27/05/2015 18:07

 

Seven great reasons you should never stop drinking tea...

1. It's a NATURAL product

Tea has no additives, no artificial colourings and no preservatives, so ditch that soda and get a cuppa brewing!

2. Tea plays an important role in staying HYDRATED

Drinking four cups of tea every day is also re-hydrating. It is an urban myth that tea is dehydrating and a normal strength tea would not have a diuretic effect–unless you drink over 5 cups of tea in one sitting.

3. It can boost your ENERGY levels

Black Tea has half the caffeine as coffee and Green Tea has even lesser caffeine so it is a great source of energy if you are trying to reduce you caffeine intake and are worried about withdrawal headaches.

4. Tea leaves are rich in ANTIOXIDANTS

Tea is a natural source of antioxidants which help protect the body against naturally produced toxins. Some research has also shown that antioxidants can help protect against some cancers, heart disease and stroke!

5. Your daily brew can be NUTRITIOUS

Drink your tea without milk and it has no calories. Add semi - skimmed milk and it's just 13 calories per cup but this also has the added benefit of calcium. Just four cups of tea with milk provides one fifth of your daily calcium requirements

6. Teas can have a CALMING effect

Camomile Tea can help you fall asleep and research has shown that it can also help relieve anxiety. Many people even just find the act of brewing their tea calming and often resort to a nice hot cuppa at the end of a hard days work...

7. Lastly, it is delicious!

And a great way to catch up with a friend or take a well deserved tea break.

 

The Ridgways Way
27/05/2015 08:10

The experts at Ridgways of London believe that tea is much more than a humble drink, it is but an experience...

"The tea ceremony is more than an idealization of the form of drinking - it is a religion of the art of life."

This quote by Okakura Kakuzo beautifully encapsulates Thomas Ridgways' dedication to deliver the finest quality tea to England. Sir Ridgways first opened shop in 1836 on King William Street in London when he was awarded the Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria. He had become well known for scouring the world for unique and exquisite teas from the finest tea gardens and then blending these to perfection. The company developed such a strong reputation that aspiring tea blenders would even pay for the privilege to work and be trained at Ridgways.

Ridgways Her Majesty’s Blend was created for Queen Victoria in 1886 and a variant of it is still sold today... Sir Thomas was also later appointed as tea merchant to King George VI proving his worth amongst royalty and tea connoisseurs alike.

The company expanded rapidly and soon had a small nationwide chain of tea shops in major cities across England. Currently, the brand Ridgways of London trades in over 50 countries covering Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. 

Selection of Ridgways Fine Teas

At Ridgways of London we are committed to delivering high quality tea that is sourced ethically. Our tea buyers and blenders have been working closely with Fairtrade tea producers and they regularly monitor suppliers for quality and working conditions of employees. A feat that we are sure Sir Thomas Ridgways would be proud of!