Why Choose High Tea? – Because it is Time for Better Tea!

Here at High Tea we believe tea should be all about taste and quality. Tea is seen as a comforting and social drink but it can also be delicious at the same time.

High Tea Production

Tea comes from the Camellia tea plant and the two original sub-species are Thea Sinensis and Thea Assamica.

Thea Sinensis grows as a bush with small leaves and is mainly grown in Darjeeling, China and Japan.

Assamica grows as a small tree with slightly larger leaves and is predominantly grown in Sri Lanka and Assam.

Tea is produced in so many different ways with only 25% of all production worldwide being harvested and produced using the traditional methods. We call this orthodox production. This way of tea production relies on the skills and traditions residing in the tea gardens to produce beautiful teas which deliver on an exceptional taste and a super cup of tea! Growing and production is only part of the process towards our special tasteful teas. Take your time and enjoy the best tea leaves and infusions used in our High Tea brand. They need a little more patience to brew to deliver their full flavours but the result is an excellent cup time and again.

Wherever our tea is cultivated it is grown in clean, mountain air and in beautiful large tea gardens. The tea is plucked by hand and makes its way through the five stages of orthodox tea production; withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and grading.

What Makes Us Different?

Here at High Tea we only produce orthodox teas, produced in traditional methods as shown below:

  • Withering – Tea is spread put on large racks and fanned with warm air for between 12-18 hours. During this process the tea leaves loose up to 60% of its moisture and a large amount of volume.
  • Rolling – The tea leaves are then placed in a rolling machine with rotating discs; the discs break open the leaf cells without destroying them. This releases the cell juice which then oxidises with the oxygen in the air and fermentation begins.
  • Fermenting – The rolling process sets off fermentation which usually takes around 2-3 hours. The leaves become a coppery red colour and tea acquires its aroma. The quality of the tea depends on the skills of the fermentation master as they will decide how long the process lasts. This process will determine the flavour of the tea; the shorter the process, the fresher the flavour and lighter the colour. The longer process produces stronger, darker teas.
  • Drying – During this process the residual moisture is extracted from the tea at 90 degrees C in a dryer, the oxidised cell juice dries onto the tea leaf. This process darkens the tea and it becomes black in colour. This takes around 20 minutes and is watched carefully to ensure the tea doesn’t burn.
  • Grading – The final step, tea is graded into four different leaf grades using sifts. The sifting process produces high quality leaf teas, broken teas, fannings and tea dust. Tea dust does not meet our standards and so therefore is not in our teas.

Our Teas

We have 9 teas and infusions for you to try; Darjeeling, English Breakfast, Assam, Earl Grey, Green Tea, Green Matinee, Ginger Breeze, Rooibos Crème Caramel and Simply Red Fruit. Our teas range in price from £5.90 for 100g to £12.80 for 125g and are all delicious and bursting with flavour!

Darjeeling Black £12.80 for a 125g tin

A light and delicate black tea. Bright and amber in the cup with a long-lasting flavor. Perfect in the afternoon with a slice of cake.

Take one slightly heaped teaspoon of tea leaves and brew with freshly boiled water. Brew for 3-4 minutes.

English Breakfast £9.95 for a 125g tin

The best-known tea of all, our fabulous black tea blend of sparkling Ceylon and aromatic Kenyan teas marry perfectly for all day tea delight. This tea is sparkling and aromatic.

Take one levelled teaspoon of tea leaves per cup and brew with freshly boiled water. Brew for 3-4 minutes

Assam £9.95 for a 125g tin

An alternative to English Breakfast, smooth, malty and a little spicy. Drink black or with a little milk.

Take one slightly heaped teaspoon of tea leaves and brew with freshly boiled water. Brew for 3-4 minutes

Earl Grey £9.95 for a 125g tin

The classic citrus flavoured black tea. The traditional blend of Ceylon and Chinese black teas together with the citrusy aromas of bergamot infuse into an invigorating cup at any time of the day. A crisp and floral tea.

Take one slightly heaped teaspoon of tea leaves and brew with freshly boiled water. Brew for 3-4 minutes

Green £9.95 for a 125g tin

A refreshing and cleansing tea experience. Sencha green tea is one of the most refreshing cups of tea. The grassy green leaves unfurl during brewing and create a fresh drink with delicate, finely tart notes. Perfect during mid-morning or after a meal.

Take one levelled teaspoon of tea leaves and brew with approximately 85C water. Brew for 2-3 minutes.

Green Matinee £5.80 for a 100g bag

Exotic and fruity tea. The lingering flavours of lemon and exotic fruit marry well with the delicate, slightly tart green tea.

Take one levelled teaspoon of tea leaves per cup and brew with approximately 85C water. Brew for 2-3 minutes.

Ginger Breeze £5.80 for a 100g bag

Spicy ginger and fruity lemon grass complemented with lemon peel, liquorice root, peppermint and black pepper create this invigorating and naturally caffeine free drink.

Take one slightly heaped teaspoon of Ginger Breeze per cup and brew with freshly boiled water. Brew for 4-6 minutes

Rooibos Crème Caramel £5.80 for a 100g bag

The smooth and almost creamy taste becomes wonderfully enhanced with pieces of vanilla, macadamia nut and crème caramel flavouring. Naturally caffeine free, the fresh Rooibos leaf is rich in Vitamin C.

Take one levelled teaspoon of Rooibos per cup and brew with freshly boiled water. Brew for 5-8 minutes.

Simply Red Fruit £5.80 for a 100g bag

Everything you ever imagined from a deep red, fruity infusion. Elderberries together with hibiscus make a wonderful slightly tart drink with added raisins to give a slight naturally sweet hint. Enjoy hot or cold.

Take one heaped teaspoon of Simply Red Fruit per cup and brew with freshly boiled water. Brew for 5-8 minutes.

Why High Tea?

Tea. Everyone has their own way of making it and there is no right or wrong method. Making the switch from easy, convenient teabags to flavourful loose-leaf tea can be daunting, even if you are aware of the quality disparity between the two. Here at High Tea we can show you a basic understanding of how to brew loose leaf tea and how making the switch is very easy.

Here are some of our favourites ways to brew our tea:

  • Glass Teapot – If you want to appreciate your tea in all its beauty then brewing it in an elegant glass teapot will enable this. You will be able to watch the water darken from the tea leaves and unfurl as the water takes on the delicious flavour of the leaves.
  • Colourful Teapot with Strainer – Supplied with a removable stainless-steel filter, these teapots make excellent loose-leaf tea. They hold 0.45l capacity, which equates to 2 – 3 cups of tea. These beautiful teapots make an excellent accessory and help to brew the perfect cup of tea!

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